This time of year is pure magic in New York City. From superior shopping to essential events, experience the best the city has to offer with our top things to do this holiday season.
Visit an Exhibit
The Museum of Broadway just celebrated its grand opening to the public in November 2022. Be one of the first to take part in this new exhibit, perfect to add to your Broadway trip.
Check out a miniature wonderland, the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden. You’ll be able to see model trains zipping through displays of well-known New York landmarks, more than 175 of them! It’s located in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, so don’t worry about being too chilly. From Rockefeller Center, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and others, join one of New York’s favorite holiday traditions.
Why not add a bit of Broadway holiday spirit while you’re exploring the city? Check out the Broadway Show Globes in Times Square. Available through December 26, these globes are inspired by some of Broadway’s most-loved musicals and make a great photo op.
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 four NYC Holiday Markets, located in Bryant Park (the closest to Times Square & Broadway!), Union Square, Columbus Circle, and, for those who like to stay warm, inside Grand Central Terminal. Find the perfect gift from the wide range of specialized vendors, and snag some food while you’re at it!
If you’re looking for other cool, unique presents curated by a pro, check out Make It Pop-In at Nordstrom. Olivia Kim, Nordstrom’s VP of creative projects and home, has created this ongoing series of limited-time pop-up shops. Options for gifts range from stocking stuffers, self-care & wellness, home goods, and more. Now open at the NYC Flagship store on 57th St., this pop-up will be available through January 1, 2023.
Sights 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 Fifth Avenue.
Checking out the Christmas trees and holiday lights is a quintessential New York tradition. If you are in Midtown, be sure to stop by Rockefeller Center to see the iconic Christmas tree, which will be lit for the first time this year on November 30, 2022. And for a taste of “go big or go home,” locals and adventurers should take in the elaborate light displays in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. In this neighborhood, locals deck their houses out with tens of thousands of lights, creating displays that rival Christmas lights all over the country.
If you’ve never gone before, try ice skating in Central Park at the Wollman Rink. You’ll have the NYC skyline in the background – it’s the perfect moment for that Instagram photo. If you’re not into ice-skating, take a long stroll around the park and take in the vibes, preferably with a delicious cup of hot chocolate.
The season would not be complete without warm drinks and indulgent 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 prepared: This place is popular for its memorable and opulent decorations, and you might catch a long wait on the weekends.
See a Show
Getting tickets to glimpse this classic New York dance troupe 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.
If you’re wanting to fit a Broadway show in that is just right for the season, visit A Christmas Carol, now playing on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre. This new take on the holiday classic stars Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays, who plays over 50 roles in the one-man version of the story you know and love. In the new adaptation from Mays and one of Broadway’s most imaginative directors Michael Arden, parts of the show might scare younger kids, but may thrill the teens and adults in your party. So let Jefferson Mays bless you (us, and everyone) with his genius performance that includes the likes of Scrooge as well as Mrs. Cratchitt.
All of us at Broadway Direct wish you a jolly and exciting journey to NYC. If you try any of these out, make sure to tag us on Instagram!
Last updated and effective as of January 14, 2019
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