Ice skate at Rockefeller Center; glide beneath New York's largest Christmas tree. Warm up after the adventure with hot cocoa from La Maison Chocolat (30 Rockefeller Center). For a quieter skate, go to Central Park's Wollman Rink. Snuggle under blankets in a horse-drawn carriage for a ride through the park. You can rent ice skates at both rinks.
Fifth to Seventh Avenues, between 47th and 50th Streets
New York, NY 10020
Central Park at 63rd Street
New York, NY 10021
Though Rockefeller Center boasts the largest and most famous evergreen of the season--usually lit during the first days of December--New York City is filled with Christmas trees. The Metropolitan Museum of Art decorates its tree with Baroque angels, surrounded by a nativity scene. The theme is different each year at the American Museum of Natural History. Its tree is hung with hundreds of paper origami. Join the Big Apple Chorus for holiday songs every weekend in front of South Street Seaport's holiday tree.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024
South Street Seaport
Fulton and South Streets, Pier 17
New York, NY 10038
Artistry and athleticism work together in some of the season's best performances. The Big Apple Circus features acrobatics while Lincoln Center's annual presentation of The Nutcracker is famous for its adult and child dancers. Both run throughout the month. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (featuring the Rockettes) is another holiday staple, best for a family with kids.
132 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023
Radio City Music Hall
1260 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
The Bronx Zoo hosts Wild Winterland throughout the month. The Wildlife Conservation Society used to present an evening display of lights, but has switched to a daytime celebration to save energy and carbon emissions. Horse-drawn wagons take you around the holiday-trimmed zoo. Reindeer browse. Animals open their presents. Listen to stories, watch ice carvers, canoodle with costumed characters and carolers, roast marshmallows, and make crafts. If you're already in the neighborhood, stop by the New York Botanical Gardens' Holiday Train Show. Model trains built from botanical materials--such as cinnamon sticks, pine cones and orange slices--chug through replicas of famous New York City buildings.
2300 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10460
New York Botanical Garden
Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458