With the highly-anticipated Christmas and New Year just around the corner, December is always a magical time of the year. However, there is something extra special about celebrating the occasions in the bustling New York. The holiday spirit can be felt everywhere in the city, all the way from the Christmas-themed sweets taking up shelves in local stores to the string of dainty warm lights adorning famous local attractions. No matter where you are and what you do in New York, the festivities will somehow find their way to you. Be sure to partake in these festivities unique to the city that never sleeps.
Soak in the holiday spirit
With magnificent Christmas trees standing tall among skyscrapers and warm lights enlivening the atmosphere, New York puts everyone in a festive mood without fail. Head over to Rockefeller Centre to catch sight of one of the biggest Christmas trees in the city surrounded by stunning installations that keep locals and tourists guessing with curiosity each year until they are put up. The Onondaga Lake, Albany’s Washington Park and Empire State Plaza are also popular locations from where you can soak in the electrifying holiday spirit.
Shop until you drop
With its magnitude of occurrence during the holidays, shopping has to be considered among the festivities. Whether you are looking for baubles to hang on Christmas trees, ingredients for the feast you are preparing or gifts to exchange with friends and family, Fifth Avenue has got it all. With Macy’s, Saks, Bloomingdale and other outlets on seasonal sale, Fifth Avenue is a one-stop street for all your Christmas shopping needs. While going from shop to shop, be sure to stop and admire the stunning window displays fronting the stores. Christmas markets including Bryant Park’s Winter Village and Grand Central Holiday Square are also fantastic places to shop in.
Glide on ice
Of the many ice rinks that pop up in New York in winter, the Bryant Park Rink and The Rink at Rockefeller Center are popular among locals and tourists alike. In fact, one of the best rinks is the one at the famous Central Park. Skating on a cold winter’s day with your friends and family with the stunning backdrop of the New York skyline would be like living out a scene from one of your favorite Christmas movies.
Indulge in a delicious Christmas dinner
With an overwhelming number of restaurants in the city offering amazing dishes, it might be a little confusing to pick a venue for your Christmas dinner. Run by the famous chef Jean-Georges, Jojo is an incredible restaurant with a modern design that maintains a warm and friendly ambiance. Indulge in the delicious three-course menu specially created for the occasion as well as the restaurant’s otherworldly signature chocolate cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. The Palm Court at The Plaza and The Clocktower are also lovely restaurants that offer mouth-watering menus and a warm ambiance for the perfect Christmas dinner.
Catch the awe-inspiring shows
On an average day, a trip New York would not be complete without catching a show at the city’s renowned theatres. However, you would be met with resounding gasps if you leave the city without having attended at least one of the many fascinating Christmas shows during the holiday season. The Christmas Spectacular starring the legendary Radio City Rockettes is a must-see if you are in New York between 9 November to 1 January. This year’s show will be unlike previous years. Combining technology and storytelling for the first time, the show will definitely be unique, immersive and captivating. You can also catch the breathtaking display of fireworks marking a brand new year from the famous Brooklyn Bridge, Coney Island and Prospect Park among other locations.
Faristha’s fascination with words began at the age of eleven when her short story was published in a children’s book series. Pursuing her passion, she has written for online magazines, runs a creative blog, and is now a Content Writer at HotelQuickly in Bangkok. Having grown up in Hong Kong and been to various countries including India, France and Mexico, Faristha is a wanderlust at heart and hopes to provide others like herself with travel inspiration through her gift of writing.