There’s no place like New York City during the holidays. Enchanting storefronts, spectacular light displays and a world famous Christmas tree make the magic come to life. These five NYC attractions are the ideal way to make your holiday picture perfect.
Visit the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
An iconic tree that is just a train ride away for Long Islanders, draws visitors far and wide to pose beside its immense branches. Towering above the famous ice-skating rink with more than 50,000 lights, a snapshot is a true work of art.
Check out the Macy’s Window Display
Most are well aware of the legendary “Believe” sign that hangs in Herald Square, but few may know this year’s window theme: “The Perfect Gift Brings People Together.” It features six windows filled with cute characters like mice playing in the snow, a polar bear family trimming a tree and skating penguins. There will also be a few Santa’s scattered throughout.
Go to the NY Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
This annual event turns the Botanical Garden into a winter wonderland that showcases the enchantment of the city. From Nov. 22 to Jan. 15, visitors can marvel at large-scale locomotives dashing through a display of 150 NYC iconic landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and Rockefeller Center. What’s even more impressive is that each attraction is recreated with bark, leaves and other natural materials.
Peruse the Union Square Holiday Market
Located in the heart of NYC, visitors will find more than 100 red and white booths that look straight out of a fairy tale. Filled with food, jewelry, beauty products and home decor, this market is an ideal place to complete your holiday shopping. Another bonus: live music!
Step Inside a Giant Snow Globe
From Nov. 17 to Jan. 7, One World Observatory—the outlook point atop the 1,776-foot One World Trade Center—transforms into a huge snow globe. The space highlights an icy glacier cave and elevators adorned in fake snow. And for foodies, there are holiday-themed dishes and vanilla, cinnamon and peppermint-infused cocktails.