7 Classic New York City Holiday Experiences


Everyone looks for the quintessential holiday experience when they come to New York City during Christmas. From the magnificent window displays to ice skating in Central Park, there are so many ways to immerse yourself in the festivities. Read on for the full list of holiday experiences that are sure to delight both tourists and locals alike!

1. Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes

Okay, okay, we might be biased, but it’s not called the Christmas Spectacular for nothing—it’s truly a festive experience for all ages. The show is 90-minutes with no intermission, live animals and a lot of Christmas songs. If you’re coming, plan to arrive an hour before showtime. That way you can grab a hot chocolate and take a photo with one of us!

2. Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center is the heart of the Big Apple during Christmas. Visitors can ice skate, dine with Santa, and take photos in front of the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. This year marks the 87th Annual Tree Lighting with a Norway Spruce that is coated in more than 50-thousand lights.

3. Visit Santa At Macy’s

Santaland” is about as festive as it gets and while there are many places to see Santa Claus in New York, Macy’s on 34th Street is a truly magical experience for children. The department store is transformed into the North Pole and features animatronic toys and an incredible train display. Reservations are required, so book your visit with Santa online beforehand.

4. Giant Ornaments On 6th Avenue

It’s one of the most popular places to take a photo during Christmastime in New York: the giant ornaments in front of 1251 Sixth Avenue. The bright and festive decorations are just begging to be the backdrop of your family’s Christmas card. Best of all, it’s located across the street from Radio City Music Hall!

5. Union Square Holiday Market

Can’t find that ‘something special’ for ‘someone special’? Look no further than Union Square’s, Holiday Market. From locally crafted goods to seasonal art and holiday bites, there are so many different vendors to shop from. It is the perfect way to fulfill your list and check it twice.

6. Central Park Ice Skating & Carriage Rides

If you’re looking for a break from all the shopping and the general hustle and bustle, make your way over to Central Park. There are a variety of ice skating rinks where visitors of all ages and skill levels can take in the surrounding landscape all while getting some fresh air and exercise.

If you’re not the skating kind, take a romantic carriage ride around the historic park, but be sure to bring a blanket, as the chilly temps can get to you while sitting.

7. Fifth Avenue Window Displays

Window shopping has all the fun and none of the guilt so be sure to take a stroll down Fifth Avenue. From Saks’ stunning light show to the perfectly wrapped Cartier store, there is so much enjoy (and snap a selfie in front of!). This year Bloomingdales took inspiration for its holiday windows from the first lunar landing with a truly “out of this world” display.

Join us for the 2019 Christmas Spectacularthe show is running now through January 5th at Radio City Music Hall!