If you’re lucky enough to be in New York City during the winter holiday season, you’ll discover that there are holiday festivities around every corner. From the lighting of the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, there is something for everyone! Check out some of the best holiday events in NYC for under $100*.
2014 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
This year, the tree will be lit for the first time on December 3. You can expect to see live performances (from 7-9 PM), and Saks Fifth Avenue will debut their famous winter wonderland window scenes. The iconic tree will stay lit each night following the ceremony until January 7, 2015. The total cost for this event, including taxes and fees, is $0. That’s right — the Christmas Tree Lighting is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Ice Skating in Central Park
When it comes to having fun in the winter, ice skating is at the top of many lists. Trump Rink in Central Park is open 7 days a week, and offers a skating school as well as private lessons (by request only). You can rent skates and a locker (cash only), and there is an option to plan events too (if you’re feeling especially advantageous). Cost varies by age and rental equipment, but runs between $5 and $37 (cash only).
Nighttime Holiday Lights Tour
Nothing is better suited for the city that never sleeps than a nighttime tour! Hop on a double-decker bus and enjoy a guided tour that highlights Times Square, Chinatown, the Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Little Italy, the Manhattan Bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Lower East Side. $34 for children and $44 for adults is all it will cost you to spend a night under the lights!
Holiday Train Show
Visit New York’s Botanical Gardens and witness a 23-year tradition. The Train Show is the centerpiece nestled among the Garden’s winter landscapes and collections. The G-scale trains weave around popular landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge and chug along among iconic sights such as the Statue of Liberty. Holiday admission varies depending on age, and ranges from $16 to $28. Enjoy this winter-wonderland!
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Watch the famed Radio City Rockettes put on a dynamic, magical show that celebrates the holiday season. From their own take on the Nutcracker to a reverent tribute to the first Christmas, this spectacular display of talent and art will awe audiences from beginning to end. Tickets to watch the Christmas Spectacular can cost upwards of $159; however, there are options that start at $51.
*All prices are subject to change at the discretion of the owner/business/company.
Author Bio: Paul Morris thinks it’s starting to look a lot like Christmas. He’s currently sporting his favorite sweater vest and trying to untangle last season’s tree lights.