3 Ways to Spend Christmastime in New York City

Back in NYC, Christmas is once again in the air. The coffee shops I love to frequent have added yummy seasonal treats to their menu, window displays are decked out with fake snow and giant bows, and ,of course, one can’t forget the pop-up Christmas tree lots every street corner.  

As always there’s plenty to do but below are my 3 favorite things to do around Christmastime  in New York.

  Go to the Zoo

Central Park Zoo

Central Park Zoo

Winter and the zoo don’t often go together but Central Park , and the Central Park Zoo by extension, always seemed more attractive to me during this time of year. It’s not super crowded so there’s plenty of space to really experience your surroundings and get a closer look at things. For the kids, there’s also Winterfest, where guest can participate in a variety of activities like animal encounters, 4-D movies, and arts and crafts.

Christmas Lights in Central Park

Christmas Lights in Central Park

  Tour 5th Avenue

 A day spent at the zoo is best followed up with a little walk down 5th avenue. Keep walking along the park and eventually you’ll make it to the lux shops. If, like me , you can’t afford to shop, you can still have fun looking at all the window displays.

Christmas Decorations on 5

Christmas Decorations on 5 Ave

Christmas Decorations on 5

Christmas Decorations on 5th Ave

mas Decoration on 5th Ave

Christmas Decoration on 5th Ave

Some of the stores really go all out to create winter wonderland scenes-there’s fake snowstorms, life –sized polar bears, and fancy gift boxes floating in midair.

Display at Cartier

Display at Cartier

It’s almost easy to over look the thousand-dollar merchandise sharing the window too.

Visit Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller center is one of the places to be during the winter months. In addition to the usual sights, the plaza leading up to the ice rink is lined with life sized angels and is always packed with people viewing the light show.

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center

Every few minutes, the entire side of the Saks department store facing the plaza turns into a giant film projector and displays a short  animation and light show. It changes annually, so this is one attraction to visit over and over.

Then , of course, there is the 80 foot Christmas tree.

Rockefeller Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Center is also home to a very famous ice skating rink. I never actually had the chance to try skating here (my tendency to fall over and crippling student budget made this pretty hard) but it’s definitely on my wish list. Until then, I get my fix by watching the masses skate under the tree.

Ice Skating at Rockefeller

Ice Skating at Rockefeller

The sight alone makes it feel as if you’re living in a post card.

If you guys have been to NYC during the Holidays, which sites would you recommend?

5 thoughts on “3 Ways to Spend Christmastime in New York City

  1. Hey Shantaya, havent seen a post from you in a while. Hope all is well. I loved this post and I’m hoping to do Christmas in NYC next year…even though it’s a long way off….this just reminds me of all that I have to look forward to. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

    • Hey Vernette, Thanks so much for checking in. Things are pretty okay, I’m trying to work my way back into a regular posting schedule and trying to make/save money for future travel plans which hopefully are going to go through. Christmas is one of the best times to see NYC, I’m sure you’ll have a great time 🙂 Happy Holidays to you as well!

  2. I bet it is absolutely fabulous there during this time of year. I have never been to New York, but it is on my list of places to go when I start to travel in the US. Yes I live in the US, but I am not there much right now. So when I get back from overseas that is what I plan to do. 🙂

  3. I haven’t been to the Central Park zoo in the winter yet–good idea. I love this self-guided walk: http://gonyc.about.com/od/christmassights/l/bl_xmaswindows.htm (Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys have been consistent favorites over the years)–I have to say, this year was a bit disappointing. I always try to make it to the Rockefeller Plaza, although it is scary crowded. And there is usually an excellent exhibit around this time at the Guggenheim (this year it was Picasso in black and white) or Neue Galerie.

    • I never thought about visiting a museum around Christmas time but it sounds perfect. Art & shelter from the cold. I’ve been to the Guggenheim once for class & it was pretty interesting. I’ll have to double back and take a second look now. Thanks for the comments and stopping by. I’m loving your blog as well and picked you as a nominee for the kreative blogger award.Stop by my page to check it out and pass it on!

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