There’s nothing quite like spending the holidays in New York City. No wonder so many classic holiday movies like Elf, Home Alone, and Miracle on 34th Street were all based in our magical city. You can easily feel the magic in the air as you walk by the decorated storefronts on Madison Avenue and hear the Salvation Army bell ringing in front of their red kettle. New York is full of festive things to do, from the touristy to the timeless - there truly is something for everyone!

The Rockefeller Christmas Tree
A total classic. This 72 feet tall tree needs no introduction and is always worth the trip!

Both feature unique local vendors and gifts and even yummy treats. We recommend the waffle from Wafels & Dinges and a stop by the Lodge for a holiday cocktail or eat a yummy chimney cake.

Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, or Central Park
You'll still have a blast even if you fall, we promise!

Holiday Windows at Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bergdorf’s
Grab a peppermint mocha and stop by Macy’s at Herald Square, and then stroll up Fifth Avenue and take in the spirited window decor!

Make an appointment to visit Santa at Macy’s and walk through their Christmas village while you wait.

Take in the incredible decorations and lights at this restaurant - they keep their decorations up until March!

Need a vacation around the holidays? Enjoy a fusion of Christmas and a tropical vacation all in one! This quirky bar serves drinks under the titles of Kris Kringle Colada, Blue Christmas, and Mele Kalikimaka to bring some holiday spirit.

The Christmas Spectacular is an entertaining show for children and adults of all ages! Your kids will love the 3-D part of the show too.

Conduct a Holiday Hotel Lobby Tour
The Plaza Hotel and the Baccarat Hotel decorate to the nines for the holidays.

It’s impossible to not be in the holiday spirit with all of these options! It’s the perfect time of the year to be wowed by what the city has to offer. And while you’re out and about, don’t forget to stop by Michael’s Consignment to shop for designer gifts for all the ladies on your list or even yourself! We know you’ve been good this year.

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Images via Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, Bergdorf Goodman, Macy's, Time Out New York, Boilermaker Bar, Radio City Music Hall, and the Plaza Hotel.

December 18, 2018 — Tracie Pfrogner

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