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Top Reasons to Visit NYC This Winter

New York City has its year-round allures, from the luminescent Times Square to the city’s iconic skyscrapers and stunning skyline. NYC is also known for its seasonal charms – for instance, its transformation into a winter wonderland during the chillier months. From the city’s vast array of winter festivities to a magical atmosphere found in its snow-blanketed sights, holidaymakers have much to look forward to with a visit to New York City this winter.

For instance, no wintertime visit to NYC is complete without a stroll through Central Park – which could very well be covered in a dusting of snow – or around 5th Avenue, where you can admire elaborately designed winter window displays and colourful Christmas lights. From mid November to mid January, 5th Avenue also hosts the weekly lighting ceremony for the UNICEF Snowflake – an event complete with live music, hot chocolate and snowflake-shaped cookies.

If you’re travelling to New York City with the kids, don’t miss seeing Santa Claus at Macy’s in Herald Square. The experience is guaranteed to be magical for any child, not to mention parents seeing their child in the midst of that magic. The queue could be long, so give yourself ample time to see Santa; but keep in mind that Macy’s Santa is famed as one of the best in all of NYC – so the wait is well worth it.

New York City is renowned for its year-round theatre opportunities. It’s also well known for performances that run specifically during the winter months. For instance, Balanchine’s ‘The Nutcracker’ – performed by the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center – is only staged during Christmas time, making it one of the most iconic NYC activities around the holidays. What’s more, tickets range from £6 to £130 – which means both budget and ‘all out’ holiday spenders can enjoy the experience. ‘The Radio City Rockettes’ is another popular show to see during the holidays, having performed at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular for more than 75 years. As with ‘The Nutcracker’, ticket prices vary from cheap to lavish.

Finally, one of the most famed sights in New York during the holidays is the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and the annual tree lighting (it stays lit until early January). Experience the twinkling lights, then head to the ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center for some skating to music. For less touristy ice skating opportunities, opt for the rinks at Wollman in Central Park, Chelsea Piers or Bryant Park.

With so many magical wintertime activities to experience in New York City, you have every reason to book an NYC holiday this winter. Just remember to book your flights and choose from the many hotels in New York early, as they tend to fill up quick around the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Adam Singleton writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.

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