With Christmas well and truly on its way, you might have started looking at top destinations to spend the Christmas holiday. Well, look no further than good ole’ New York City! The ‘Big Apple’ is one of the most magical and exciting places you can visit during the Christmas period for a number of reasons. We’ve all seen the Christmas movies which show off New York’s colourful lights, glittering festive decoration and of course, the huge Christmas tree at the Rockefeller centre. New York has always been known to do things bigger and better than anywhere else and Christmas is no exception. So, if you wish to spend the festive period in this wonderful city, find out how to have the perfect Christmas city break to New York!
Where to stay in New York
First things first, you need a place to stay during your city break. Luckily, New York isn’t short of options. There are tons of hotels to choose from, whether you’re looking for something budget-friendly and convenient or you want to treat yourself to something more luxurious. Stay at the Lotte New York Palace for a truly unforgettable Christmas experience. During the festive period, the hotel features a 30-foot Christmas tree in its courtyard. The hotel lobby is also fully decorated during this time too, creating a lovely touch for your Christmas city break.
On the other hand, there are plenty of other top choices when it comes to accommodation in the city. Stays at the 4-star Roosevelt Hotel, Millennium Hilton New York Downtown and The Gallivant Times Square offer wonderful amenities as well as a fantastic location. Even 3-star hotels like the Wellington Hotel and Hampton Inn Manhattan-Times Square Central provide spacious rooms, great service and an excellent location in the midst of it all.
What to do in New York
New York is one of the best destinations to travel to if you’re looking to keep busy during your stay. But, during Christmas there are a wide variety of Christmas-related activities to enjoy in the city.
New York is home to some of the most memorable Christmas movies. So, what better way to kick start your city break than with a tour exploring the film locations and sites of some of your favourite Christmas classics? We’re talking ‘Home Alone 2’, ‘Elf’ and ‘Scrooged’ to name a few! As well as seeing the sites and taking a moment or two for a photo opportunity, you’ll also be able to hear some exciting stories about the making of these films.
The Rockefeller Centre is perhaps one of New York’s most iconic Christmas sights. It’s home to a huge Christmas tree that towers over an ice rink. The lighting of the tree includes a big celebration each year including live performances.
For many, a big part of Christmas is hearing the festive carols and watching a Christmas inspired show. New York hosts a range of shows and musicals including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and The Nutcracker. Both of these shows as well as many others will run from the end of November throughout the Christmas period.
One of the top attractions for a Christmas holiday has to be the Christmas markets. The chance to shop around for Christmas gifts, festive treats and experience a joyous atmosphere that appeals to many holidaymakers. Not only that, but you’ll no doubt find an ice rink nearby where you can have a skate around. Try Union Square Holiday Market where you can find over 150 stalls selling a range of gifts. Or head to Bryant Park’s Winter Village where there is a wide variety of stalls selling bits and bobs as well as restaurants. You’ll also be able to have a whizz around on the Bryant Park ice rink.
Kids love meeting Santa during Christmas time (adults do too!). Whether it’s for a photo or for the kids to relish the moment to tell Santa what they want for Christmas. There’s no doubt that meeting Santa can play a huge part in your Christmas celebrations, especially in New York. You can head to Macy’s Santaland where you can reserve a time for photos, otherwise you can expect a long queue. On the other hand, you can make your way to Winter Wonderland which takes place at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem where you can also be treated to a choir performance as well as meeting Santa, all for free!