New York City is magical in December—whether you’re ice skating below the giant Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, seeing the city decked out in lights or watching the ball drop in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Here are a few ways to enjoy the “Big Apple” this holiday season.
Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center
Nothing says winter in New York like ice skating at Rockefeller Center. Located on Fifth Avenue in the heart of midtown, this iconic center features a 72-foot-tall Norway Spruce decked out for the holidays. Grab a hot chocolate and enjoy whizzing around the ice rink beneath the gigantic Christmas tree and towering skyscrapers. For an unforgettable evening, combine ice skating with dinner at the renowned Sea Grill. With this package, you can enjoy a three-course dinner and VIP access to the rink including a reserved skating time and complimentary rentals.
Christmas Lights in Manhattan
See Manhattan aglow for the holidays. Enjoy a tour that begins with a drive by Rockefeller Center to see the Christmas tree. Then experience the elaborate Christmas window displays at several of New York’s top stores, including FAO Schwartz, Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor and other shops on 5th Avenue. Drive through Columbus Circle, at the southwest corner of Central Park, and see the horse-drawn carriages, the Time Warner Center and the world-famous Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Then grab some photos of the neon lights in Times Square before making a stop at the Holiday Market at Bryant Park.
Holiday Lights Tour in Brooklyn
Discover Brooklyn lit up for the holiday season with mechanical reindeer, glowing nativity scenes, dazzling lights, 30-foot toy soldiers and old-fashioned holiday cheer. Take a tour of the Christmas lights and decorations of the Dyker Heights section of Brooklyn, made famous in the PBS documentary “Dyker Lights” and featured on TLC’s “Crazy Christmas Lights.” Along the way, visit the festive Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn for their incredible Christmas light displays.
Day Trip to Koziar’s Christmas Village
Enjoy a day trip from New York City that includes the Adventure Aquarium, Longwood Gardens and Pennsylvania’s famous Koziar’s Christmas Village. Featuring over one million Christmas lights, Koziar’s is the biggest Christmas Village in North America. Take a picture with Santa Claus and his reindeer, go gift shopping or enjoy strolling through thousands of colorful decorations.
New Year’s Eve in Times Square
Since 1907 people have been visiting Times Square to watch the iconic ball make its descent from atop One Times Square. The New Year’s Eve Ball is a sight to behold–measuring 12 feet in diameter, weighing 11,875 pounds and covered in 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles. In addition to this momentous occasion, there is a whole schedule of live performances that evening leading up to midnight. If you’d like to just visit New York City for New Year’s Eve, try a tour from Boston that begins that day with sightseeing including a Statue of Liberty Cruise and a tour of the Broadway before heading to Times Square for the New Year’s Eve celebrations. Or enjoy a more leisurely two-day tour from Boston which includes an overnight stay and shopping.
Spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve in NYC with an East Coast Tour
Since Christmas and New Year’s Eve are both delightful in New York City, experience an eight-day tour that lets you enjoy both holidays in the Big Apple, along with seeing some top East Coast attractions in between. Spend Christmas Day in New York City with a morning tour and then an evening tour with dinner in Times Square. Visit Rockefeller Center to see the tree. Next day see the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Wall Street and more with the option to catch a Broadway show in the evening. From NYC, head down the coast to Pennsylvania’s Hershey’s Chocolate World and Koziar’s Christmas Village. Over the next few days catch more festive sights including the White House Christmas Tree, Busch Garden Christmas Town and a seafood dinner in Virginia Beach. Return to New York City in time for the countdown in Times Square.
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