There is just so much beauty and magic that occurs in New York City during Christmastime. Every few years, my family goes to New York City at Christmas time. This year, we’re going the weekend before Christmas and I’ve already been planning the trip! If you’ve been following my blogging/social media journey, you know that I’m obsessed with Manhattan, but going to the city at Christmas is truly unforgettable. The hustle and bustle during the holiday season is perfect to experience amidst streets decorated with thousands of Christmas lights.
I’ve compiled a list of the New York sites & markets you CAN’T MISS at Christmastime.
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
There’s nothing like experiencing the magic in person. A gigantic Christmas tree, ice skaters, and other Christmas decorations that change every year. This is the perfect place for photos! My family usually likes to grab Starbucks in Rockefeller Center Concourse to keep us warm while we watch the ice skaters. Sometimes Santa even goes skating!
Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular
This is hands-down my family’s favorite tradition in New York City! The Rockettes are phenomenal and the show ends with a live nativity that is sure to move you to tears. It’s always entertaining and they change the show each year.
This is the perfect attraction if you have kids because the Macy’s Santa experience is one-of-a-kind. Macy’s itself is so magical to go to during the holidays because of the film Miracle on 34th Street. Also the holiday deals are awesome & the original store on 34th street has 7 stories!
Union Square Holiday Market
Union Square is such a unique place because there are a lot of locals who frequent the market, as well as tourists. There are local artisans, bakers, and farmers sharing their products and it’s so easy to get swept up in taste testing all of the good food! One vender you CAN’T miss is the “No Chewing Allowed” hot chocolate. Seriously the best hot chocolate (besides Serendipity 3) and it’s completely unique because the milk is poured first, then homemade chocolate pieces are placed into a cup and left to melt. Amazing.
Holiday Windows on 5th Ave
The holiday windows. Wow. Words can’t describe the amount of respect I have for the creatives behind the unique displays! Most of the major stores 5th have window displays and you can find a MAP for this season HERE. It may seem weird to put window shopping on your “To Do” list, but I promise, these are worth it. My favorites are Tiffany & Co, Saks 5th Ave, and Bergdorf Goodman displays. This Empire State Building is festive, too!
Okay so this isn’t technically just a Christmas hotspot, but there’s something about Serendipity 3 during the holiday season that just feels right. Also, it’s featured in an iconic scene in the movie Serendipity which is set during the holidays. You can sip your frozen hot chocolate and maybe even fall in love like Jonathan and Sara in the 2001 classic.
What are your favorite things to do in New York? Let me know in the comments!