New York City is a truly magical place to spend the holiday season. If you’re planning to come and take in the festivities, why not do it with new friends at HI NYC? Fill your New York visit with merry days and joyous nights with our special holiday programming, free with every HI NYC stay.
Wednesday: Holiday Party
The holiday season is comprised of festivals in the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths, and all are marked by peace, goodwill and festive fun. Kick off your weekend trip with our holiday happy hour in the spirit of these celebrations, where you can get to know fellow travelers and our New York Global Ambassadors while sipping hot mulled wine and snack on gingerbread, traditional American Christmas treats.
Thursday: Midtown Tour of Christmas in the City
The gift giving tradition of Christmas has inspired many retail companies to turn their 5th Avenue shop windows into stunning and intricate artistic tableaus, admired the world around. We will begin in Columbus Circle and move down 5th Avenue, passing by many of the most famous retail windows in the world, and then spend time at Rockefeller Center, home of NBC Television Studios, emblematic of a NYC Christmas because every year there is a television broadcast of the tree lighting ceremony.
Friday: Winter Village Ice Skating in Bryant Park
Bryant Park is officially the “Outdoor Reading Room” of the main branch of New York’s Public Library. During the holiday season, Bryant Park transforms into the Winter Village, complete with ice skating rink, hot chocolate, and small business vendors set up for unique gift opportunities. Skating is free if you bring your own, otherwise the skate rental is $20. Even if skating doesn’t appeal to you, certainly the picturesque scene under the lights of the city will warm your heart.
Saturday: Sledding in Central Park OR Grand Central Holiday Tour
Straight out of the iconic paintings of Currier and Ives, Central Park is a legendary place to sled in New York City. Slide down snow covered hills on toboggans and discs and enjoy the thrill of a natural slide in the center of the city. If there is no snow, we’ll head over to another important landmark of NYC—Grand Central Station, and attend their legendary holiday market while appreciating this architectural gem.
Sunday: A Miracle on 34th Street
The 1947 movie “A Miracle on 34th Street” made Herald Square’s Macy’s, the oldest department store in the city, a holiday attraction for tourists and natives alike. Come check out Santaland, described as a 13,000 square foot North Pole village with displays, animatronics and live elves. If meeting Santa is not on your list, then check out the many great shops and fun activities in this NYC shopping destination.