The Perfect Day… Winter-Warmer
Winter in The Big Apple is a magical time, with plenty of seasonal sparkle to entertain the whole family. For a fun day out, try our fave winter warmers. Just add snow!
Start with Christmas nibbles and shopping at Chelsea Market, great for gourmet gifts. This magnificent indoor food hall occupies a former biscuit factory in the Meatpacking District, with over 35 vendors touting everything from warming soups to yummy cheesecake and coffee. Score snacks at Doughnuttery, Fat Witch Bakery, or crêperie Bar Suzette.
Chelsea Market Baskets offers a cute selection of NY-themed, artisanal food hampers, from US$35 to $80, including locally sourced Markets of New York and Brooklyn Sweets (hello graphic-packaged Mast Brothers chocolate!). Shopping events at the market include Etsy New York’s Handmade Cavalcade (5-11 Dec), with 60 indie designers, and the Jingle Holiday Pop-up Shop (13-18 Dec), curating edgy, arty gifts, including Flight 001’s cool travel kit and Izola’s funky accessories.
Next up, take a few turns around The Rink At Rockefeller Centre, NY’s famous skating destination, flanked by iconic skyscrapers and fairy-lit trees. General admission is first come, first served, or skip the lines via the VIP Igloo, including skate concierge, hot choc and freshly baked cookies.
Finish with a stellar show, namely The Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular, a joyful high-kicking, all-singing, all-dancing spectacle that radiates Yuletide spirit. Classic, colourful routines include the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers and the Living Nativity (cue camels, sheep and a donkey) plus a 3D Santa flying to New York. Happy holidays!
Chelsea Market / 75 9th Ave (btwn 15th & 16th Sts) / +1 212 652 2121 / 7am-9pm Mon-Sat, 8am-8pm Sun / chelseamarket.com
The Rink At Rockefeller Centre / The Rockefeller Centre / 5th Ave (btwn 49th & 50th Sts) / +1 212 332 7654 / 8.30am-midnight daily / therinkatrockcenter.com
The Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular / Radio City Music Hall / 1260 Ave of the Americas / +1 866 858 0007 / until 2 Jan, 2017 / rockettes.com
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