Sure, most department stores have had their Christmas decorations up since mid-August, but the holidays really kick off this Thursday with Thanksgiving. Starting tomorrow radio stations will be blaring with holiday music, houses will be lighting up, and it’ll be time for all those classic holiday activities.
New York City and the holidays have become synonymous with one another, as the Big Apple is one of the best places to celebrate. We’ve come up with five can’t miss activities you must check out during your holiday travel to the city that never sleeps.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is easily the most famous holiday activity in the world. Millions of people turn on their TV Thanksgiving morning to watch the largest holiday parade. However, there’s nothing like being at the parade itself. It requires getting up early on Thanksgiving, but an experience few can say they’ve done.
Rockefeller Center Ice Skating: The Rockefeller Center is a staple during the holiday season. The center is most well-known for its large Christmas tree, which is probably the most famous Christmas tree in the world. However, a trip to the Rockefeller Center can’t be capped off until you go ice skating.
Holiday Show: There are tons of holiday musicals and plays you’ll find throughout Manhattan during the holidays. Many of the popular shows sell out quickly, so get your ticket well in advance for your favorite show. One of the most popular shows this holiday season is a new show, a spin-off of the movie Elf.
Take a Holiday Lights Tour: One of the best parts of the holidays is the beautiful lights and decorations that adorn homes, parks, and businesses around New York City. Although New York City is beautifully lit up throughout the year, the Big Apple far outdoes itself during the holidays. There are a lot of different tour companies around New York City that provide holidays lights tours in different parts of the city.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular: Radio City Music Hall is another holiday landmark in and of itself in New York City. Dating back to the early 1900s, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular is one of the largest shows in the word. Starting The Rockettes, the show features over 100 performers and runs throughout November and December.