Nothing beats NYC during the holidays. The city is at its best and brightest, everything is shimmering and magical, and it's all about those beloved traditions. It's the comfort of the holidays at home, but more and better. There is so much to do and see, so we've rounded up our top 5 favorite things to do in NYC during our favorite time of year.
Embrace Tradition at The Met
It's a longstanding yuletide tradition in NYC. Every year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art presents its Christmas tree, a 20 foot blue spruce hung with with more than 200 18th century hand-sculpted Neopolitan crèche (a fancy word for Nativity Scene) figures wearing jeweled and embroidered costumes. A traditional nativity scene and animal figurines of sheep, goats, horses and an elephant round out the display. Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance to avoid pesky lines.
Holiday Under the Stars at the Time Warner Center
You'll be mesmerized by this state-of-the-art lights display featuring a dozen 14-foot LED stars that do a colorful "dance" flashing more 16.7 million color mixes timed to classic holiday songs. This is one of those "only in NYC" experiences that you won't want to miss. What's more is that you don't need any tickets - just take a break for your holiday shopping and pop in to the Time Warner Center.
Postcard Perfect at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a famous world-wide symbol of the holidays, and it happens to be located right here in the heart of NYC. This star-studded tree is quite the spectacle, towering over the ice rink below and decked out in the finest holiday lights and decorations. People come from all over, just to see it. The 2015 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, December 2, with live performances from 7–9pm, at Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and West 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues. The Tree will remain lit and can be viewed until 8pm on January 6, 2016.
Striking Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Displays
These windows are sure to add some eye candy to your holiday shopping spree. Every year, the iconic shops on Fifth Avenue, such as Bergdorf's, Saks, and Lord & Taylor, get decked out with dazzling decor and eye-catching displays. You may end up so busy ogling over the holiday window displays, that you forget all about your shopping spree!
Winter Village at Bryant Park
Not only is there free (yes, free) ice skating on Bryant Park's 17,000 sq ft outdoor rink, but there is also over 125 shops (including just right gift options from clothes to jewelry to decorative goods) as well as tons of places to grab a bite or sit down for a meal. It's the open air market that dreams are made of. And, did we mention that the ice skating is free?
Every year, each Affinia hotel displays custom crafted holiday decor, reflective of each hotel's personality. When you stay with us, you'll see how we celebrate the #AffiniaHoliday at all our different hotels: