New York City comes alive during the holiday season with lights, music and bustling sidewalks.
To celebrate the fast-approaching holidays, FF put together a quick round-up of affordable winter-themed events and activities taking place in our own backyard:
- Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: Staying in New York for Turkey Day? Why not check out the giant balloons and elaborate floats at the 85th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade? The parade kicks off at 9am, but get there early for optimal viewing.
- Holiday Markets: Take your pick: Columbus Circle, Union Square and Dekalb all play host to dozens of food and craft vendors selling an array of unique and affordable gifts. The markets are open through Dec. 24. Visit urbanspacenyc.com for more information.
- Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting: The towering pine has made its way to midtown, and will be lit on Wed., Nov. 30 at 7pm. Bundle up and head over to Rockefeller Plaza for the celebration.
- Ice Skating: This cold weather tradition carries on at a number of rinks all over the city. Choose from Citi Pond at Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center, Wollman Rink and Lasker rinks in Central Park, and the Standard Hotel Ice Rink -- all open now through the winter.
- Holiday Windows: It may just be the best time of the year to window shop. From Barneys to Saks to Bloomingdale's to Bergdorf's, every major department store adorns their windows with festive scenes.