Christmastime in New York City

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Christmastime in the city… despite the fact that it took a little longer to really “feel” like the holidays (hello 65 and sunny in December!), there’s still time to relish in all things festive in New York City.

Whether you’re familiar with the sites or here for your first winter, take a look at our list of must-see spots – guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit.

  1. First things first, trees: Thousands of people nationwide visit the NYC Christmas tree each year. Located in the heart of Rockefeller Center, the iconic tree has been a longstanding tradition in our city. Lit up for the first time on Christmas Eve 1931 in the midst of the Great Depression, the tree became a symbol of hope and unity for our country and lives on to be one of the city’s greatest architectural and commercial monuments. You can also visit the Christmas trees underneath the arc at Washington Square Park, Park Slope, New York Botanical Garden and more.
  2. Bryant Park Ice Skating Rink and #WinterVillage: Santa’s Corner, Christmas Caroling, Ice Skating, and holiday shopping… doesn’t get much better than Bryant Park for the holidays! Visit the park on 42 and 6th avenue and enjoy the festive atmosphere.
  3. Sing Christmas Carols: Celebrate the holiday season by catching a festive Christmas music concert in one of NYC’s many classic venues. Quick, check out this list now before it’s too late!
  4. Check out the Window Displays: So what if you can’t afford to actually shop at these fancy stores? At least you can enjoy the view from the street! Take a stroll up Fifth Avenue and take in the ornate window displays of NYC’s most famous stores – the lights, the “snow” the glitter and the aura of the holidays are worth navigating the busy sidewalks!
  5. Volunteer: It’s the season of giving, after all. Volunteer your time, your services, your spare lunch to those in need this year. There are plenty of shelters, schools, hospitals, churches, temples and more that are looking for an extra set of hands – year round. Click here to see how you can get involved.
  6. Hit Broadway: Family in town? Date night? Roommate bonding? The best way to celebrate the holidays is to revisit the classic shows of our time. The Radio City Rockettes show is a long-standing show was founded in 1925 that welcomes over 2 million viewers a year. Join in the American tradition and enjoy a night at the ballet with The Nutcracker – playing now through January 3rd at New York City’s iconic Lincoln Center.

Don’t miss your chance to experience the holiday wonder in New York City this year – there’s still time left to enjoy all our city has to offer. If you’re looking fore more ideas on what to do and where to go, please ask our front desk for suggestions.

We hope you all have a wonderful holiday and a happy New Year and wish you peace and love in 2016. Thank you for being a part of the Webster community, we are looking forward to more memories with you!