6 things you can't miss out in New York City during the Holidays

The famed Manhattan skyline during sunset

The famed Manhattan skyline during sunset


December just breezed in and there's no better way to welcome the month than by featuring cities best known for their exciting and fun-filled holiday celebrations!

Topping our list is none other than the city of skyscrapers and home to the world-famous Rockefeller Center and Wollman Rink in Central Park – New York City, USA.

The Big Apple has been featured in countless movies and TV shows throughout the years so, it’s no surprise that many people see it as one of the world’s most festive holiday destinations.

So, whether you’re a tourist or a local trying to rekindle your love for the magical city, look no further as we will be listing down some of New York’s popular spots to visit and the most anticipated events for the Christmas season.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade


New York holiday festivities get rolling right after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It is one of the city’s biggest traditions dating back to 1924 and every year it gets bigger and more sensational with the thousands of people participating in the parade. From giant character balloons, cheerleaders, dancers, clowns, marching bands, up to famous celebrities and Santa Claus personified, you will definitely love seeing the parade either in person or on television.

85th Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting


The Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting is another anticipated event in New York for over eight decades, which showcases the annual tree lighting ceremony of Rockefeller Plaza’s iconic Christmas tree, alongside live performances open to the public. The tree serves as a symbol of hope and will be donated to Habitat for Humanity once the holidays are over. It will remain lit until the first week of January.

Viewing is on a first-come, first-serve basis though so, we advise you get there early!

Radio City Christmas Spectacular


Kicking off the holiday season is the yearly Radio City Christmas Spectacular - known as New York’s only musical tradition being held in the Radio City Music Hall. This year, Christmas Spectacular features a series of shows including Sleigh Ride, New York at Christmas, Here Comes Santa Claus, and Rag Dolls.

We recommend you book tickets in advance before they sell out!

The Nutcracker


The Nutcracker, by George Balanchine, is a favorite annual production featuring 90 dancers, 62 musicians, 40 stagehands, and more than 125 children from the School of American Ballet. The intricate lightings and elaborate stage elements, particularly the one-ton Christmas tree that grows from a height of 12 feet to 41 feet, are some of the grand highlights that spellbind viewers.

The Nutcracker is considered as one of the most multifaceted theatrical, staged ballets of New York City Ballet. Your children will surely enjoy watching the show!

Union Square Holiday Market


Adding to New York’s festive atmosphere is the much-awaited Union Square Holiday Market hosted by Urbanspace, where over 100 red-and-white stands fill Union Square Park. Affordable, handmade items by local craftsmen and artist are on sale, making it the perfect place for shopping gifts for your friends and loved ones.

New Year’s Eve Ball Drop


The New Year’s Eve Ball Drop is one of New York's classic traditions held in Times Square, where thousands of people gather together to watch a glowing sphere slide down a pole until midnight.

This year marks its 100th anniversary and over a million are expected to participate in welcoming 2018.

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