There’s something that’s extra special about visiting New York City in the winter. First of all, you escape some of the summer tourist crowds, but it’s much more than that. There’s a certain magic in the air and there are lots of festivities and interesting things going on ahead of Christmas and New Year. So if you’re thinking of heading to New York this winter, here are some ways to make the most of it.
Walk Central Park in the Snow
New York usually gets snowfall during the winter months, and taking the time to walk in Central Park in the snow is a fantastic experience. Central Park itself is fantastic and like no other public park in the United States, but it’s even more special in winter when there’s snow on the crowd, so be sure to find some time for it.
Skate on The Rink
When you travel to New York in the winter, you should certainly take the time to skate on the ice. There are multiple outdoor ice rinks in the city, and it can be a great time with the family or with a partner in the evening. The Rink at Rockefeller Center is probably the most famous and beloved winter ice rink in New York, and we’ll talk more about the Rockefeller Center later.
Browse the Christmas Window Displays on Fifth Avenue
The window displays on Fifth Avenue are always very impressive and elaborately decorated in the buildup to Christmas. So even if you’re not planning on buying anything, you should take a stroll down Fifth Avenue and take in the sights. And you should definitely head there if you have some Christmas shopping to do
Attend the Radio City Christmas Spectacular
If you want to do something fun with the family that’ll really get you all in the Christmas spirit, why not head to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular? It’s a truly fantastic production and a real staple of the New York Christmas entertainment calendar. It’s been going on for many decades and you have to experience it if you’re visiting with your kids. The venue itself, Radio City Music Hall, is stunning too.
See the Famous Rockefeller Christmas Tree
You can’t visit New York in the buildup to Christmas and not take the time to visit the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. The tree is put up every year in the middle of November, and it’s pretty huge, to say the least. If you pass it by, you certainly won’t miss it. It’s found in the Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan. It’s a sight to behold and it’s fun to visit with the family.
As you can see, there’s no shortage of fun things to do in New York during winter, especially if you’re heading there in December in the lead-up to Christmas. It’s up to you to plan your trip in the way that you feel will be most rewarding for you and your family, but the ideas above certainly won’t disappoint you.