When tourists visit New York City each holiday season, there are a handful of festive destinations they must see: there’s the tree at Rockefeller Center, decorated department store windows on Fifth Avenue and, of course, the iconic Grand Central Terminal. Approximately 1 million people visit Grand Central each day during the holidays, making it one of the most visited destinations in the city. If you’re covering what to see, do, and visit in New York City over the holidays this year, please consider including Grand Central Terminal and the following events:
- The Grand Central Holiday Fair – November 13 – December 24 – The longest-running indoor holiday market in New York City returns for six weeks. The Holiday Fair continues to highlight unique and local artisans as it has done since 1993. Highly selective about the artists chosen to participate, planners spend the year looking for unique vendors with a focus on American-made and handmade products with locally sourced materials or a socially conscious business model. Recently redesigned, The Grand Central Holiday Fair treats shoppers to an intimate holiday shopping experience where they can meet 40 vendors selling artwork, clothing for all ages, men’s and women’s accessories, children’s clothing and toys, and home goods.
- Holiday Wrap-Up – December 11-22 – Grand Central Terminal is celebrating the holiday season by offering shoppers complimentary gift wrapping in December. Shoppers who present proof of any purchase from Grand Central’s shops and restaurants can get up to five of their gifts wrapped in custom wrapping paper featuring the iconic Zodiac ceiling above the Main Concourse. Shoppers who present proof of $150 or more in combined purchases from Grand Central’s shops and restaurants can receive a free, limited-edition Grand Central gift in addition to the free gift-wrap.
- New York Transit Museum Holiday Train Show – November 16 – February 4 – The holiday season is a time of joy for kids of all ages and nothing says holiday enchantment quite like dazzled little faces watching in wonder as model trains zip through tunnels, by subway stops, around familiar skyscrapers and through iconic cityscapes. To the delight of kids and railroad enthusiasts alike, the New York Transit Museum will continue its tradition of capturing hearts and imaginations at the 17th Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal starting in November and running through the New Year. The theme of the holiday train show changes every year and the event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit http://nytransitmuseum.org. For up-to-date information on all Grand Central Terminal events, please visit here.
Haven Rooftop’s Ski Chalet atop the Sanctuary Hotel in the heart of Times Square has been transformed into a cozy tented and heated Ski Chalet, complete with antler chandeliers, twinkling lights and snow shows right outside the windows. Guests can escape from the busy streets below and indulge in fondue for two, smore’s and hot cocktails including the Toasted Almond (Kahlua, Vanilla Vodka, Amaretto and Milk), the Ginger Toddy (Torres, Bullet Bourbon, Cinnamon liquor, Fresh Ginger and Honey Syrup) and the Peppermint Cream (Baileys, Crème de Cacao, Crème de Menthe and Chocolate Liquor). They will also have a selection of cold cocktails, including the Rice Pudding Martini, the Milky Way and the Espresso Martini, as well as their famous Shot-skis! Just blocks away from the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, Haven Rooftop is located at 132 West 47thStreet and I would love for you to consider including them in any of your holiday coverage.