There is nothing like an NYC holiday trip. The pretty windows, the city madness, Rockefeller Center. It’s all perfect. But if you live here, and love it, (or even if you live here, and can’t stand it), everyone can generally agree, holiday time in the city can be pretty magical. (It can also be pretty crowded. One way to beat this is to try and plan festive activities around less busy days. Weeknights, for one). If you’re currently on a NYC holiday trip, or planning to be here shortly, here are 6 fun, festive ideas for your visit.
A few fun, festive ideas for your next NYC Holiday trip:
Visit the Holiday Trains. Step back in time on the vintage subway cars which are becoming an annual tradition. Imagine a time when you couldn’t subway shame online, or share your favorite celebrity train spotting.
Winter Wonderland Rooftop at Eataly or Restoration Hardware. These rooftop bar/restaurants promise an apres ski feel complete with Winter wonderland vibe. We haven’t been yet, but must confess, the Insta pictures look pretty cool. Attempt reservations here.
Hot Chocolate at the Nutella Cafe. No NYC holiday trip is complete without a piping hot, pretty hot chocolate. The Union Square spot has been packed almost every day since its recent opening. Try going during a weekday to avoid long lines. Then head to the nearby Union Square holiday market.
Warhol at the Whitney. The new exhibition, Warhol: From A to B and back again is not to be missed. This new, intimate retrospective at the Whitney Museum explores the many facets of the famous artist. If you can’t fit a Museum visit into this NYC holiday trip though, don’t worry.
The exhibit is open through April 2019.
The Hard Nut at BAM. This was a NYC holiday tradition growing up in New York City. We’d get all dressed up, head to BAM, and watch the annual rendition of Mark Morris’s famous, and more fun, Nutcracker spinoff.
Do the decorated restaurant thing.Since Instagram, overly decorated New York City restaurants are in the limelight more than ever. In the good ol’ days, you only had Rolfs. The German East Village restaurant is famous for insane Christmas decorations. (They’re actually up year long, but 4 weeks out of the year is the only time anyone really cares.)
The popularity has gotten so large, it’s impossible to even go nowadays. Luckily, dozens more restaurants have been popping up, putting the decorations on overdrive.
So you have plenty of options to get lit.