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The Best NYC Attractions to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

New York City is as romantic as any city in the world during the holiday season, which is why it fills up so fast. If you’re planning on coming to visit the Big Apple this winter, then it’s worth booking ahead and looking at all of the specials that can make your stay a bit more memorable and affordable. Get the full NYC holiday experience with our Winter Wonderland package, including a $25 food and beverage credit, welcome cocktails, Citi Bike passes, and more.

In addition to securing the best possible hotel rooms in NYC for the holidays, you also need to gameplan for hitting as many iconic attractions as possible. Here’s where to go: 

Dear Irving on Hudson

The best place to start exploring any city is from a bar. Dear Irving on Hudson is our refined rooftop bar in Times Square and it’s especially memorable during the winter. Head here for a warming cocktail and take in panoramic views of the snow falling and nearby attractions, like the Empire State Building, which gets lit with green and red lights for the season. 

Rockefeller Center

In the heart of Midtown, Rockefeller Center serves as a magnet for holiday cheer from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. Every year, a giant tree is put up in front of 30 Rockefeller Center. The scene surrounding is iconic with crowds swarming for pictures, a picturesque ice rink open for skating below, and the occasional snowfall. 

Holiday Displays on Fifth Avenue

Not too far from Rockefeller Center, one of the city’s best traditions of the season is the elaborate holiday window displays at Fifth Avenue’s iconic department stores. Places like Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co., and Barney’s New York regularly commissions world-class artists to take the concept of a retail window display to another level with elaborate installations that will blow your mind. 

Central Park Ice Skating 

In addition to Rockefeller Center, travelers can also find some great ice skating at the Wollman Rink in Central Park. Considering the park’s prestige, central location, and vast open spaces that look absolutely beautiful in the snow, it makes for a great place to spend an afternoon. The skate season at Wollman Rink will run all the way from October 24th through March 15th. 

Winter Markets

You can find winter cheer and the best holiday shopping at Manhattan’s most well-known winter markets. Every year, Bryant Park hosts the Bank of America Winter Village, which features shops run by local artisans, a free-admission ice skating rink, as well as delicious food and drinks. Union Square also hosts a popular winter pop-up known as The Union Square Holiday Market, which features over 160 vendors selling unique gifts. 

To lock in your holiday season New York City getaway, book ahead with Aliz Hotel Times Square today. 

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