There’s just something about NYC in late December, from the seasonal shows to the festive feel. If you’re planning a trip to the Big Apple from near or far, here are our suggestions for memorable activities, meals and more.
Ice Skate While People-Watching
Whether it’s at the Standard Hotel (don’t miss their amazing hot chocolate) or the legendary at Rockefeller Center (with a stop to see “The Tree”), ice-skating is a classic NYC winter pastime. If you’re doing the latter, click here to book your VIP skating pass and skip the crowds.
Satisfy Your Train Junkie
The Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Gardens is an annual favorite for families with kids of all ages (followed by Italian food shopping on Arthur Avenue!). This year’s exhibit is all about lower Manhattan from the Statue of Liberty to Ellis Island.
Window Shop Until You Drop
From Saks to Bergdorf’s (shown), taking in the window displays is (almost) as thrilling as actually shopping.
Enjoy Over-the-Top Holiday Décor
From the European decadence at Rolf’s to the whimsical (and kid-friendly) vibes at Alice’s Tea Cup and Serendipity, meals in the city (from dinner to brunch) feel extra special when restaurants are all dressed up for the season.
Take in a Show
In addition to The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center and The Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Musical Hall, this year we loved Angelina Ballerina: at The Vital Theatre!
Have a Sweet Treat
Hey, it’s the holidays…If you haven’t tried the Chocolate Chip Cookie shots at Dominique Ansel, do it before you start your New Year’s resolutions. That goes for the amazing chocolate pizza at Max Brenner, the technicolor confections at Dylan’s Candy Bar and any of the pastries at The Flour Shop.