There's no place like New York City at Christmas time. If you're heading to the city that never sleeps this holiday season, here are the most festive things to do in Manhattan. From ice-skating to eating to shopping, there's something for everyone on this list.
Let's just get the obvious one out of the way in the beginning, shall we? You can't visit New York in December without stopping by the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Pro tip, bring a selfie stick or a friend to take your picture, and shoot from below to try to capture it all in the frame!
While you're checking out the tree, rent a pair of skates and go for a spin on the rink at Rockefeller Center. And don't worry about trying to work your whole schedule around the rink's hours—it's open from 8:30 AM to 12:00 AM.
Also located right near the big tree? Radio City Music Hall. Don't leave the city without seeing the Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes. They're iconic for a reason!
While you're at Rockefeller Center, don't forget to stop by NYC's most famous toy store, FAO Schwarz. Yes, it's open again, and yes, you need to play the giant piano.
One more stop in the area? Steps from Rockefeller Center is the stunning Neo-Gothic St. Patrick's Cathedral, where you can check out the decor or stay for a . Across from the church you'll find the Lotte Palace Hotel, whose beautiful courtyard boasts a giant glittering tree of its own (much better for seasonal selfies!). You might recognize the courtyard from Gossip Girl—the hotel subbed in for the private school the characters attended.
If you're still shopping for gifts, or need a quick bite to eat, head to the shops at Bryant Park. Each year dozens of vendors set up pop-up shops in the park and offer some of the most unique finds in the city. Also, if you didn't get a chance to skate at Rockefeller Center, there's a rink here, too.
Speaking of shopping, Christmas isn't complete without the magical window displays in New York City. Walk by , , , and more on Fifth Ave for the most festive window shopping trip of your life.
If you need a break from all the walking around, City Bakery has one of the best cups of hot chocolate in all of Manhattan. What's so special about it? Besides the chocolate itself, City Bakery adds a massive marshmallow on top. #InstaGoals
By now you're definitely hungry. If you want a whimsical experience, there's no place like the rooftop restaurant at Eataly. Between the decor and the food, Serra Alpina might be your favorite spot on this whole list.
It wouldn't be Christmas without The Nutcracker, right? If you're going to see the classic show, there's no better place than the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center.
Chances are you've heard of Rolf's, the German bar that goes ALL OUT with their Christmas decorations. Every inch of the place is decked with garland and ornaments, and yes, a picture at Rolf's will get all the likes on Instagram.