Reasons to visit New York over the holidays

Christmas in New York

‘New York’, you shout in disbelief. ‘I can go to New York any other time!’ Yes, that is true. New York City is not a mysterious, exclusive, or exotic place. However, let us tell you something – New York rarely looks better than it does now, during the holiday season. The Rockefeller Center glimmers and glitters, departments stores decorate their windows with ornaments worth traveling for, the streets are full of holiday lights, sights, sounds, etc. And, if you are lucky, it may even snow – and snow is something that makes Central Park mesmerizing and almost magical. But, if you are not persuaded yet, that is, if you are still looking for reasons to visit New York over the holidays, keep on reading. We prepared a list of reasons that will bring you to the Big Apple in the next couple of weeks.

The Big Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center

Okay, the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, a Norway spruce, is an all-American staple. This tree is what you have been seeing on New York City postcards for the last couple of decades. Every year, right before the holiday season starts, this tree (standing just a little over 70-ft high) is brought into the plaza and decorated with the most beautiful lights and ornaments. Moreover, the tree is positioned right next to the enormous ice rink where you can skate, drink hot chocolate or mulled wine, and enjoy the most beautiful Christmas sights. You can pretend to be in one of those classic American movies. So, do not question whether now is the best time to visit New York – it is! Christmas vibes will make you fall in love with the city as soon as you step your foot on its streets.

The ice-skating rink in New York
One reason to visit New York over the holidays is that it will bring out your inner child

Christmas Displays in Manhattan

People usually associate Manhattan with either hard work or with excessive luxury. Yes, you can find both here. But, that is not all you can see, so do not avoid checking out this New York City’s borough, especially now, during the holiday season. In Manhattan, you will find decorated department stores that do not resemble anything you have seen before. Bloomingdale’s, Barneys, Macy’s, Saks, etc., all look like separate cities. It is as though they compete every year to see who is going to be more Christmas-looking. And, the smaller stores, both those high-end and more affordable ones, do not disappoint either. You will want to walk inside just to see the decorations. Do that! That is why those decorations are there. We strongly advise you to check out some of the toy stores in Manhattan, too – that is where you will awaken your inner child.

NYC Entertainment

Most people who come to New York come to hustle. They come to see whether this city will make or break them. But, during the holiday season, from Halloween in October till Chinese New Year in February, people come for entertainment. It does not matter what kind of entertainment you are looking for, you will find it here. Broadway shows, concerts, sporting events, etc., are just some of the things you can do here.

What is more, you will not have to spend much. It will take you just a couple of bucks to go ice skating at Rockefeller Center, to drink hot chocolate in the State Park, or to go stargazing on the High Line. Of course, if your pockets are deeper, there are plenty of options for that too!

Thus, do not worry about not being entertained in New York during the holiday season – that is simply not possible. It is not possible in any season here, to be honest. After all, New York did get the nickname “The city that never sleeps” for a reason. Trust us; once you come here, you will want to move here. Some people do – and that is why we have soo many people from different backgrounds here. If you want to move too, do it. You do not need much – just a room and a storage unit for your stuff. Consider temporary solutions for your items as you will be on the go all the time and try to soak up everything this city has to offer. 

Decorations, representing reasons to visit New York over the holidays.
There is not a city in the world that can treat you as well as New York.

Seasonal Food is a Reason to Visit New York Over the Holidays

When we say that New York is home to some of the most exceptional 5-star restaurants in the world, we mean it. You can find some of the best chefs and some of their best creations right here in the center of New York. But, be warned, some of these restaurants will cost you an arm and a leg. However, do not think that you have to break your budget to eat here. You can find some of the best food on the streets of New York! From Italian and French to Indian and Moroccan – delicacies will be all around you. And, all those delicacies will come with their own holiday spirit. You will see donuts with Christmas lights made of chocolate or even hotdogs wrapped in Christmas paper. But, let us give you a tip that will ensure safe travel – always eat where the crowd eats. There is a reason why empty stalls are empty!

A hotdog.
When in New York – eat where locals eat.

Amazing Lighting Displays all over New York

It is during the holiday season when New York starts to resemble a fairy tale. Those people who grew up watching Home Alone and other Christmas classics know what we are talking about. In December and January, every corner of New York will be decorated with lights – stores, trees, bushes, etc. People’s (local’s) houses will also be in full-Christmas spirit. Santa clauses, raindeers, and giant Christmas trees can be seen in almost all front yards. Just walking through the streets, main and those a bit off the beaten track, will give you the impression like you are in some kind of Santa’s village. New York City does this with every holiday! For instance, October is great for those Halloween Lovers, while November is one of the best months to visit New York if you enjoy Thanksgiving and all the parades. 

See, there are many reasons to visit New York over the holidays. It will undoubtedly give you a one-of-a-kind experience.

12 thoughts on “Reasons to visit New York over the holidays

  1. ThePlainSimpleLife November 24, 2021 / 4:17 am

    I absolutely LOVE NYC at Christmas. Maybe because I’d seen it in all the movies when I was a kid and always dreamed of going. It was just as magical when I did go. We went to see the Rockettes at Radio City Hall which was really cheesy but still great. And of course a few broadway shows too. It’s somewhere I would go back to again and again!

  2. Charity November 24, 2021 / 4:06 pm

    I’ve been to New York around Christmastime and it is very magical! I would love to go back!

  3. Caroline November 25, 2021 / 9:19 am

    New York at Christmas sounds amazing – it’s definitely the time I would want to go! Broadway would be my first stop though 😍

    • markstraveljournal November 25, 2021 / 9:43 am

      Broadway is back and a great first stop for sure. Thanks for the comments.

  4. bournemouthgirl November 26, 2021 / 10:03 am

    These are some really great reasons to visit New York. Thank you for sharing your post Mark!

  5. JamieAdStories November 27, 2021 / 4:59 pm

    I have only been to NYC in August. I really want a Christmas visit after seeing your post.

  6. Paulexplorestheworld November 28, 2021 / 10:18 am

    I’ve always wanted to visit NYC during Christmas. I was recently there as an adult and even though it was over Halloween, I could easily see how beautiful everything would look with Christmas decorations and snow falling around you!

  7. Molly @ Transatlantic Notes November 28, 2021 / 10:24 am

    It’s an all-time dream to be in NYC for Christmas — it would be truly amazing! Thanks for sharing all the tips and info; I doubt I’ll ever get to go but all this has helped!

  8. lifeofmorag November 30, 2021 / 8:57 am

    I want to bored the next flight to New York now! I have been there once before but that was around Easter time. I absolutely loved the city so to see it again with all the festive magic sounds amazing!

  9. Ellie Wright November 30, 2021 / 4:55 pm

    I’ve always wanted to visit NYC, especially at Christmas. It all just looks so beautiful! Maybe one day I’ll get there 🙂

  10. ellegracedeveson December 1, 2021 / 7:39 pm

    It is my dream to visit New York at Christmas. I think it is the most beautiful city when it’s lit up with the festive lights. I just can’t wait to one day visit and tick it off my bucket list! Thank you so much for sharing this, I feel really festive now Xo

    Elle – ellegracedeveson.com

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