Thousands of tourists flock to New York City around the holiday season!
They all take the journey to see the holiday markets, window displays, and of course the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center.
Here is a list of the MUST SEE places:
Bryant Park Holiday Market
Bryant Park is located just up the street from Grand Central station on 42nd. The park is popular all year round. They have theater and music in the summer, festivals in the fall, but most impressive is its "Holiday Market." The market features many delicious options to feast on. Like steaming bowls of pho, vegan hot chocolate, crepes and much more. There is over 150 shopping kiosks. Vendors gather to sell high quality goods, so you will be sure to find a gift for everyone on your list.
The market revolves around a 17,000-square-foot ice-skating rink which makes it a perfect holiday activity. Also, if you have your own ice skates it is FREE to skate on this magical rink!
Saks 5th avenue
This legendary department store on 5th avenue is a shopping heaven. But every year their elaborate Christmas light show becomes a highlight of the season. This year the display is especially magical, as it celebrates the 80th anniversary of Disney's film 'Snow White.' The opening ceremony to unveil the display featured the seven dwarfs, Disney stars singing, and Snow White paid a visit to the store. The light show is on a schedule until the holiday season is over and runs every evening. In the daytime visitors can marvel at the beautiful windows, all centered around telling Snow White's story.
The most popular place around the holidays in NYC is Rockefeller Center. With a glorious 94-foot Christmas tree it is hard to miss. Every year the tree lighting is televised to ring in the holiday season. This year the tree was selected by a committee and comes from State College, Pa. The tree is a 75-foot Norway Spruce. It is 50-feet in diameter and weighs between 12 and 13 tons. The tree will be donated to Habitat for Humanity for its lumber to be used to build homes. Crowning the tree is a Swarovski crystal star and it is also adorned with 50,000 lights. There is also the world famous ice skating rink, which is definitely a bucket list must do in NYC.
The Holiday season in NYC is truly beautiful. Holiday shopping feels much more special in a city full of holiday cheer.
Be sure to check out some of these holiday destinations before they go away this year!
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