Top 10 Holiday Activities in New York

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The holiday season in New York City is indisputably one of the best times to be here. As if the city didn’t have enough going on, the number of activities and attractions nearly triple during this time of the year. Anyone who’s ever spent Holidays in New York can tell you that there is a lengthy list of things to do by the end of it. With so much happening, here are our top 10 activities to best enjoy the holiday season in the city that never sleeps.

1. See the Radio City Christmas Spectacular

(Located Sixth Avenue and 50th Street)

Radio City Music Hall(Photo by Giovanni V.)

This yearly musical holiday show is a must-see at least once in your life and has been a success since 1933. Besides, nothing screams holiday season in New York City more than the Rockettes performing high kicks!


2. Visit Chelsea Market

(Located 75 Ninth Ave., at 15th Street)

This massive indoor market has all sorts of delicious munchies. With a set of popular food vendors selling right from the same location, the Chelsea market is easily one of many New Yorkers’ favorite culinary destinations, especially during the holiday’s season. And, keep an eye out for the brilliantly decorated space as well.


3. Watch a show at Lincoln Center

(Located 10 Lincoln Center Plaza)

Lincoln Center(Photo by Dwayne B.)

If you want to be amazed or are looking to impress someone else, subsequently your best bet is to go see a show at the Lincoln Center. Yes, there are plenty of awesome performances and some that are outstandingly great, including the iconic Nutcracker. Whatever you choose to watch, know that the magnificence of this location alone is sure to leave you astonished.


4. View the City Lights

Empire State Building NYC Harlem Spirituals(Photo by Arturo Pardavila III)

The Empire State Building, Top of the Rock or The One World Observatory- the choice is yours. Soar a few dozen flights up to view the City from above. Whether it is beautifully covered in snow during the day, or shining with all of the lights at night, you will get unmatchable views of the city. If you go during the day, we recommend that you choose Top of The Rock so you can also enjoy the magnificent view of Central Park. If you go at sunset or at night, then the One World Observatory or Empire State Building are your best bets. For the latter: before you go up to the observation deck to take in the views of New York City at night, be sure to look up! The tower will play a holiday light show while displaying holiday red and green in celebration of Christmas the entire week of December 25th.
To book your tickets, click on the following links:
Top of the Rock
Empire State Building
One World Observatory


5. Admire the Tree at Rockefeller Center

(Located in the plaza center, 50th Street and 5th Avenue)

Rockefeller Center(Photo by Rev S.)

The Rockefeller Center is one of the most iconic and popular Christmas-themed destinations in the Big Apple. Some people go here to see the enormous Christmas tree, but it’s the magical backdrop and the décor around the ice skating rink that make this place a holiday favorite. The huge, colorful tree is displayed until January.


6. Watch Paul Winter’s Winter Solstice Celebration at Cathedral St. John The Divine

(Located at 111th St. & Amsterdam Ave)

Winter Solstice Celebration NYC Harlem Spirituals(Photo by Rhonda Dorsett)

Like the Nutcracker or the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, this event has become a real must-see of the Holiday season. Expect amazing dance and music performances within one of New York’s most astoundingly beautiful cathedrals. The show is only available on three days, so make sure to book your tickets shortly!


7. Go Window Shopping on Fifth Avenue

Long before renowned publications like Vogue Magazine and many other articles about Fifth Avenue, its holiday window displays were already becoming more extravagant each passing year. Now, thanks to the amount of attention they’ve received, the festively decorated stores like Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor, Saks, and Tiffany’s have stepped up their game to offer new wonders every year.


8. Ice Skating & Holiday Shopping in Bryant Park

(Located 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue)

Bryant Park Ice Skating NYC Harlem Spirituals(Photo by Calamity_Sal)

Grab a skating partner and hit Bryant Park’s Ice Skating Rink, located right in the center of Manhattan. Though the admission here is free, there is a fee for skate rentals, lockers and bag check. But, before or after you show off your ice-skating skills and sip on some delicious hot chocolate, be sure to check out the mini holiday shops to find unique presents for anyone on your list.


9. Take a stroll on Sixth Avenue

(Sixth Avenue between 34th and 59th Streets)

6th Avenue Decor - Big red ornaments(Photo by John W.)

If you love the holiday installations around the city, then you should take it one step further by strolling along 6th avenue in Midtown at night. You will see anything from snowflake lights to gigantic ornaments and huge colored lights giving you plenty of fascinating things to look at.


10. Take part in Good Riddance Day in Times Square

Let’s face it, you probably did not have a perfect year. You may have done some things that you are not really proud of and you may have been the victim of another person’s intent. Whatever the case may be, if you can make it to Times Square for Good Riddance Day on December 28th, you can shred those terrible memories and make room for the new!


If  you are interested in finding more to do in New York City, search through our complete range of tours, attractions and activities. We can also tailor-make programs specifically to match your desires and budgets. Harlem Spirituals is the ideal one-stop-shop to simplify your planning! Find more information on

Which of these things will you be doing this holiday season? Let us know in the comments section below!




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