Best Holiday Attractions in NYC


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Bryant park is just one of the numerous holiday attractions NYC has to offer

Katie Buelt, Features Editor

New York City is full of unique experiences all year round, and Christmas is no exception. Countless businesses spare no expense when it comes to lavish decorations and extravagant events. Holiday spirit lines the streets, and there is something to see and do for people of all ages. 

Hudson Yards

One of the city’s newest and most modern neighborhoods, Hudson Yards doesn’t disappoint during the holiday season. Most notably, the square and gardens hosts a light show at 5 PM daily, featuring intricate designs that can be seen from both from the ground, or from atop the Vessel, one Hudson Yard’s most well known attractions. While advance reservations need to be made, climbing this sixteen story structure and free and offers views of the skyline and the Hudson River. If you’re looking to take a break from the bitter cold, the neighboring mall features contemporary architecture and plenty of shops. Although most of the goods sold are fairly expensive, touring the building is an experience of its own, and it is home to several well-regarded restaurants. 

Bryant Park

While this green-space bordering the New York Public Library may be small, its rows of festive shops pack in plenty of holiday cheer. During the holiday season, dozens of vendors set up and sell handmade goods, making it a great way to support local businesses and find unique holiday gifts. Plenty of restaurants also set up shop, featuring warm meals and decadent desserts to help you through a long day of walking around the city. An ice skating rink is also set up, although it requires advance reservations and skate rentals. Overall, if you don’t mind braving packed vendors and long lines, Bryant Park is a must-visit during the holidays.

Window Displays

It is no secret that Macy’s spares on expense when developing intricate holiday window displays. This year is no exception, and their blending of classic and modern elements makes them enjoyable for people of all ages. The decor doesn’t stop on the store’s exterior; dangling from the main floor’s ceiling are elaborate, holiday-themed ornaments with moving parts. For those willing to do some advance planning, the Macy’s top floor hosts a massive Santa’s Village packed with beautiful decorations. However, if you don’t have the patience to wait in this attraction’s massive lines, exploring the store is an experience in itself.

Overall, it is easy for people of all ages to find joy in the city during the holiday season. Whether you’re planning a trip in advance or simply find yourself with no advance goal, you don’t have to look far to find the perfect attraction in a city that is full of holiday spirit at this time of year.