Five Must See Christmas Events in NYC

With Thanksgiving and Black Friday behind us, Christmas is less than a month away!  Naturally, there are events all over the city that will get you into the holiday spirit, but a visit to these five Christmas events are a must. So find some time in your family’s schedule and get your holiday season started!

Christmas Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center

For those willing to brave the crowds, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting is taking place this week on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 from 7 P.M. – 9 P.M. For more information, go here. If crowds aren’t your thing, be sure to swing by after the lighting so your little one can see the big tree!

Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th & West 51st Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues

Macy’s Herald Square Holiday Windows and Santaland

Christmas in NY wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Macy’s Herald Square. Macy’s boasts eight huge windows decked with amazing holiday displays sure to dazzle your little one. While you’re there, be sure to check out Santaland on the 8th Floor to meet Santa Clause amid a holiday wonderland Christmas Village.

Herald Square, Broadway between 34th and 35th Streets

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

If you haven’t made it yet, you have until January 2nd to celebrate the 79th anniversary of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Kids will love the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, the Living Nativity, the double decor tour bus filled with Rockettes and more. The show runs for 90 minutes without an intermission. Children under two attend for free, and the venue provides a free stroller check. Click here to visit the official website of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Radio City Music Hall is on 6th Avenue at the corner of 50th Street

Holiday Under the Stars

For a dose of Christmas lights and music, head down to the Time Warner Center for “Holiday Under the Stars” to see twelve 14-foot stars hanging from the ceiling of the 150-foot Great Room and a light show choreographed to holiday music by the Orchestra from Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The show runs each night starting at 5pm now until January 3.
For more info go here.

The Shops at Columbus Circle, Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle

Christmas in Bryant Park

Featuring a giant tree, free ice skating and open air holiday shops, Bryant Park is a great place to have a festive family fun day. The Christmas Tree at Bryant Park will be lit this Tuesday, November 29th.  In addition to the tree, you can take your little one ice skating on Citi Pond in Bryant Park, open 8am-Midnight from December 15th through December 30th. Citi Pond is the city’s only free ice skating rink. Renting skates will cost you $14, and locker rentals are free. The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park turns ten this year. It is open daily from October 27th thru January 8th, 11 am to 8pm on Mondays through Fridays, 10am to 9pm on Saturdays and 10am to 6pm on Sundays and it’s a great place to get unique Christmas gifts for everyone on your list or just browse with a cup of hot cocoa. For more information, go here.

Bryant Park, West 40th Street between 5 & 6th Avenues


Christine Concetta Gibson