Start spreading the news – there’s nowhere more spectacular at this time of year than winter in New York! Take a bite of the Big Apple…
“Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind,” says Kris Kringle in the classic New York movie, Miracle On 34th Street. And where better to get in a Christmas frame of mind than the city that never sleeps? Let’s spend a winter in New York, New York!
Shop ‘Til You Drop
Stroll through the streets of Manhattan viewing the festive window displays. Macy’s 34th Street windows always tell the story of the Kris Kringle film. Starting in mid-November, many stores along New York City’s Fifth Avenue create their holiday windows.
Barney’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co and more set up their thrilling artistry at their best department stores. You can view this, all for free, day and night. Take a bite of the Big Apple in style and see magnificent Christmas trees at the Rockefeller Centre, Metropolitan Opera House and Times Square.
Out And About
If you’re travelling with children, take a trip to Central Park Zoo. Or treat little ones to breakfast with Santa at the Rockefeller Center Café, followed by skating on the famous outdoor rink.
NYC’s rooftop bars are the place to be. Whether you’re in it for the killer cocktails or the incredible views, there’s something for everyone. Try the Refinery Hotel for a cosy outdoor fireplace, fairy lights, lanterns and a cracking view of the Empire State Building.
Saving Your Money for Presents?
For more views galore, choose the Brooklyn Brewery. Head to the sixth floor, where you’ll find jaw-dropping views over the Manhattan River as soon as the lift doors open. Save some of your Christmas budget by taking a free round trip on the Staten Island Ferry. Enjoy a close look at the Statue of Liberty, plus wonderful views of the whole city.
For a free 90-minute guided tour of iconic grand Central Terminal, be in the Sculpture Court at 12.30 on Friday. To book a free Times Square and Theaterland tour, visit timessquarenyc.org.
And for a scattering of sparkling magic, visit the Highline, the city’s coolest park (created on a disused elevated train line) late afternoon to see it twinkling in the dusk.
Words: Alison Graves