Christmas in New York belongs on every seasoned traveler’s bucket list. Here’s a (very) short list of the best Xmas events going on around town.
Christmas in the city begins when Bryant Park Winter Village opens (Oct. 27 this year, if you must know). The market offers plenty to do on a sunny winter’s day. Stroll around more than 170 shops offering everything from jewelry to art to clothes to pets, and with plenty of places to sit for a coffee with something sweet. Then take a skate round the famous rink.
Take a short walk to the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, which is best seen at night in all its glittering glory. This year, a crowd gathered to see the 22-meter-tall Norway spruce hoisted on Nov. 10.
Take a walking tour from the tree toward Radio City Music Hall, the iconic art deco landmark that has hosted Grammy, Emmy and Tony award ceremonies. The interior is done up in a sort of garish opulence that only Americans can pull off — though you might not agree. On the way to Radio City, you’ll pass some of the most beautiful holiday decorations the Big Apple has to offer. The giant red Christmas tree ornaments near Radio City Hall are an eye-catching treat.
Now, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to upscale department stores like Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, which compete to turn heads with their window displays. Unlike the high-priced goods on the shelves, window-shopping is free!
Cap your holiday with a walk in Central Park in the snow — truly a winter wonderland! (T)