Beyond making a list of holiday gifts you plan to purchase, try your hand at writing a list for you and your family – of NYC winter experiences to delight in during the festive season. Let us help you get started!

You can channel your inner-Olympian ice skater and glide, spin or figure-eight at multiple venues throughout NYC including The Rink at Rockefeller Center, Trump Rink in Central Park, and The Rink at the Bank of America Winter Village in Bryant Park (admission to this rink is free). Skate rentals are available. The rinks are now open, and the experience is sure to be a wonderful memory to share with friends and family.

If the weather outside is a bit frightful, consider ice skating in an indoor rink such as the one at Chelsea Piers or the City Ice Pavilion in Long Island City, in our home borough.

The lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree takes place on Wednesday, Dec. 3. The beautifully decorated tree is a wonderful symbol of the holidays in New York City, which is why an annual journey to appreciate its towering size and glimmering lights almost always makes the holiday “must-do” list.

There are tons of stories to tell in the city, and the expressive holiday windows in some of New York City’s iconic department stores succeed in engaging viewers with magical, snow-kissed winter tales. Be sure to check out the displays at Macy’s, Saks 5th Avenue, Barney’s, Lord & Taylor, and more.

The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without a trip through the “land of sweets” in The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center (opening Nov. 28) and discovery of the winter wonderland created by the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (opening Nov. 7).

A terrific way to cap off a day of winter-time activities is a decadent and warming mug of hot chocolate. There is no shortage of places where you can savor this rich, creamy beverage! City Bakery, Lavazza at Eataly, Martha’s Country Bakery (Queens), Jacques Torres (NYC and Brooklyn) – the list goes on. Pair hot chocolate with a yummy dessert and go all out!

Why not make these experiences extra special by spending a few days with us between Thanksgiving and Christmas? A mini-vacation of mega-experiences!

For additional ideas on how to enjoy New York City’s five boroughs this fall and winter, check out, Time Out New York and City Guide. Our concierge is more than happy to offer suggestion and coordinate travel arrangements so be sure to check in with us.


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