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Christmas in NYC

Somehow the city that never sleeps becomes even more alive during the month of December.

NYC is the backdrop to Christmas classics such as Home Alone 2, Elf and Miracle on 34th Street and we know why... Experiencing Christmas in New York is a feeling that will live on in your for every holiday season to come.

Notably the backdrop to a New York Christmas is the Rockefeller Tree, located in the infamous Rockefeller Plaza situated just above the ice skating rink. Dating back to 1931, when construction workers at Rockefeller Center pooled their money to together to buy a Christmas tree. Two years later Rockefeller Center decided to make the tree a yearly tradition. Every year a careful selection process is undertaken, this years tree made headlines before being lit when an owl was found as a stowaway. The owl was appropriately given the name Rockefeller. Approximately, 125 million people visit the Rockefeller Tree each year.

Many of the landmark shops near Rockefeller Center put up outdoor Christmas Window/Light displays that are a can’t be missed attraction. Fan favorite, the Saks Fifth Avenue display is set to a theme every year and plays continuously around the clock. Other nearby stores such as Bloomingdales, Cartier (as pictured above) and Macys also put on beautiful outdoor light up displays that can’t be missed.

Ice skating at the Rockerfeller Center during the day is another must-do New York Christmas item. It is best to make reservations and get there early.

Another New York holiday staple are the Radio City Rockettes, which perform their yearly Christmas Spectacular throughout the month of December at the Radio City Music Hall (also located in Rockefeller Center).

Finally, don't miss the opportunity to raise a glass whilst in New York. Christmas Pop-Up Bars in NYC are arguably the most magical thing ever. Each year some of New York’s top bars transform themselves into a Christmas playground featuring over the top decorations, non-stop Christmas music and FESTIVE COCKTAILS. Miracle on 9th Street and Rolf’s are two of the most popular.


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