Five ‘Can’t Miss’ Holiday Activities in New York City, according to HotelPlanner

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as twinkling lights and Christmas trees illuminate Manhattan’s skyline.People from across the world travel to the Big Apple in hopes of receiving some much-needed holiday cheer. And with an endless array of holiday festivities throughout the city, Christmas fanatics are guaranteed to get their fill.


So, where do you begin? Whether you are traveling to New York for a holiday extravaganza or simply popping in to visit a friend, the long list of events to choose from can be quite overwhelming. To help inspire your holiday visit, here are five NYC activities you don’t want to miss.

The Radio City Rockettes

The glorious Radio City Rockettes are back with a brand-new routine, “The Dance of the Frost Fairies,” for this year’s famous “Christmas Spectacular.” The 2022 production also includes some Rockette classics, such as “The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” a legendary performance that has remained unchanged since 1933. For visitors wanting a family-friendly experience with dazzling entertainment, the Rockettes can be enjoyed at Radio City Music Hall through January 2, 2023. Be sure to check out the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree which has stood for more than eight decades – the perfect backdrop for a memorable family photo.

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

Another Midtown classic, the Bank of America Winter Village is a great spot for large groups in search of festivities. In fact, an estimated 3 million visitors and 300,000 ice skaters are expected to visit this New York favorite.

“The hidden gem of Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is the Curling Café, says Irene Vagianos, VP Brand Partnerships & Events at Bryant Park Corporation. “It’s the only ice-less curling experience in New York City and an activity the whole family can enjoy. After strolling the park’s more than 170 vendors, flex your curling skills, escape the cool winter air in one of Winter Village’s heated domes, and top it off with some festive snacks and a hot chocolate or apple cider – all of which is included in the experience.”

Columbus Circle Holiday Market

For visitors in search of some tasty treats and unique gifts, The Columbus Circle Holiday Market is a beautiful place for a Christmas stroll. If you’re in search of a gift, more than 100 vendors fill the aisles of the market, providing personalized handmade jewelry and artisanal foods. After shopping, get some hot cocoa and enjoy the views of Central Park from the warm comfort of a horse and buggy – perfect for couples looking for a romantic tour of the park.

Miracle on 9th Street

A Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar, Miracle on 9th St. is a festive setting for friends looking for a fun night out in the East Village. Since 2014, Miracle has served delicious and inventive holiday cocktails under lavish décor. “Christmapolatin” and “Jingle Balls Nog” are some of the many drinks available that are sure to get even the grouchiest of grinches in the holiday spirit. A popular spot with locals, make sure to get a reservation ahead of time. While waiting, walk on over to Tompkins Square Park and check out the Alphabet City Christmas Tree.

The Dyker Heights Christmas Lights

Known as one of New York’s best holiday attractions, The Dyker Heights Christmas Lights is home to some of the flashiest, most over-the-top Christmas light decorations. Life-size Santas, snowmen, and more, cover the streets with houses blasting Christmas carols through concert-quality sound systems. This Brooklyn neighborhood celebration succinctly captures New York’s holiday magic. There are a variety of tours you can embark on via bus or a personal walking tour led by a local hoping to spread some holiday cheer.

The ambience of New York City is especially magical during the holiday season. Wherever you decide to celebrate, finding the perfect hotel to accommodate your needs can be the most challenging part.


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