This time of year is pure magic in New York City. Experience the best the city has to offer with our top things to do this holiday season.
Just blocks from the Theatre District, Downton Abbey: The Exhibition is a perfect pairing with a Broadway play or musical. Based on the beloved television show, the exhibit transports you to post–Edwardian England, where the characters and iconic house come to life. Guests will be immersed in the fascinating social history and culture of the time, and they’ll be treated to the most memorable moments in the series, including the iconic costumes and sets from the six-season run, including Mrs. Patmore’s kitchen and the servants’ quarters. General admission adult tickets are $30.00 and VIP tickets are $49.00. Entry to the exhibit is scheduled, creating a calm escape from the crowded streets of New York.
New York City has world-class shopping, and it only gets better during the holiday season. If you are looking for unique gifts for your friends and family, be sure to stop by one of the three NYC Holiday Markets, located in Union Square, Bryant Park, and Columbus Circle. You will find gifts for all ages, along with some delicious food pop-ups.
Want to try a unique luxury shopping experience? Stop by Story in the Chelsea neighborhood, a retail concept shop “that takes the point of view of a magazine, changes like a gallery, and sells things like a store.” Every four to eight weeks, the store is completely overhauled with a new theme. This holiday theme is “Home for the Holidays” and is inspired by the upcoming musical film The Greatest Showman.
Sites to See
The holiday window displays at some of New York City’s department stores are worth braving the cold weather for. Our favorites include Bergdorf Goodman, Macy’s, and Saks 5th Avenue.
Checking out the Christmas trees and holiday lights is another tradition. If you are in Midtown, be sure to stop by the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, which is on display from November 29 to January 7. For a historical look at the holidays, check out the Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And for a taste of “go big or go home,” locals and adventurers should take in the elaborate light displays in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn.
The season would not be complete without warm drinks and fatty foods. Stop by Rolf’s in Gramercy to immerse yourself in the most stunning Christmas décor while sipping on eggnog and mulled wines. But be warned: This place is popular and you might catch a long wait on the weekends. Our recommendation: Day-drink on a weekday.
If you find yourself in the West Village, you may spot a giant Christmas tree from blocks away at Rosemary’s, a charming Italian restaurant. On November 30, they are hosting their 5th Annual Rooftop Tree lighting featuring holiday cookies, hot chocolate, and Christmas carols.
Radio City Rockettes
This classic New York show is the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit. See the world-famous Radio City Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall for their Christmas Spectacular. You will be dazzled by the sparkling costumes, perfect kick lines, and the famous toy-soldier scene.