One of the best parts of the holiday season is having so many visitors in town! There truly is no better time to visit NYC I believe than at Christmastime, thanks to so many festive things to do and see around town. Carter snapped these photos with my sister and friend Nicola while there were in town last weekend and I couldn’t resist breaking out some holiday sparkle for the ballet! It was freezing out so paired with a big cozy sweater, it was perfect for a festive night on the town!
We had a weekend full of all things holiday, and along with visiting during the holidays, that can also mean a lot of Christmas craziness. So today I wanted to break down what to do, see and eat when you visit during the holidays and what to do to help avoid those crazy crowds!
See A Holiday Show: My number one must have during the holidays is to see a festive show! From The Rockettes to The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center (which we did this weekend and LOVED!), there’s nothing more special than getting dressed up to go see a live performance. I also love just heading to see any Broadway show with friends in town, so make sure to read my Broadway ticket guide if looking for the best deals.
Walk Uptown With A Warm Drink In Hand: My favorite place to see all the amazing Christmas decorations and lights is Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue. My recommendation is to start at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel to see their famous Christmas tree, and then head over to Rockefeller Center and then walk up towards Ralph Lauren on Madison and 72nd Street. However, the weekends can be so overwhelming with crowds to see everything so I recommend getting up early and grabbing coffee and donuts before 11 am. There still may be some crowds but it’s definitely more manageable and easier to see everything.
Snap A Photo At One Of The Holiday Trees: Along with the Christmas decorations, there is so many amazing Christmas trees around town. While the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is the most famous, I actually prefer a lot of the others around the city as they are less crowded and able to get up close, like the South Street Seaport Tree we were able to shoot at for these photos! Other favorites include: the Lotte New York Palace Tree, the New York Stock Exchange Tree and the Washington Square Park tree.
Visit The Holiday Markets: While they can be a little crazy busy, visiting one of the holiday markets is a great way to pack in shopping, eating and sightseeing all in one. If you’re downtown, head to the Union Square Holiday Market filled with lots of shopping for ornaments and gifts. If you’re uptown, the Bryant Park Holiday Village has amazing food options (make sure to get the hot apple cider!) and an ice rink too for a fun winter activity.
Have A Cozy Meal And Cocktail: Most importantly, take the time to catch up with your visitors! And there’s no better way to do that over a cozy meal and drinks. There’s so many favorites to visit during the winter that serve holiday drinks and specials, and if by the fire that’s an extra bonus. My favorite cozy restaurants are all here and I’ll be sharing my favorite holiday bars tomorrow so stay tuned!
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Location: South Street Seaport, NYC
Photos: Carter Fish