Top 3 Things to Do in New York City Over the Holidays

With its epic New Year’s Eve ball drop and spectacular holiday decor, New York City might just be the dreamiest place to spend the holidays.

NYE ball drop in Times Square, photograph by Amy Hart.

1. Admire the Festive Decorations at Saks Fifth Avenue

New York takes holiday decor seriously. The lobbies of many of the city’s grandest hotels, including The Ritz-Carlton and The Plaza, are decked out with extravagant decorations and giant Christmas trees. The elaborate holiday displays in department store windows are exhibit-worthy works of art—Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue never disappoint.

Christmas decorations at the Rockefeller Center, photograph by Julienne Schaer.

2. Shop at the Bank of America Winter Village in Bryant Park

You can shop ’til you drop in this city, so finishing up any last-minute gift buying won’t be a problem. Beyond the international retailers and boutiques, plenty of Christmas markets and villages pop up all over New York. The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park sells unique items, and there are plenty of food vendors to keep you fuelled.

Ice skating in front of the Rockefeller Center, photograph by Lya Cattel/iStock.

3. Eat Special Menu Items at Rolf’s

This is the time to really indulge. Many restaurants put on special menus, and bakeries are bursting with Yuletide treats. Practically every inch of Rolf’s, a German tavern located in Gramercy Park, is covered with holiday lights and vintage ornaments, and their mulled wine and eggnog are crowd-pleasers.

[This story appears in the December 2019 edition of WestJet Magazine.]