New York City at Christmastime
Holiday Getaway to the Big Apple
NOTE: This itinerary includes activities where moderate walking is required.
Whether you’ve fallen in love with New York City from afar or surrendered your heart during many visits, revive your infatuation for The Big Apple on this holiday getaway! Stay in Midtown Manhattan near Times Square where there is something to see on every corner. A tour of the city’s holiday lights will awaken your Christmas spirit, especially when you see Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree donned with over five miles of glistening lights! Enjoy plenty of free time to do as you please—shop at nearby Macy’s and Saks, explore the numerous museums or see a show. Start a yearly tradition making memories in New York during the holiday season.
Wed, Dec 14: Fly to New York City, New York. Transfer to Manhattan and jump right into the seasonal sights and sounds that surround you. Get started on your holiday shopping list, have lunch, or visit one of many museums or attractions. Check in to the fully renovated New York Marriott Marquis located in Times Square, and soak in the city’s holiday spirit all around you, just outside the hotel’s front door. Later, enjoy a group dinner to welcome you to the city and join your fellow travelers for a guided holiday lights tour of Manhattan. (Meal: Dinner)
Thu, Dec 15: Enjoy your morning and afternoon at leisure to explore or shop New York City on your own. There are countless things to do around the city whether this is your first visit or your hundredth. Christmas Markets are ripe for shopping and department store windows are elaborately decorated making it a truly magical time of year to visit of the world’s most majestic and iconic cities. Meet up with your fellow travelers this evening to see The Nutcracker ballet at Lincoln Center. First performed in New York City in 1952, this immensely popular ballet provides an unforgettable spark to the holiday season of all who see the magical performance. (B)
Fri, Dec 16: Spend a full day at your leisure in the Big Apple. (B)
Sat, Dec 17: Check out of the hotel and head to iconic Radio City Musical Hall to see the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes. Nothing compares to these high-stepping phenoms—a holiday tradition in New York City since 1933! The dazzling talent will amaze you, and you’re guaranteed a visit from jolly old Saint Nick. Spend some time after the show exploring Rockefeller Center before transferring to LaGuardia Airport for your flight home. (B)
New York Marriott Marquis, Times Square. Renovated in 2021 and conveniently located in the heart of the theatre district and Times Square, with entertainment and restaurants just around the corner. Highlights: high-speed Internet access (fees apply) • four restaurants, including The View Restaurant, the only revolving rooftop restaurant in NYC (restaurants currently closed as of June 2021) • fitness center.
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