Things to do in NYC this holiday season

 In Holidays, USA

The holiday season in New York is magical, in fact it’s one of the few times throughout the year that locals, like myself, venture to Rockefeller Center, Times Square, and other traditionally touristy areas. Who can resist a giant Christmas tree, a series of spectacular shows, and the world’s largest GingerBread village? With so many family Christmas activities in NYC, it’s actually a challenge to see them, especially if you’re visiting the city for a short period of time. The following is a list of my favorite family-friendly attractions to visit, advice for when to visit and how to skip the lines when possible!

Rockefeller Plaza and Christmas Tree
The famous Rockefeller Plaza Christmas Tree was officially lit on Wednesday, December 3rd. The tree will remain lit until 8pm on January 7th, 2015. Also, don’t forget about The Rink, which is open daily now until April 2015 {adults: $27, kids: $15}.

On Sunday, December 14th, the 41st annual Merry-Tuba Christmas will commence at the Rink at Rockefeller Center (49-50ths between Fifth and Sixth Avenues). Tubist of all ages will play Christmas carols and cheerful singing along is encouraged!

Macy’s Santa and Window Displays
Macy’s has some of the best window displays in New York City and this year’s theme, “The Journey of a Christmas Wish” surely won’t disappoint. The displays are viewable until January 11th, 2015.

Visiting Santa at Macy’s can be quite the adventure, mainly due to the crowds. Avoid the long lines this holiday season with the Macy’s Santaland Express Pass, it should help speed up the process. Admission to Santaland is free, but photo packages start at $19.99 and he is only available until Christmas Eve!

GingerBread Lane
Visit the world’s largest GingerBread village at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, New York. View the GingerBread village made by Chef Jon Lovitch until January 11th at 1pm when the dismantling begins – you could even snag a house to take home for yourself! Admission to Gingerbread Lane is free with NYSCI admission {adults:$11, kids: $8}.

The Rink at Brookfield Place
The Rink at Brookfield Place is a less crowded and touristy version of the rink at Rockefeller Plaza {$15 single session}.The reason to visit the Brookfield Place, aside from the short lines, are the stunning views of the Hudson River and Statue of Liberty and the delicious food at Hudson Eats.

Whether you visit the destinations above or venture to another part of New York City, the magic of the holiday season in the city is tangible and impossible to miss. Grab a hot cocoa, a pair of warm gloves, and hit the streets. There is no limit to the things to do in NYC this Christmas!

Photo by Anthony Quintano/Flickr (2013 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting)



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