Celebrating the Spring Holidays

7 FREE Things to Do For the Holidays in NYC | From a LOCAL πŸŽ„

7 FREE Things to Do For the Holidays in NYC | From a LOCAL πŸŽ„

What’s up Members of the Barrio ? Jon coming to you from Rockefeller Center in New York And visiting this city during the Holiday’s is expensive enough But having fun, doesn’t have to cost you anything Today i’m going to be sharing with you some free activities You can do in New York City during the Christmas Season Let’s check these out Even if you’re just visiting and can’t fit a tree in your hotel room A stop by Soho Trees Is completely worth it It doesn’t cost you anything to walk around one of the largest Christmas tree markets In the city And aside from seeing the rows and rows of trees With the Manhattan skyline behind it They have a cute little market you can browse inside Full of random gifts If you even want to spend a few bucks And there’s definitley a few photo opportunities around I didn’t see this spot on any list And that’s a shame So if you’re in Soho During your trip Swing by and enjoy the unique atmosphere New York City has 5 major holiday markets Check out the video linked above for information on all of them But enjoying the atmosphere and strolling by Is completely free Get into the holiday spirit And feel the energy Of the city, my favorite was Bryant Park And if you bring your own ice skates It’s actually free To enjoy one of the best rinks in the city But whether you buy a 1 dollar bookmark like I did Or don’t even spend a dime There’s no substitute for holiday markets In New York during the Christmas Season This is a quick pit stop but the Lotte New York Palace hotel Christmas Tree Is a gem Located only a few blocks from it’s far bigger and brighter celebrity brother At Rockefeller Center It normally has barely a crowd And is the perfect place to stop for a photo And to basque in an absolutely incredible design A bonus christmas tree to visit Is perched atop Radio City Music Hall And while you’re there Turn around and look at the huge red ornaments in the fountain’s across the street Which have been on holiday display Since 1993 A double whammy that’s worth the short walk While walking along fifth Ave is a must do Make sure you stop in front of Saks Fifth Ave Every 10 minutes For the light show Think Las Vegas But in the Big Apple The outside of the Saks Fifth Avenue Department Store Puts on an incredible light display It can get a little bit crowded but I promise if you’re patient You can get a front row view When you’re done with the show make sure to cross the street to see The amazing window displays that Saks has going on I’ll give you a hint This years theme is French Poodles We’ll continue up Fifth Avenue a little bit later For even more window display fun Want to step back in time for just the cost of a subway swipe? This next free activity could be an attraction at Disney Every Sunday in December The Uptown F Train at 2nd Ave Has vintage subway rides Where you literally board a subway car from 1933 No charge if you’re already swiped in Arrive 30 minutes early So you can take the time to hop between cars And notice the vintage ads And seat designs Be sure to dress up in 1930s clothing for extra credit I look good with the hat don’t I? This subway is actually in service You’ll be traveling uptown in style Be sure to watch the random people’s reaction When they board this preserved relic from the 1930s For more info see the card linked above For the video There’s no place like Fifth Avenue between 50th and Central Park To check out window displays When you visit New York You can actually make an activity out of just strolling Fifth Avenue starting At 50th There’s some really intricate window displays This year Like this little nodding deer Or the boyfriends who have heads of lollipops But no matter what your taste is You’ll see lots of lights and have plenty to entertain you all completely for free One bonus tip Head east on 59th street to Lexington Avenue And visit Bloomingdales This was one of my favorite holiday displays Centered around the Grinch It’s pretty interactive.. you can take a photo or even Kareoke When you think of the holidays in New York City The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree One of the first things that comes to mind It’s a real icon This is the most obvious thing to visit In New York during the holiday’s The most famous Christmas Tree in the United States And it will certainly be full of tourist’s But this… is a must visit Especially if it’s your first time in New York City Take a break and watch the folks ice skate And if you’re willing to dish out 33 dollars You can join them on the ice This area is a perfect starting point for holiday activities And I recommend you begin a walking tour here Heading over to Saks Fifth Avenue and then up the street to see.. Those window displays from before Make sure to leave me a comment down below And tell me what you thought of this list Subscribe if you’re new and want more awesome information from New York City And beyond Thank you so much for watching As always.. until next time

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  1. Which of these things would you most want to try? Make sure to leave a comment because I want YouTube to know you're watching. Subscribe for more adventures from NYC and beyond !
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  2. The Lotte Palace Christmas tree, holiday markets, and the Radio City Christmas tree and ornament exhibit all sound really great.

  3. Perfect list of free things to do. I never thought about Soho Christmas trees. Very much put you in the spirit, especially with the scent from the trees. Having hit chocolate and watching the skaters at Roc Center is a must. And yes, you look good in a hat. 😊 β€οΈπŸŽ„

  4. NYC looks beautiful around the holidays. I am from a cold climate so seeing people dressed in scarves and stocking caps truly makes it feel like christmas. In Mexico, we get some pretty lights but have to settle with a tropical christmas.

  5. β€œA little bit crowded” is quite the understatement. More like almost impossible to walk on 5th Ave πŸ˜‚

  6. Too many for me to choose. I've seen Rockefeller Center quite a bit but it is always a great stop during the Holidays. All of the items are great.

  7. Hey John another great video!! You should really do a video on the over head cable car to Roosevelt island !! I’ve done it and it was cheap and some awesome views!!

  8. I’ve been hooked on these videos recently. I am planning to visit NYC for the holidays and these videos have been great help. Thanks!

  9. for people wanting to see the ball drop, its not even worth it in my opinion. so damn crowded, and if you want a good view then get there early, but youre goonna freeze your ass

  10. Definitely, the 1930's subway train ride looks fun – to dress up in that decade's clothing and snap picsπŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸŽ…πŸ€ΆπŸ—½

  11. Hey thanks for sharing your videos. I went there twice but very overwhelemed where to go. So your videos will definitely help me next time. Cheers!

  12. Great list!!! Downtown is also a great place to visit. Brookefield Place is absolutely beautiful this time of year with a skating rink that overlooks the Statue of Liberty and the Liminaries at the Winter Garden.. Zuccotti Park and the NYSE are beautifully lit up for holidays.

  13. If you go downtown, they have a really cool light show called "Luminaries" that run until Jan. 2nd at Brookfield Place. In addition, you can check out the Wall Street Christmas tree (with less crowds if you go after business hours or weekends) and get a bonus with the Fearless Girl statue right next to it. You can also walk to the South Street Seaport to see their tree too (I will be in lower Manhattan this Saturday and plan on seeing South Street's tree). I will be skating at Rockafeller Center for the first time on January 5th, after their peak holiday times. If you want to go outside of Manhattan, the holiday train show at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx is a must see (granted it's not free, but tickets are very cheap. The train show runs until Jan. 21). I love the holidays in New York. πŸŽπŸŽ„πŸ€ΆπŸŽ…

  14. I've to NYC for Christmas and it is too much for me. There're too many people, too loud, too cold, you have to fight with the rats for slice of pizza, etc. But, I think that every American should do it at least once and you provided a few good options away from the main drags.

  15. Just come back from the city after 6 days enjoyed Bryant Park, Union Square markets Saks & Rockerfeller Plaza. Thanks for your vlogs beforehand, really helped a lot. Missed out on the lobster tails in little Italy though!

  16. Hey john are you by any chance from Rutgers University?
    I saw you wearing a tee written Rutgers in one of your videos.
    Just curious πŸ˜‹

  17. NYC uk Christmas Free pretty good πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ›·Ice ❄️ vΓ­deo New York usar Ice β„οΈπŸ˜¬

  18. Thank you for this video!!! I have just watched no less than 15 of your videos in a row and now I just hit The subscribe button after seeing this Christmas video!!! Please do more next Christmas season!

  19. Thank you for all of the tips! I’m staying in SoHo these holidays so I’m definitely visiting the Christmas tree farm ☺️

  20. Another great informative video over in 2weeks but leave on the 1st Dec so miss the RF tree switch on but will defo check out its baby brother thanks for the heads up πŸ˜‰βœŒπŸ™πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

  21. hey John visited New York last week,,,,your videos were of great help…..also visited bleecker street and 7th avenue on your recommendation..Got down at declancy to explore Noho but realised that washington square subway station was nearest to bleecker and barrow and to 7th avenue and to F.r.i.e.n.d.s. apptment. Anyhow enjoyed and explored much…Thanks

    THANK YOU πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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