There’s no place like NYC to experience the excitement of the holiday season. Visit the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, and then go see the Rockettes’ high-kicking stage show. Peek at the intricate department-store window displays on Fifth Avenue. Shop at one of the seasonal craft markets. Venture out to Brooklyn's Dyker Heights to marvel at the eye-popping lights outside its residents’ homes. Top it off by counting down in Times Square as part of the world’s biggest New Year’s Eve party.
NYC’s streets, store windows and social calendar are extra-vibrant during the holidays.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at these restaurants, which are as passionate about holiday decor as they are about cuisine.
Keep warm, arrive early and stay safe as you welcome the New Year in NYC.
It's likely you already know the story—and that no New York City holiday season is complete without seeing this production. The glittering classic, performed annually by the New York City Ballet since 1954, has become one of the City's signature family-friendly traditions. Expect to warm your spirit with visions of the Sugarplum Fairy and, naturally, the Nutcracker.
Rockefeller Center's celebrated tree lighting is a holiday-season staple. The colorful and towering tree is a sight to behold, and the lighting ceremony always features celebrity guests, musical performances and more. The tree can be seen from the ice-skating rink below and is a must-visit for anyone in NYC during the holidays.
Celebrate Hanukkah with the lighting of the world's largest menorah, at Grand Army Plaza (Fifth Avenue and West 59th Street, across the street from The Plaza hotel). This 32-foot-high, gold-colored, 4,000-pound steel holiday icon is a sight to behold. Every evening during the holiday, at 5:30pm, a candle will be lit. For the Sabbath, the lighting will be at 3:30pm on Friday and 8:30pm on Saturday.
The four-mile New Year's Eve run (what better way to kick off those resolutions?) starts at the stroke of midnight at the first sight of fireworks; consider the pre-race dancing and costume parade and contest to be evening-appropriate handicaps. For more information, visit nyrr.org.