Our holiday adventure in New York City.
We went to NYC on business (dropping off our teen and his friends at their Brandeis summer camp reunion) but stayed for the FUN as we continued to celebrate the season – Big Apple style.
Here are the three highlights of this trip:
Rockefeller Center Skating.
Skating in this famed NYC landmark rink lit with the sparking Tree Lights seems an adventure that somehow puts your New York experience on a different level (and well deserved – try carrying a skating bag around the city bustling with the holiday crowds!). Speaking of crowds- we did find an excellent way to beat hours-long line at the rink by signing up (same day, on the phone) for a 30 min $50 skating lesson (skating access is included so you are really only paying $20-$35 per lesson depending on the skater’s age). Skate rental is additional (we had ours). We loved the lesson and overall, I highly recommend to try this holiday experience at least once. Tel (212) 332-7655; Use this link for schedule.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
The leg kicks were as high (and highly) synchronized as they have everyone believe and the teamwork leading to the fall of the Wooden Soldiers in the Parade of Wooden Soldiers Dance- is spectacular; so along with the full size tourist bus, 100 dancing Santas, live camel and ships on stage- this NYC holiday tradition is worth every penny (especially considering that we got the half-price tickets with the “secret” code I provided last week). http://www.radiocitychristmas.com/get-tickets.html
2016 Discount Ticket UPDATE: USE CODE EM1DEC through January 1, 2017 via THIS LINK
The skating at this Winter Wonderland is free (skate rental extra) and with the artsy crafts and fancy street food kiosks (think crepes and waffles and Turkish delights), the carousel, and lounge chairs around the open fire – you get as close to a European winter holiday bazaar as it can get… between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues (behind The Public Library). We parked nearby and it was a great way to start and finish our holiday adventure in the City.