New York, during Christmas, is incredibly fascinating; the party air that is breathed in Manhattan is unique.
Let yourself be surprised by magical trees, the typical Brooklyn houses decorated, the mega-stores of Manhattan where the Christmas glitz reigns; moreover, this is the time of year with the greatest touristic presence in the Big Apple, because everyone wants to have a front row seat, to enjoy a Christmas with all the trimmings!
In our opinion, at least once in a lifetime, you should experience New York City Christmas. There is not a corner of the city, where you will not be invested with an air of celebration and optimism, as only the Americans know how to instill.
If you were lucky, you could wake up in the big apple with an atmosphere like the one in the picture below ...
Snow, snow, snow and lots of magic for an unforgettable Christmas!
The windows of New York are like a gift to visitors. The most beautiful? Needless to say, those on Fifth Avenue!
Department stores with the best windows are: Henri Bendel, Lord & Tailor, Saks Fifth Avenue and Tiffany's; take the 5th Avenue and let yourself be enchanted by the splendor of the many shops that are decorated for the occasion.
The legendary department store Macy's dedicates to Christmas an entire floor called Macy's Santaland, where there is incredible magic; in addition, there is Santa Claus who will take pictures with you and your children .... for a fee, of course!
Christmas begins officially with the parade of Thanksgiving Day and the passage of Santa, the last Thursday of November on the main streets.
Generally, after Thanksgiving Day, preparations for Christmas begin. However, as many know, it is only after the ignition of the great Rockfeller Plaza tree, which officially begins Christmas in the Big Apple. From now on, a myriad of events begin all over the city.
The November 30, the lights of the most famous tree in the world are lit (20 meters and wide 7,5 meters, with about 8Km of lights) in a very evocative and exciting context!
The show includes a ceremony beginning in the early evening; if you want to assist, we suggest to be in Rockfeller Plaza from early in the afternoon. In addition, you will see choir songs, shows, performances and even a DJ.
Kanoa recalls that right under the legendary Rockefeller Center, from the day when the Christmas tree is lit, there will be a great, scenic, and fun ice rink for the whole winter!
What to do during Christmas New York
Kanoa and his staff have selected a series of tips on what to do during the Christmas holidays in New York.
We can not say that we lived Christmas New York, without having skated on one of the many ice rinks in the city.
Kanoa advises to take the 62nd Street to Fifth Avenue (east side); The Wollman Rink (pictured above) of Central Park awaits you.
We are sure that in many American films, you will have seen this skating rink with Manhattan in the background; Well, do not miss the opportunity to skate and have fun among the skyscrapers of New York, among many people intent on enjoying Central Park.
Info Wollman Rink:
Monday / Tuesday: from 10: 00 to 14: 30
Wednesday / Thursday: from 10: 00 to 22: 00
Friday / Saturday: from 10: 00 to 23: 00
Sunday: from 10: 00 to 21: 00
Adults: 12 $ from Monday to Thursday and $ 19 from Friday to Sunday and holidays.
Children (up to 11 years): 6 $ every day
Skid rental: 8 $
Are you walking in the heart of New York Shopping and you want to have fun while skating on an ice rink? The Bryant Park track is the optimal solution.
In the heart of the city, this picturesque and scenic skating rink is located on 42nd Street between Fifth Avenue and 6th Avenue.
The ice rink, located on the right side of the park, is larger than the Rockefeller Center; besides, it's almost always crowded, being FREE!
Opening time: every day from 8: 00 to 22: 00
Skid rental: 20 $ per person
Dyker Heights in Brooklyn
Dyker Heights is a residential neighborhood in Brooklyn (New York), famous for Christmas lights and decorations placed in the houses and villas of the neighborhood. As you can see in the picture above, with beautiful decorations and figures, every year the community of residents competes to whom can offer the best show.
Every year, these illuminations attract thousands of visitors and even special tours have been created that depart from Manhattan. On the other hand, this is an unmissable event if you are fond of Christmas illuminations.
The New York Christmas markets offer everything and you can make great bargains with quality items and decorations. You just need to get some patience and a hot chocolate to warm up from the Christmas cold.
In our opinion, the best Christmas markets are: Bryant Park and the one in Union Square.
The 125 stalls of the Bank of America Winter Village in Bryant Park are inaugurated the 29 October, to end the 2 January. It is a very large flea market where you can relax in one of the many bars or take part on the ice in the park. Surely you will live a nice atmosphere!
The Christmas Market in Union Square is a little smaller than Bryant Park, but you can buy both food and gifts.
Another unmissable market is the Columbus Circle Holiday Market near Central Park (1-24 December).
Shows and Musicals
Kanoa recommends, for Christmas evenings in the Big Apple, to attend one of the many musicals held in the city. Among other things, in December, there are the classics like Lo Nutcracker and The Rockettes.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular, played by the Rockettes, it is one of the most famous Christmas shows in the city. Includes Santa Claus, the Nutcracker and the Nativity; moreover, the shows change every year so as to allow those who have already witnessed to see them always new and fun.
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is staged from November to January, with several events on the same day.
Kanoa recommends the event website for detailed info: www.Rockettes.com
The nutcracker, however, is another great and timeless success reviewed and starred in Christmas atmosphere by the New York City Ballet. For info, we recommend visiting the official website: www.nycballet.com
Kanoa wishes a