HOLIDAYS IN NYC
‘Tis the season to love living in NYC despite the frosty cold. Be dazzled by trees, trains, markets and more holiday decor, see a seasonal show and say hi to Santa. And check out our thorough guide to Nutcrackers for all to find a version of the beloved holiday ballet that's right for your family.
Check out rainbow light shows at fancy malls like the jazzy holiday under the stars, new Shine On at Hudson Yards and downtown Luminaries. Find Frozen 2 fun at Saks and intergalactic slow globes at Bloomies.
Beyond the famous Rockefeller tree, find unique evergreens all over town. Go classic and classy at the Plaza Hotel or Lotte New York Palace, admire original decorations including origami dinosaurs, hundreds of paper cranes and baroque Italian figurines and enjoy proximity to ice skating, holiday markets and iconic architecture.
Train lovers are in luck during this season. Make a day of it at the New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show, go All Aboard to Richard Scarry’s Busytown on the UWS, stop by the smaller, free Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal actually ride vintage subway cars.
While family-friendly theater and dance abound all year long in NYC, young show lovers are especially spoiled during the holidays. Quality classics like The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center or Radio City Christmas Spectacular are worth a splurge, but more intimate and less expensive options are also available including Yeti, Set, Snow! at the charming Swedish Marionette Cottage, relaxed holiday concerts and a Kid On The Town presented interactive Nutcracker.
You better watch out…Santa is all over NYC. Face the crowds et reservations for the full Macy’s Santaland experience, join Santa for breakfast and ice skating at Rockefeller Center and many more options. The shortest lines are usually at Bloomingdale’s, the Paley Center (where you can see him on the big screen too) and the Plaza.