The most beautiful (but cold) time of the year in New York City is back again! As always, from Thanksgiving to New Years, the shops in NYC look beautiful in bright twinkle lights, and holiday decor to grab you into their stores. After living in New York City for a few years, I have rounded up my favorite spots to take friends & family in NYC while on a budget (most of the spots are free).
Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
If you want to be able to ice skate, shop and eat yummy treats, the best place is Bryant Park Christmas Holiday Market! There is SO much to do, you could easily spend a few hours. I highly suggest walking around the shops, then heading to The Lodge Urban Space to warm up, and finishing up by eating your food outside while watching the ice skaters! This year, the Winter Village has increased the number of food vendor's and the selection is awesome! My favorites are: Aranachi Bro's, Doughnuttery and The Stackery.
Have Drinks & Dinner at Eataly Flatiron Rooftop
Eataly is known for their many restaurants, but their rooftop is incredible. SERRA by Birreria is a must to stop by before dinner for drinks. Head upstairs and be greeted by thousands of twinkle lights filling up the restaurant. Sip on their large selections of wine and beer and enjoy yourself while you wait for your reservation.
Saks Fifth Ave Light Show
Every year, Saks Fifth Ave will do a light show! This year, the light show theme is Disney's Frozen 2, twinkling lights to the new movie's soundtrack. The show starts at 4:30 pm and runs every 10 minutes until 1 am. Stand across the street and enjoy the magic of Disney & Saks Fifth Ave.
Sip on drinks in Rockefeller Center with City Winery
Sit inside an igloo while gazing at the Rockefeller Center Tree away from crowds of tourist. Best part of all? Do it all while drinking wine, beer and hot chocolate. City Winery blocked off an area in Rockefeller Center and did an amazing job with the small space. Use Resy to book a reservation to sit in an igloo with your group.
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
The beautiful lights covering the entire tree is absolutely beautiful! I suggest walking around the area and looking down at the skaters after getting a picture with the large tree. Don't ice skate though - the line is very long and will use up a chunk of your time. If you want to ice skate in the city without the crowds, I suggest my next spot below.
Ice Skate in Seaport District
Walk through the beautiful cobble stones and across the street to find the Winterland Rink on top of Pier 17. Cheaper than Rockefeller Center, you'll get to ice skate with gorgeous views of the NYC skyline. This spot is up & coming, so the crowds will be low.
Walk down 5th Avenue to see the Holiday Windows
Start at The Plaza Hotel and walk down 5th Ave to view all the best holiday window displays. It's free, and it will take you past Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park to hit those classic holiday spots.
Hope you enjoyed reading all my favorite holiday spots that are perfect on a budget! If you have a NYC favorite holiday spot, share it below!