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The Ultimate New York Holiday Bucket List

The ultimate guide to New York in holiday season is here. Whether you want to snap shots of glittering decorations or see popular holiday shows, below you’ll find the best seasonal events in the city. Cross these experiences off your NYC holiday bucket list!

Admire the Rockefeller Center Tree

Rockefeller Center is at the core of New York’s Christmas celebrations. Your first stop should be the grand Christmas tree at the center of Rockefeller Plaza. After you’ve taken photos in every angle you can think of, admire the tree from a different perspective. Book tickets to ice skate at The Rink to top off the day. 

Go to Bryant Park’s Winter Village

Next, head to our second favorite holiday attraction: Bryant Park’s Winter Village. The quaint and cozy market features local food vendors, artisans and brands. The cafés and restaurants serve delicious seasonal dishes that will warm you up on the coldest of days. Its rink is the only one in New York with free admission, so don’t miss the chance to glide on the ice. 

Get Tickets for a Holiday Show

New York is home to long-running holiday shows that you won’t find anywhere else. Starting with the two major holiday train shows: the Holiday Train Show in New York Botanical Garden and the Grand Central Annual Holiday Train Show. If trains aren’t your cup of tea, what about a ballet like The Nutcracker? You can’t go wrong with George Balanchine’s version of the classic tale. Lincoln Center also holds annual holiday concerts featuring classical music, choirs, and caroling. 

Shop at a Christmas Market

Are you looking for a unique gift? Christmas markets in New York are the perfect opportunity to shop for something you won’t find in a department store. We already mentioned the market at Bryant Park’s Winter Village. Other options include the Columbus Circle Holiday Market and Grand Central Holiday Fair. 

See the Major Window Displays

Although the era of e-commerce is taking its toll on big department stores, holiday window displays continue to be a popular New York attraction. Check out our blog to read about the history behind this tradition and find out where to go to see the most stunning window displays in the city. 

Drink Warm Winter Cocktails

All that sightseeing in the dead of winter will probably have you craving for a hot beverage. New York’s countless bars and cocktail lounges craft wintery drinks every year. If you don’t know where to go, start by visiting Bar 44 at Royalton New York. After tasting our signature cocktails, head to these bars to sip on other seasonal cocktails. 

Our hotel is close to these New York attractions. Book your winter escape at Royalton New York and experience the best of the holiday season.