New York City is so often featured as a setting in glamorous movies and TV shows, all that fabulous-ness can seem out of reach. But this time of year, when the weather starts to drop and the holiday spirit starts to spread, there’s no grater place to be than in the fast-paced and fantastic New York City. On any average day, there are literally endless things to do in New York City to stay entertained all day. But during the holidays? Times that by ten!
Living so close to the city is both a blessing and a curse. I can easily spend a day in the city when I have free time, but I can never seem to fit just everything I want to do in one day, leaving me itching to get back before my train even pulls into the station. This holiday season, I spent some time with a few of my favorite people in some of my favorite places in New York City.
Five Fun and Festive Things to Do in New York City
Bryant Park in New York City is an absolute must for the holiday season. Ice skating in their rink is so much fun and way less crowded than Rockafeller Center or Central Park. Bonus: If you’re waiting for your turn to hit the ice, you can shop around the little stands that pop up throughout the park or even have a bite to eat and a drink at the Public Fare. (Check out the video above to see more from inside the Public Fare!) Pro tip: Locker rentals at Bryant Park are free, but locks are $10. Bring your own and beat the system!
See how the other side live on Fifth Avenue. The store fronts are decorated with beautiful Christmas lights and full-window displays. The beautiful displays at stores like Saks, Macy’s, Tiffany & Co., are well worth feeling like the ultimate tourist for a little while.
Remember that scene at the end of the Sex in the City movie? Where Miranda meets up with Steve for their ultimate makeup after being separated the whole time? The Brooklyn Bridge isn’t just for the grand finale of a plot line in a movie, you can actually walk it yourself and I definitely recommend it. Bundle up, because it sure gets windy over the water, but the views are breathtaking and the experience is definitely worth some temporary frost bite.
No matter what the season, Central Park is always worth the visit. You can ice skating at one of the two ice skating rinks in the park, ride a horse-drawn carriage or just take a nice stroll to enjoy the fall foliage (if it’s not too cold!). Out of all the things to do in New York City, I love spending time in Central Park whenever I’m there. Although there are lots of other people mulling around with the same idea, it’s a nice little break from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding city.
Last, but certainly not least, is Rockafeller Center. There’s so much to do in this area, but its most well-known for the giant Christmas tree situated above the ice skating rink. Ice skating here is definitely an experience wroth having, but you have to expect to spend a lot of time waiting in line. You can take some adorable pictures in front of the Rockafeller Tree and even see a proposal or two happen there (I’ve seen at least three in my lifetime in this spot). There’s so much to do in Rockafeller Center, from shopping to dining to learning history and more. For about thirty dollars, you can go to the “Top of the Rock” to see epic views of the entire city in all directions.
I’ve been going into the city for as long as I can remember and I don’t think I have ever done the same thing twice (other than Central Park and Rockafeller Center). From spending time in the heart of Times Square and seeing Wicked in Gershwin Theater to visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art and waking the Highline, you’ll never run out of things to do in New York City.
What’s your favorite thing to do in New York City during the holidays?