Get Festive in New York City
Experience the most festive season of the year in the City that Never Sleeps. New York City has every holiday activity imaginable right at your fingertips. Looking to take a plunge into the Atlantic with other brave souls? Or embark on a mission to find the best winter village in the city? Or simply drink hot chocolate, ice skate and take in the holiday spirit? New York City has all that and more to make this winter season one for the books.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Experience one of New York City’s most iconic and impressive winter performances. For many years the Rockettes have stunned audiences with their whimsical Christmas Spectacular show at Radio City Music Hall. Watch the talented dancers kick, twirl and spin their way through a performance guaranteed to provide you with amazing memories to last a lifetime.
Winter Villages: Bryant Park vs. Union Square
Two great winter villages, vying for the #1 ranking in NYC – and you get to be the judge. Explore the Bryant Park winter village and enjoy a 17,000 square foot outdoor ice skating rink, more than 125 holiday shops and a rink-side restaurant. Or, head downtown to Union Square and engage in one of the most impressive outdoor shopping venues in the city. The European-style winter market has more than 150 vendors featuring a selection of hand crafted gifts, tasty food vendors and intricate board games.
New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge
Plunge into the New Year with a refreshing swim. This New Year’s Day, head to Coney Island and join 2,000 other brave souls for a dip in the Atlantic Ocean. A $20 donation is suggested, and all proceeds will go to Camp Sunshine, an organization that helps children with life-threatening illnesses. This swim is a solidified tradition in New York City so don’t miss your chance to embrace the water and kick start 2018!
Times Square Ball Drop & Chinese New Year’s Firecracker Festival
We all know Times Square is the place to be when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st. With energetic performances, excited attendees and endless amounts of confetti, there’s no better place to be to ring in the New Year. But, did you know you can keep the celebration going at the New Year’s Day Firecracker Ceremony in Chinatown? Not only will there be rockets and firecrackers, the festival will have lion dances, drumming and a variety of cultural dances for you to enjoy. Experience the New Year with a bang at both New York City traditional events.