Holiday Cheer to Last All Year

Unwrap the joy of Manhattan this winter season.

The holiday season is now upon us, which means New York City is practically bursting with holiday cheer. From festive lighting ceremonies to the countdown of a rockin’ New Year, December proves to be one of the most wonderful times of the year for a visit to the city. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

And what better way is there to get a taste of a truly iconic NYC Christmas than by attending the world-famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, taking place this year on 12/4. Get ready to “oooh” and “ahh” as thousands of colorful, twinkling lights come to life before your very eyes on this gigantic Swarovski star-topped tree that towers above the snow-covered ice rink below. But the merriment doesn’t stop there. Be sure to catch all the holiday-themed performances from Hollywood’s finest! (rockefellercenter.com).

Tis the season for holiday shopping and there’s no better place to find the perfect gift for that special someone than in the Big Apple. Bloomingdale’s offers some of the best selections of designer clothes, handbags, shoes, high-end jewelry, and much more, all guaranteed to make the recipient look runway ready even in the chilliest of times (155 E. 60th St.). But nothing will prepare you better for the holidays like a trip to Bergdorf Goodman. Be sure to have a look at the store’s festive window display before perusing their array of fashion forward designer merchandise, capable of styling up any outfit (754 5th Ave.).

Come witness Manhattan in all its glittering glory by taking a ride on Gray Line’s famous Holiday Lights Bus Tour. Starting on 12/3, this double decker bus will travel to all the tourist hotspots, including Central Park, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Radio City Musical Hall, Times Square, and much more. Guests can enjoy a stunning Laser Light show at Grand Central and bask, moments later, in the glory of the magnificent Rockefeller Christmas tree, all without ever having to leave the comfort of their warm seats. Tours run on a daily basis every 30 minutes, starting from 6:30-8:30pm. This two-hour festive excursion will quite literally brighten up your evening and put you right in the mood for some holiday cheer. (newyorksightseeing.com)

Looking for a fun way to usher in 2014?  Come witness Times Square’s annual Ball Lowering ceremony firsthand amid the dazzling lights and bustling energy of Manhattan.  Featuring star-studded musical performances, free schwag, and a ton of confetti, this six-hour-long bash will keep you plenty occupied until the clock strikes midnight.  Save those pesky resolutions for another day because tonight, you’re meant to ring in the New Year with style! (timessquarenyc.org)