Our Favorite Ways to Spend the Holidays around New York, NY

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New York City. The Big Apple. This global hub speaks for itself, needing no introduction in virtually every possible area, the action never stops in the city that never sleeps. With so much to see in New York, we’ll dive right in, here are some of our favorite ways to spend the holidays in the city.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

As one of the world’s largest parades, this parade proves the events around New York City do things big. This is the nation’s most televised and recognized sights of the Thanksgiving holidays, a massive parade of Broadway performers, marching bands, famous singers, the many faces and workers of New York City, and of course, gigantic balloons. Some of these A-list faces that have appeared for the crowds at Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade include Al Roker, Diana Ross, Rita Ora, John Legend, Bazzi, and Bad Bunny. The joyful atmosphere at this event cannot be overstated, and for all visitors in the Big Apple for the holidays, we highly recommend taking to the streets and joining the festivities during this truly special spectacle.

Times Square Ball Drop

This being one of New York City’s most electric and active hubs, it is no surprise that one of the nation’s, if not the world’s, most iconic sights of the holiday season is right here in Times Square. The Times Square Ball Drop truly is a one-of-a-kind experience for all who can attend it, over the years becoming the visual manifestation of the step into a new calendar year. This kicks off one of the city’s largest parties of the year and has only grown more and more notable with each iteration. Aside from the truly captivating and intense atmosphere, visitors can also enjoy seeing the many famous faces of entertainment, music, sports, and broadcasting as they take the stage during this event. In recent years, this has included appearances from Tyga, Dua Lipa, Charlie Puth, Shawn Mendes, Halsey, and more! Be sure not to miss this event if you’ll be around Times Square for the New Year.

Christmas in the Garden at Queens Botanical

Enjoy a more relaxed holiday season event at Queens Botanical, where the Christmas in the Garden event occurs every year. Here, visitors can tour the grounds of Queens Botanical, while enjoying live musical performances, appearances by Santa Claus himself, attend a massive tree lighting and participate in arts and crafts tutorials! This is a great opportunity, where guests can learn about the different celebrated plant icons of the holidays and make their very own wreaths and ornaments while taking a calming stroll through one of Queens’ most beautiful attractions. Whether as a winding-down activity to cap off a long day of exciting adventure, a date night activity, or just something reflective for the solo traveler, the Christmas in the Garden is a great option for all. Be sure to stop by Queens Botanical this holiday season for this event.

Santaland at Macy’s Herald Square

A great option for families, take a stroll in a winter wonderland populated with elves, Santa Claus, and all the beloved faces of the holidays at Santaland in Macy’s Herald Square! This is a great photo opportunity as well as an experience for all of those visiting the Penn Station area and looking for an activity accessible to younger travelers.

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