You’ve already started to hear that Christmas music being piped through the aisles in the stores, and the weather is starting to get just a wee bit cold. You have a hot cup of coco to warm yourself up and when you see a fireplace, you can’t help but want to hang your stockings on it. Christmas shopping is in full swing, so it could only mean one thing, that it’s time to go to New York City to experience a New York City Christmas.New York City is magical place no matter what time of year you go, but at Christmas time, all of your childhood fantasies can come to life. There are many must sees if you plan on visiting New York at Christmas time, and hear they are.
If your coming in to the city through Grand Central Terminal, your not going to want to miss The Grand Central Terminal Holiday Laser Light Show. It’s only a five minute show, but it is just the trick to get everybody in the mood for sightseeing, Christmas style. It’s a Christmas light and music show every half hour from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., December 1 to January 1, according to On Board New York Tours.
The next thing your going to want to do is go over to Rockefeller Center and see the most iconic New York Christmas attraction, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. The tree is going to be lit on November 30 of this year, and will be lit throughout the holiday season, according to About.com. While you there, what better thing to try then to go ice skating on the Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink. The best time to go is Mondays-Fridays in the morning, as the wait can be many hours. They do rent skates, and the price for admission is $14 for adults, and $10 for children during the week, and $17 for adults, and $12 for kids during the weekend.
After you’ve had a nice time ice skating, why not go to lunch at the whimsical little café known as Serendipity 3. It’s located at 225 East 60th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.This café is well known for it’s good lunch options, but mainly for it’s frozen hot chocolate. The prices are reasonable for New York City and it will be a lunch that you won’t soon be forgetting.
After lunch you can head over to Radio City Music Hall, located on 1260 Avenue of the Americas to go see The Radio City Christmas Spectactular. This show is a must see, with The Rockettes, Santa, and many other unforgettable characters. The show starts on November 5 and runs through December 30. The ticket prices range from $45 – $75, according to The Radio City Music Hall.
Your last stop on your Christmas trip in New York has to be seeing all of the wonderful window displays at the department stores, from Bloomingdales to Macys. When you stop at Macy’s make sure to go in to Santaland to have your child’s picture taken with Santa. The line is likely going to be long, but it is well worth the wait. Santaland is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. It’s a magical place for children and adults of all ages and it will definitely be the highlight of your trip. Macys Herald Square is located at 34th street and Broadway, and Santa can be found on the 8th floor.
So, for a Christmas experience that your children and you won’t soon forget, make New York City an item on your Christmas Wish List.
Christmas in New York City, “Christmas in New York” On Board New York City Tours
Heather Cross, “Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Visitors Guide” About.com
Serendipity 3, “Latest News” Serendipity 3
Radio City Christmas Spectacular, “Get Tickets” Radio City Music Hall