Clark and I were in NYC last weekend soaking up all the holiday magic. I love the city this time of year. The energy is radiant and the decorations around the city give it a that warm, fuzzy feeling. There is so much to do and see it can feel overwhelming! We spent our time eating yummy food, visiting the holiday markets all over the city, seeing a few holiday shows, shopped till we dropped and just enjoyed being present in the cities’ energy this time of year.
- New York City Ballet performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker – This is the most beautiful ballet. The talent is jaw dropping. Also, if you have never been to Lincoln Center, it is a place to see! It is beautiful. Tip: Make a reservation at The Smith Restaurant across the street and walk over to enjoy the show after. Makes for a fabulous evening!
- Explore around the city visiting all the Holiday Markets (located in Union Square, Bryant Park and Columbus Circle). They all offer unique gifts and delicious eats. I purchased some amazing crystals, handmaid ornaments, jewelry and much more!
- Enjoy a cocktail or hot cacao at Rolf’s – One of the most decorated Christmas restaurants around the city. Enjoy some German eats and drinks or just admire the decor with a hot cocoa. It’s decorations stay up well after the holiday season, but it is extra special to do this time of year. Warning: It is always incredibility crowded so go early or be prepared to wait.
- Visit the Tree at Rockefeller Center – There are a lot of beautifully decorated trees all over the city, but this is the most iconic in NYC (and largest). It is just a tree, but when you see it, you feel so much more. It radiants beautiful warm energy though-out the city. Snap some fun photos and admire the beauty.
- Shop along Fifth and Madison Avenue – admiring the beautiful window displays at Saks, Barneys, Bergdorfs etc. and maybe splurge on a holiday gift for yourself 🙂
- Have an ideal Healthy B day in the city – start off with a juice from Juice Press, take a pilates reformer class at NYP, enjoy brunch at The Butcher’s Daughter, grab a Matcha from Cha Cha Matcha and spend the afternoon shopping around soho. Soho is one of my favorite neighborhoods in NYC. The cobblestone streets, cute cafes and unique shops makes it a great way to spend the day in the city.
- Dinner at The Polo Bar – Iconic! Make reservations well in advance. The food is amazing (they honor all food preferences) and the ambiance is so festive and classic.
- Go see The Radio City Rockettes – This show has changed over the years, but it still always puts you in the holiday spirit! 90-minutes of dancing, music, and all good holiday vibes.
- Enjoy dinner or a drink at Serra Alpina by Birreria – Nestled on the rooftop of Eataly – Flatiron, this is a glass enclosed beer garden and restaurant that is beautifully decorated for the holidays. Though they serve a full menu, you can also drop in for drinks including specialty winter cocktails and two different types of vin brulé, the Italian version of mulled wine—one made with traditional red wine and another with effervescent Moscato d’Asti.
- Ice skating at Bryant Park – I know Rockefeller is the iconic skating rink, but there is something about Bryant Park that gives me the all the feels
Whether you have been to NYC during the holidays or not, I suggest you book a trip ASAP! Clark and I have made it an annual tradition to do ever since we moved back. What are some of your favorite things to do in the city during the holidays. Comment below, I would love to hear!