New York during the holidays is one of my favorite things in the world. The city lights up and for once a year it seems us jaded New Yorkers are actually merry and bright. The city has a ton do to during the Holidays so picking my favorites was hard. When it came down to it, these are the things I do every year without fail. In fact it just wouldn’t be Christmas time with seeing and doing everything on this list. Don’t forget to check out my Ultimate Guide to Visiting New York City to for everything else to see or do in New York that isn’t holiday related.
Top Things to See in NYC during the Holidays
This is always number one on my list. The minute that tree goes up it feels like Christmas and even though I have seen it almost every year it always is magical. More than just the tree, Rockafeller center has an ice rink and beautiful angels making this a great place to have a hot coco and people watch. This also happens to be where the “tree” is.
Dyker Heights Holiday Lights
Every year this Brooklyn neighbor has an unofficial contest to see who’s put on the best light show. Think Deck the Halls but with mini mansions. Dyker Heights is a must for any visit. They almost put the who’s from whoville to shame with all their epic decorations.
Bryant Park Village
During the Holidays Bryant Park feels like it can be straight out of an Christmas movie. Not only is it so picturesque but its got great shopping, yummy treats, an ice skating rink and a ton of fun actives for the whole family. If you are looking for gifts this is a great place to come and get friends and family back home something unique.
Fifth Avenue Window Displays
One of my all time favorite things to do is window shopping the stores along Fifth avenue. All the stores go all out for their displays often times employee artist to help create buzz. These companies spend hundreds of thousands of dollars so trust me this windows are epic. My favorites are usually Bloomingdale’s and Bergdorf Goodman.
Get Jolly and Full
New York City is one of the most epic foodie cities. During the holidays the most amazing festive food establishments pop up all over the city. You would be a fool to miss out on Serendipity 3 famous frozen hot chocolate. Check out our Where to Eat & Drink in NYC Holiday Edition 2018 for more yummy places to visit during the holidays.
Radio City Music Hall & Surrounding areas
Radio City Music Hall just screams Christmas to me. Between the Rockettes and the surrounding decorations it’s uber festive. Don’t forget to check out the giant ornaments across the street for some great photo ops. If you have the opportunity to I would suggest taking in one of the many shows or performances available during the holidays.