New York is the city that never sleeps, which means there’s always something new and exciting happening. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to attend some of the best events the Big Apple has to offer during the holiday season.
Trust us, there are definitely a few you don’t want to miss!
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The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is known around the world as a New York City tradition and has been one of the most celebrated events for over 80 years. Tens of thousands of spectators will be present while millions will be tuned in via TV across the globe to watch the celebration. Don’t miss out on the action, take a break on Wednesday, December 2 from 7-9 PM to see all of the amazing performances and, of course, the tree lighting.
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While going out and shopping on Fifth Avenue during the holidays seems like a nightmare to most people, fighting the tourist-packed sidewalks is totally worth it to check out all of department store’s ornate Christmas window displays. The top stores to check out on our list are Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s and Barneys, as these stores are notorious for sparing no expense when it comes to decorating their visual displays. In the past, some stores have even gone as far as having live performances to keep their shoppers entertained. We can’t wait to see what the retailers have in-store!
(Local Note: If window-shopping during primetime isn’t your thing, wait until tourists go to bed to have a more peaceful and up close experience.)
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Another classic New York tradition is attending the New York City Ballet for their annual holiday run of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Being one of the most beautiful and complex ballets in the company’s lineup, the Nutcracker’s popularity brings people of all ages and walks of life through an unforgettable holiday experience. Watch ballerinas twirl around an elaborate stage that includes a 40-foot Christmas tree and continuous falling snowflakes. The show starts November 28 and runs until January 3, so get your tickets soon!
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Nothing gets us into the holiday spirit like listening to Mariah Carey belt out our favorite seasonal songs. Head up to the Upper West Side’s Beacon Theater to watch this renowned diva sing holiday hits from her 1994 smash album, Merry Christmas and its 2010 sequel, Merry Christmas II You. She has multiple dates throughout December and will definitely bring a concert experience you don’t want to miss.
(We know she made a boo boo at last year’s Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting but, everyone deserves a second chance.)
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While you’re watching the Rockefeller Christmas Tree being lit, take time to check out the rink at Rockefeller Center. In fact, there are multiple ice rinks all over New York City that have been made famous been one rom-com or another. If the Rockefeller rink is too busy (and there is a 100% chance it will be), we suggest checking out rink at Winter Village in Bryant Park or Wollman Rink in Central Park. Any of these are sure to be a good time and offer great views of the city.
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We believe there really isn’t a thing as “too much shopping,” especially if the gifts are handmade and unique. On the three Sundays before Christmas, December 6, 13 and 20, the Queens’ classic Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden transforms into an NYC artisan market. While you’re busy picking out gifts for the fam, treat yourself to some eggnog, hot cider and roasted chestnuts to keep your shopping energy up.
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Close out the month and start the New Year right by attending the infamous New Year’s Eve Ball drop in Times Square. With over one million people in attendance and over one billion watching on TV throughout the world, the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration is a must attend if you get the opportunity. Not only will you get to watch the ball drop as the clock strikes midnight, but there is also celebrity musical performances, balloons, confetti and fun to be had by all!
Being in New York in December is a magical time. Even just walking down the streets and taking in all the decorations and lit up trees can be a fun outing. Have you ever been to one of these classic New York City events? We want to hear about your experience in the comments below!