Earlier this week the toursim experts at NYCTourist.com constructed a guide to Christmas in New York City, encompassing the popular holiday traditions of New York natives and tourists alike.
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Nov 27, 2013) - When the snow falls in New York City it brings with it the cheer of the holidays. New York City is home to many famous holiday attractions that continue to grow in popularity year after year as they become staples in holiday traditions. "When in New York City during the holidays these are the must-see and must-do things," says tourism expert, Erica James. "After all, this is exactly what makes the best memories." The Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting, Rockefeller Center Ice Rink, Christmas window displays, and The Nutcracker are by far the biggest and best Christmas celebrations in New York City.
Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting The Rockefeller Christmas tree has become a symbol of the holidays starting back in 1931 when it was erected during the Great Depression as a symbol of hope. As the years continued the trees became more and more impressive, with this year's tree topping out at 76 feet tall. The Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting will be held on December 4th this year and will be available for viewing until 11pm on January 7th, 2014.
Rockefeller Center Ice Rink Ice Skating has long been a favorite holiday activity for many, especially at the famous Rockefeller Center Ice Rink in New York City. The ice rink provides a beautiful backdrop with the famous Rockefeller Christmas tree and decorations. Bring the entire family out on the ice, or watch the skaters from the Rock Center Cafe over a scrumptious meal. Open from 8:30 am until midnight on regular days.
Christmas Window Displays Window shopping takes a whole new spin during the holidays in New York when the largest and most popular stores in New York City transform their windows into magical holiday displays. Every year the stores pick a new theme to wow viewers with, and this year is no exception. Thursday November 21, 2013 Macy's Herald Square unveiled their display of a young boy's journey through an enchanted forest on Christmas Eve.
The Nutcracker The Nutcracker is the most famous holiday story ever performed in the US and gets viewers into the holiday spirit and out of the winter cold. The Nutcracker is an artfully crafted ballet performance telling the story of Christmas and a little girl's adventure with her Christmas present, the nutcracker, as it comes to life.
The Pod NYC Located near Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan, this chic hotel is close to many of the most popular holiday destinations. The Pod hotel is comfortable, modern, and affordable, offering guest the ultimate stay in New York City. Staying at the Pod hotel means savings in every way on stay, transportation, and time, leaving travelers with more money to spend on having fun and creating lasting memories.
NYCTourist.com is one of NYC's busiest and oldest travel & tourism sites for everything New York City. The author of this article, Erica James loves all things NYC and especially the nightlife!