Best New York City Holiday Activities for Families

Every family should take on New York City for the holiday season. The trip is worth seeing all of the spectacular holiday window displays, iconic holiday shows, and let’s not forget the world’s most glamorous Christmas tree. This is a fantastic trip for all ages. Pack your bags and come explore the best New York City holiday activities for families.


Rockefeller Center


The epicenter of holiday cheer is the Rockefeller Center in New York City. You’ll want to make sure you and your family stop in front of the world-famous Christmas tree. With its larger than life bronze Prometheus sculpture and hoards of ice skaters, this is one of the city’s classic holiday scenes. This year’s tree lighting will take place on November 28 with live performances from 7-9pm at Rockefeller Plaza.


Department store holiday displays


When visiting NYC during the holidays the department store displays are a must-see. The best store displays can be found at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdoft Goodman, Bloomingdale’s, Barneys New York, Henri Bendel, Tiffany & Co., Lord & Taylor, and Macy’s. Macy’s also has Santaland which is an elaborate indoor winter wonderland with over-the-top decorations and long waits. Or if you want somewhere with less hustle and bustle, check out ABC Carpet & Home for a more calmer Santa experience.


Ice skating in the city


One of the most iconic New York City holiday activities is ice skating in the city. The most popular and priciest is The Rink at Rockefeller Center. It will be crowded and touristy but it is the most classic backdrop you’ve seen on TV time and again. Make sure you book your tickets in advance and try to go off-peak to avoid the crowds.


Rockettes at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular


You do not want to miss this famous holiday fixture, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The Rockettes Celebration. The spectacular has kept up with the times and now features a 3-D portion, techno-tricks, amazing costumes, and backdrops. The dancers really steal the show.


Shop till you drop


Nonstop throughout the holiday season, tourists can be seen strolling down the New York City streets with tons of shopping bags. If you’ve got a family of shoppers, you’ll want to get in on the Fifth Avenue fun.