Amanda Lukoff: New York City during the holidays is a childhood dream, with its vibrant colors, blankets of snow, and decorative trees. At Away.
com we've picked some of the top things to do in the Big Apple during the holiday season.
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is a must see over the holidays. The 90-minute performance features 36 Rockettes showing off their synchronized high kicks, while dancing their way through the 12 days of Christmas and the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.
Check out the holiday window displays at many of the big name stores near Fifth Avenue. Countless Manhattan stores use the festive season as a chance to unveil dazzling and elaborate holiday displays. Designers work for months on a holiday window displays and it is a treat to see the themes each year.
The Rockefeller Center Tree might just be the most famous tree in the world. The lighting of the Christmas tree has been a tradition for more than 75 years. It is lit by more than 30,000 LED lights on five miles of wire and typically topped with a Swarovski Crystal Star.
Each year the Pond at Bryant Park offers free admission for ice skaters. Bring along skates or rent from there and make online reservations, if you want to skip the line. Professional coaches staff the rink, if you feel like you might need some extra guidance.
So grab your hat, mittens, and camera, because you won't want to miss a holiday moment in the big city.