Well the holiday season is upon us. Those of us that are lucky to live in NYC or that are going to be visiting NYC  there are lots to see and do. Here are some fun ideas for NYC in December:

1. Go Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center or Central Park

Ice Skating is an awesome date idea. Either location would make for an epic evening date or an afternoon with a girlfriend. It would be a fun way to fit in a work out as well. For movie buffs you will remember the Central Park rink for its role in the movie Serendipity.  After burning those calories make sure to make a stop for some hot chocolate, you will deserve it!

2. Window Shopping

It is Christmas and I am sure you have lots of gifts to buy. As someone who lives in NYC I prefer to do most of my shopping online since the line ups here can be nuts!. Last year I almost fainted waiting in line at H&M. With that in mind, window shop. NYC has the most gorgeous holiday windows around. Stroll along the streets of NYC and admire the elaborate, entertaining window displays featured every holiday season at several major department stores. Most of the stores–Henri Bendel, Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys and Saks Fifth Avenue–are located within a few blocks of each other between 56th and 61st streets and between Madison Ave. and Fifth Ave. However, two of the most well-known departments stores are a little further downtown: Macy’s Herald Square is on Broadway between 34th and 35th streets, and Lord & Taylor is located at 39th St. and Fifth Ave. Believe me this is something to be seen here in the city!

3. Make a Gingerbread House

I know you can do this anywhere in the world. Doing it in NYC means you can learn from the best. Head on over to the New York Hall of Science’s Gingerbread House Workshop. This is where the incredible gingerbread architect master John Lovitch will teach you how to make an edible masterpiece. I have tried and failed to make many gingerbread houses in my day so this peaks my interest. Bring a date, gal pals or how about some kiddies if you do not have any borrow some from friends or relatives! Everyone at the workshop will get their own gingerbread house kit to help you build a mansion that Donald Trump will envy!

4. Visit the Christmas Markets

We happened to come across a few Christmas markets last year and it is something that I am looking forward to doing again this year. These markets spring up around Manhattan every December and for me provided me with a little bit of holiday spirit and a few gifts as well! It is a great experience to get you into the holiday mood. If you go on over to Union Square you will find the city’s largest market. This one is not to be missed if you are looking for some one of a kind gifts or you just want to stroll with a coffee or hot chocolate and browse around. I also love the market that is in Central Park across from the Time Warner Center. I got an awesome Star Wars print for my hubby last year!

5. Go see a Christmas Show

An iconic New York City Christmas staple is: Radio City Christmas Spectacular. If you are just going to see one show this one should be on the top of the list. I have yet to see the Rockette’s but if I was going to do it, I would be doing at Christmas time! For the younger crowd the Christmas Spectacular has added in 3D effects to wow you. Another obvious choice would be The New York City Ballet’s performance of the Nutcracker. If you are a lover of ballet this is a must for you. Nothing says Christmas to me like the Nutcracker. Be warned it may be the best to be seen with a fellow ballet lover!

I hope I have given you some ideas of things to do in the city. What are some of your favorite holiday things to do??

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