Great Christmas Activities in New York City
New York City is usually the place to be, and that’s no different during the Christmas season. In fact, many say that the Big Apple is at its best during the holidays. So, what better place to spend a little time this December? If you’re thinking of heading to NYC during the Christmas season, you won’t have a lack of things to do; in fact, there’s probably too much to do! Still, try and get around to these Christmas activities to truly celebrate the season in style.
Go Ice Skating
Sure, you could get your ice skating done at home, but the surroundings are half of the fun of strapping on a pair of skates. While there are plenty of places to get your skate on in New York, two rinks come out on top. Rockefeller Plaza’s ice rink, which sits in the shadow of the iconic (and very bright) Christmas tree, is perhaps your best option, though it won’t be cheap. For a better value, consider visiting the Wollman Rink on the east side of Central Park.
Walk (or Ride) Through Central Park
Speaking of Central Park, the grounds are a must-visit when you’re in New York. While taking a stroll through the park is a very Christmas-appropriate, albeit cold, activity to partake in, go even further by hiring a carriage ride. There are multiple services offering horse-drawn tours, and while you might be able to snag a ride when you show up, it’s not a bad idea to try and book in advance. A little planning ahead will be more than worth it – it might not get as romantic as this.
See a Holiday-Themed Show
It’s not the season without a little holiday-themed entertainment. While you could leave those festivities for a Christmas movie marathon at home, it’s New York! There are countless amusements you can find, especially during the holiday season. Attending a performance of “The Nutcracker” is one of the most Christmassy things you can do, and as such, there are many performances being held all throughout the city. Of course, you’d be lucky to see any show, “Nutcracker” or not, when visiting NYC!
Pay a Visit to Santa
While Santa’s big day falls on December 25, there are plenty of chances to catch him beforehand. One of your best chances might be to visit the Macy’s Herald Square store on 34th Street. Santaland, located on the store’s eighth floor, is a 13 thousand square foot holiday attraction full of wonderful displays and, of course, the man himself. Families, on the other hand, are advised to avoid Santacon, the notorious party night where countless revellers dress up as Santa for a night of mischief. That is, unless you don’t mind being put on the real Santa’s naughty list this year.
Visit a Toy Store or Holiday Market
It’s the season for giving – and a lot of window shopping, no matter if you’re a child or adult. One of the biggest shopping attractions is FAO Schwarz, made especially famous for its role in the Tom Hanks movie “Big.” Other fun toy stores include the Rockefeller Center Lego Store, which has an amazing collection of bricks for any budding builder. Today’s modern youngster is probably just as, if not more, excited about video games, so Nintendo NY, also located in Rockefeller Center, might be worth a visit, too. Just remember what they say about kids and candy stores, and remember that goes doubly true for toys!