New York City is a magical place during the holiday season. There are countless options of things to do and places to explore. Whether you’re traveling with just a partner, or have the kids and grandparents in tow, we’ve gathered a list of activities the whole family can enjoy!

Winter Village at Bryant Park 

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Every year, Bryant Park transforms into a winter village offering over 170 local boutiques and food vendors. There’s even an ice-skating rink right in the center of it all! The whole family can enjoy spending the day holiday shopping and ending it with some hot chocolate and ice-skating under the twinkling lights. For more information on skate rentals visit their website:




New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

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The New York Botanical Garden’s annual Holiday Train Show boasts over 150 scaled models of New York landmarks, each recreated with leaves, bark, and other natural materials. Enjoy a miniature city under twinkling lights and marvel at the model trains riding along a nearly half-mile track.  Reservations beforehand are recommended as tickets do tend to sell out.




Rockefeller Plaza

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During the wintertime, Rockefeller Plaza is a must see! Enjoy some shopping along 5th Avenue before stopping to admire the ice-skating rink and beautifully decorated tree. Not a bad idea to try and snag your holiday picture with this backdrop 😉. It’s free to walk around but there are plenty of shops, attractions, and restaurants nearby. Check their website for more ideas:





Ripley’s Believe It or Not! + Madame Tussauds

If it’s too cold out, or the weather is acting up, spend a day at 234 West 42nd Street! First, explore Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square, where you can find over 20 themed galleries showcasing eccentric art, remarkable people, extraordinary animals, and many more artifacts from around the world. You’ll have to see it to believe it! Conveniently located right next door, Madame Tussauds features over 200 life-like figures of famous celebrities and superheroes. Have fun finding the perfect photo-op with some very recognizable faces! Save over 30% in admissions by purchasing a combo ticket.