Bite into the Big Apple this December: there’s a pre-Christmas fizz in the air and we wouldn’t be anywhere else if you paid us (in chocolate coins, or otherwise). This is LUXE’s guide to festive days here en famille, from ice-skating and Christmas-market shopping, to winter warmers of the culinary kind and a very special performance...
Post-hot chocolate and donut brekkie, start the day in (festive) style at The Rockefeller Center, an iconic crowdpleaser that pulls out all the stops annually, with a great glittering tree and the prettiest ice rink you ever did see. This glide n’ slide sanctum is arguably New York’s most iconic festive foray, with a snowfall of events and skating packages to entice even the most seasoned scrooge. Lace up and let loose.
Continue the worthy-of-a-Christmas-movie feels at Bryant Park Winter Village, a 17,000-sq-ft rink with more than 125 enticing shopping kiosks (hawking everything from bangles and decorative objects to beauty-boosting lotions and potions and gourmet goodies) and food vendors, who take over the park and stage New York’s most epic Christmas event.
You’ll be hungry after all that shopping and skating, so head back to the opulent splendour of The Peninsula New York on Fifth Avenue and 55th Street and make a beeline for the comfort of Clement, which promises ‘nostalgic American food with a New York sensibility’. The braised beef Bourguignon with yukon potato purée will banish any residual chills in the most delicious of ways; save room for Clement’s chocolate crème brûlée.
Get your paws on the hottest icy tickets in town: the famous, annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular, which sees inimitable precision dancers the Rockettes take to the eye-popping Art Deco-stunner stage for dynamic, magical, breathtaking, festive frolics.
The Rink At Rockefeller Center / until Apr, 2018 / 600 5th Ave / Midtown / +1 212 332 7654 / 8.30am-midnight daily / therinkatrockcenter.com
Bryant Park Winter Village / until 2 Jan, 2018 / Midtown / +1 212 768 4242 / 11am-8pm Mon-Fri, 10am-8pm Sat-Sun / bryantpark.org
Clement / The Peninsula New York / +1 212 903 3918 / daily / peninsula.com
Radio City Christmas Spectacular / until 1 Jan, 2018 / 1260 6th Ave / Midtown / +1 866 858 0007 / rockettes.com