1. Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
Nothing says New York City in December more than the Rockefeller
Center Christmas Tree. This is a famous yearly tradition in the
Big Apple, and both tourists and locals flock to the tree lighting
ceremony, which can take place in early December or late November.
The tree is notable for having 50,000 LED lights in a dazzling
array of colors and stands at 100 feet tall. On top of the tree
you'll find the "Swarovski Star," which is 9.5 feet in diameter,
weights 550 pounds, and contains 25,000 sparkling crystals with
over one million facets. For a closer look at the star, a replica
can be viewed up close inside the Rockefeller Center.
2. Ice Skating In Central Park
Ice skating in Central Park is an absolutely iconic December New
York activity. If you're looking for a fun activity to enjoy with
the family, or in the mood for something romantic, this is perfect.
Nothing beats ice skating with someone you care about with the
beautiful New York City skyline in the background. In Central
Park you'll find two ice skating rinks. The Wollerman Rink is on
the east side, close to Central Park Zoo, and Lasker Rink is in
the middle of the park. Ice hockey and lessons are also available.
3. Walk Down Fifth Avenue
Fifth Avenue is New York City's shopping Mecca, and walking through
during the holiday season is truly a treat. With stunning LED
displays and decorations everywhere, it's the perfect chance to
take in the joy of simply experiencing the city itself. The Sak's
Fifth Avenue Holiday Windows offer delightful displays in the
spirit of the season, with a radiant lighting display illuminating
the store's facade.
4. Holiday Marketss
In between visiting all the amazing landmarks in New York City, be
sure to take some time out to visit one (or more!) of the city's
famous holiday markets. These pop-up markets offer a wide variety
of types of shopping, from clothing, to arts and crafts, to gourmet
food. Nothing beats having a hot drink in your hand as you enjoy a
chilly December evening. The Union Square Holiday Market, Bryant
Park's Winter Village, and the Grand Central Holiday Fair are among
the largest and most famous.
5. St. Patrick's Cathedrals
New York City's most popular Christmas show is undoubtedly the Radio
City Christmas Spectacular, featuring the famous Rockettes. Visitors
have been treated to a magical performance featuring traditional
Christmas scenes, dancing, singing, and an original musical score
for over 80 years. Constructed between 1932 and 1940 and featuring
a stunning Art Deco style, this is a famous landmark that everyone
should visit at least once. To make things even more festive, the
front of Radio City Music Hall is decorated with a dazzling
Christmas tree whose color is always changing.
6. St. Patrick's Cathedrals
Millions of people visit Saint Patrick's cathedral yearly, and is a
must-visit New York City landmark. There's no better time to visit
than the holiday season, especially if you check the schedule and
arrange to hear some traditional holiday music in a truly amazing