4 Ways to Have a Magical Holiday Season in NYC

The holiday season in New York City is unlike anything else. With New York City hosting some of the most famous holiday events, experiencing the holiday season here is a “bucket-list” item for many. Whether you’re staying here or going back to your hometown for break, you will have an opportunity to experience all that NYC’s holiday season has to offer in the next month!


This season is all about giving, but don’t forget to give to yourself! Fun experiences—-  in the city or at home— are a great way to treat yourself. Here are some ideas to get you started. 

  1. 1. Rockerfeller Center

    Rockefeller Center is an iconic part of NYC’s holiday season. An entire day can be spent there ice skating at The Rink, escaping the cold while shopping underground, and enjoying delicious treats. The extravagant decorations and giant Christmas tree (it’s 77 feet tall this year!) are breathtaking at night.

  2. 2. Byrant Park Winter Village

    The Winter Village is a maze of little pop-up shops in Bryant Park that is a one-stop-shop for gift buying. Many of the shops feature artisans selling unique and creative products ranging from homewares to beauty products. You can get a taste of NYC from all of the food vendors, meet a lot of interesting people, and support small businesses.

  3. 3. Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square

    Winter’s Eve is a festival in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of the Upper West Side. This year, it will take place on the night of December 2nd. There will be a tree-lighting ceremony, musical performances, and special events at local businesses. I loved going to Winter’s Eve growing up, and it’s amazing to see how much it has grown.

  4. 4. Staying In 

    With all of the craziness in NYC this season, it's essential to devote time to grounding yourself. Between all of your exciting activities, spend some time at home or in your dorm watching holiday movies, baking cookies, crafting, having a spa day, or whatever else makes you feel relaxed. New York can feel lonely, so invite over people you love or new friends to keep you company. A balanced holiday season is the key to keeping it magical.

I encourage everyone to try new things this holiday season, and focus on things that make you happy. As the semester nears an end, celebrate all of your accomplishments, and look forward to the new year. Happy Holidays!