Jingle bells are ringing as the streets in New York City light up and get into the holiday spirit. New York City is most beautiful under the glow of shimmering Christmas lights and there are many travel destinations to check out during this cheery time of year.
Every year Bryant Park turns into a winter wonderland at the end of October. A ice rink is installed and a Christmas village moves in. Crafts and art can be found in the village with over 100 shops of handmade ornaments and do not forget the yummy apple cider.
Time Square New Year’s Eve
All around the world people tune in to see the ball in Time Square slowly drop to bring in the New Year. The festivities in the square start at 3:00 p.m. when traffic is closed off. Getting there even earlier is probably a good idea as millions flock to the square to see the historical event. Hourly events keep you entertained while anticipating the ball drop. These events include concerts, shows, hats, lights and lots and lots of cheering. The very first Time Square celebration took place in 1904 when the New York Times building was open and has since become a world tradition. If you want to be somewhere warm during the festivities many local restaurants hold indoor events during the festivities. These include Dave & Busters, Ruby Tuesday’s and many many more.
Need to find something for that special little boy or girl? Look no further than FAO Schwarz On 58th and 5th. This famous toy store holds everything from Legos to stuffed animals to 30 lb chocolate Santas! FAO Schwarz was established in 1856 and is the oldest toy store in the United States. At this magnificent store they have some really neat options for toys including make your own car with customized rims and body or customize it after your favorite super hero. For girls there is a make your own doll section that you can make to look exactly like your child. Everything you can imagine that falls under the toy category can be found here and don’t forget to check out the life sized piano, featured in the movie BIG, that draws a crowd and is fun to stomp away on for some life sized musical enjoyment.
Radio City Holiday Spectacular
The Radio City Music Hall Holiday Season Spectacular is a sight to behold if you are in NYC for the holidays. Everything from modern dance, tap and depictions from the Nutcracker ballet can be found in this show on 50th and 6th ave. It includes a live orchestra as well as professional singers to carol along as the rockettes dance across the stage. The rockettes were formed in 1925 and since 1936 have been performing at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Rockefeller Christmas Tree and Ice Skating Rink
Every year Rockefeller Plaza lights up with the world wide symbol of Christmas the Rockefeller Plaza Christmas tree. For over 70 years the tree has been lit in the first week of December and symbolizes the start of the holiday season in New York City and around the world . Also in the plaza is the romantic and family fun ice rink seen in many movies and a very famous tourist destination and a must do activity if you’re visiting New York during the winter. Only 150 people are allowed on the ice rink at a time so expect a wait. There is plenty to look at though while you wait or just simply take a seat and watch as the skaters twirl and whirl past.
The largest department store in the world is located on 34th and 7th in Herald Square. Macy’s takes up an entire city block and with 10.5 floors of shopping so you should be able to find all of your Christmas needs and more here. In the off season Macy’s is beautiful and there is still a lot to see but when Christmas rolls around it shines like a diamond among gems. The halls are lined with lights and giant trees and upstairs in the Christmas section you can find christmas trees of all shapes, sizes and colors along with tons of beautiful ornaments to adorn your home with. Along with the decorations kids can enjoy a walk through Santa’s Winter Wonderland and meet the jolly man himself! There’s tons to do and see so make sure to stop by for a visit.