WHERE: New York, United States
WHEN: from 29 November 2023 to 07 January 2024
Sparkling trees. The typical Brooklyn houses, festively decorated. The mega stores in Manhattan, all lit up. And, lots of people ready to invade the streets of New York, to have a front-row seat and enjoy a Christmas with the flakes!
Christmas in New York City is truly magical and evocative. The festive air invades every corner of the city. Sounds and fragrances. The windows are a swirl of lights and colors. Especially along 5th Avenue: here, you can admire the pomp of the department stores. The atmosphere is truly unique.
The legendary Macy’s dedicates an entire floor to Christmas in New York, Santaland. Here the little ones can be photographed in the company of Santa Claus.
Christmas starts with the Thanksgiving Day parade, and the passing of Santa Claus, the last Thursday of November on the main streets. After Thanksgiving, Christmas preparations begin. However, it is only with the lighting of the big tree at the Rockefeller Center that Christmas officially begins in the Big Apple. From this moment, a myriad of events are taking place throughout the city.
Appointment on November 29th 2023, at Rockfeller Plaza, with the inauguration ceremony. The lights of the most famous tree in the world, about 20 meters long, and 7.5 meters wide will be lit. The ceremony lasts a couple of hours, starting at 19:00. Suggestive choir songs, shows, performances and lots of music await you. The ceremony is FREE. If you want to participate, you will have to arrive early in the afternoon, about 15:00.
that just below the mythical Rockefeller Center, from the day the Christmas tree is lit, there will be a great, scenic, and fun ice skating rink for the whole winter!
There is no Christmas in New York without skating along one of the many tracks in the city. The RINK Rockfeller Center, is the famous ice rink that stands right in the famous center. Scenic, beautiful and evocative, with the wonderful tree in the background.
One of the most popular and crowded ice rinks is WOLLMAN RINK, at Central Park. Often, taken up by many films, it offers many activities for the whole family. Skating on a spectacular New York skyline. Among the most beautiful, and famous, ice rinks in the world, it is a must-see during Christmas in New York.
Opening time. Monday / Tuesday, from 10:00 to 14:30. Wednesday / Thursday, from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. Friday / Saturday, from 10:00 to 23:00. Sunday, from 10:00 to 21:00
Prices. Adults: 12$ from Monday to Thursday and 19$ from Friday to Sunday and holidays. Children (up to 11 years): 6$ every day. Skate hire: 8$
Are you walking in the heart of New York Shopping and do you want to have fun skating on an ice rink? The Bryant Park track is the optimal solution, located on 42nd Street, between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue. A picturesque and scenic trail, incredibly crowded, because it’s FREE!
Open from from the beginning of November 2023 to 07 January 2024, from Monday to Friday, from 11:00 to 20:00. Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 to 20:00.
The famous Brooklyn residential district is famous for the Christmas lights and decorations of the houses and private residential villas. Every year, residents compete to offer the best show. These lights, every year, attract thousands of visitors and even, special tours have been created that depart from Manhattan. Don’t miss the lighting of the beautiful Borough Hall Plaza Christmas tree in the district.
More or less, what happens in Richmond Town, the borough of Staten Islands. Also in this case, you can admire fantastic lighting and decorations in the New York neighborhood.
The most famous markets are probably those of Bryant Park and Union Square. Here, you will find many items: objects, artifacts, gastronomic products. Magical and relaxing atmosphere. You can stroll among the many stalls, finding the right gift. And, of course, with a good hot chocolate in hand, ideal for tempering low temperatures.
The 125 stalls of the Bank of America Winter Village in Bryant Park, are inaugurated in late October, to end the first week of January 2023. As indicated, you will also find a spectacular ice rink, completely free.
Union Square, smaller than Bryant Park, does not differ in proposal and quality. It is undoubtedly a must for Christmas in New York, open from the end of November to December 24th 2023.
Until to 24 December, you can also shop at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market, near Central Park. Open every day, from 10:00 to 20:00, it is a large urban space turned into a party, for the occasion, between shops and stalls. You can buy clothing, jewelry, artifacts, sweets, and much more.
Kanoa recommends, for Christmas evenings in the Big Apple, to attend one of the many musicals held in the city. Among other things, in December, the classics such as The Nutcracker and the Rockettes show are added.
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the Rockettes, is one of the most famous Christmas shows in the city. Includes Santa Claus, the Nutcracker and the Nativity. The program varies every year, so that the show is always unique every year. Appointment every day, from 17 November 2023 to 01 January 2024, with 2 or more daily shows. Ticket prices range from as low as $66 for seats on the 3rd mezzanine to as high as $387 (or more) for seats closest to the stage.
Prices vary depending on the day and time of the show. On the official website, all the detailed info, prices and tickets.
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