New York City has long been a festive favorite for visitors around the world – and it’s easy to see why. From the twinkling lights of Rockefeller Center, to the high flying kicks of the Rockettes, there are plenty of classic holiday experiences in the Big Apple. But what if you’re tired of visiting (often overrated) holiday markets, or pushing through the crowds in Midtown for the perfect shot of a Christmas tree? Don’t worry, because we’ve found plenty of ‘off the wall’ holiday experiences for you!
1. Skate alongside a vintage 1950s Airplane
The average tourist will find themselves skating alongside hundreds of others at Rockefeller center, but only true insiders can skate at a custom “runway rink’ on a tarmac. From November 30th all the way to the end of February, New Yorkers and visitors can enjoy an “arctic expedition” ice skating show each night. Afterwards, enjoy a drink in a 1958 plane that’s been transformed into a vintage cocktail lounge for the ultimate experience.
2. Tour NYC with a Police Detective
Far from your average festive tour, retired police detective Dennis will share the stories of real New York crimes hidden behind the decorated ‘festive’ streets of East Village and Little Italy. Detective Dennis has consulted for movies, travel shows and even appeared on law and order. He will share true crime stories of his police life. All his proceeds are donated to a local organization.
3. Live Burlesque at The Ragtrader
Enjoy a holiday performance at a former garment factory turned bar. The Rag Trader offers exclusive shows to its patrons to bring people together. Their goal is to honor a time where things were crafted by hand and when neighbors gathered to share their stories over food.
Spin up the Classics
Not ready to give up entirely on New York’s regular holiday season? No worries, we’ve revamped some of the beloved classic tours.
1. VIP Experience with the Rockettes
The ultimate experience awaits as you’re escorted into Radio City Music Hall through a private entrance into a luxury pre-show reception in the famous Roxy Suite. Mingle with the Rockettes and Santa and enjoy a festive cuisine where you’ll toast to the holiday season. Enjoy watching the rest of the Christmas Spectacular in some of the best seats in the house.
2. Private Ice Skating on Rockefeller
Enjoy a first-class experience at the world-famous Rink at Rockefeller Center with a premium pass to enjoy an exclusive heated VIP igloo, dinner overlooking the ice at the world class restaurant Sea Grill and a private skating at starlight. There is no better way to spend a winter evening in New York.
3. Christmas on Wheels
Enjoy a simply unique tour of some of the most iconic holiday installations in Manhattan as you ride across the city by bike! A seasoned New York City guide will take you across Rockefeller Center, Macy’s Window Display’s and holiday fairs at Grand Central Terminal. Finish with a cup of hot chocolate for the perfect holiday ride.
Where to Cozy Up:
Pair up your holidays in New York with our featured partners for the perfect experience.
Edition Time Square
Designed to stand out, Edition is perfect for those looking to be near all of the holiday madness in Time Square. This elevated luxury experience will place you on an oasis above the heart of the city.
Treat yourself this holiday season and rejuvenate at Equinox Hotels. Built for the ultimate luxury, guests will be able to take a break from the holiday noise and make use of their 27,000 spa and high performance fitness club.
Equinox Hotel’s personalized service and signature programming come together in unparalleled fitness experiences, from renowned personal training to innovative Group Fitness classes led by the industry’s most beloved talented and rising stars.
A new holiday tradition begin at Hudson Yards (right next to Equinox) with Shine On, a dazzling display of lights and sounds designed to bring out the spirit of the season. Guests can enjoy performances through Hudson Yards
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