There’s no place like home for the holidays. At least, that’s how the song goes! While many people would agree with this sentiment, we feel that Christmas in New York City will give being home for the holidays a run for its money. Indeed, Christmas time in New York City is one of the most wonderful times of the year, and experiencing the holidays in the Big Apple is something that everyone should do at least once in his or her lifetime. If you’re planning a trip to New York City this Christmas, let us help get you started with our list of the most iconic New York City Christmas experiences.
1. Go big! Helicopter rides in New York are a perfect introduction to the city that never sleeps. Imagine waking up on Christmas Day to a clear blue sky and sunshine, heading to the helipad, and taking off over a sleepy city covered in a blanket of freshly fallen snow. Christmas in New York City is wonderful, but experiencing the city from the sky – the lights, the buildings, and the iconic skyline – is pure magic. Indeed, helicopter rides in New York create memories that will last a lifetime!
2. Ice Skating is a classic activity during Christmas, and New York has no shortage of places to indulge in this fun wintertime pastime. While the rink at Rockefeller Center is a no-brainer, you may also want to check out Chelsea Piers, Bryant Park, or Prospect Park.
3. When most people think of Christmas in New York City, they of course imagine visiting the gigantic Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. The tree is typically lit up in early December, and involves the “lighting” of nearly 50,000 LED lights on a nearly 80-foot tall tree. Don’t worry if you don’t make it for the lighting ceremony, because the tree is on display until early January, coming down only once most people are back to work. If you do decided to enjoy helicopter rides in New York, be sure to look out for the tree from the air!
4. If you haven’t had enough Christmas, why not try out one more NYC tradition: the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. While you’ll have to lay out a bit of cash for this one, it is a pretty neat experience and is truly a New York City tradition: after all, it has been going on for 80 years or so!
What NYC holiday experiences have we forgotten?