As New York City transforms into a winter wonderland, there are plenty of magical experiences await you.

From festive activities to seasonal shopping spots, we have created the perfect bucket list for you to enjoy the holidays.

Visit The Holiday Markets

Securing Christmas gifts for friends and family is the ideal way to start your bucket list. You’ll be able to gauge just how much you need to spend for others and how much you can pay for yourself.

The holiday markets in New York are unlike any other. Spots like Bryant Park’s Winter Village, Union Square Holiday Market, and Colombus Circle Holiday Market are significant shopping areas for almost anything. They have plenty of locally produced decor, clothing, jewelry, baked goods, and many little things in between.

Ice Skating

Ice Skating at Bryant Park’s Winter Village is a must. You can visit their holiday market last, hitting two birds with one stone. Ice Skating at Bryant Park is free, but if you don’t need to get your gear, you can rent there.

All you’ll need is to secure a time slot, which they put in place to ensure that the area isn’tis manageable. There are also other options like Rockefeller Center and Central Park’s skating rinks, but Bryant Park’s is suggested by most.

Visit a Cozy Cafe

New York has more cafes than you can imagine. One way to unwind during the holidays—especially after an Ice Skating session—is to enjoy a warm cup of coffee or hot cocoa.

The hidden cafe inside the Swedish Seaman’s Church is the definition of a cozy cafe. It feels more like a rich man’s office than a cafe, and the food and beverages they serve are also classy.

Visit a Museum

While museums are available all-year-round, there’s no question that some of them are more exciting and fun to visit during the holiday season.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History spice things up during this time of the year.

Displays such as the huge Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Creche at the Medieval Sculpture Hall and the Eastern European Silver Menorah, one of the most enormous Hanukkah lamps ever, are on display until January 7th.

Stroll Along the Holiday Lights

After all the things you’ve done, there’s no better way to cap it all off than to enjoy a quiet and peaceful walk while enjoying the holiday lights. Whether you’re strolling down famous landmarks and spots like Central Park and Rockefeller Center or less populated areas like the side streets of SoHo, a relaxing walk should be part of everyone’s bucket list.

Author: Carol