If you’ve spent the holidays in New York City, you know that Christmas time is chaotic and simply magical. With hundreds of events and spectacles to take in, it’s hard to know what you really don’t want to miss out on. To help you navigate the holiday season, we’ve curated a New York City calendar of Events Christmas 2015. Browse our list of the top five things to do in NYC during Christmas time and mark your calendars for a season of fun!
From December 2nd through January 7th, a 78-foot, 10-ton Norway Spruce will be illuminated for the city to enjoy. This spectacular tree is located at Rockefeller Center on 49th St between Fifth and Sixth Avenue. Grab a group of friends and take in the glow of 45,000 LED lights while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate. If you’re really adventurous, head out to the lighting ceremony on December 2nd. You can enjoy performances by your favorite celebrities and dance companies while the city celebrates the start of the holiday season together at the Rockerfeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting.
Over 120 holiday shops line the 17,000 square-foot outdoor ice rink at the Bank of America Winter Village. You don’t want to miss sampling the trendy eateries, such as Super Mac + Cheez, while enjoying the Christmas cheer at Bryant Park. After you’ve had dinner and knocked out a few gifts on your shopping list, put on your skates and take a few laps around the rink. Skating is free for everyone (bring your own skates!)
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been dazzling viewers for 88 years. The Rockettes offer a charming performance that kicks off the holiday season in true New York style. This year, be ready for a flying Santa Claus, massage LED screen, and a fabulous kick line. You don’t want to miss this glitzy take on the holidays that has become an annual tradition for tourists and locals alike.
At TailBus, the Dyker Heights Christmas lights is one of our favorite holiday events. Every year, the neighborhood comes together to create a Christmas light display like you’ve never seen before. This year, you can book a ticket with TailBus for hassle-free transportation to and from Dyker Heights with complementary wine and holiday cocktails on board. Upon arrival, we’ll send you off with map to explore the holiday lights and a to-go cup, so you can keep the party going all night long. Grab your friends and join our trip to the Dyker Heights holiday lights!
From Broadway to the ballet, New York City is known for its high-quality entertainment. Premier performers from around the nation flock to NYC, putting on quite the show for tourists and cultured residents alike. This holiday season, you’ll want to take in a performance of the Nutcracker. This ballet is fun for all ages, combining creative costumes, breathtaking sets, and world-class dancing to create a feast for the eyes. Go see a childhood Christmas tale come to life this season at the New York City Ballet’s Nutcracker performance.
A New York Christmas just wouldn’t be complete without a full schedule of events. We hope our New York City calendar of events Christmas 2015 will help you make plans that will brighten your holiday season.