Christmas in New York City

Rockefeller Plaza at Christmas is incredible

NYC is one of the best places in the world to visit during the holiday season, but prices to travel there during Christmas can be fairly high. There is a way to soak up the Christmas spirit without having to have a huge budget. In early January there are significant discounts on airline tickets and hotels in the big apple. During the first week of January NYC is still in full holiday swing and visitors can gaze at the tree in Rockefeller with iceskaters gliding below it without having to break the bank.

We visited New York in the first week of January, extending our Christmas cheer past the new year. Our hotel (which was only $80 a night!) offered us an incredible view of the Empire State Building illuminated in red and green lights for the holiday season. We stayed at Hotel Pennsylvania which offered guests significant discounts on rooms after the new year and is right next to Madison Square Gardens. Great location & great price!

A trip to NYC at Christmas isn’t complete without a visit to Rockefeller Plaza to see the colossal Christmas tree which stands at roughly 80 feet tall and is adorned with 30,000 lights! I’ve seen the tree a few times and every time I see it I can’t help but feeling like a giggly little girl on Christmas Eve. I wouldn’t recommend ice skating in the famous ice rink under the tree, it’s very expensive and can be very crowded. Plus, the view from the top of the plaza looking down on it all is much better!

NYC decorations for the Holidays

Empire State at Christmas

Other highlights of New York during Christmas include Macy’s Christmas window displays and decorations inside their store. The displays look like something out of the movie Elf. The store is covered in twinkling lights, snowflakes, and jolly ol’ St. Nick himself. I also recommend a visit to Radio City to see the famous Rocketts dance and kick to your favorite holiday songs, trust me it is something you won’t soon forget.New York’s streets are filled with such buzz, it is a city with a feel to it like no other. From the yellow taxis jetting past, the bright lights, extravagant window displays, thousands of people taking to the cold crowded streets, and with an added flair of Christmas it is not a city to be missed during the holiday season. There is a reason Home Alone 2 was filmed in NYC!

When searching for cheap flights remember to look directly at airline websites like delta airlines and virgin atlantic to make sure you don’t miss out on any deals.


Happy Holidays & Happy Traveling!




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