Local Tip: Holiday Activities for Families in NYC

I may be biased, but there’s nothing more magical than Christmastime in New York. The lights, the decorations, all those cozy spots to stop in for a hot chocolate; it’s pure yuletide bliss. So if you happen to find yourself in our fair city, here are a few things you’ll definitely want to check out – besides the obvious (and wonderful) Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

Head down to the Union Square area, and you’ll find lots of things to do. Every year Union Square plays host to a wonderful outdoor Holiday Market (right) to browse unique, often-handmade jewelry, ornaments, art, clothes and toys (cool toys!). After getting chilly in the markets, warm up with some hot chocolate at nearby City Bakery (their homemade marshmallows are enormous! And their pretzel croissants are delicious!) or Max Brenner(aka chocolate heaven). And if you’re still looking for some gifts to take home, stop by the famous Strand Books to choose from 18 miles of books or Forbidden Planet for the dedicated comic-book fanboy in your family.

See the city, get cold. City Bakery has this to keep you warm.

Further downtown, you’ll find the South Street Seaport (check out this NY1 article). The area was battered by Sandy and not all stores have reopened, but you’ll find carolers on Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The area is typically really festive and beautifully decorated. While you’re there, take the kids to the South Street Seaport Museum and the Imagination Playground before checking out the familiar shops and restaurants in the Seaport and quirkier local places on  cobblestone streets around it.

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