Fall and winter in the Northeast is filled with fun happenings for residents and tourists. From apple picking to foliage tours, holiday shopping to the world famous Rockefeller Tree lighting, the Northeast is bustling with activities. With all of this, it is clear why New York City is a top holiday destination for tourists.
Once a new school year is underway, the leaves on the trees change colors and cooler, crisp air starts to make it way in. This can only mean one thing: The holiday season is soon upon us! If you’re a lover of all-things-holiday-related, then taking an epic trip to the busiest and most beautiful city during these months is essential. Even if you live nearby in the Northeast, planning a day in NYC can be an amazing one-day vacation.
Top 5 NYC holiday destinations you have to see
Holiday Destination #1: Rockefeller Christmas Tree at the Skating Rink & Winter Village at Bryant Park
If making magical winter memories is part of the reason you’re visiting NYC, then this is a must stop holiday destination on your NYC visit list. Ice skate with other skaters sharing in the holiday spirit on a 17,000 square foot rink. While there, be sure to stop and see the world-famous Rockefeller Christmas Tree – a universal symbol of the holidays. Enjoy shopping along Bryant Park’s plazas, and terraces where special kiosks line the roadways to sell holiday goods.
Holiday Destination #2: One World Observatory
Get a true birds-eye view from the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Take a journey up 102 floors at One World Trade Center. The One World Observatory, a must-see experience in NYC, provides , its most iconic sites, and surrounding waters. See the city lights, holiday cheer and experience the city in an all new way. Take selfies with the NYC skyline and stand on a circular glass disc floor that offers a magnificent view of the streets literally beneath your feet using high definition footage of the streets 100 floors below. Plenty of unique, panoramic views of New York City make this a top NYC holiday destination.
Holiday Destination #3: 5th Avenue Window Displays
A nostalgic tradition for the NYC holiday season is taking a walk by the 5th avenue window displays of the biggest department stores. They’ve been doing this for years and it’s become a holiday attraction as each year brings new displays that are incredible to admire. Check out our map of the best holiday window tour of the season.
Holiday Destination #4: Union Square Holiday Markets
This market runs especially for the holiday season from Nov.-Dec. and is located in the heart of NYC in Union Square Park.
Well known as a must-visit destination for unique gifts created by local craftsmen and artists. Come browse the winding aisles this year enjoying a unique and eclectic holiday experience
Now with an upgraded look, live music, the best vendor selection in the Northeast, and even a warming station so you don’t have to worry about getting too cold, Union Square Holiday Market is the holiday destination for New Yorkers and tourists alike.
Holiday Destination #5: Radio City Christmas Spectacular
You can’t visit NYC without seeing a show. Running from Nov.-Jan., this annual musical holiday hits the stage for 90-minutes and features dozens of performers singing, dancing (the Rockettes) and performing. Since it’s first running back in 1933, it’s become a New York Christmas tradition. This year, the Christmas Spectacular comes to life in a new way as Radio City transforms into an interactive, magical wonderland. With new state-of-the-art technology and stunning effects, the audience will feel like they are part of the show! This is definitely a must-stop destination along your holiday travels in the city.
Tip: Reserve a Car!
Even if you’re used to driving in the city, around at these times of year in the Big Apple traffic can be miserable. Add on the difficulties of searching for parking as well as it’s cost, and just getting to New York City can ruin your holiday trip before it begins. Make your trip truly enjoyable by reserving a car to take you into and from the city. We’ll pick you up at your home with one of our luxury cars. You and your family can enjoy the trip into the city, relaxing in the back of a modern and comfortable vehicle. Let us know where and when you want to be picked up at the end of your day, and we’ll get you home in comfort and stress-free. Set the tone for your trip as soon as you get into your private car and have an enjoyable experience the whole time you’re in the city.
Give us a call to reserve your car for this holiday season.