Santa Claus is coming to town, and he’s not camera shy. Parents have a host of options for picture-taking with Santa, from the popular Santaland at Macy’s to the more casual events where you can take your own festive photos of the kids and Santa Claus.
Who does Christmas spirit better than New York?
The famous poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ was supposedly inspired by the festive atmosphere in one of the city’s downtown markets in 1822, and, according to Miracle on 34th Street, yes, there is a Santa Claus, and he presides at Macy’s. Unsurprisingly, some of New York’s Christmas landmarks have turned into well-worn touristy ruts, and worth every second.
New York City is one of the best places in the world to spend the Christmas holidays. From window-shopping on Fifth Avenue, to ice skating at Wollman Rink in Central Park, the city has something for everyone to enjoy!
The most famous place to go ice skating in New York City is opening for the 2016 season in early October – why wait for the holidays! This is the iconic rink that is seen in many holiday films, including Elf and Home Alone 2! There is nothing quite like taking a twirl around the ice underneath a 90-foot Christmas tree with your family or friends! This rink allows you to skate for 90 minutes per session and allows 150 people on the rink at one time.
Families traveling with children would love FAO Schwartz, NYC’s most iconic toy store that turns into a magical place during the holiday season.
Couples would enjoy watching any of the numerous shows playing during the holiday season, such as The Nutcracker or the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.
New York hosts several Christmas markets, where you can buy gifts, decorations, and festive treats! It is a fun and unique way to do some of your holiday shopping. Below is a list of the most popular markets but read our full post of Ten Christmas Markets to find some unique markets located beyond Manhattan.
Shoppers would enjoy visiting the numerous holiday markets around the city and doing Christmas shopping in some of the best stores in the entire world. No matter what you are looking to buy, what you want to see, or who you want to spend the holiday season with, New York City is the best place to do it all.