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5 Things to Do in NYC in December

5 Things to Do in NYC in December

New York City is already an iconic city to visit, but it’s even better during the holiday season! This dynamic destination offers visitors so many exciting attractions and activities that you won’t want to miss. But, how do you narrow in on your list bucket list? Carefree Destinations has a few suggestions for your trip with these 5 top things to do in NYC during December:

1. The Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center hosts its annual Christmas tree lighting on November 30th and the beautiful tree remains in place throughout the whole month of December. This tradition has been upheld for more than eight decades and is an iconic feature of the city, making it a favorite stop for anyone who wants a truly magical NYC holiday experience.

2. Radio City Christmas Spectacular

There are several seasonal shows in NYC that are loads of fun, but the Radio City Christmas Spectacular is likely the most well-known of them all. Since 1933, this show has featured some of the most talented performers in the world and includes performances like tap dancing, a flying Santa Claus, spectacular light production, and the world-famous synchronized precision dancing group, the Rockettes.

3. Winter/Holiday Markets

If you want a true look and taste of New York City, you’ll want to visit any of the incredible holiday markets that are open for the season. From food to artisanal boutiques, you’ll find the perfect souvenir for your trip as well as many amazing holiday gifts for loved ones! Check out Winter Village at Bryant Park, Grand Central Holiday Fair, Union Square Holiday Market, and much more!

4. Ice Skating

There’s nothing quite like ice skating during the holiday season, and you can do it in several beloved areas of New York during your stay. You’ll find beautiful rinks at Rockefeller Center, Chelsea Piers, Lefrak Center, Bryant Park, Riverbank State Park, and more. Trust us when we say that you’ll make a lifetime of memories with your loved ones as you glide on the ice under the stars and twinkling lights.

5. Saks 5th Avenue Christmas Lightshow

If you’re already visiting Rockefeller Center for the Christmas tree, you’ll be close to Saks 5th Avenue’s light show. Trust us when we say this is a must-see for both visitors and locals during the Christmas season. This show is created with thousands of LED lights that are synced up to your favorite holiday music and projected onto the side of the Sak’s store between 49th and 50th Street. You can catch a show after 5:00 PM with it running about every 10-15 minutes.

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