Spending Christmas in Manhattan is such an exciting thing to do. It seems to have been captured in so many movies and I’ll be honest, if I was to spend the holiday season anywhere in the world away from home it would be in NYC. Funnily enough it was our first taste of Christmas away from home.
If you’re planning to go to New York City at any point over the Christmas season then here’s the 10 things I’d suggest that you do not miss:
Visit the Rockefeller Centre
It’s busy but you can’t miss taking time out to see the amazing, huge Christmas tree outside the Rockefeller Centre. If you have time you could also tick off the second item on the list by going…
Go Ice Skating
There’s many different areas of Manhattan that you can do ice skating over the Christmas period. The Rockefeller Plaza is only one. Why not head over to the really family friendly and much less busy Bryant Park? Or perhaps central park.
Take in a Broadway show
There are some great shows on at NYC at any time of the year but at Christmas why not look out for something a bit more special? Radio City has an annual show called the Rockettes which is quintessential American Christmas!
Walk up 5th Avenue and gaze at the Christmas decor
We’re not big shoppers so walking 5th Avenue was made much more interesting since it was Xmas. SO many of the stores would put on huge Christmas displays and they were really fun to watch. Look out for the light show from Saks as well!
Find Santa at Macy’s
If you’re bringing kids to NYC this Christmas then make sure you try and find Santa at a department store. Macy’s is probably the best one to try and each year they have a whole section called SantaLand.
Check out FAO Schwarz
It’s gotta be done hasn’t it? Plus it’s a great place to pick up some last minute gifts/
Grab a hot chocolate
It can get VERY cold in NY at winter so a great way to warm up is to get a hot chocolate. We stopped at many places for one, but can I remember the name? Nope! It warmed us up a lot though – get one!
Visit a church
There are loads of churches dotted around in Manhattan. We visited St Patricks which is on 5th Avenue where my husband lighted a candle for his mum. A nice way to slow down and remember what Christmas is all about.
Take in a wintery skyline view on the Staten Island Ferry
The sky can be such a stunning blue and the clear light from the winter sun gives such an amazing feel to the skyline. I loved the views from the Staten Island ferry which is free to go on – a perfect photo opportunity.
Enjoy the snow in Central Park
If it happens to snow while you’re in New York then you have to head on over to Central Park for a bit of snow fun! Take a sled, have a snowball fight or just go for a walk and enjoy the views.
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