It’s about to be the most wonderful time of the year, especially in NYC! Whether you have tried and true traditions you enjoy year after year, or are looking for something new and novel to add to your holiday repertoire this season, I’ve corralled a few of my favorite ways to enjoy the city during the holiday season below.
If you live in or are visiting NYC:
1. Book tickets for the Broadway show Home for the Holidays.
2. Take a behind the scenes tour of Radio City Music Hall, and meet a Rockette.
3. Head to Brooklyn and check out the Dyker Heights Christmas lights.
4. Go Christmas caroling (this list is from last year, but the spots mentioned will all have updated 2017 dates and times on their website.)
5. Visit The City Bakery and indulge in the most decadent hot chocolate, EVER.
6. Trek to the Bronx and check out the New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show.
7. Stroll down 5th Avenue and take in all the pretty holiday windows, and of course, the Rockefeller Christmas Tree!
8. Go to Rolf’s and be prepared to sweat like crazy under thousands of twinkle lights…the food is mediocre at best, but the decor sure is the epitome of Christmas in New York!
9. Enjoy a version of The Nutcracker…I’m a huge fan of The Nutcracker Rated R, which typically happens in December in the East Village…unique, entertaining, and saucy! But of course, you can’t go wrong with The New York City Ballet’s traditional version of The Nutcracker, either! (There’s tons of other versions around the city, a quick Google search should pull up the latest and greatest!)
10. Treat yourself to Christmas Tea at the Plaza Hotel. This is certainly a grand way to spend an afternoon (and hey, you can visit Santa at The Plaza afterwards!), but it will set you back $100 for a tea setting, or $125 for a tea setting with champagne…before tax and tips! But it’s worth trying at least once;-) If you’re looking for something less expensive, Alice’s Tea Cup has a delightful Christmas Tea!
11. Visit Christmas trees around NYC…two favorites of mine are at the MET (a huge tree decorated with 18th century chubby cherubs) and the origami tree at the American Museum of Natural History. But there’s so many, I would love to know what your favorites are!
12. Go ice skating in Central Park.
13. Listen to a free holiday music concert. These happen in churches all over the city, which are also decked out for the season and a treat to behold.
14. Visit a local nursing home and engage with the residents. Especially during the holidays, it would be easy to stop by one of the holiday themed events and mingle. A good conversation can go a long way for bringing cheer to both parties.
15. If gift buying is on your holiday agenda, consider shopping small and supporting the mom and pop stores in NYC. Or, shop at a non-profit, such as Housing Works, and find a loved one a cool used book or piece of clothing, while helping other New Yorkers in need.
16. Stroll through one of the holiday markets in either Union Square, Bryant Park, or Columbus Circle…not to shop, but to enjoy a steamy cup of the hot apple cider on a chilly evening.
17. Pay a visit to the largest gingerbread village, ever, located at the New York Hall of Science.
18. Enjoy a glass of mulled wine at the precious Austrian cafe on the Upper East Side, Cafe Sabarsky. Get a delicious sweet treat to pair with it, while you’re at it.
If you don’t live in NYC, but you sure do love it:
19. Watch one of these 13 holiday films, set in NYC!
20. Read the original 1947 book, Miracle on 34th Street, and fall in love with New York and its magic all over again.
Would love to know…what’s on your agenda for the holiday season? Share below!