The winter season is a magical time in New York City, and If you’re traveling here towards the end of the year, from December 24 through December 30, we’ve put together a list of what to do this week. From the annual favorites, such as the lighting of the iconic Rockefeller Christmas Tree, to wandering through The New York Botanical Garden, there’s no question that Christmas time in NYC is unforgettable.
Best Things to Do This Week in New York City
Up until January 7th, visit the stunning beauty of the lit Rockefeller Christmas Tree. This is an especially wonderful time to get into the holiday spirit. Ice skate around the center as, hopefully, snow falls all around you. Tip: You can rent or bring your own skates, but speed skates are not allowed.
Until January 1st, get an up-close-and-personal experience with the Rockettes, famously known for their synchronized high-kicks. The “Rockettes Radio City Christmas Spectacular” even features a dance number with Santa. Shows run daily at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., and 8 p.m. Tip: Since there are some variations with these times, it is best to purchase your tickets in advance.
The Harlem Globetrotters
That’s right! The Harlem Globetrotters will be performing on December 27th at Barclays Center. A family fun activity for everyone, this is no ordinary basketball game. Expect lots of laughs and surprising basketball action. The Barclays Center is located at 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. Tip: The easiest and fastest way to get to the center is by public transit. For the subway, take the C or G line. Eleven bus lines stop near the center. These are B25, B26, B38, B41, B45, B52, B63, B65, B67, B69, and B103. Pre-paid parking is limited.
First Winterfest Holiday Fair and Market
The Brooklyn Museum is hosting this first-time event that takes place on 40,000 square feet of space between the museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Vendors from all over the community will be selling their wares. There’s also a stage set up for holiday performances. The fair is located at 200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights and is open until December 31. Tip: Take some time to also visit the Botanic Garden.
Kwanza Celebration: Regeneration Night
Visit the Apollo Theater at either 2 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. on December 29 for the Kwanzaa Celebration Regeneration. If you don’t know much about Kwanzaa, this theater activity will answer all of your questions. The show features Abdel R. Salaam’s Forces and Nature Dance Theatre. This annual celebration has been performed at the Apollo Theater since 2006 and encompasses the theme of “family, community, and culture.” Tip: Buy your tickets in advance to save $15 per ticket.
Through January 27th, you can take part in “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” at the New York Historical Society. If you’re a big Harry Potter fan, you won’t want to miss out on viewing J.K. Rowling’s original drawings and drafts of the famous novels, as well as documents that inspired her to write this highly successful series. Tip: Free narrated audio is available to give you an in-depth explanation of the pieces viewed.