For many people, there is not a more magical place to be during the holidays than New York City. With lights festooned all over, merry store displays lining 5th Ave, and well-known holiday events taking place every day, the Big Apple truly comes alive during this season. It is the perfect travel destination to soak in all of the merriment you desire. Here is everything that you need to know about soaking in the holiday spirit in New York City.
Spend This Holiday Spirit In NYC
Begin your tour of the festivities with a spin around an ice-skating rink. Good choices include the famous Rink at Rockefeller Center, Wollman Rink in Central Park, and The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park.
Taking in a show is a great way to get yourself into the holiday spirit. The Lincoln Center is the place to be to catch The Nutcracker. Or head to Radio City Music Hall for the venerable Christmas Spectacular production. Kids will delight in the annual miniature train exhibit at the New York Botanical Gardens or a trip through the decorated displays at Rockefeller Center.
You do not need to spend a lot of money on attractions and shows to take in the fantasy world of New York City at Christmas. Be sure to budget time to stroll down Fifth Avenue to gawk at all of the elaborate retail shop window displays. The windows are best viewed after dark when the lights are especially bright and twinkling.
The festive hotel lobbies are also amazing places to check out while touring the city. While you are in the fanciest hotels, you can elevate the experience by picking a cozy lounge with a crackling fire to enjoy a holiday-inspired cocktail such as spiked egg nog or cider.
Where To Stay?
All of this festive fun is going to wear you out, and you are going to want to have a comfortable and quiet place to rest each night. Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city by choosing one of the Jersey City hotels near the PATH train. Staying in Jersey City, NJ, when you’re visiting Manhattan is one of the savviest things you can do. It adds nearly no time to a trip into the city while saving you much time and money.
Any of these hotels will give you easy and fast access to the city while still providing a respite for the weary travelers. The Hyatt House Jersey City is an extended stay hotel that provides all of the comforts of home. In addition to the modern guest rooms, visitors will enjoy the fitness center, onsite restaurant, free breakfast, and a rooftop bar delivering stunning views of the Manhattan skyline.
The Westin Jersey City Newport is another great choice. It features an indoor lap pool and a tasty bar/restaurant. Guests can enjoy a fitness center, pool, and great views of NYC.
What To Eat?
Almost as overwhelming as the dizzying array of holiday events is all of the culinary adventures waiting to be had in this diverse city.
Start your journey with a trip to one of the city’s famed delicatessen restaurants. Good choices include Katz’s and Sarge’s Delicatessen & Diner.
For authentic Italian food, head to Little Italy and indulge yourself at any of the authentic eateries. Local favorites to consider include Da Nico, Aunt Jake’s, and IL Cortile.
No trip to the city is complete without a visit to one of the traditional steakhouses. From Gallaghers Steakhouse to Peter Luger’s to Delmonico’s, you will feel as if you have stepped back in time at any of these classic joints.