Alright, Manhattanites, the holidays are almost here! You live in THE destination city and people travel more during the holidays than any other time of the year. Manhattan becomes a sparkling, effervescent Winter wonderland and it feels like all the world is visiting at once. Navigating the changes in weather and the crowded conditions can be challenging, but if you can make it here…
Batten Down the Hatches
If you spend a little time now to prepare, you’ll have a much more pleasant holiday season enjoying time with family and friends. Here are a few tips to get ready:
- Dress for the wintry weather. You’ll be happier if you are dry and warm. Pay special attention to your footwear!
- If you and your family celebrate by giving gifts, knuckle down and get your holiday shopping done early. The city is only going to get busier and busier. Try one of the many New York City holiday shopping fairs!
- Invest in a case of wine to disperse to hosts as you gallivant throughout the season.
- Get your holiday greeting cards addressed and stamped now. Always be sure your return address is available for folks wanting to get back with you.
- Keep a curious mind and a warm heart. Manhattan is the nation’s melting pot, chock full of customs from around the planet. If you encounter a holiday tradition that just isn’t for you, you can still find joy in the happiness of others.
Ready for Adventure:
Now that you’ve got all the preparations finished, you are ready to enjoy all the fun the holiday season has to offer. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of it:
- Get out of the house. Accept every invitation. It might even get you out of hosting in your own home!
- Avoid trendy tourist destinations and instead step off the beaten path for less well known eateries, shops, and bars.
- However, on the other hand, take part in every Manhattan holiday tradition:
- Ice skate at Rockefeller Center, and ogle that famous tree too.
- Bundle up for the Macy’s parade. Yes, it’s on television, but, c’mon!
- Indulge in the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes.
- Check out the seasonal window displays in shops throughout the city.
- Go caroling on a harbor jazz cruise.
- Catch the New York City Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”, now in its 60th year!
- Be amazed at the Christmas Laser Light Show at Grand Central Terminal, it’s free!
- Stay up late for Christmas Eve Mass at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, America’s largest church. This is a beautiful experience for those of any, or no, faith.
- And, if you’re really very brave indeed, venture into the immense crowds for the famous countdown to the New Year in Times Square.
Well, people of the Big Apple, you can make it anywhere! So just decide that you love people. Lots and lots and lots of people. At least for the season. Or, move! No green Grinches (or chlorogenic acid) allowed!