Holidays in Manhattan and Affordable Manhattan Hotels | Christmas in New York City
Posted: November 18th, 2010
There’s nothing like spending a few days in Manhattan during the Holidays. If you do it once you will forever anticipate the time when you can do it again.
Christmas in New York City is a magical season not to be missed. There is something about the light chilled air that swirls around the tall glass buildings or push through the trees in Central Park. If it is not snowing it feels like it will begin at any given moment.
It’s almost as if the entire city has agreed that this is the time of the year when they will treat each other just a little nicer if just for this special time of the year. You’ll see New Yorkers hold the door for someone, others may wave ‘hello’ to a passerby or perhaps even give up a cab to a couple whose been waiting behind them in the bitter cold…o.k., well that may happen but the excitements in the air makes one feel like it’s almost possible.
New York City is known for its countless NYC Activities and Manhattan Attractions and the Holiday Season in NYC simply means there is even more to do, more to see and more to experience. There are many NYC Annual Holiday Events that bring back so many memories to those who grew up in New York City and even if you didn’t grow up in our fine city, if you’ve ever spent any time visiting Manhattan or visiting NYC during the Holidays you’re sure to have either experienced these wonderful NYC Holiday Events for yourself or you have always wanted to.
During the Holidays, New York City comes alive by offering up hundreds of marquee Manhattan Holiday Events and NYC Holiday Attractions that locals and visitors’ a like look forward to all year round, including:
- Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
- Special Holiday Plays and Events
- Ice Skating at many locations throughout NYC
- Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
- Shopping at the many stores and boutiques
- New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square
…and so much more.
See below for just a fraction of the great NYC Activities and Manhattan Attractions that await you and your family - there is, quite literally, something for everyone.
Whether you want to ice skate in Central Park, Rockefeller Center, watch Radio City Christmas Spectacular, view the amazing Holiday Widow Displays along 5th Avenue or just walk along the snowy streets of NYC and take it all in.
Great Holiday NYC Activities and Manhattan Attractions Things to Do:
Window Displays on 5th Avenue:
No visit to New York City during the Holiday Season would be complete without checking out the Holiday Window Displays at some of New York City's famous Department Stores. Manhattan's Department Stores always have enchanting, Holiday Window Displays everyone will enjoy. Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Barneys, Lord & Taylor, Bergdorf Goodman and others create spectacular NYC Holiday wonderlands.
Public Christmas Trees in NYC:
The Tree at Rockefeller Center in New York City is an iconic Christmas image that continues to attract many visitors throughout New York City's Holiday Season. Schedule some time to visit some of the other New York City Holiday Trees, including the origami tree at the American Museum of Natural History and the Chorus Tree at South Street Seaport.
The start of the Holiday Season is kicked off on November 30 with the lighting of the tree at Rockefeller Center. This colorful Christmas Tree is a spectacular event and almost every adult can think back to their childhood and remember seeing the lighting of the Tree at Rockefeller Center as a time when they knew that Christmas was coming.
Attend a Broadway Play:
Whether you’re a long time fan of Broadway Plays or even if you’ve never see one, you owe it to yourself and loved one to make the time to experience one of the many spectacular NYC Broadway Plays you have to choose from. Even if the show you attend does not have a Holiday theme, just the experience of attending one of these enchanting Broadway Plays is worth the trip.
Celebrate the Holiday Season in NYC with an abundance of free or inexpensive performances throughout New York City. The Holidays present an ideal opportunity to be entertained with great Holiday music, shows and Seasonal events.
Hot Chocolate in Central Park:
Few things are more romantic than a slow walk through Central Park with snow on the ground and a cup of Hot Chocolate to keep you warm. Take this stroll with the love of your life and build a memory to last a lifetime.
Ice Skating at Wollman in Central Park:
Skating on Wollman Rink is a NYC Attraction and Winter tradition for New Yorkers and tourists alike. The first part of Central Park to open to the public was the Lake, in 1858. Wollman Rink opened in 1950, a 33,000-square-foot venue built with a gift from Kate Wollman. With its romantic backdrop, Wollman Rink puts NYC Visitors beneath the magical New York City skyline by day, and its twinkling lights by night.
Wollman Rink in Central Park has been featured in films such as Love Storyand Serendipity.
Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair:
The Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair, offers a diverse mix of products in an elegantly decorated environment—all indoors in the warmth of Vanderbilt Hall.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular:
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is a beloved NYC Holiday tradition that’s been entertaining audiences for many years. See the world famous Rockettes, Santa Claus, cool 3-D effects, and a live nativity show.
Every performance of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular is a glittering present full of fun and surprises for the whole family! Enjoy the flawless precision of the Radio City Rockettes® in numbers like legendary "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" and thrill as Santa takes you on a magical ride to his workshop at the North Pole, where playful rag dolls come to life.
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See the Nutcracker:
Welcome to the world of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™. This is the production that is the heart of New York City’s year-end Holiday season. Whether it is a family tradition or a once-in-a-lifetime visit, your experience of this glittering classic ballet will stay with you forever and warm your spirit. From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical place filled with adorable children, marching toy soldiers, a glowing one-ton Christmas tree that seemingly grows forever, mischievous mice, crystalline waltzing snowflakes, the Land of Sweets and some of the most glorious dancing on earth.
New Year's Eve Celebration:
We’ve all seen it and we’ve all remarked, ‘One year I’d like to be in Times Square to see the ball drop in person’. This event, New Years Eve in Times Square, is on nearly everyone’s list of ‘Things to Do’ and it’s no surprise – it is a once in a lifetime event.
Each year, on December 31st, when the clock strikes midnight the entire world is watching as the brilliantly lighted ball moves downward to signify the beginning of a New Year. It’s an event not to be missed. The opening ceremony begins at 6pm, and throughout the evening there are always special appearances by world famous musicians and top entertainers and celebrities. At 11:59pm the descent of the famous Waterford Crystal New Year's Eve Ball begins and the countdown follows, ‘9, 8, 7, 6…’ – well you know how it goes and of course, this is the year you will finally make it to NYC’s Times Square for New Years Eve, right?
About Milford Plaza Hotel:
The Milford Plaza Hotel – New York is in the heart of NYC’s Theater District, 1 block from NYC’s Times Square and just blocks from NYC’s Neighborhoods’ SOHO, Greenwich Village, Lower East Side, NOLITA, Tribeca, and the East Village, Chinatown and Little Italy.
Our NYC Hotel is also close to all the most popular NYC Attractions and Things to Do in Manhattan; Times Square, the Empire State Building, Garment District, Diamond District, Central Park, Jacob Javit’s Convention Center and many other New York City Attractions that make New York City – ‘The Most Exciting City in the World!’
This Manhattan Hotel provides Guests with a perfect mix of comfortable Guest Rooms, ideal New York City location and gracious Guest Services all at a very affordable rate that will surprise you.
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