Christmas is upon us, and there is no better place to soak in holiday cheer than in the city that never sleeps. The holiday season in New York City will remind adults of all ages what it is to be a kid again. So give that gingerbread man one last dunk in some steamin’ hot coco and head to the winter wonderland that is New York City, to celebrate the season with the city’s most festive traditions.
New York City Ballet’s Performance of The Nutcracker
Embrace the sweet and sugary succulents of the season without consuming a single calorie as you watch the sugar plum fairy pirouette on stage at Lincoln Center in The Nutcracker. The New York City Ballet presents this timeless tradition every day throughout the month of December. Though there is an abundant offering of Nutcracker performances throughout New York City, NYCB’s continues to be the most lavish, inspiring gasps of awe from even the most seasoned audience members. Let NYCB transport you to an ethereal world of dancing dewdrops and spinning snowflakes. To purchase tickets visit this site.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
This larger than life New York production is a Holiday tradition that is unique to the city. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is reported to be one of the most watched live shows in America, boasting of nearly 2 million audience members per a year. With the illustrious Rockettes performing a dazzling array of festive precision dance routines 5 times a day, 7 days a week during the month of December, it’s easy to see why the show is on everyone’s ‘holiday must-do list’. Special appearances made by Santa and other beloved Christmas characters makes this a memory that young and old will cherish for Christmas’s to come. So stop by Radio City Music Hall where performances by the Rockettes will make your spirits as high as their legendary leg kicks.
Tea at the Plaza
There’s nothing more luxurious than sipping tea in one of the most elegant hotels in the world… accept maybe when you do so at Christmas time. The Plaza is New York’s most famous and grand hotel dating back to 1907 and just so happens to have one the best Christmas traditions; Afternoon tea. Throughout the month of December The Plaza offers an assortment of holiday tea options ranging from $45 to $70 per a person. The afternoon tea includes a sugar coma inducing array of delectable pastries, scones and sandwiches that even a health nut would be tempted by. Seasonal flavors like gingerbread, peppermint and chestnut apple are sprinkled throughout the menu, providing you with a literal taste of Christmas. Give you’re KitchenAid a rest and pamper your taste buds with an unforgettable culinary custom you’ll dream about year round.
Macy’s & Santa Land
Young or old, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit with the big man in the red suit. So if you can’t book a flight to the North Pole the next best place to see him would be at Macys’ Santa Land. Macys is featured in multiple holiday movies including Miracle on 34th Street and Elf and has taken its role as a keeper of Christmas very seriously with charming holiday décor strewn throughout the store and window displays that are fogged by passerby’s’ faces pressed against the glass. If you want the full experience go to the 8th floor and view life-size Christmas scenes in Santa Land as you wait for a photo op with Santa. Make your visit earlier in December on a weekday, to avoid long lines.
Ice Skating at Rockafeller Center
Christmas tends to ring in the beginning of ice skating weather; Lights and Christmas trees make the sport all the more festive. While NYC is peppered with skating rinks, its most famous is the one at Rockafeller Center. A massive, twinkling tree towers over a shiny slate of ice. And though New York City tends to be a crowded place, this skating rink only allows 150 people on the ice, creating a rather cozy vibe. Though you don’t have to be an Olympic figure skater to have a blast, you might need a good sense of humor, balance and padding for the inevitable wipe-out. Be it on your on skates or on your bum, you’ll seep in enough holiday spirit to last you through the year.