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Nov 30, 2021 | Seasonal Things to Do

How to Spend the Holidays in NYC 2021

‘Tis the season to be merry! New York City embodies the spirit of the holidays. Its winter markets, towering Christmas trees, magical ice-skating rinks, and special events are unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Read about our top places to visit in New York City before, during, and after Christmas.

[A Very NYC Holiday Gift Guide]

Rockefeller Center

No Christmas tree can beat that of Rockefeller Center. Located in the heart of Rockefeller Plaza, this must-see attraction is a beloved NYC spectacle, attracting people from all over the world to see its impressive stature, 50,000 multi-colored LED lights, and 900 lb. Swarovski star. This year’s tree hails from Maryland. The 85 year old Norway Spruce clocks in at 79-ft tall and 46-ft wide. Get tickets to skate on The Rink at the foot of the tree to get enviable shots.

Central Park

New York’s winter wonderland is another must-see attraction. Whether you want to ice skate on the picturesque Wollman Rink, walk along the Mall, or photograph its snow-covered bridges, nowhere is as beautiful as Central Park in winter. The Manhattan Club is within walking distance - grab a coffee on your way there and stay warm!

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Winter Village at Bryant Park

The small yet bright Winter Village at Bryant Park is your one-stop shop for pure holiday fun. A grand Christmas tree, NYC’s only free admission ice skating rink, holiday shops, rinkside eats and drinks, and regular holiday events and shows blanket the complex in ‘Manhattan’s Town Square’.

The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker may be the be-all and end-all “list-worthy” entry, but this famed company always makes every trip to Lincoln Center worthwhile. The Nutcracker is playing now through January 2, 2022.

New York Botanical Garden

It may seem like a warmer weather destination, but the Botanical Garden enchants visitors all-year-round. The centerpiece of their winter events, the annual Holiday Train Show, showcases all of the famed NYC landmarks, constructed completely out of natural material from their garden such as pine cones, acorns, and seeds. The Holiday Train Show runs until January 23, 2022.

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Holiday Window Displays

The city’s major department stores continue the tradition of going all-out during the holiday season. Their elaborate window displays are usually unveiled at the end of November and remain on display until after New Year’s Day. Walk along Fifth Avenue in Midtown and visit these stores to see the most illustrious displays of all:

  • Macy's Herald Square (151 W 34th Street)
  • Saks Fifth Avenue (611 5th Avenue) 
  • Bergdorf Goodman (754 5th Avenue)
  • Tiffany & Co. (727 5th Avenue)

New Year’s Eve Celebrations

If you're planning to celebrate New Year’s Eve in New York City, specifically in the heart of all the action in Times Square, countdown with our 10 tips to ensure your night is a fabulous one to remember. Book a room at The Manhattan Club, located only 9 blocks away from the biggest party of the year!

[Alternative Ways to Spend New Year's Eve in NYC]

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Located in the heart of Midtown, The Manhattan Club is your perfect home-base for spending the holidays in NYC. We're perfectly located in Midtown to provide convenience to Bryant Park, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, as well as a host of other NYC attractions. Choose from our best rates and special offers when you book direct.

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