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Dec 20, 2019 | NYC Attractions and Events

5 Places to Visit in NYC this Holiday Season

It’s the season to be merry! New York embodies the spirit of the holidays. Its winter markets, Christmas trees, ice-skating rinks, and special events are unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Read about our top five places to visit in New York before, during and after Christmas. 

Rockefeller Center

No Christmas tree can beat that of Rockefeller Center. Located in the heart of Rockefeller Plaza, this must-see attraction is a favorite New York tradition. Get tickets to skate on The Rink at the foot of the tree to get enviable shots.  

Hudson Yards

The newest neighborhood in New York, Hudson Yards, is celebrating its first holiday season. Take part in a stunning installation called Shine On. After visiting the Vessel, stop by this new spectacle to get into the holiday spirit. Enjoy being surrounded by lights, music and state-of-the-art technology. 

Winter Village at Bryant Park

The small yet bright Winter Village at Bryant Park has everything in one place. A grand Christmas tree. Check. An ice rink. Check. Holiday shops and seasonal food. Check. Regular holiday events and shows. Check. What more could you want?

Snowy bridge in Central Park at twilight.

Central Park

New York’s winter wonderland is another must-see attraction. Whether you want to ice skate on the popular Wollman Rink, walk along the snow-covered Mall, ride a horse carriage or photograph its most picturesque bridges, nowhere is as beautiful as Central Park in winter. The Manhattan Club is within walking distance—grab a coffee on your way there and stay warm! 

Holiday Window Displays

The city’s major department stores continue the tradition of going all out during the holiday season. How do they do it? By staging delicate, intricate and colorful window displays. They’re usually unveiled at the end of November and remain on display until after New Year’s Day. Walk along Fifth Avenue in Midtown and visit these stores to see what this year’s theme is:

-Macy's Herald Square (151 W 34th Street)
-Saks Fifth Avenue (611 5th Avenue) 
-Bergdorf Goodman (754 5th Avenue)
-Tiffany & Co. (727 5th Avenue)

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