New York’s magnetic energy has long made it one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, but there’s no time to see the city like the holiday season. With lights hanging from every streetlamp and tree, Christmas pop-up shops, outdoor fun, and countless winter-themed performances to take in, Manhattan in particular is an enchanting island that truly comes alive during the holidays. Need more incentive to see it for yourself? Find out what makes make Manhattan so magical during the holidays:
The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center
Experience Tchaikovsky and Balanchine’s remarkable holiday ballet firsthand as the dancers of the New York City Ballet take to the stage at Lincoln Center to put on this mesmerizing show. From the Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy to the polichinelles, this beautiful performance is sure to delight kids and adults alike.
The Bryant Park Winter Village
The streets of New York are often crowded with shoppers looking for the perfect last-minute gift, but at the Bryant Park Winter Village is a wonderful option for ice-skating in NYC. The Christmas Market is also the perfect place to find that one-of-a-kind present that your loved one will treasure forever. From hand-knit hats to jewelry to artisanal food, there’s something to suit every style at this adorable Christmas bazaar.
Skating at the Rink at Rockefeller Center
Strap on your skates and enjoy a magical day in the cool weather by taking a few laps around the Rink at Rockefeller Plaza. Not only is this centrally-located rink one of the best places in the city to view the famed Rockefeller Plaza Christmas tree, it’s also nestled in the shadow of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, where Saturday Night Live is filmed.
Santa at the Plaza Hotel
If you’re traveling with your children, treat them to joy of meeting Santa Claus at the Plaza. Get your kids’ photos taken with the famed North Pole resident, enjoy a meal with your family in one of the hotel’s eateries, and make memories you won’t soon forget.
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Get in the holiday spirit by checking out the famed Rockettes Christmas celebration at Radio City Music Hall. This performance combines dance, music, festive costumes, and all the cheer you need to get into the spirit of the holiday.
Whether you’re enjoying the magical world of The Nutcracker or picking up one-of-a-kind gifts at the Bryant Park Christmas Market, there’s no place like Manhattan to spend Christmas break. This year, find out what makes the City That Never Sleeps tick and enjoy the holiday season in style.