5 cool things to do in New York City at Christmas time

Cross country skiing in Central Park, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, carnival in Bryant Park and a model train show.

New York City is a great place to be all year round, but especially so at Christmas [VIDEO]. Visiting the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, skiing and snowboarding in Central Park or enjoying the Winter Festival in Bryant Park, so there so much to do.

Take a brief tour [VIDEO] of New York City at Christmas time below.


Rockefeller Christmas Tree - Rockefeller Center, Midtown Manhattan, New York

The large Christmas tree stands in the Rockefeller Center from 28 November to 7 January 2019. The tree is normally a Norway spruce from 69 to 100 feet in height. There is a lighting ceremony which is broadcast live nationwide. The tree pictured here is from Christmas 2016.


Winter Carnival in Bryant Park, New York City

Winter Carnival in Bryant Park is held over a period of nine days. There are many outdoor events and attractions to be enjoyed. Among them is an Ice Ball, a Silent Disco and free skating and furling lessons. Enjoy a good beer in an outside Winter Brew House and warm up in the cosy warming lodge.


Winter fun in Central Park, New York City

Make sure you are dressed really warmly when heading to Central Park’s winter wonderland. While you are surrounded by the skyscrapers of the city, there is a hush in the air as the snow falls, turning Central Park into a winter scene. There is sledding, cross-country skiing and snowboarding to enjoy. You can also ice skate at Wollman Rink and Lasker Rink.


Holiday Train Show, New York Botanical Garden

The Holiday Train Show at New York Botanical Garden is fun for the whole family. The G-scale model trains run through a fascinating layout in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, passing the Brooklyn Bridge, Rockefeller Center, One World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty. The train show inspires fathers and sons to improve their own home layouts.


Ice skating at Rockefeller Center, New York

Heading back to Rockefeller Center, enjoy ice skating at the rink, right at the base of the Christmas tree. You may get a little cold while enjoying swirling on the ice, but you can enjoy a coffee or hot chocolate at nearby cafes.

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