Ever since the first Home Alone was released, our obsession with New York at Christmas has gone a little wild. Ice skating at the Rockefeller Centre, Christmas broadway and heightened shopping at Macy’s are just some of the reasons we would like to share the ‘Happy Holidays!’ with New York City.
Words: Grace Faulkner, Sub editor: Eireann Beardon
The Christmas windows definitely top Oxford Street – and they get better every year!
Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Barneys and Tiffany & Co just to name a few – if you don’t enter New York in the Christmas spirit, you’ll certainly leave with some.
2. The Rockefeller Centre has the best Christmas tree you’ve probably ever seen (think Kevin when his mum finds him at the end).
Imagine being stood at the bottom of this 75ft tree full of Christmas lights. (The tallest was 100ft!)
3. Saks Fifth Avenue lights show is nothing short of a three minute movie
As your skating round the ice rink, just stop for a few minutes and take in this spectacle, you won’t see anything like it again.
4. Ice skating here cannot be beaten, forget Winter Wonderland
Central Park, The Rockefeller Centre, Wollman Park – Ice rinks don’t come much better than with the breathtaking views of New York.
5. 24 hour shopping
You read it right. For three days leading up to Christmas Macy’s is open all day, all night. If the bright lights (or jet lag) of New York is keeping you awake, there’s only one place to go – and it will be no where near as busy!
6. New York’s famous ‘holiday markets’
Union Square, Columbus Circle and Grand Central station are the biggest and the best. If you have time, visit all three!
7. You have to visit Little Italy
Carollers in costume, floats, bands, tinsel and lights – Little Italy may make you feel a little bit like you’re in a Christmas movie.
8. Whichever city you’re in, a rooftop bar is a must. Meet 203 Fifth.
203 Fifth is the largest outdoor bar New York has to offer with amazing views of the city. In summer, this would provide the perfect backdrop to a day out drinking cocktails, however a hot chocolate in winter will do just fine.
9. Now Duncan’s has been turned into an Apple shop (BOO) you have to visit F.A.O Schwarz
Visiting toy shops is a must in New York at Christmas time, they are nothing short of magical. Make sure you take a trip to F.A.O Schwarz and have a tap on the giant floor keyboard.
10. There’s no business like show business!
What better time to visit broadway and watch a show than Christmas! This Christmas broadway is full of all time favourites like Matilda, Chicago and Wicked.
11. Go and see The Rockettes at Radio City Hall
If broadway’s not your thing, why not try the City Hall? A spectacular show by The Rockettes, all singing, all dancing, all Christmas!