With Thanksgiving behind us and Macy’s entertaining us on the morning of Turkey Day, the shopping season has been ushered in. With that comes the Christmas Trees on our streets and loads of holiday parties on the calendar. Are you excited?! We sure are!

As you likely know from following us all these years, we love many things about our city and get excited for all sorts of events and seasons around here. Having said that, this may be the one for us. We look forward to everything the holiday seasons brings.  Yes, even the tourists that flood our streets.

New York City is an especially magical place at the end of the year.  The city hosts a number of world-renowned holiday events and shows—the tree-lighting at Rockefeller Center, the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, FAO Schwarz’s extravagant toy displays, ice skating in Central Park, ice skating in Bryant Park, heck just ice skating and more—but what truly makes New York the most magical place on earth during the holiday season is the lesser-known sights which the locals love and the people behind the attractions. From brilliantly decorated homes in Brooklyn to an indoor winter market brimming with joy, there are endless ways to celebrate Christmas in New York.

Further, this year, the iconic Fifth Avenue corridor will be fully open to pedestrians between 48th Street and 59th Street, in addition to the area around Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall that will be pedestrianized throughout the holiday season. This dramatic expansion of public space in one of the world’s busiest neighborhoods at this time of year will significantly ease crowding — facilitating access to the iconic holiday window displays and creating a more pleasant holiday environment while also enhancing public safety for New Yorkers and visitors.

The magic will overflow through our streets and we can’t wait to see you out there!