By Keana Mei Arevalo

1. The Rockefeller Christmas Tree

A classic sight to see in New York City is the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. It was my first time visiting this year, and it was one of the biggest Christmas Trees I’ve ever seen! When you go, definitely make sure you are warmly dressed and prepare for large crowds.

2. Union Square Holiday Market

This holiday market is less crowded than Bryant Park due to not having an ice skating rink. Some of my favorite restaurants here are Veselka and Duck Season. I enjoy walking around and seeing all the local vendors, especially the spice and tea shops!

3. New York City Ballet

Seeing a production of The Nutcracker is one of my favorite activities to do with my family or friends during the holidays. It reminds me of my childhood dreams of becoming a ballerina and is a family-friendly activity that does not require you to be outside. It is expensive, but it is very worth it!

4. Saks Fifth Avenue Light Show

This is located right in front of the Rockefeller Tree, which is very convenient for those who want to visit two sights in the same area. It happens every few minutes and consists of music that goes along with different lights that shine in front of Saks Fifth Avenue. 

5. Lotte New York Palace Christmas Tree

This is a 5-minute walk from Rockefeller Center with lesser crowds and a smaller tree. It’s nice for those looking for group photos or who want to just enjoy looking at a Christmas tree without large crowds.

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