Have you always wanted to spend Christmas in the city? Few things are more festive than being surrounded by the glow of the city lights and the hustle and bustle of the crowd making its way to do last minute shopping. Let’s take a look at a few tips for celebrating Christmas in Times Square.
Brilliant Christmas Trees
While Times Square itself is not typically decorated for Christmas, there are plenty of places to visit to get in the Christmas spirit nearby. Topping our list are some of the best Christmas trees to see around town.
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
Perhaps the most famous Christmas tree in the world is the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. This tree is typically around eighty feet tall and is decorated with thousands of twinkling lights and topped with a beautiful Swarovski crystal star. The tree is a short ten-minute walk from Times Square, if you head east straight down 49th Street. It is truly a sight to see and one that you do not want to miss.
Plaza Hotel Christmas Tree
The Plaza Hotel is a New York City institution. Each year, the hotel has a magnificent Christmas tree on display in the lobby. Decorated with delicate, elegant ornaments, this tree is sophisticated. You can get to the Plaza Hotel from Times Square in about fifteen minutes walking northeast along 5th avenue and 58th street.
Bryant Park Christmas Tree
Located in Bryant Park’s Winter Village, this tree overlooks an ice rink and holiday market. This is the perfect place to stop if you want to take some holiday photos. This tree is full of classic, but vibrant ornaments that scream Christmastime. This tree is about a ten-minute walk from Times Square traveling east on 42nd street.
Holiday Lights Night Tour by Open-top Bus
Hop aboard an open-top double decker bus and ride through the city! You’ll visit iconic landmarks and neighborhoods and get the best views of holiday lights and seasonal decorations. You’ll have a live tour guide who will share the rich history of the city as you roll along. You’ll see the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree as well as take in the views of the decorated storefronts throughout the city. This is a two-hour tour and includes a festive holiday treat.
Times Square Holiday Donut and Hot Chocolate Adventure
This is a fun adventure for kids and adults alike. Embark on a guided tour that will take you to some of the best spots for donuts in the city. You’ll be guided through an exploration of Times Square and surrounding areas. The tour includes samples and warm drinks as you learn about the history of the city. You’ll see local landmarks and get to take in decorated shops as you stroll along the streets.
Explore Times Square and the surrounding area during the holiday season on this donut tour. Taste some of the city’s best donuts, keep warm with a hot drink, and learn all about the history and culture of the Big Apple along the way. The tour comes to a grand finale at the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.
A Festival of Lights
It’s safe to say Christmas in Times Square is a unique experience. If you’re looking for some activities while you’re in the city, visit some Christmas trees or take part in one of the many holiday city tours. Snack on some holiday treats and learn about the Big Apple along the way. Times Square is central to many activities such as Broadway shows or Madam Tussauds. There’s great shopping and great restaurants minutes from any hotel in the area. No matter what you choose to do while you’re here, you can’t go wrong if you spend Christmas in Times Square.