Enjoy the magical traditions that Manhattan has to offer this Christmas. The City is filled with cheer from every corner. From timeless ice skating rinks to holiday window displays, there are plenty of Manhattan points of interest to check off your list.
Whether you’re looking for something to do with friends, family, or both, you’ll find things in Manhattan you’ve never dreamed of. At Beyond Times Square, we’re dedicated to showing you unique places to visit in New York City from a local’s point of view. Here’s a helpful list of holiday ideas to get you started!
Wollman Rink in Central Park
Come visit one of the most treasured attractions in Central Park. Since 1949, the Wollman Rink has been delighting families and friends alike. This ice rink has a breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline and boasts family skating, a skating school, figure skating, and hockey attractions.
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
A gorgeous introduction to the season, the annual Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting is a must-see. We offer the perfect package for you and your guests to enjoy without the bitter cold of December and crowded sidewalks. Get a third-story view of the festivities and performances, dinner buffet, live entertainment, and an even a professional photographer to capture these memorable moments.
Holiday window displays Seeing the world-famous Christmas window displays is one of the most popular things to do in Manhattan. This tradition welcomes people of all different backgrounds to come to enjoy in the festive season. See gorgeous displays at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Barneys, Macy’s, and more.
Union Square Holiday Market & Bryant Park Winter Village
If you’re in the shopping mood, don’t forget to check out the Union Square Holiday Market in Union Square Park. It’s known for one-of-a-kind craft gifts that boast quality and affordability. You can then head to its sister market, the Bryant Park Winter Village. Not only will you find holiday shops, but you’ll also see a 17,000-square-foot ice skating rink, food vendors, and a beautiful restaurant where you can enjoy this magical winter wonderland.
Dyker Heights holiday lights
We welcome you to our tour of the Dyker Heights Holiday Lights lead by a licensed NYC guide. You’ll be amazed at this neighborhood that puts on quite the holiday show for everyone to enjoy. You’ll see light displays dazzle up homes, roofs, gardens, and more. Feast your eyes on animatronic toys, gorgeous nativity scenes, and more.
New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show
Get the VIP treatment at the Holiday Train Show in the New York Botanical Gardens. Each year, New York City is re-created on a miniature scale using natural materials. You’ll find more than 150 famous buildings and attractions under a stunning display of lights. So skip the lines, and explore this unique New York hotspot for yourself!
Santaland at Macy’s and Top of the Rock
We didn’t forget the kids. Take your little elves to Macy’s Santaland, a 13,000-square-foot Christmas village filled with delightful displays and adventure. They can sit on Santa’s lap, explore his workshop, glide along Rainbow Bridge, and more. You can then end the evening by going to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Get a 360-degree panoramic view of Central Park, Manhattan’s midtown, and plenty of lit-up skyscrapers.
Make this Christmas season extra special by planning a visit to the Big Apple. There’s something for everyone. These are just some of the magical Manhattan points of interest just waiting to be explored.
If you have any questions or would like to create your own VIP tour of Manhattan, contact us today. We’d love to help make your visit to New York City exceptional.