When you think of the holiday travel experience, New York has to be one of the top destinations on your list.From ice skating rinks and tree lightings, to museums and shops, the Big Apple is embellished with the spirit of the season.
With that said, you may be wondering, where the best holiday spots are, smartest times to visit or how to purchase tickets? Here's a list of a few places you must flock to in the city:
Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center - You'll feel like you're a part of history! Tighten those skates and glide away on one of the most famous places to skate, The Rink at Rockefeller Center. With sparkling lights as a unique urban backdrop, it sets the tone for an incredible, intimate experience. Heather Cross, the About.com Guide to New York City Travel, says weekdays before 4 p.m. tend to be the quietest times during the holidays.
Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park - Free admission on an ice skating rink? That's unheard of, but it's the truth at Bryant Park! In addition, the park offers high quality rental skates, skating shows, special events and activities. You'll find that the 17,000 sqaure feet of ice feels practically roomy during the weekdays, according to New York Magazine writer Michael Alan Connelly.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular - The Radio City Christmas Spectacular features extravagant Rockettes dance numbers, a 3DLIVE scene and incredible special effects. Feel the joy with Santa, the Nutcracker and unforgettable Living Nativity. Purchase tickets here: Radio City Christmas Spectacular tickets
Grand Central Holiday Gift Fair - Shop till you drop at Grand Central's Holiday Gift Fair! The only holiday market in the city to operate indoors will be held in Vanderbilt Hall with 76 vendors. Pick out gifts for loved ones, including art, handbags, jewelry home goods, collectible toys and much more. Don't miss the fair listed on NewYork.com's seven top holiday markets in New York City. Come now before December 24th!
Origami Holiday Tree - Get ready to "ohh and awe" over a 13-foot tree composed of more than 500 Origami models. Wicked, Wild, and Wonderful is the theme of this year's tree, inspired by the American Museum of Natural History's new exhibition "The Power of Poison." Purchase tickets here: American Museum of Natural History tickets
Times Square Ball Drop - Celebrate the new year by attending New York City's biggest party! Count down the final seconds of 2013 and watch the beautiful crystal ball's descent from the flagpole atop One Times Square. Some tips from Johnathan Zeller of nycgo.com, however, to ensure a pleasant experience: take the train, wear comfortable shoes, leave any bags at home, bundle up, hydrate and grab a bite before the festivities and visit the restroom in advance. It's surely a sight to remember!