Many people say that New York, Paris, and London are the places to be during the holidays if you love to immerse yourself in different experiences without having to leave the city. From enjoying a public skating rink to having a full-blown winter-only outdoor amusement park, activities offered will never fail to amuse children and adults alike.
Why is New York a must-visit during the holiday season? For one, there are lots of events happening only during the holidays including Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, which features kilometers of fancy floats, dancing, and merriment across the city. There are also fun runs with creative themes that range from runners wearing Santa costumes to wearing their best holiday costumes.
There are so many enjoyable things to do in New York for couples, families, and friends. If you are local, it’s good news for you since you get to enjoy these festivities without having to leave the city. For visitors and you are staying for a short period, you must have an itinerary in mind, so you get to choose the activities that you want to try.
Here are our recommendations on the best things to do in New York during the holidays:
1. Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s holiday exhibition
The MET museum is home to the finest artwork from around the world. While it has permanent exhibits, it also has a temporary exhibit that’s exclusively opened to visitors during the holiday season. Common sights are the museum’s gigantic blue spruce Christmas tree, nativity sets, and tree-lighting schedules. Entry fee is more affordable for students, seniors, and military men and women, so bring your ID with you as Go New York Tours: NYC Double Decker Bus Tours, Hop On Hop Off Tours can include this in the itinerary.
2. Do outdoor skating
Two of the most visited sights in New York during winter are the Rockefeller Center’s The Rink, and the Wollman Rink. These are outdoor skating rinks that allow you not only to enjoy this sport, but also to enjoy the views of the city. If you don’t have ice skates with you, don’t worry. Skates can be rented on-site. Just don’t forget to bring gloves and a scarf with you as it can get cold, especially with the cool breeze sweeping as you skate around.
3. Shop and snack
A nice area to visit is the Bank of America Winter Village, located at Bryant Park. It is a small area transformed into a vintage Christmas village complete with taverns, chimneys, trees, and lights to give you that holiday feel. It is impressive that this set-up can exist in the middle of the skyscraper-filled metropolis, that’s why it is an accessible and a worthwhile area to visit. Rows of shops sell handmade goodies, trinkets, and the comforting hot chocolate with marshmallows. It is free to attend, so be sure to drop by.
4. Listen to Christmas carols
Holidays in New York are incomplete without the Christmas-themed theater shows at the Carnegie Hall. You can check out the schedules online so you can also reserve seats in advance. Some shows run for months, while others can go to as short as three days. If you have the time, spend one of your evenings at one of the shows at Carnegie Hall.
There are so many activities that New York can offer during the holiday season. Plan your trip well if you have limited time in the city. If you are a local, though, lucky you!