There are several things that come to mind when dreaming of NYC during the holidays: the famous Rockefeller Christmas Tree, ice skating in Central Park, the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular, and the Macy’s store window displays, to name just a few. Fall and winter New York holiday travel is a beautiful way to see the city as it changes from fall into winter. Big-name stores decorate for the season, and you can even find Santa hidden in department stores as he gets his list ready for his big night.
Breakfast with Santa & Skating at Rockefeller Center
Holidays are some of the best times for eating. Breakfast foods during the holiday get a delicious makeover, full of warm and comforting flavors that are sometimes only had during the season. Add meeting Santa on top of a scrumptious breakfast, and you’re sure to have a great start to your day. (Especially with Santa gearing up for the impending holidays!) The Breakfast with Santa offers a true feast with gingerbread men and candy canes, as well as the usual fixings for a hearty delicious breakfast. Guests can choose between The Sea Grill and Rock Center Café for their breakfast location. The Sea Grill is a more elegant experience, whereas Rock Center Café caters towards young children with a Throne Room for post-breakfast photos.
Once you’ve had your breakfast with Santa, lace up your skates and get onto the ice to take a few spins around the rink beneath twinkling Christmas lights. Reserve your tickets today for this lovely family memory!
FAO Schwarz Toy Store Pre-Opening Breakfast Experience on Black Friday
If you’re going to New York City, FAO Schwarz is an experience not to be missed. Founded in 1862, FAO Schwarz has been catering to the kid in all of us for over a century. The toy empire will open a new location at Rockefeller Plaza in November 2019, just in time for the holiday shopping season.
FAO Schwarz is like the Willy Wonka of toy stores. Greeted by human toy soldiers, guests enter a magical world full of wonder and amusement. For those traveling to NYC for the pre-opening breakfast, guests can expect a fantastic breakfast buffet, a piano recital, professional dancers, pre-opening shopping, and a keepsake collectible. But don’t wait too long to get your tickets in advance, this exclusive event is limited to only 30 guests.
The Nutcracker Ballet at Lincoln Center
The Nutcracker first debuted as a ballet production in December of 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia. A classic Christmas story, The Nutcracker has been performed every year in NYC since 1954. The production utilizes 62 musicians, 40 stagehands, 90 professional dancers, and more than 125 children to make each performance as magical as possible for audiences.
For guests interested in an in-depth experience, VIP Sweet Seats Packages are available and include premium seating, a souvenir book, keepsake photo, and even a potential dance workshop for those so inclined. Imagine, learning the choreography of the Nutcracker from a trained ballerina!
Rockefeller Tree Lighting Event
Nothing says Christmas like visiting the Rockefeller Christmas Tree during the holiday season. The first-ever tree decorated at Rockefeller Center was put up by construction workers in 1931. In 1951, the tree lighting was televised for the first time by NBC and became a permanent yearly tradition in 1981.
This year, a new program is available for guests to view the tree lighting in person! The Tree Lighting Viewing Reception at the Equinox Club Café in Rockefeller Center offers a third-story vantage point with direct sightlines to the tree and Rockefeller Center. The specialized event includes hors d’oeuvres, an elegant dinner buffet with hot and cold food stations, a premium open bar, live entertainment, cocktail seating, and a professional event photographer that will help you commemorate the event!
Holiday travel in New York is completely magical. Twinkling lights and maybe even a dusting of white brighten an already shining city. With decorations and cheer abound, there is something for everyone in NYC during the holidays. Get your tickets for a special event or a show, visit the dazzling Christmas tree, and put on a pair of skates to celebrate the holidays in the big apple! Contact our team today and plan the perfect holiday getaway.