3 Iconic Things To Do in NYC This Holiday Season

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Photo credit: Adnan Islam
Photo credit: Adnan Islam

 

New Yorkers know the city is best in late fall, when parade floats fill the streets and holiday lights add a softer glow. However, while those who call New York City home are in the know, many travelers are unaware that late fall is an ideal time to visit the Big Apple. These are three iconic events that take place in NYC during this magical time of year and the best ways to experience them.  Forego your usual overwhelming fall traditions and opt for an unforgettable visit to NYC in the fall of 2017, instead.

 

 

Watch the World’s Largest Parade

 

Photo credit: Anthony Quintano
Photo credit: Anthony Quintano

 

This year’s Canadian Thanksgiving celebration is already in the past, but there’s still plenty of time to prepare for an over-the-top American Thanksgiving experience. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the largest parade in the world, and it shuts down a number of the most famous streets in Midtown Manhattan.

The grandiose parade kicks off at 9 a.m., on the Upper West Side and moves down Sixth Avenue, passing an array of venues offering optimal street side viewing. But for an even more unique Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade experience, opt for a stay at The Quin, where select rooms offer sight lines of the parade, and other hotel guests enjoy the exclusive viewing spot at street level. An added bonus — you can stay cozy with the hotel’s locally-roasted coffees and teas just a few steps away.

 

Stick Around for the Tree Lighting

 

Photo credit: Anthony Quintano
Photo credit: Anthony Quintano

 

The holiday season is simply more magical in New York City, and no Christmas tree lighting in the world compares to the one at Rockefeller Center. This year’s towering Norway Spruce will be covered in roughly 50,000 LED holiday lights, and the star-studded ceremony will take place at 8:55 p.m., on Nov. 29. Plan your visit to extend from Thanksgiving through the following week, and you’ll experience two legendary NYC holiday events in a single visit.

 

Celebrate NYE in NYC Style

 

Photo credit: Anthony Quintano
Photo credit: Anthony Quintano

 

A number of bucket-list experiences can be had in New York City, and one that often tops travelers’ lists is ringing in a new year while watching the Times Square Ball drop. However, New Yorkers know that Times Square can be more overwhelming than fun during this iconic event that draws an estimated 2 million people every year.

Beat the crowds by experiencing the ball drop celebration from the St. Cloud Rooftop at The Knickerbocker. Sitting 150 feet below the Times Square Ball, this hotel offers the closest live view of the event in the world. Even better, the hotel’s luxury New Year’s Eve packages include a party at the rooftop bar with all of the glitz and glamour you’d expect of a New Year’s Eve celebration in the Empire City.

What are you waiting for? The holiday season is approaching quickly, and flights to NYC from multiple destinations throughout Canada and the U.S., are lower than ever.

About the Author: Courtney McCaffrey

Courtney McCaffrey is a travel writer and editor based in Wilmington, N.C. In addition to writing, she lives for travel - seeing new places, experiencing new cultures and surfing new waves.

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