What to do in NYC During the 2018 Holiday Season

What to do in NYC During the 2018 Holiday Season

New York City is wonderful anytime of the year, but in December it is truly magical. Whether it’s ice skating in Bryant Park or walking through the Winter Village or staring in awe at the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, the beauty of the city should not be missed. The window displays at Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales and Bergdorf Goodman are a great place to start. There is no cost to go check out the displays, you can stay as long as you want and it really gets you into the holiday spirit.

Take a respite from the cold and warm up with a drink and German fare at Rolf’s in Gramercy Park. They have thousands of ornaments and decorations that make you feel surrounded by happiness and cheer. The best part is, they keep their decorations up until May so if you can’t make it during December, you still have plenty of time to experience part of the New York holiday scene.

Theater is incredible all year round, so if your budget allows, splurge on a holiday show. The Radio City Rockettes and the New York City Ballet’s Nutcracker never disappoint. If you want something less traditional The Illusionists, Magic of the Holidays is a spectacular option that is running at the Marquis Theater through December 30. Talk to your hotel Concierge, they are your key to getting last minute tickets.

Go be a kid at FAO Schwartz! They just reopened at 30 Rockefeller Plaza and it is a wonderland for people of all ages, not to mention you can get some holiday shopping done while you play. Do it, I am telling you nothing that feels better than jumping on that gigantic floor piano from the movie BIG.

If you are a fan of Christmas Lights, a must see is Dyker Heights in Brookyln. This neighborhood has some of the most elaborate and extravagant displays that I have ever seen. There are great bus tours like the popular A Slice of Brooklyn Christmas tour, that leave Manhattan and last about 3.5 hours allowing you to take in all of the beauty without being cold!

If all of this holiday spirit puts you in a giving mood, you can donate your time through several organizations like New York Cares or the Collation for the Homeless. Give back by working at a soup kitchen, donating to Toy for Tots or purchase an extra coat for the coat drive. Lending a helping hand to others in need during the holiday season will surely warm you up from the inside out. Happy holidays to you and yours and have a Happy New year! 

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