How to Enjoy the Christmas Season in New York City

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New York loves Christmas. It gets dressed up in its most glamorous best and people come from around the world to see to see it. Like everything else in New York, the choices for holiday fun are endless, so Nice Guy Tours is hereto give you some tips on a few things you really shouldn’t miss during the holiday season in New York City.

See the Holiday Lights While You Shop
Rockefeller Center is the epicenter of New York’s holiday scene, and rightly so. For more than 80 years, a tree has gone up on the same spot to mark the occasion. But it’s not the only festive site to behold. Take a stroll past the posh department stores of Fifth Avenue and you’ll see how each elaborately dressed window tries to outdo the other year after year. The creativity and detail that go into these Christmas window displays are truly amazing. You’ll find windows dressed to the nines at Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel, Tiffany & Co., Saks Fifth Avenue, and more. Want to shop someplace where you don’t have to completely empty your wallet? The pop-up shops at Winter Village at Bryant Park sell tons of unique, hand-crafted items—the types of gifts you can be sure won’t be duplicated. Other pop-up holiday markets which sell goods created by local artists and designers include the Columbus Circle and Union Square Holiday Markets

Go Ice Skating
Get into the holiday spirit as you spin around on the ice surrounded by some of the most iconic sites in the world. The most popular skating rinks remain the big three: Rockefeller Center, Central Park, and Bryant Park. They all have their charms and romance, and when the holiday season is in full swing, they also have hordes of people. If you want to skate a little off the beaten path, consider LeFrak Center in gorgeous Prospect Park in Brooklyn, or head to Riverbank State Park Ice Skating Rink on the Upper West Side. Both places offer a more local, neighborhood experience. If you want to up your ice skating game, try the Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers, which offers figure skating lessons for those more graceful on the ice. Sky Rink is an indoor rink and is perched high above the Hudson River for awesome views.

See a Live Show
The Rockettes have performed those amazingly choreographed kicks in front of legions of fans for almost a century now, so the Radio City Christmas Spectacular is a crowd favorite year after year and a must if you’re looking for traditional New York City holiday entertainment. Prefer a thoroughly modern Christmas hit? The most lovable of Santa’s helpers is on Broadway in Elf, a musical based on the hit 2003 film about a confused orphan who grew up in the North Pole and suddenly finds himself navigating love, the workplace, and cranky New Yorkers.