Holidays in NYC

Happy Holidays from JICUF staff! New York is getting cold day by day with an occasional snow, and I find myself counting down the days till the end of the year 2017. New York is a wonderful place to visit especially during the holiday season and I've listed few of my favorites other than the holiday markets Virginia mentioned in her post last week. (Article by Shiori)

1. Rockefeller Center

The Rockefeller Center in Midtown East is famous for its tree and ice skating rink in the winter. Every year, they host a tree lighting ceremony- The 2016 tree was lit on Wednesday, November 30 at Rockefeller Plaza and this year marked the 84th year. The tree will remain lit and on display at the plaza between West 48th and 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues until 9pm on January 7.

2. Holiday Window Displays

The beautiful decorations at landmarks and stores are unveiled on different schedules, but they are usually on view from Thanksgiving through the New Year. Be sure to bundle up as it can get cold. I like to start from the Plaza Hotel (West 58th & 5th avenue) and walk down Fifth Avenue. The highlighted holiday windows in NYC are Macy’sBarneys New YorkBergdorf Goodman, Tiffany & Co.Lord & Taylor, Henri BendelBloomingdale’s, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

 Saks Fifth Aveenue

Saks Fifth Aveenue

3. See the Christmas trees around NYC

There are many beautifully decorated Christmas trees around the city that you can enjoy. My favorites are the ones in the Plaza Hotel (West 58th St. & 5th Avenue), Madison Square Park, Metropolitan Museum, and the Palace Hotel. 

 Plaza Hotel

Plaza Hotel

4. Winter drinks to keep you warm

I think of a warm drink to keep myself warm when I'm taking a walk on a cold windy day. Here are some of the winter drinks you'll find in NYC during the season.

  • Hot chocolates: many places like Vosges-Haut Chocolate and Max Brenner (which has a peanut butter hot chocolate!) offer hot chocolates during this season.
  • Eggnog: a typical American spiced and spiked egg yolk-and-milk mixture is not as well-known in Japan. It is something people either love or hate. 
  • Mulled wine (Glühwein): a traditional European drink usually made with red wine with various mulling spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves and dried fruit. Can be served hot or cold.


Lastly, can you guess where each picture was taken? They were all taken in NYC.

About Shiori: She loves nature, art, classical music (both playing and listening), traveling and cats. This is her third winter in New York City. She is also a graduate of ICU (BA) and Columbia University (MA).  Feel free to reach her at for any questions about the Global Link program or things to do/see in NYC.