Holiday Season in New York

City Tales

Holiday Season in New York

City Tales

5 December, 2017

Some cities suit a certain season more than any other. And New York is incredible during the winter, especially around Christmas and New Year. Despite the colder temperatures, New York thrives in winter and is especially beautiful blanketed in snow. From the lighting of the Rockefeller Center to its New Year’s celebrations in Times Square, the Winter Holiday is perhaps the best time to get a taste of New York City! This blog post will outline a few of the best places to visit in New York this Winter Holiday season!

The Rockefeller Center

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is one of the biggest public Christmas trees in the world and it usually reaches heights of 70ft! This huge tree is an iconic part of the Holiday season in New York and it can be found at Rockefeller Plaza, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues and 48th and 51st Streets. Each year, on the day after Thanksgiving, huge crowds gather to see the lighting of the tree for the first time. Lit in late November, it can be admired until it’s taken down on the 7th of January. Also at the Rockefeller Center, you’ll find lots of other features to help you get in the festive spirit, such as incredible Christmas decorations, festive food, and an ice rink!


Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall is also at the Rockefeller Center and it’s one of the top concert venues in the city. Each year, there is a special Christmas show, featuring the famous Rockettes. This show is world-famous and it’s one of the best ways to experience a truly authentic New York Christmas! This year, the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular show is running from the 28th of November to New Year’s Day!

The Holiday Windows on Saks Fifth Avenue


Light show at Saks Fifth Avenue last year (SourceLicence)

Saks Fifth Avenue has some of the city’s most famous stores and its windows have some of the most decadent Christmas decorations in the world. These holiday windows are a must-see for anyone visiting New York during the holidays – especially if you have children. This stunning display of Christmas pageantry is the perfect way to get in the mood for Christmas and it is usually available from the middle of November each year. Because it’s such a popular attraction, however, there are usually quite long lines, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes and go to the bathroom before you join the line!

Visit the UNICEF Snowflake

This beautiful illuminated crystal snowflake can be found just where 5th Avenue meets 57th Street and it has become one of New York’s biggest Christmas features. The best part is that it’s absolutely free! Expect to see this from mid-November until early January. 

Watch the Ball Drop in Times Square

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Times Square on New Year’s Eve (SourceLicence)

The New Year’s Celebration in New York City’s Times Square is one of the biggest New Year’s celebrations in the world. This street party hosts around one million people, with a further 100 million people watching it on TV. The Times Square Ball begins to drop at 11.59pm and when it hits the bottom – on the exact second the new year begins – a ton of confetti flies out over Times Square, making for an incredible spectacle. The atmosphere is electric, and you’re guaranteed to have an incredible time as long as you wrap up warm!

With all of the Christmas attractions in December, you might forget to see some of New York’s year-round attractions. Take a look through our range of New York City tours, such as our Statue of Liberty tour and our 9/11 Museum and World Trade Center Area tour. Please feel free to contact us here at City Tales Sightseeing if you have any questions about our tours. We’re happy to help anyone planning their own Fairy-tale Christmas in New York! 

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