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10 things to do in NYC during winter

 

Thought New York was the epitome of all things whimsical? We raise you winter in New York.

Dusted in snow and draped in twinkling fairy lights, as if by magic, this iconic city gets a whole lot dreamier in winter (we know, we can hardly believe it either). Without further ado, let’s see how New York manages to well and truly out-sparkle itself the moment winter falls. Ta-dah, it’s our list of top ten must-dos…

1. Go ice skating in Central Park
2. Visit the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
3. Marvel at 5th Avenue department store displays
4. Shop at Bryant Park Christmas Market
5. Have a drink at Bar SixtyFive
6. See the Holiday Train Show at New York Botanical Garden
7. Get cosy in an Alpine Yurt in The Standard East Village
8. Catch a Christmas concert on Broadway
9. Visit Macy's Santaland
10. Dine at Rolf's

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1. Go ice skating in Central Park

Reminiscent of an old-school rom com, we reckon you’d be hard-pushed to find a better spot for date night than on the shimmering rinks of Central Park. Skate beneath the stars at the iconic Woolman Rink surrounded by some of the globe’s best-known skyscrapers, or why not go all-out with a figure skating or ice dance class? They’re $25 per session, but you aren’t a cheap skate, are you!

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2. Visit the Rockefeller Centre Christmas Tree

This Midtown Manhattan must-see isn’t your average city Christmas tree, no siree! First off, there’s the lighting ceremony. Put it this way, 2018’s show included a performance from Lady Gaga so this year is sure to be equally as fabulous! Next up there’s the tree’s size; this 13-ton beauty is covered with an amazing 50,000 lights and is 85 feet tall! And last but not least, there’s the topper. Don’t suppose you’ve got a spare $1.5m lying around have you? Nope, us neither.

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3. Marvel at 5th Avenue department store displays

If there’s one place on the planet that’s perfect for Christmas shopping, it’s New York’s 5th Avenue and the department store windows are an attraction in themselves! Bloomingdale's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy’s are three of the most famous, so look out for everything from super-sized fairytale characters to ‘60’s inspired throwbacks – nothing is too much in these theatrical festive displays and we can’t wait to see what they come up with next!

4. Shop at Bryant Park Christmas Market

Christmas market fans, you’ve arguably arrived at the world’s best selection here in NYC. Bryant Park is like a winter wonderland in itself thanks to the artisan boutiques, free 17,000sq ft ice rink, live acts and even winter fitness classes! Shop for pressies and warm up with a steaming cup of mulled wine as scarf-wrapped tourists bustle by – this is Christmas in New York at its finest.

5. Have a drink at Bar SixtyFive

What better way to admire the Big Apple in all its festive glory than from a rooftop bar? Exactly, there isn’t one! Catch the lift up to the 65th-floor cocktail lounge of 30 Rockefeller Plaza and sip something chilled as the sun goes down. It’s best to book to make sure you’re guaranteed a spot. Be sure to check if it’s closed for a private event before you set off – as you can probably imagine, this place is a popular spot for some of the city’s glitziest events!

6. See the Holiday Train Show ® at New York Botanical Garden

Choo choo! The Holiday Train Show® is back for another year, well, Christmas in New York wouldn’t be the same without it! This renowned show is utterly enchanting – we’re talking model trains whizzing between 175+ of NYC’s iconic landmarks, crafted from natural materials, but in miniature sizes… does it get any better? We’ve got the artist, Paul Busse, to thank for this mesmerising display of modern art.

7. Get cosy in an Alpine Yurt in The Standard East Village

Alpine Yurt + a fondue feast = a recipe for good times! The Standard East Village’s annual Winter Garden is back, and the best bit? So are the Alpine huts! These heavenly heated pods are draped in faux fur and trimmed up to the max as soon as the festive season falls, taking New York’s restaurant scene to a whole new level. Groups of up to twelve can book out a yurt and dine on fondue with a side of hot cocktails or spiced Glühwein – you’ll feel like you’ve been soared off to Switzerland on these idyllic Alpine experiences.

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8. Catch a Christmas concert on Broadway

Have your pick of festive favourites this winter in NYC’s bustling Broadway. This Midtown Manhattan district is theatre royalty and promises some of the best shows on the globe, with the biggest stars too! Perfect for Chrimbo, you can choose from the likes of Frozen and of course the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes® to name but two. Why not make a night of it and book a table at one of New York’s amazing restaurants too?

9. Visit Macy's Santaland

If there’s one thing to do in New York in winter it’s a visit to Macy’s Santaland. Kids, teens and adults alike will be filled with festive cheer as soon as they enter this fairytale kingdom, which can be found on the 8th floor of Macy’s. If the 13,000sq ft wonderland with its enchanted forest and dazzling displays wasn’t enough to leave you spellbound, then the fact you can meet Santa himself sure will.

10. Dine at Rolf's

Christmas in New York in restaurant form? We bring you Rolf’s. If you were going to argue that this German restaurant isn’t a fan of the festive period, save your breath, as the ceiling of baubles tells a whole different story. Some may call it OTT, we say it’s nothing short of fabulous. It takes no less than six people to deck out this undeniably extravagant display with an incredible 15,000 ornaments and 10,000 lights completing the show. Yikes, we wouldn’t want to be paying their electricity bill! It’s a New York restaurant like no other.

If this glimmering guide hasn’t persuaded you to start planning your winter adventure in New York, we’re not sure where you’ve been for the last ten minutes! And for those that have already started packing, well, we think it’s time to book in those flights! Search winter city breaks to New York and start the countdown to a fairytale adventure today…

Posted: 20th Oct 2019.

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