Christmas in New York is the most wonderful time of the year! This popular tourist destination has plenty of holiday cheer to go around with lots of fun activities and events for everyone to enjoy. So, if you’re planning a trip to the Big Apple this festive season then take a look out our little guide to Christmas in New York 2012.
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
Worldwide symbol of the holiday season in New York, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree most definitely requires a visit during your stay in the city that never sleeps.
Lovingly decorated with over 5 miles of colourful LED lights and crowned by a Swarovski star, visitors and locals alike can admire this lovely tree lit it up in all its glory from 5:30pm until 11:30 pm daily at the Rockefeller Center Plaza until 11pm on the 7th of January.
Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink
Whilst you’re stopping off for a glimpse of the fabulous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, why not take a whirl on the Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink.
With lots of sparkling lights in the backdrop, a skate on the ice rink at the Rockefeller Center is the perfect festive holiday activity. In addition, with room for only 150 skaters at a time, a pleasant experience is guaranteed. Finally, skate lessons are on offer, and for ice skating fans a season pass entitling holders to unlimited skating, is available. A session for adults costs $25, and $15 dollars for seniors and children under 11. So, give it a spin this Christmas time in New York with a session at the Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink!
Christmas Window Displays
The department store Christmas window displays in New York are truly a sight to behold during the festive season. Over Christmas in New York they are transformed into miniature winter wonderlands, thus a pleasant stroll from 59th Street, and down the prestigious 5th Avenue in the Big Apple, is highly recommended. Major new York department stores Bloomingdale’s, Barney’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks, Lord & Taylor, and last but not least, Macy’s boast some of the top Christmas window displays in New York so make sure you pass by, because its free!
Meet Santa in New York
Finally, Christmas in New York just wouldn’t be the same without meeting Santa Claus. Families can seek out the jolly fat man at Macy’s Santaland in the Big Apple or Bloomingdale’s on 59th Street. Alternatively, Breakfast with Santa can be enjoyed in the Rock Center Café at the Rockefeller Center or this legendary character can be spotted at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, amongst many other opportunities to visit him over Christmas in New York.
So, now you know. If you’re spending Christmas in New York then these fun seasonal activities are guaranteed to get you in the festive cheer. Merry Christmas!