The Ultimate Guide To Spending The Holidays in New York City


It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and there’s no other place in America that celebrates the season like New York City.

New York City

There’s something about Manhattan in December. As a pivotal city in our favorite Christmas classics (Home Alone, When Harry Met Sally, Elf, and of course Miracle On 34th Street) it comes as no surprise that the Big Apple turns into a magical place the minute the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade ends.

Today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite things to do in the city that never sleeps. From some of the classic activities to some offered throughout the winter, this is the ultimate guide to spending the holidays in New York City.


Visit The Rockefeller Center Tree

Tree Lighting

Did you know that decorating Rockefeller Center with a Christmas tree has been a tradition since 1931? This 75-foot tree is actually sought out years in advance to make sure the tree is in perfect condition.

Best way to see the tree? Visit on a weeknight or at an off hour. The best view is from 5th Avenue and the channel gardens.

Window Shop Down Fifth Avenue

Looking at windows

My mother (a native New Yorker until she was in her 20’s) has always told me that her favorite holiday tradition was looking at the window displays with her Mom. And I can’t blame her–they are absolutely stunning! Some stores like Sak Fifth Avenue go all out with their displays, including a ten-story light show every ten minutes.

Here are the stores with the biggest window displays:

  • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Macy’s
  • Barney’s
  • Bloomingdale’s
  • Lord & Taylor
  • Tiffany & Co.
  • Bergdorf Goodman
  • Henri Bendel

Watch The Radio City Hall Rockettes


If there’s one performance you have to see in NYC (other than Hamilton and Dear Evan Hanson, of course) it’s the Rockettes. This high-kicking dance troupe has been entertaining audiences since the 30’s, and run 5 shows a day, 7 days a week during the holiday season.

Tickets run from $40 to $70, and orchestra tickets coming in around $400-$500. I believe if you are a member of Chase Bank you get access to preferred seating.

Looking for another city to visit for the holidays? Check out Pittsburgh or even St. Augustine. 


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