There’s no place quite like New York City to enjoy the magic of the holiday season.
From the glittering lights and shop windows of Fifth Avenue to the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, New York dresses up in its most glittering finery for the holiday season.
For a day filled with seasonal fun, start with a turn around the ice to get your blood flowing. New York is not lacking in ice rinks – for the greatest shot of holiday spirit head to Rockefeller Center and skate to holiday music under the branches of the famous Christmas tree. While the rink is certainly atmospheric, it’s also crowded. Central Park’s Wollman Rink offers a bit more room, and you can glide around the ice against a backdrop of the skyline. The rink offers lessons as well.
Once you’ve hung up your skates, head out of the park to the east and treat yourself to tea at the Pierre Hotel. The hotel’s spectacular rotunda offers afternoon tea and light snacks in an atmosphere guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit.
Refreshed, gather your wraps and head out for a look at some of the most breathtaking window displays in the world. Take the side exit from the Pierre and head over to Madison Avenue, where Hermes and Barneys offer window displays not to be missed. This year’s Hermes window features an advent calendar theme, while always cutting edge Barney’s offers an interactive display by artist collective Studio Job. Then head one avenue back East to Fifth and head straight for Bergdorf Goodman for a series of dramatic, thematic windows straight out of an opulent fairy tale. Then stroll down the street to admire the windows at famed jewelers Harry Winston, Cartier and Tiffany, then end up at Rockefeller Center to admire the tree at nightfall, when the lights spring to life in a glittering cascade.
On a cold dark evening during the holiday season, a cozy drink in front of the fire is de rigeur. Amble on over to the 21 Club for a homemade eggnog in front of Bar 21’s crackling fireplace. Just remember to dress for the occasion, as jeans and sneakers aren’t allowed. If downtown is more your style, try One If By Land, Two if By Sea, the Waverly Inn, or Tiny’s in Tribeca for your fireside beverage.
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The Best Things to Do in New York City Over the Holidays | Town and Country Magazine