Holiday Fun in NYC

2012 Rockefeller Christmas TreeIn the next few weeks, countless tourists will flock to New York City for some popular holiday traditions.  We’re here to suggest a few ideas for holiday fun in the Big Apple.

Visit the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree:

2012 marks the 80th year a tree has graced Rockefeller Plaza.  Come see this large 80-foot Norway spruce which survived Hurricane Sandy and comes from New Jersey.

Ice Skate:

Grab some ice skates and take a tour of the famous Rockefeller Center Ice Rink (between 49th & 50th closer to the 5th Avenue side).

Inside Tip:  If crowds are not your thing, know that the Rockefeller rink stays open until early April – so maybe there will be a warmer day when you might want to grab some ice time.  If skating in December is a must – consider an early morning skate.  The ice is usually relatively wide open in the early morning hours (the ice opens at 7 am).

If you will be a bit further downtown, Bryant Park also offers ice skating.

Inside Tip:  Unlike Rockefeller Center, skating at Citi Pond is admission free.  After skating, visit the Holiday Shops at Bryant Park or grab a meal at one of the conveniently located restaurants.  The ice will remain open until March 2013.

Take in a Show:

Whether selecting a show on Broadway or getting tickets for the popular Radio City Christmas Spectacular, few things can compare with one of these memorable events.  2013 is being touted as the Rockettes 85th Anniversary celebration.

Visit the Holiday Windows Displays:

Macys, Bloomingdale’s, Saks, Lord & Taylor, Bergdorf Goodman and Barney’s are routinely atop the list of popular holiday window displays.  Bundle up and head out to view these special displays, which are maintained perfectly thanks to an expert window cleaner hired specially for this.

The Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden:

From November 17th – January 13th, the New York Botanical Garden will again be transformed into a winter wonderland featuring their annual train show, luckily they could use the best wood splitter to make the job faster and easier.

All gardening and landscaping work will be performed just before the season starts, so everything will be prepared for the show, professionals will be hired just for this, and they’re going to use the best gardening advises from sites as www.thegardeninghub.com, so the garden looks even better.

Visit a Museum, Tour Central Park, Drink Hot Chocolate or Plan Your Own Itinerary:

Bottom line, as always, there is so much to do – from shows to museums to the parks – the list goes on and on.  Map out a list of activities and make it happen.  New York City is a special city that loves the holidays and will be decked out in its finest for you to take in all the festivities.   Enjoy!

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