7 Things to do in New York City During the Holidays
There are a ton of things to do in The New York City during the Holidays. Last year, we celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary with a short trip to the city. Our anniversary is in December and our decision to celebrate in NYC was based on the fact that The Big Apple does the holiday season like nowhere else. Christmas time in NYC is a huge part of American culture and invokes feelings of nostalgia and memories of your favorite childhood films like Home Alone, Elf, and Miracle on 34th Street. We had a blast during our time in New York and were amazed at how much there was to see and experience. Here are seven things to do in New York City during the Holidays.
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1. ICE SKATE AT THE WOLLMAN RINK
This has to be the ultimate holiday experience! There are several outdoor ice-skating rinks open during the holiday season. We were advised by friends that Central Park’s Wollman Rink was the best. Admission at Wollman is a few dollars cheaper than at the Rockefeller Center Ice Rink. Wollman Rink is also larger and less crowded. You can skate all day at the Wollman Rink. The Rockefeller Center Ice Rink allows skaters to skate for an allotted time slot. Wollman Rink is surrounded by skyscrapers and has a sitting area where you can take a break from the ice. There is also a concession area. Wollman Rink accepts cash only.
Click here to visit the Wollman Skating Rink’s website for up-to-date information on admission, rentals, hours, and more.
2. Indulge in New York City’s Dining Scene
Seriously, one of the highlights of our trip was the food and service we received at the restaurants in NYC. New York is known for some of the best food in America. I hope to visit NYC again and experience more of the tasty dining. Check out my post here where I share some of the eateries we highly enjoyed.
3. Stroll Through Central Park
Central Park is scenic and relaxing. If you can bear the cold, take a walk through central park. There was a romantic feel to the park that was perfect for our couple’s stroll. While we preferred to walk, there are other options for touring the 2.5-mile park. You can rent a bike or ride a horse-drawn carriage.
4. Visit One of the Largest Museums in the World
We visited the American Museum of Natural History. A donation of any amount is all that is required for admission on the weekends so this is a nice cheap way to get out of the cold and slow down a bit.
5. Visit the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and See New York City from the top at the One World Observatory
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is a must see. It was a privilege to take in a crucial part of recent American history as we stood and observed the memorial site of all those who lost their lives on September 11. I could not capture a photo that did this site any justice with my limited photog skills. Here is a short video clip of the site.
The view from the One World Observatory is spectacular! This is where you can ascend to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere in under a minute. You are sure to enjoy every minute of your time here. You can purchase tickets in advance at the One World Observatory website or you can purchase tickets at the facility. The staff gives you the option of renting a tablet during your tour. If you skip renting the tablet, you will not be missing out.
Side Bar! While in the financial district be sure to make your way to Wall Street. It is just minutes away from The National September 11 Memorial & Museum. You should totally take the time to admire the Gilded area rooted architecture found here. Admire the architecture of the banks from the outside and peek inside to see the well-designed buildings all dressed in Christmas decor. I loved looking at the buildings. The Big Apple is full of beauty!!!!!!!
6. See A Broadway Show
You can’t go to New York City and not catch a Broadway show. While I’ve heard rave reviews about the Radio City Rockettes there was absolutely no selling my husband on sitting through a tap dancing show for $200 a ticket, in fact, I’m not sure I could convince him to sit through it even if it was completely free. We decided to see The Lion King and it did NOT disappoint. I saw the traveling show when I was a teenager and remember being awed by it then, so this was an easy decision. I highly recommend you catch this show. We also enjoyed walking through the iconic Times Square and experiencing the show district. You can sometimes get discounted tickets to certain Broadway shows through lotteries, but do not expect to find discounted tickets for The Lion King.
7. Take a Selfie in front of The World’s Most Famous Christmas Tree
You should expect to be packed like a can of sardines. Prepare to feel completely vulnerable with no way to escape in the event of an emergency. All that to be wowed by the most beautiful Christmas tree you will ever see. The Rockefeller Christmas Tree was HUGE!!! (Trump Voice) This is truly a once in a lifetime thing to do. I would not advise braving the crowds with young kids. We made our way down 5th avenue at about 5 pm on a Saturday. The crowd was massive. The good thing is the crowd was mainly tourists all fascinated by the big city. While in the area, you can also catch the light show at Saks Fifth Avenue directly across the street from the Christmas tree.