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Things to Do in NYC This Season

The Best New York City Activities for Every Season

There are many benefits to traveling to New York City, but the greatest part is the magnitude of nearby attractions. When you stay at Hotel Wales, you're placed in the culture center of the world with adventure located at every corner. Whether you’re in town for an entire week or a quick getaway, your itinerary is going to fill up quickly.

Explore the Upper East Side using our neighborhood guide, and plan your visit around our top picks for the best winter and spring New York City activities below.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

The annual tradition kicks off at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.  Grab a good viewing spot to see the procession of fantasy-filled floats, marking bands, and performance groups.  

Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center

Nothing marks the beginning of the magical holiday season in New York City like the lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree.  The unlit tree usually arrives in mid-November and then the week after Thanksgiving, all 30,000 LED lights on five miles of wire are illuminated for everyone to enjoy.   

Holiday Shopping in the Big Apple

New York is known for its festive department store windows that celebrates the best of the holidays with stunning artwork and displays.  From Macy's to Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale's, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Barney's, impressive windows and shopping selections await.  Don't forget the mini-holiday villages that follow in the great European tradition.  New York honors them with its own take on holiday markets and pop-up shops.  Check out Bryant Park, The Grand Central Holiday Fair, or the Union Square Holiday Market to name a few.

Ice Skating

Experience one of New York City’s most classic winter events: ice skating. With locations all around the city, it’s easy to enjoy a day of outdoor fun. Open through late winter and early spring, some of our favorite spots for skating include the classic Rink at Rock Center and the Wollman Rink in Central Park.


Sports fans visiting the city in the winter and spring seasons be sure to catch a game of one of the city’s major teams. From basketball featuring the New York Knicks or hockey featuring the New York Rangers, witness these nationally ranked teams in their world-famous home venue, Madison Square Garden.

Art & Museums

Within a short range of our Upper East Side hotel are some of the world’s most famous museums. During the winter, stay indoors at the Met, Met Breuer, Guggenheim, or the American Museum of Natural History. As temperatures start to rise, make a trip over to the outdoor Met Cloisters, which is located on four acres overlooking the Hudson River. Discover more area museums using our museum guide.

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