New York is a very popular destination among travelers and when the time comes to Christmas I lack words how to describe its beauty. The Big Apple changes its appearance greatly as everything is dressed festively, one may enjoy a merry atmosphere all around you, Christmas melodies sound here and there. Anyway when it comes to Christmas and travelling, the first thing that commonly comes to our minds is spending it in New York. So, here are the things you should certainly give a try there.
The sense of great holidays affects all the shopping centers, stores and markets in New York. When you are there you just can`t miss dropping in fashionable 5th avenue or trendy stores of Soho and Greenwich. Don`t forget to visit the famous FAO Schwarz toy shop and be ready to drag you kids out of there. Fantastic window displays, generous holiday discounts and the variety of great thing to see and buy, this all makes Christmas shopping in NY an unforgettable experience.
2. Take your kids to see Santa
Christmas just cannot exist without Santa and as you are in NY you shouldn`t miss the opportunity and let your kids see Santa. A trip to Santa`s Grotto will live up to their expectations. To main attractions also belong Marcy`s and Bloomingdales. Your kids will be just in the seventh heaven to sit in Santa`s lap and whisper their wish to him.
3. Rockefeller Plaza
The main place where all the Christmas energy and atmosphere concentrates is Rockefeller Plaza. Firstly, because you will find there the most magnificent Christmas tree you have ever seen before. Secondly, you will find numerous attractions there to merrily spend time with your friends or family. One of the best and most famous skating rinks is situated there and your kids will be happy to skate there. Another thing you should know is that you may go up to the Rockefeller Center Observation Deck, the view from it is just spectacular. It will be the best opportunity to enjoy the view of the holiday lights which is absolutely breathtaking!
4. Carriage ride along the alleys of Central Park
This attraction is very popular among tourists especially your little Princes and Princesses will be happy to take a ride. Although, be sure that you are warmly clothed so you wouldn`t get cold during the ride. You will have a perfect opportunity to see all the famous places and breathtaking views of the park. The Carriage ride will surely add a positive note to your Christmas mood.
5. Take the holiday lights tour
This tour is operated by Grayline and will become a perfect option for you if you are staying in NY for rather a short time. The tour combines seeing some of the most popular New York attractions combined with the best holiday lights sights. You are sure to see Central Park, the 5th Avenue, Times Square, Laser Light Show at Grand Central Terminal and, of course, to stand in front of the gorgeous Christmas tree in the Rockefeller Center like Kevin McCallister in “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”. Some additional sightseeing attractions may be St. Patrick`s Cathedral, Trump Tower, Radio City Music Hall, etc.
6. The show at Radio City Music Hall
This place is the most exciting thing to visit in New York at Christmas. Its nickname is the Showplace of the Nation. The building shines with the lights of various colors and actually resembles some kind of a winter wonderland. That`s where the most famous stage is situated. As you get there you must see The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, it is an annual Christmas stage musical. A New York Christmas tradition since 1933, it features the women’s precision dance team known as The Rockettes.
7. Shopping in Bryant Park
Starting from November and during the holidays Bryant Park becomes New York`s Christmas Market. The Holiday Shops include more than 125 boutique-like shops offering exquisite gift ideas from distinctive apparel to jewelry, decorative goods, local foods, and much more. There’s something for everyone – adults, kids, and even pets. As Christmas approaches they extend their hours and offer discounts. Moreover, a skating rink is arranged there and it offers free admission ice skating, in addition to high quality rental skates, skating shows, special events, and activities.
8. Attend a Carol Service
Most Churches hold Carol Services in the weeks leading up to Christmas. The service usually consists of Hymns about Christmas (Carols) and readings from the gospels telling the Christmas story. Don`t be afraid to attend it even if you are not that religious. There is something special about such services which you just have to feel by yourself. There you may sing together with all other people without worrying that you can`t hold a tune. You will feel yourself inspired and extremely happy after it.
9. See Santa rescued
What happens to Santa when he gets stuck on the roof after he puts the presents under the Christmas tree? You and your kids will find out while visiting New York City Fire Museum on Hudson Square. This is an alarming but also fun event. After the unlucky Santa is rescued by firemen all the guests are invited for a party where they are treated to hot dogs and hot chocolate. Enjoy nice tunes from John Clacher’s Firehouse Band and take photos of your kids and Santa.
Seeing New York at Christmas will be most bright and unforgettable experience you`ve ever had, believe me. There are so many things to see, to try, to do, to feel, and wonder at that you will surely have a strong desire to come back. In Big Apple traditions and modern tendencies get entwined so organically. NY has already won your heart, hasn`t it?