There is so much to see in the city all year round, but winter in NYC is a pleasure unlike any other. When you stay at The Lucerne Hotel on the Upper West Side, you'll enjoy easy access to a number of holiday attractions in NYC. Seasonal treats like The Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall or snow-welcoming traditions like sledding and ice skating in Central Park can make trips to New York unforgettable.
Check out some of our favorite things to do in NYC for the winter season.
Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall
Running until January 5, the annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular is a classic display of winter tradition. This exhilarating experience (that the kids can enjoy, too) revolves around the dancing Rockettes and reindeer who bring Christmas to life. Fun fact: Within 90 minutes, almost 1,300 costumes are being worn and maintained throughout the show. Go see for yourself!
Wollman Rink in Central Park
A New York winter simply isn't complete with an ice skate around Wollman Rink in Central Park, open from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., seven days a week.
Pilgrim Hill in Central Park
Go sledding on Pilgrim Hill in Central Park, known for its steep slopes and perfect views for early evening sunsets. The entrance is located at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue, on the east side of the The Lucerne's accommodations near Central Park.
Columbus Circle Shopping
Not feeling the cold? Those snowy, winter days are the perfect excuse to explore tasteful New York City shopping. The Columbus Circle Holiday Market, located at the entrance to Central Park, at 59th Street and Central Park West, consists of vendors selling unique jewelry, clothing, and artisan goods. Though the Holiday Market closes on December 24th, there's still plenty do and see in the neighborhood! You can escape the cold weather by heading over to the Shops at Columbus Circle at the Time Warner Center building for an upscale shopping and dining destination.
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
The iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is 78 feet tall, 47 feet in diameter, and weighs about 10 tons. If the sheer size is not enough, consider the 45,000 multi-colored LED lights on five miles of wire and its Swarovski star with 25,000 crystals and 1 million facets.
Fifth Avenue Display Windows
If you've never experienced holidays in NYC, seeing the Fifth Avenue display windows should be high on your list. Venture out to Fifth Avenue to peer into department stores' ornate Christmas window for a spectacular treat.