The most wonderful time of the year is here! Christmas in New York is a magical time when the New York attractions transform into amazing winter wonderlands. During the holiday season, the Bog Apple has Christmas lights and trees up in every borough. There are some cool pop-up holiday markets outside of subway stations which provide excellent gift ideas for your friends and family. In addition many venues screen Christmas movie and concerts in NYC.
New York is a vibrant, culturally diverse city, and celebrating Christmas in New York is an experience that cannot be easily paralleled! NYC can be look like a Christmas postcard when the snow starts falling! But don’t worry… the cheeriness in the air, will take the sting out of the chilly winds!
It doesn’t matter if you’re a tourist or a local. When Christmas times come, here are a few things you should try in the city!
Ice Skating in Bryant Park
Surrounded by Skyscrapers and overlooked by the magnificent the New York Public library, Bryant Park is a hub for families looking for fun. The place is decorated and quite festive in the winter season! The ice rink is open every day until late. You can skate for free with your own skates, or rent skates there.
All around New York, you will come across Christmas markets. Bryant Park is one of the prettiest, located in their Winter Village. Grand Central Holiday Fair is indoors, which makes shopping on a cold evening a lot more comfortable. We also love Union Square Holiday Market – this large market has a downtown, funky vibe. Over 100 vendors fill the park and you will find truly unique items here, many with New York themes.
The Christmas tree display at Rockefeller Center is spectacular! They also have their own ice rink, great shopping and a variety of restaurants. Don’t miss the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The Rockettes Celebration!
Central Park is perhaps one of the most famous parks in the world. Partly because this park is shown in almost every movie or TV show that is based in New York. The scenic paths, covered with snow and frost, make it a beautiful place to stroll and take a break from the excitement.
Times Square on New Year’s Eve
If you’re able to stay in NYC until New Year, and you want to feel overwhelmed and a part of a community that is much bigger than yourself! Go to Times Square on New Year’s Eve and join most of New York, for the countdown to 2019!
There are a number of great Guide Books for New York and the surrounding area, translated into whatever language you need! Happy Holidays!