How to plan the ultimate Christmas trip to New York

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Around 3.5 million people descend on Manhattan for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the annual festival of traditional oversized floats and helium-balloon characters. 

Rocking around the Christmas tree

The annual lighting of the tree (typically in the first week of December; 

Rocking around the Christmas tree

though this year it takes place on 30 November) is such a popular ceremony that road blockades go up around Rockefeller, police are brought in to manage crowd control, and nearby hotel prices spike.

Baubles, windows and lights

Midtown Manhattan, just below Central Park, is the epicentre of NYC’s Christmas extravaganza.

Ice rinks

So quintessential are New York’s winter ice rinks that they need no introduction. Manhattan’s three main ones are at Rockefeller Plaza, Bryant Park and Central Park. 

Present shopping

The holiday markets in New York are delightfully devoid of Germanic holiday trinkets and are certainly worth visiting.

Festive tipples

New York doesn’t do things by halves at this time of year, as you will see when you arrive at the window of Rolf’s German Bar in Gramercy Park, where a thick canopy of icicles, fir cones, dolls and baubles aglow with 100,000 ligh.

Christmas showtime

The energetic Rockettes Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall has been entertaining audiences since it premiered in 1933.

Christmas showtime

The energetic Rockettes Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall has been entertaining audiences since it premiered in 1933.

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