Tips For Visiting New York At Christmas

December 21, 2019

When it comes to celebrating Christmas in style, there are few cities who do it bigger or better than New York. It goes without saying that New York should be on every traveler’s Bucket List any time of the year, let alone Christmas. But visiting during the festive season will bring your trip to life in so many more magical ways. So, if you are wanting to have the trip of a lifetime, check out some tips on how to prepare for the perfect getaway in New York at Christmas.

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Plan Ahead

Sure, there is something magical and whimsical about flying out to New York and taking each day as it comes. However, if you are wanting to visit the big attractions or take in a show, then you need to book in advance. Catching a Broadway show is likely to be something you will need book way in advance especially for them ore popular shows such as Wicked. So, do not end up disappointed if you have your heart set on seeing Wicked on Broadway and book Wicked Tickets in advance, as this is definitely one show you do not want to miss when in New York.

Make sure not too fully book yourself up and allow yourself time to explore the city on your own schedule. Find the right balance between booking to see everything you want to and having downtime to explore or just relax in one of the many coffee shops and bars.

*Top Tip* You must visit FAO Schwarz at Christmas time. If you are a Home Alone fan, do not go home without a visit here!

Dress Warmly

It is going to be cold, very cold. Dress warmly and make sure to pack plenty of layers. If you are doing a lot of walking, which is likely if you plan on exploring as much of the city as possible, you need to wrap yourself up against the bitterly cold New York winter weather.

Be Prepared For Crowds

New York gets a lot of visitors every single year. In fact, scrap that. Every single day. Add this to the locals and you get a lot of people pretty much everywhere. This is even more so in the more touristy areas and over the festive period. There is nothing like a New York Christmas, so accepting the crowd size before you head out will help you enjoy your trip that little bit more.

The Rockefeller Christmas Tree

It is not Christmas without a tree and you will be hard pushed to find one bigger and more impressive than the one at Rockefeller Center. Whether you simply head over to check out the tree in all it is glory and bask in the glow from the 50,000 lights or you head to the ice rink to brush up on your skills, if you visit anywhere in New York At Christmas, you need to visit the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. 

Be sure to visit during the day and the night to really take in its beauty and the attention to detail in the world’s most famous Christmas Tree.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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