The 48LEX Guide to the Holidays in New York: Family Edition

The holidays in New York are best spent with the entire family. This year, follow these tips to celebrate the festive season in Manhattan.

Go for a spin around one of the city’s most famous rinks.

No holiday season in New York is complete without ice skating with the family at The Rink at Rockefeller Center or Wollman Rink in Central Park.

See the famous Rockefeller Center tree lighting.

This year, the official lighting is on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. The tree will be on display until early 2020.

Enjoy a winter wonderland in the heart of Manhattan.

With 150 vendors, ice skating, and its very own tree lighting, the Bryant Park Winter Village is a winter wonderland surrounded by Manhattan’s iconic skyscrapers. This true winter wonderland, perfect for kids of all ages, is an escape in the heart of the city and a quintessential holiday activity. Read on for all the things to see and do at the Bryant Park Winter Village.

Shop for the perfect holiday gift.

There’s no denying it — whether your shopping for the kids, family, or friends, there’s always a long list for holiday gift giving. With holiday markets in Grand Central Terminal, Union Square, and Columbus Circle, there’s plenty of ways to skip the mall and find a unique gift that could only be found in New York City. Check out our guide to where to shop during the holiday season in New York.

And be sure to go window shopping, too.

From Barney’s to Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s, the most famous department stores in the city pull out all the stops for their holiday window displays. If you don’t have a particular destination in mind, just take a walk down Fifth Avenue between 49th Street and 50th Street for some of the most iconic displays around.

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