Believe it or not, Christmas is quickly approaching! Now is the best time to get in your last minute Holiday activities before the big day finally arrives.
Ice Skating at Bryant Park
Around Christmas time, Bryant Park becomes a magical winter wonderland. The Ice Skating ring opens and along with it comes the winter village. Go Ice Skating + sip on some hot cocoa and then wander around the village shops to look for unique gifts for your friends and family from local vendors.
Rolf’s is pretty much synonymous with Christmas in NYC at this point. Rolf’s is a German restaurant located in the Flatiron area. However, they have more to offer than some schnitzel or bratwurst. The restaurant is completely decked out for Christmas with ornaments and garland hanging from the ceiling, making for a beautiful sight. Around the Holidays they offer specialty drinks such as mulled wine and spiked nog. Make sure to arrive early as the line tends to get long around this time of year.
New York Botanical Garden
Explore the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden located in the Bronx. The train models ride through replicas of the five boroughs filled with 150 landmarks including the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge. The exhibit isn’t the only entertainment that the famous garden provides. They offer special Holiday tours as well as A Cappella performances, orchestral performances and poetry readings.
Department Store Window Displays
While this won’t keep you occupied for too long, it is still fun to do if you have some time to kill. However, if you are from out-of-town the window displays at Lord & Taylor, Macy’s and Saks are beautiful and not to be missed.
Rockefeller Centre & Radio City Rockettes
Everyone knows that visiting “the tree” is the official Christmas activity of New York as is seeing the Rockette’s Christmas Specatular at Radio City. No matter how many times you have seen the tree, it is never any less stunning or grand. We take the standard couple’s picture in front of the tree each year and we probably will never stop. For New Yorkers, these activities borderline on cliche but they are really are the epitome of a true New York Christmas.
Brunch with Santa
Breakfast with Santa is a great time for families with young children. Eat your heart out and then let your heart melt while you watch happy babies and toddlers take photos on Santa’s lap. Check out the places below for Brunch with Santa reservations:
- Breakfast with Santa at Stella’s in Macy’s 34th Street. Visit Macy’s wonderful Santaland in-store and then head upstairs to Stella’s trattoria for a great brunch.
- Breakfast with Santa at Rock Center Cafe in Rockefeller Centre- Stop by to meet Santa and get your trip to the tree in all at the same time!