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Places to Visit in New York at Christmas

Amelia has been writing online articles for over 10 years and has self-published over a dozen books including fiction and nonfiction.

Places to Visit in New York at Christmas

Places to Visit in New York at Christmas

St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York

St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York

New York City Carriage Rides

If you are a new traveler visiting New York, one picturesque way to see the sites is on a horse-drawn carriage ride. There are prearranged carriage rides that you can book, ranging from 45 minutes to 1 ½ hours, or standard, walk-up carriage rides for approximately 20 or more minutes. Carriage rides normally seat 4 adults, or 2 adults and 3 children.

Carriage rides are available all year long, but are extra special around the holidays.

New York Carriage Ride

New York Carriage Ride

Central Park in New York City

During the day is the recommended time to visit Central Park in New York City. During the winter season, you can see visitors enjoying the skating rink located within Central Park.

Skating Rink in Central Park, New York City

Skating Rink in Central Park, New York City

Relax and take a scroll with other travelers…

Central Park, New York City

Central Park, New York City

…or stop by a snack stop and enjoy a soft pretzel.

Central Park, New York City

Central Park, New York City

Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden is the world’s most famous arena. It is a multi-purpose indoor arena located in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. It is located between 7th and 8th Avenues, from 31st to 33rd Streets. Madison Square Garden is used for concerts, ice shows, and many other forms of entertainment. It is also used for athletic events including hockey and basketball games.

Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden

Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Plaza

Be sure to visit and take pictures of the grand Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Plaza!

Each year, a tree, usually a Norway Spruce, is donated to the Rockefeller Plaza and proudly displayed. The tree goes up around mid-November, is lit in early December, and usually stays lit until January 7th. The minimum height is 65 feet, but the preferred height is between 75 and 90 feet.

The tree is recyled each year, and the 3 tons of mulch is donated to the Boy Scouts. The large part of the trunk is usually donated to the U.S. Equestrian team to be used as an obstacle jump.

Source: gonyc.about.com

Rockefeller Plaza Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Plaza Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center

Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center

The Empire State Building

If time allows, be sure to see the Empire State Building.

I have only seen it from the outside, but hope to someday take a tour of the inside.

The Empire State Building is located at the intersection of 5th Avenue and 34th Street, in New York City, and stands 1454 feet.

If you are in New York City during the evening, they have holiday light shows.

Take a look at the video below to see the Empire State Building Christmas Light Show from December, 2013.

The Empire State Building, New York

The Empire State Building, New York

A Visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral

No trip to New York during the holidays would be complete without visiting St. Patrick’s Cathedral, located on 5th Avenue, between 50th and 51st Streets, directly across the street from the Rockefeller Center, in New York, New York. This beautiful cathedral is true landmark in New York City. It is an American Gothic style Roman Catholic Church, designed by James Renwick. It started being built in 1858, and construction continued for nearly 50 years until its completion.

On the official website of the St. Patrick’s Cathedral (www.saintpatrickscathedral.org), you can take a virtual tour, download a map of the cathedral, and view of schedule of tours. Free tours are held Monday through Friday for groups of 10 or more people.

St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York

St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York

Inside St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York

Inside St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York

St. Patrick's Cathedral, in New York City

New York City at Christmas Time

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 Amelia Griggs

Comments

Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on December 25, 2014:

Thanks, Elsie, glad you enjoyed the pics! Yes, taking off for Christmas holiday, and I know I probably picked an odd crazy time fof this 30 day writing challenge but its to prepare for bigger writing goals in 2015. Happy Holidays!

Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on December 24, 2014:

Nice article with some very nice photos.

i would love to visit New York, doubt if I will ever leave New Zealand.

Try to have a little time off from your writing to relax and enjoy the christmas holidays, you sure picked a busy time of the year to write 30 articles. All the best.

Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on December 23, 2014:

Jaqueline, Happy Holidays to you as well! This is such a wonderful time of year with all the decorating and festive events. Glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for stopping by. :-)

Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on December 23, 2014:

Efficient Admin, I have't seen the Rockettes but maybe someday. Glad you liked the photos, and thanks for stopping by. :-)

Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on December 23, 2014:

Suzette, that is so cool to hear about your memories of NY and skating too. Glad this brought back memories. :-)

Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS from Memphis on December 23, 2014:

You have truly captured the essence of Christmas! The beautiful location gives me a sense of almost being there! Thank you so much for sharing! Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Michelle Dee from Charlotte, NC on December 23, 2014:

Those are some really good photos of New York. I was there back in the early 80s with my mom to see the Rockettes. That was so long ago though I don't really remember the sights and sounds anymore. NYC seems like a really interesting place to visit. Thanks for sharing.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on December 23, 2014:

Beautiful hub and I love all your photos! This brings back so many wonderful memories for me. Our family lived in NJ and we went to NYC for Christmas many years. I have ice skated at Central Park and Rockefeller Center. I have done all the activities you mention here. And the Christmas windows at Macy's were always fun to see also.

Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on December 22, 2014:

Thanks, Paradise7! Glad you enjoyed the hub, pics and video. NY is definitely fun around the holidays. :-)

Paradise7 from Upstate New York on December 22, 2014:

Very cool hub. I really enjoyed the pictures and the video of the Empire State Building. Congratulations on your 30th!!! You made it!! Good going.

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