At least once – at least once – every family should treat their kids to a New York Christmas, by which we mean use your kids as an excuse to unleash that inner Home Alone lover and enjoy the ultimate Christmas city. In terms of yuletide magic, there really is nowhere better to blow your children’s minds, so why not embrace the privilege of spontaneity and start planning to make the trip this year?
So, without further ado, here are our top tips on how to make the absolute most out of your family travels to the winter wonderland that is NYC. Follow these steps and, trust us, the memories will bring out some smiles for decades to come.
LAND IN NEWARK
We know this may seem like a crazy way to start, but New York is simply the jewel in the crown that is New Jersey, which gives you the chance to really start as you mean to go on. So, book a limo through http://www.bergenlimo.com/services/ewr-newark-airport-limo-service/ and then take in all the beautiful sites of NJ before you finally get that breathtaking moment where the skyscrapers of NYC appear on the horizon.
HEAD STRAIGHT TO THE ROCKEFELLER CENTER
The Christmas tree outside the Rockefeller center is one of those things that everybody needs to see. Sure, it may not be the same tree each year, but that sense of wintery wonder never changes and never ceases to amaze. The crowds are huge, but with 45,000 twinkling lights pulled over 76-feet of evergreen, it is well worth the few nudges.
BRYANT PARK: WHERE CHRISTMAS STARTS
Ask any NYC resident what signals the start of Christmas in the city and they will tell you it is the opening of the Bryant Park Winter Village. It is when the curtains are pulled open to finally reveal that 17,000 square foot ice skating rink and the doors to all those market stalls and food vendors finally open. That’s when Christmas starts.
DYKER HEIGHTS, SOUTH BROOKLYN
That’s right. South Brooklyn is one of the places you need to stop by on your wintery tour of New York City for the simple fact it will make your smile and gape and say ‘awwwww’ way too many times. If you always thought the little things in life were the best, your opinion is about to change because the residents of Dyker Heights go all out in decorating their houses with lights and decorations. Don’t believe us, just look at https://www.timeout.com/newyork/things-to-do/dyker-heights-christmas-lights. You’ll quickly see just how phenomenal it is.
THE ONLY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
It is a time of year when Christmas Spectaculars start cropping up all over the world, but none can compete with that of Radio City. It is just as traditional as ever, with Santa, wooden soldiers and the beautiful Rockettes, but it has been given a modern makeover in the form of technology that allows you to get even closer to the action. This is certainly one to take your kids to. The magic of Christmas oozes out of this winter stalwart.
Nothing beats a New York winter. Nothing.