The holiday is upon us and many people are looking for a place to spend them—that is, of course, if they’re not visiting family. One of the greatest places on earth to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s is New York City. Christmas in New York City is when the city at its most charming and atmospheric, filled with happy people, featuring millions of flickering lights, the sounds of Christmas carols flowing through the air.
If you are planning on celebration New York City Christmas this year, I have a handful of places in this world-class city that you really shouldn’t miss, especially if it’s your first ever visit to the Big Apple.
The following top 5 of places you should visit is based on my own visit to New York City during the winter holidays. Before we get started, I do have to say that this post only covers places in Manhattan. As I haven’t visited other boroughs in New York City during the holiday season, I can’t say much about them.
Top 5 Places to Visit When Celebrating New York City Christmas
5. Fifth Avenue
If you’re still looking for a present for a loved one, there’s hardly a better place to buy one than Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. Or, if you’ve already completed your Christmas shopping, you should still stroll through Fifth Avenue for some window-shopping.
4. Lincoln Center
New York City’s largest entertainment and performance center, Lincoln Center is the place to be for everything from dance performances and ballets to concerts and other performing arts. During the holiday season, there are always multiple events going on.
3. Times Square
This is a no-brainer. Times Square belongs on any itinerary to the City, no matter if it’s mid-summer or the heart of winter. This time of year, however, it is as busy as ever, as everyone gets ready for the Ball Drop at New Year’s. Times Square with all its flashing lights and 24-hour hustle and bustle is one of the most iconic spots in the entire city.
2. Central Park
Central Park is an absolutely magical place around Christmas, particularly if it’s covered under a thin blanket of fresh snow. Put on a warm coat and gloves and head out for a stroll through this immense park, visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the process. Also, take a look at the ice skating rink, which is always a busy place—don’t go skating yourself, though; it’s not worth it.
1. Rockefeller Center
Arguably the hub of the Christmas atmosphere in New York City, Rockefeller Center is simply a must-visit place. This iconic place is home to an enormous Christmas tree, decorated with a dazzling number of lights—more than 30,000 of them, in fact. Beneath the tree is another ice skating rink, possibly even more popular than the one in Central Park. Do not miss Rockefeller Center when spending your Christmas in New York City this year!