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1st time visiting New York

14 days ago

I will be visiting New York with my kids for the 1st time for Christmas. I'm nervous about it because I've always heard you should know someone there or go with someone who has went before. Is there any advice anyone could give about where to stay or things to do or any tips.

19 replies
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14 days ago

Definitely ice skating at Rockefeller but get there early! The lines could be long! We were in line for 2 hours and skated for 30 minutes ! It was worth it

United States of America
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13 days ago

Will definitely try, thanks.

United States of America
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13 days ago

Christmas in NYC is magical! Depending on the age of the kids - the Rockettes Christmas spectacular is great at Radio City, and see the store themed windows across from Rockefeller Center is a must do (Saks Fifth Ave Windows). Staying in midtown keeps you in the center of everything...

United States of America
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13 days ago

2 adult kids and a teenager. Thanks for the midtown tip. I'm looking now for a hotel.

United Kingdom
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13 days ago

I stay in New Jersey and travel into New York by public transport each day as this is cheaper. There are always people around to point you in the right direction at the station etc and it’s like the London Underground , not hard to work out . Get good maps and don’t worry the grid system of street numbers makes it easy to work out where to go . Places like Starbucks have free WiFi , big stores and malls have rest rooms , and if you are really lost get in a yellow cab . What you do will depend on what your group is into but do have some plan for what you want to achieve and if you want to do a skyscraper get there early or very late , Musems etc are easier to get in , you can get tickets for shows at the box office and don’t get premium seats go for cheaper ones as theatres are small and you still get a good view .

United States of America
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13 days ago

Thanks for the tips.

United States of America
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13 days ago

Don't be nervous!!! You and your children will be fine... NYC during Christmas is like no other!!! Of coarse you have to check out Rockefeller Center and the surrounding area. It's fabulous. Window shopping at Macy's, definitely go see the Christmas Spectacular. Maybe go to top of the Rock, walk though central park, you can't miss time square. There is so much to do and see. You will be fine and have an amazing time! I don't recommend staying outside of the city!!! There a plenty of hotels to chose from. The extra hassle and time of commuting in is not worth it! Staying in Manhattan is the way to go!!!

United States of America
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13 days ago

Thanks for the tips.

United States of America
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11 days ago

If Broadway shows are on the agenda, and you have a flexible schedule, sign up for the ticket lotteries. You can sign up for a number of them, and you only pay if you win and accept them within the hour if your name is drawn. Deep discounts!

Spain
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11 days ago

I'm going to New York with a 10-year-old girl on the December Bridge and not much budget, you give me advice?

United Kingdom
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11 days ago

No need to be nervous. I've just returned from staying in NYC for 4 days with my 16 year old son. First time visit. We had a great time and felt completely safe. We stayed in the Holiday Inn in the Financial Distirct as it was cheaper than midtown and the very nearby metro made it easy to travel. We got a New York City Pass which was good value and meant we could skip some of the queues. 9/11 Museum not be missed (allow about 4 hours as there's lots to see and the audio guide is excellent but no need to pay for this if you have a phone and download the app and just make sure you have your headphones with you). Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island trip also very good and the Top of the Rock excellent.

Spain
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11 days ago

Unless you go to a VIP hotel, you will not be able to access Times Square on December 31st. On that day, they shut down the avenue business and the passage is very restricted. In my opinion it's the worst time to go to New York. There are queues and more queues in museums, theaters...

United States of America
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10 days ago

Thank you this helps. I was thinking about going for new years eve

Argentina
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6 days ago

completely agreed we stayed in a hotel to access the area and booked New Year's dinner just metres from Toshiba Tower where the countdown takes place.... It's definitely nonsense, the cost and it wasn't worth it to me. Christmas Eve is a dream. From 27/28 December onwards, the hotel and restaurants start to rise in the new year. I'd go back a thousand times for Christmas... Not like this for New Year's.

United States of America
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9 days ago

Hey, Vanessa, check the e-mail in five minutes. Thank you.

United States of America
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8 days ago

Hi. Kristi said it best. New York City in Christmas is really magical. A must see is Rockefeller Center but do it at night. Sacks Fifth Avenue which is across from Rockefeller put on a light show on the façade of the building to music. It goes on every 1/2 hour. Margarita, you can take your 10 year old daughter to see Santa at Macy's. That is a great experience and free. The window dressing at Sacks and Macy's are like no where else. If you can, Radio City Rockettes Christmas show is a treat. Central Park is enchanting and you definitely want to go up the Freedom Tower. The elevator ride show New York City as time has passed (not free). Very impressive. So is the memorial site. Let's not forget St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Empire State Building and Grand Central Station. New York City Library for those who remember Ghostbuster. Then I nice walk to Central Park or Times Square. If you are not a walker, the hop-on-hop-off is the way to go. For hotels, if you stay within or south of Canal Street, it will be cheaper. Just check where the subway station is in reference to the hotel. The subway is fast and runs all night and it is safe. Hope this helps.

Argentina
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6 days ago

Christmas at NYC is storytelling!!! We were for the first time in family with a five-year-old girl and it was dreamed.
I recommend if you want to go see Santa de Macy’s, keep in mind that on the 24th you can only see him and deliver the letter to him upon reservation. The windows are beautiful.
The Rockettes show on Radio City is worth it, it's not free, if you can get the ticket out in advance, you don't need to go too far because it looks good everywhere and you also have Papa Noel. They charge you for the photo.
You can skate at Rockefeller Center, at Bryant Park which is beautiful and you don't have to queue up and/or at Word Trade Center and if you can watch the sunset... it's wonderful.
Don't miss the Sanks window light set at 18h because it's a dream (5th avenue and 51st). In the corner across the street you'll find Saint Patrick's Church. In front of Saks' front door on 5th Avenue is Rockefeller Center.
On Broadway you have the famous red steps At times square the watch of Toshiba where the countdown is made in New Year's.
The Washington Park where the Arc of Triomphe is, you can see squirrels (we raise nuts and almonds) to feed them... My happy daughter. There you have the Greenwich Village area that has the typical houses there all decorated.
Enjoy the city at Christmas... it's magical!!!

Argentina
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6 days ago

We stayed on the island of manhattan... since we had a little girl and it was practical for us to be close to times square, Broadway... Bryant Park and Rockefeller Center.
Make sure it has a microwave and a small fridge... You can go to Wallmark and buy at a good price... the food comes ready for micro and it's an economical and practical way to eat.
He wears coat!! We got very cold. The little one was wearing snow clothes!!

United States of America
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4 days ago

Serendipity for ice cream is nice ... also I don’t know ages. If there are girls. Frozen is on Broadway 🎭. NBC tour could be interesting ... at risk stay at Marriott marquis mid town. China town for dinner or little Italy is nice. Central Park has a zoo and there is ice skating at Rockefeller center Enjoy. It is beautiful and Magical at Christmas.