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Must have NYC Holiday Experiences

Updated: Apr 22

The Rockettes

The Radio City Rockettes, founded in 1925, are an iconic dance ensemble renowned for their precision and high-energy performances, annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Based at New York City's Radio City Music Hall since 1932, they are famous for their signature "eye-high" kicks and versatility in dance styles like tap, jazz, and ballet.

The Rockettes are best known for their role in the annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular, a cherished holiday tradition in New York City. Their breathtaking choreography, elaborate costumes, and iconic "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" routine have made them synonymous with the holiday season.

The annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular typically runs annually during the holiday season, with performances starting in early November and continuing through early January. The exact dates may vary slightly from year to year. This cherished holiday tradition is a must-see for those looking to get into the festive spirit in New York City.

Skating in Rockefeller Center

Skating in Rockefeller Center is a quintessential New York City winter experience. The iconic ice rink, located beneath the towering Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, opens annually in late October and remains a beloved attraction until early April. Surrounded by the breathtaking architecture of the Art Deco complex, skaters of all ages glide across the ice, creating a magical and timeless holiday atmosphere. The rink's charm is further enhanced by the dazzling holiday decorations and festive lights. Skating at Rockefeller Center is not only a fun and exhilarating activity but also a cherished tradition that captures the spirit of the holiday season in the heart of Manhattan.

HOT TIP: Talk to me about how to upgrade your skating experience to VIP. This includes: extended skating time, complimentary skate rental, priority service in the Lounge, and a complimentary hot beverage.

Holiday Displays Private Walking Tour

Manhattan is filled with amazing holiday displays. So why not take them in with a private guide for you and your party. The tour leaves from Radio City Music Hall. As you head towards the world-famous Macy’s department store, you’ll pass by Bryant Park’s popular Winter Village where you’ll spy festive kiosks filled with vendors selling holiday gifts, crafts, seasonal treats and more.

Upon arrival at Macy’s, you’ll marvel at the meticulously designed window displays that evoke the spirit of the holidays as they beckon the crowds to slow down and enjoy the season.

From there you’ll continue to Fifth Avenue to take in more elaborate window displays courtesy of the rest of the city’s major retailers, as well as entire buildings decked out in festive lighting, accents – and – in some cases even music – all bringing joy to passersby of all ages.

NYC Christmas Lights Carriage Ride

Carriage rides though Central Park are already and NYC must, but add the lights of Christmas and you get NYC magic! Snuggle in and get ready to trot down 5th Avenue where the adorned windows and buildings glisten. But perhaps the star of the evening is the sight of the majestic Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, aglow with the essence of the season.

Cookies, Cocoa, Caroling – and Cruising

Prepare for Holiday magic as you board a charming 1920s-style yacht at Chelsea Piers. You will embark on an unforgettable hour-and-a-half-long journey around the waters of Manhattan.

Take in breathtaking views of the city’s skyline, adorned in festive holiday decorations (and lights, should you choose to do the cruise in the evening) and immerse yourself in the holiday spirit as you sing along to classic holiday carols backed by a live band! And don’t forget Santa’s favorites – there’ll be scrumptious cookies and warm cocoa for all!A home-made holiday cookie assortment and a live jazz band. This is the perfect addition to an NYC Holiday experience, and will certainly put you in the holiday spirit.

Private Holiday Markets Tour

With so many amazing Christmas markets to check out, why not enlist the help of a private guide and car service. Your expert tour guide and a private luxury vehicle will whisk you away to explore the Big Apple’s most popular holiday markets, while your knowledgeable guide provides fascinating insights into the city’s culture and history.

As you meander through the vibrant markets, you’ll uncover unique finds and one-of-a-kind gifts for even the hardest-to-buy-for friend or relative! From artisanal Christmas gifts to scrumptious festive delicacies, you’ll get a taste of NYC’s festive spirit as you indulge in the hustle and bustle of these storied seasonal markets.

Home Alone 2: Christmas in New York Private Tour

Prepare to unleash your inner Kevin McAllister in the heart of NYC on an EXCLUSIVE Home Alone 2: Christmas in New York Private Tour. This tour takes you into the world of the iconic holiday film Home Alone 2. You’ll walk in Kevin’s footsteps as you explore the locations that made the movie unforgettable. Picture yourself at the elegant Plaza Hotel, immersing yourself in the allure of Central Park, basking in electrifying Times Square & more. You will also visit the famous FAO Schwarz, the home of Duncan's Closet in the movie. That’s not all – you’ll also visit an observation deck to take in breathtaking holiday views from above for an unforgettable scene in your own NYC adventure! A great tour whether you're a lover of the movie or not.


There you have it! Seven must have NYC Holiday Experiences. I would love to answer any of your questions about how your can these and other can be a part of your NYC holiday trip, schedule a chat via the button below!

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