How will you spend your time in NYC during the holiday season? Whether you are visiting for the weekend or live in the Tri-State area, the Enrollment Services family at TC have a few suggestions as to how you can spend your time during this joyous season in our one-of-a-kind city! From enjoying hot chocolate and donuts in Bryant Park’s Winter Village to taking in the beautiful lights on Columbia University’s main campus, we do it all. So, scroll down and check out our top picks for NYC activities during the holiday season!
Brad: When it begins to snow in New York, I love walking through Columbia University’s campus at night and seeing all the trees covered in bright lights.
Alexii: I love going to the Christmas markets and Christmas pop-up bars. Miracle on 9th Street is my favorite!
Ralph: I have always wanted to see the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular and finally saw them after all these years. It is a definite “must see” if you have the opportunity. It is truly is a spectacular show.
Simone: Whenever I have a free week in the city, but especially during the holiday season, I love getting the opportunity to see live shows. Last year, I snagged incredible 4th-row seats to Regina Spektor at Radio City Music Hall!
Ana Lissette: I love going to Bryant Park to ice skate and drink some hot chocolate.
Niki: It wouldn’t be the holiday season in NYC without a trip to the infamous Rockefeller Center! The lights and holiday decorations are stunning and it’s no surprise people come from all over the world just to experience it! I also make a point to check out the Saks Fifth Avenue holiday windows and light show right across the street!
Ashley: Each year, I HAVE to hop on the Christmas Lights Bus Tour! This is a lesser-known way to celebrate the season, and it’s amazing! You enjoy a comfy ride all the way to Dyker Heights, Brooklyn– a neighborhood famous for their crazy Christmas lights! (featured on many TV shows!) After walking through the neighborhood with a tour guide who knows all of the fun stories and secrets, you’ll stop for authentic cannolis and hot chocolate to warm up, then ride back to Manhattan watching classic holiday specials!
Jannatul: I like small, quiet holiday times with the family myself, but if I had to pick a fun holiday activity, I would have to say doing a dinner in the city alongside a broadway show.
Deanna: There’s nothing like visiting the Winter Village at Bryant Park during the holiday season! They have a ton of cute shops and places to grab a quick bite. A must for me every year is enjoying a warm apple cider with a cinnamon stick.
Isabelle: I love listening to the street performers in the subway singing holiday carols, and some even start playing the violin along with it!
Angela: I’m definitely a fan of the Union Square Holiday Market!
Ellaine: My favorite thing to do during the holiday season is the post-holiday store sales. Discounts for everything and typically the decorations are still up so I can also enjoy the view.
Stephanie: I love going to Rolf’s Bar & Restaurant to marvel at their amazing Christmas decorations. Eat some delicious German food and take Instagram-worthy pics–double win!