With holiday classics like “Miracle on 34th Street” and “Home Alone 2” based in New York, it’s no wonder NYC is a mecca for Christmas lovers. Whether you are visiting or are a resident of the Big Apple, your holiday season won’t be complete without engaging in some of the fun things the city has to offer at Christmas time.

Before saying goodbye to 2019 and welcoming the new year, check out some of the fun ways you can enjoy Christmas in New York City. 

1. Holiday Window Display

Holiday window Viewing holiday window display is a fun activity during the holiday season. A child is pictured looking at one of the many windows with Christmas gifts on display in the Nordisk Kompaniet department store on Nov. 20, 2016 in Stockholm. Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

Whether you plan to hit up some of the stores to shop or are in the mood for a walk, department stores like Macy’s Herald Square, Bloomingdale, and Saks Fifth Avenue impress tourists and locals every year with their extravagant holiday window displays.

Located between 34th Street up to 60th Street, New York, NY

2. Dyker Heights

Take a trip to Brooklyn and step into the Christmas wonderland nestled in Dyker Heights. Each year, residents spend thousands of dollars to showcase their holiday-themed decorations. Although viewing is free, some homeowners ask for donations so they continue the costly tradition.

Located at 11th to 13th Avenues from 83rd to 86th St in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn

3. Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 

The 77-foot tall, 46-foot wide Norway Spruce will be officially lit on Dec. 4 at the 87th Rockefeller Center tree lighting ceremony. After the event, the tree, which is expected to be decorated with more than 50,000 multi-colored LEDs and topped with a Swarovski star, can be viewed up until Jan. 17, 2020. 

Located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY

4. Union Square Holiday Market

Those looking for an intimate shopping experience will be thrilled while visiting the Union Square Holiday Market. This year’s market includes nearly 200 vendors selling unique Christmas gifts, desserts and other goods. The market is set to close on Dec. 24, but be sure to check out the Citi Holiday Lounge, which will offer free hot chocolate, warming stations, and a photo booth.

Located at 14th St & Union Square West, New York, NY 

5. Rockefeller Center Skating Rink

If you missed the tree lighting, head over to the Rockefeller Center Skating Rink where you can skate right next to this year’s decorated spruce tree.

Located at Rockefeller Center, 600 5th Ave, New York, NY 

6. Bryant Park Winter Village 

The holiday shops will be open until Jan. 5, 2020. Luckily for last-minute shoppers, many of the shops will be open on Christmas. Whether you want to grab a unique knick-knack or a tasty treat, the 17,000 square foot winter village has plenty to offer.

Located at 41 W 40th St between Sixth and Fifth Avenues

7. The Rockettes 

From their famous high leg kicks to your favorite Christmas tunes, the Radio City Rockettes will surely get you into the Christmas spirit. The last day to catch the X-mas classic will be on Jan.  5. The final show takes place at 5 p.m. EST.

Located at 1260 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY

8. Santaland at Macy’s Herald Square

Rather than waiting for hours, skip the line this year by making sure your little one is on Santa’s calendar. Santa will be available to take Christmas requests starting at 6 a.m. each day. Pick a time slot from 30 minutes to five days in advance.

Located at 151 W. 34th Street New York, NY

9. New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

Head to the New York Botanical Garden to check out the model trains cruising past more than 175 famous NYC landmarks made out of various plant parts. This year’s show was inspired by Central Park and will feature famous replicas like the Dairy and Belvedere Castle.

Located at 2900 Southern Blvd. Bronx, NY

10. The Nutcracker

Grab your tickets to watch some of the most elite dancers tell the story of the young girl, who finds herself in the middle of a battle between toy soldiers and mice.

Located at 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY

Christmas tree Visiting the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center is a great way to celebrate the holidays. Pictured: A view of the Rockefeller Plaza during the 85th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 29, 2017 in New York City. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images