New York is magical during the Holidays! Here are my favorite things to do in the city at Christmas time…

1. Rockefeller Center
This is one of the most crowded areas in NYC at this time. Try to come early or late and avoid the crowd!

2. Sacks Fifth Avenue Light Show
Right across the street from the Rockefeller tree is Sacks Fifth Avenue. Their holiday light show gets better every year so don’t miss it!

3. Holiday Window Displays
Start at the bottom of Central Park and walk down admiring the incredible Holiday Window Displays at some of New York’s most famous stores:
Barneys – 660 Madison Avenue between 60th and 61st Streets
Bloomingdale’s – 59th Street and Lexington Avenue
Bergdorf Goodman – 754 Fifth Avenue at 58th Street
Tiffany & Co – 727 Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets
Cartier – 653 Fifth Avenue at 52nd Street
Saks Fifth Avenue – 611 Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets
Lord Lord & Taylor – 424 Fifth Avenue at 39th Street
Macy’s – Sixth Avenue and 34th Street

4. Macy’s Believe Campaign
Believers of all ages can bring their stamped letter to Macy’s addressed to ‘Santa at The North Pole’, and drop it into the special letterbox. You can also create and send a letter online at For each letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1,000,000!
Also, if you’re looking to shop at Macy’s. For the three days leading up to Christmas it is open 24 hours and it’s nearly empty if you go late or early. It’s almost unheard of to shop in a store that’s not crowded at Christmas time in New York – so take advantage of it!

5. Holiday Markets
New York’s Holiday Markets are the perfect place to find a unique gift. With hundreds of vendors between all of the markets – you are sure to find something for everyone on your list. Some of the biggest markets are at Union Square, Columbus Circle and Grand Central Station.

6. Ice Skating
Ice Skating in New York is a Christmas tradition! The best and most iconic ice skating rinks are at Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park and Central Park.

7. Explore!
The best thing about New York is that you can walk everywhere. Take ‘wrong’ turns and see what magic you find. Little Italy is one of my favorite areas to go at this time of year.

8. Rooftop Bars
Rooftop Bars are a must in New York any time of year. But don’t be discouraged by the cold! A nice warm drink and some heat lamps make them a great winter activity – and a perfect date idea! Some of my favorites are 230 Fifth (location in the video), The Ides, Hudson Hotel and Refinery Rooftop.

Enjoy your time in New York City! Try not to spend too much time shopping – there is so much magic to be seen in one of the most iconic places to be this time of year 🙂

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