The holiday season is a great time of year for corporations and executives to show their love and appreciation for their employees and local communities. One great way to do this is to consider some corporate outings in NYC for your team. New York has so much to offer. It provides an atmosphere that offers experiences that will be truly appreciated and unforgettable. Whether you are just looking for a good time or a collective way to give back, let’s take a look at some great options.
Tour the holiday window displays on Fifth Avenue
New York City’s Fifth Avenue is known for elaborate window displays, and the Christmas season is when they’re at their best. Take a stroll down the street and admire the creativity of top designers and stylists with holiday-themed displays in the windows of some of the world’s biggest retailers along Fifth Avenue. It is a great office outing idea in NYC that can likely be done in an afternoon or evening following a wonderful corporate-sponsored lunch or dinner.
Ice skating at Rockefeller Center or Bryant Park
If you are looking for more of a traditional New York holiday feel, consider Rockefeller Center. Rockefeller Center is an NYC landmark and home to arguably the most famous Christmas tree in the world. At its center you can find the popular ice-skating rink, which draws crowds from all over the world to experience open air skating, while surrounded by the breathtaking NYC skyline. If you are looking for fun group activities in NYC, Rockefeller Center’s famous rink is sure to be a crowd pleaser and your team won’t be disappointed. The smell of chestnuts, hot chocolate, and cookies fill the air. It’s an iconic holiday staple in New York City. Bryant Park’s Winter Village is another great option for a similar experience that isn’t as crowded, offering the added bonus of caroling events and the Winter Village holiday shops, which are pop-up food and artisanal boutiques housed in a European-style open-air market. If your team prefers a more intimate setting, the High Line’s chic Standard Hotel offers an alpine-inspired skating rink with warm drinks and an apres-ski inspired menu.
Holiday-themed happy hour
What corporate outing in NYC would be complete without cocktails? Take a tour of some of New York’s best holiday pop-up bars that feature special holiday-themed cocktails. Miracle on 9th Street has become a cultural phenomenon, and NYC is the best place to experience it. Afterall, Manhattan’s East Village was the birthplace of the Christmas pop-up bar long before the nation caught on to this trend. NYC offers some excellent happy-hour specials at a variety of top-notch bars and restaurants that cater to the holiday season with atmospheres for all tastes.
Holiday-themed cooking class
Another great option for a corporate outing in NYC is to treat your team to a holiday-themed cooking class. Venture down to Greenwich Village where they can partake in a private lesson in making some amazing holiday food. They will learn from top culinary experts and chefs that will teach proper techniques in preparing a gourmet three-course meal with the freshest ingredients of the season. They will then get to enjoy their meals together at a beautifully prepared table in the cooking studio.
Dyker Heights Christmas light tour
The Dyker Heights Christmas Light Tour is another great option for your corporate outing in NYC that is sure to put a smile on every face in your team. Allow employees to experience the magic of the season with a four-hour guided tour of some the most famous and exquisite Christmas light displays in the world. The neighborhood of Dyker Heights in Brooklyn is known for families battling year after year to outdo one another with over-the-top displays that celebrate every aspect of the holiday season. This is not your typical drive around the neighborhood to look at lights. Animatronics, figurines, and computer-programmed lighting sequences are just some of the effects that you will see. One thing is for certain: No one will be disappointed.
Cocoa and carols holiday cruise
The Cocoa and Carols Holiday Cruise is another great corporate outing in NYC. You and your guests will board a 1920s-style yacht to tour some popular sites for city lights under the direction of musically talented guides. Everyone will be warm and toasty in the comfort of the yacht’s solarium. You can join in on the caroling or just sit back and enjoy the show. Hot cocoa, cookies, and other holiday treats are included in this 90-minute tour designed to help spread holiday cheer in a way that is unique to only NYC.
Volunteer with a shelter or do a gift drive for kids during the holiday season
Enjoying outings and bonding activities with teammates is a great way to show your appreciation during the holidays. However, nothing exudes the holiday spirit quite like giving back. A great way to give back is to consider volunteering as a group at a local shelter where you will have the opportunity to serve those that who less fortunate. Holiday gift drives are another opportunity for your company to contribute to the community and ensure underprivileged families have something to look forward to on Christmas morning. These can be great team-building activities in NYC that will reap great rewards for both the community and your company.
We would be more than happy to help you create a magical holiday experience for your team with a custom corporate outing in NYC. Contact us today so we can customize your experience.