There are few times more magical to visit New York City than in December. Known for its charm and lively atmosphere, Manhattan in the winter exudes an unforgettable feeling. Whether you are looking to do a fun-filled activity or just window shop along Fifth Avenue, any experience will be one to remember. As residents of New York City for almost 70 years, the team at Michael’s Luxury Consignment knows the best spots to hit during the holiday season and we’d love to share them with you!

Take a look at our December Day in NYC guide below and get ready to create some magical memories.

Coffee Variety Roasters

9:00am: Grab a Cappuccino at Coffee Variety Roasters

This staple coffee shop in the Upper East Side is the perfect place to stop into to grab a cappuccino and a croissant. Renowned for their variety of blends, this cafe will get you energized and ready to start your day in NYC!

Met Museum New York City

9:30am: Magic at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

While the Met Museum is a must see year round, it is especially worth a visit during the holiday season. From late November to early January, the museum features exhibits highlighting art and culture surrounding Hanukkah and Christmas celebrations. As shown in the photo above, a 20 foot spruce tree is on view in the Medieval Sculpture Hall, and it features historical ‘ornaments’ and an 18th century nativity scene. You can also see the largest known silver Menorahs in Gallery 556. It is remarkable to see the late 19th century piece in person!

Michael's Luxury Consignment11:30am: Gift Shopping at Michael’s Luxury Consignment

You can’t visit NYC without stopping at Michael’s Luxury Consignment! Luckily for you, our unique variety of consignment makes the perfect gift for anyone in your life, so stopping by in December is the best time to shop with us. To get an idea of what we have to offer, check out our curated holiday Gift Guide here:

Whether you’re looking for luxury clothing, shoes, handbags or designer accessories, we have everything you could wish for and more! We know how important the holidays are for our customers and we aim to help you make it one worth remembering!

 Bryant Park Holiday Market

12:30pm: Stroll and Snack at Bryant Park Holiday Market

The Bryant Park Holiday Market is a must see in December! The park is lined with local crafts, artisan provisions, and exquisite gifts from around the world. There are also delicious foods that will make for the perfect to-go lunch on your busy day. Don’t forget to snap a picture of the tree at the back of the park!

The Rockettes
1:30pm: Ring in the Holidays with the Rockettes

If you’ve never paid a visit to the Radio City Rockettes in Midtown, then you are missing out on holiday fun! Sit down for a showing of the Christmas Spectacular at the iconic music hall and get transported to a winter wonderland. Perfect for all ages, this show is the perfect way to spend the afternoon in NYC with your loved ones! 

Holiday Shopping on Fifth Avenue

3:30pm: Window Shop along Fifth Avenue

During the holiday season, Fifth Avenue becomes a magical wonderland of window displays. The street is adorned with captivating decorations, twinkling lights, and mesmerizing storefronts that transport you into a world of enchantment. Each store showcases elaborate scenes and thematic designs that capture the spirit of the season. From dazzling lights to intricate props, these window displays bring out the childlike wonder in everyone who passes by. The holiday tradition of visiting Fifth Avenue's window displays is a beloved pastime that draws crowds from near and far, creating a festive and joyous atmosphere.

ice Skating Rockefeller Center

4:30pm: Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center

Ice skating at Rockefeller Center is a magical experience. People of all ages gather to glide across the ice with their families and friends. The sound of laughter and festive music fills the air as onlookers create treasured memories. With twinkling lights and holiday decorations adorning the rink, the atmosphere is filled with a sense of cheer and warmth.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

6:00pm: Rock around the Tree

After skating, make your way to the upper level of Rockefeller Center to view the iconic Christmas Tree. The towering evergreen is an awe-inspiring sight, adorned with thousands of twinkling lights and a dazzling star on top. The air is filled with a sense of joy and excitement as families and friends gather around the tree, taking photos and creating lasting memories. It truly is a magical experience that captures the essence of the holiday spirit.

World’s Largest Menorah

6:30pm: Visit the World’s Largest Menorah

Standing tall on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, this colossal nine-branched candelabrum is a symbol of Hanukkah, the festival of lights. Measuring a staggering 32 feet in height, it illuminates the city with its brilliance. People from all walks of life gather around this majestic menorah, witnessing the lighting of the candles each night for eight consecutive days. It is a remarkable sight that brings the joyous spirit of Hanukkah to the heart of New York City.

Rolf's New York City

7:00pm: Dinner at Rolf’s

End your fun-filled day at Rolf's Restaurant in Gramercy Park. It is an understatement to say that Rolf’s is a festive wonderland during the holiday season. Every inch of this charming eatery is adorned with elaborate decorations, transporting visitors to a magical winter dream. The entire space is filled with twinkling lights, colorful ornaments, and festive garlands. The ceiling is wrapped in shiny tinsel, while tables are adorned with holiday figurines and candles. Guests can't help but be enchanted by the cheerful ambiance as they indulge in authentic German cuisine. 



November 24, 2023 — Andrea Fellman

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