Top 6 Things to Do in New York City During the Holidays

The holidays are officially upon us! With Thanksgiving next week and Christmas around the corner, New York City has officially gotten into the holiday spirit. My office building even put up a decorated Christmas tree this week in the lobby! We will leave the discussions of if this is too early for another time and instead start celebrating the season with the top 6 things to do in New York City during the holidays!

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center seems to be the epicenter for Christmas in New York City. The iconic Christmas Tree  will be lit this year on November 29 and stay up through January 7. Take in all the holiday decorations as you wait for your turn on The Rink. If you are willing to spend a bit more, make a VIP reservation that allows you to skip the line with a reserved time, complimentary skate rentals and unlimited refreshments and cookies (!) for $75.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink

Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes

Going on from now until New Years Day is the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes. The Rockettes have been kicking it up at Radio City Music Hall for nearly a century and each year the show includes new numbers and dances. The show runs every night and tickets can be as low as $35.

Rockettes Christmas Spectacular


No visit to New York City is complete without an excellent meal. Hit up Rolf’s to be engulfed in lights and decorations. For a more sophisticated and cozy meal with a gorgeous Christmas tree to accompany you, visit the NoMad and order the chicken for two.

Rolf's German Restaurant NYC

Holiday Markets

The holiday season is about giving after all, so why not visit one of the amazing holiday markets in New York City to get all your shopping done? The Union Square Holiday Market is the go-to destination for local crafts and artists, with delicious snacks in between. For more touristy gifts, visit the shops at the Bryant Park Winter Village.

Bryant Park Winter Village

Window Shopping

What’s the next best thing to shopping? Window shopping! In New York City, marquee department stores have been creating impressive art installations for gawking passersby along 5th Avenue. The windows at Bergdorf Goodman were unveiled just last night with the theme of “To New York With Love.” Stay tuned in the next few days for Macy’s, Barney’s, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Holiday Train Show

Opening the day before Thanksgiving is the annual Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Gardens. Model trains take a ride through miniature recreations of iconic New York landmarks, with this year’s focus on Midtown Manhattan. Grab a ticket on the weekdays to save or visit during one of their Bar Car Nights for adults 21+ to enjoy seasonal drinks during an after-dark viewing.

NY Botanical Holiday Train Show

Happy Holidays!

xx Jet Set Steph