Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
There’s nothing like New York City in November and December – leaves change, temperatures drop, and there’s a special magic in the air.
And with several world-famous holiday attractions within walking distance, our Times Square hotel guest rooms and suites are ideal for both celebration and relaxation. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, and Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop are all just a few blocks away!
If it’s your first time attending one of these events, we suggest you:
- Travel light and expect large crowds. Keep in mind that there will be thousands of other people doing the same thing as you. Avoid separation from your group by dressing in brightly colored clothing and opting to carry small children instead of bringing strollers.
- Wear warm clothing and dress in layers. Heavy blankets, coats, hats, scarves, gloves and boots are necessities for your visit. Temperatures can dip below freezing at night and remain chilly throughout the day, especially in the shadows of the buildings.
- Walk, ride the bus or take the subway into Manhattan. Finding a parking spot is challenging any day, but during the holidays it’s impossible. Avoid street closures and gridlock with mass-transit options instead.
- Always have your camera ready. There will be so many great photo opportunities that you may even want to bring extra batteries!
If you’ve already decided which event(s) you’d like to attend, also consider these tips:
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Thursday, November 28, 2013 | 9 a.m. – Noon
- Walk the route from your hotel to the parade-viewing spot of your choice the day before.
- Make a back-up plan in case your ideal spot is unavailable.
- Keep in mind that the duration of the parade varies – if viewed near its start, it lasts about one and a half hours. If viewed near its end, it lasts three hours.
- Arrive at your spot by at least 6 a.m. the morning of the parade.
- If you’re traveling with young children, map out the nearest restaurant or coffee shop, so you’ll have an option for warm beverages, snacks and bathroom breaks.
- Bring snacks and a thermos of hot chocolate or coffee, along with travel activities to keep everyone busy beforehand.
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
West 48th Street to West 51st Street between 5th and 6th Avenues
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 | 7 – 9 p.m.
- Check the weather forecast and bring along an umbrella and other waterproof gear if rain, sleet or snow is predicted.
- Preset your camera to a suitable low-light setting.
- Arrive at the plaza by 2 p.m. to secure a spot in view of the stage.
- Return on a night after the initial event to see the tree at a more leisurely pace. (Lit daily from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. through January 7, 2014, with special hours on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.)
- Try out the Ice Skating Rink at Rockefeller Center (Open daily now through April 2014.)
Times Square New Year's Eve Ball Drop
Intersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue between West 42nd and West 47th Streets
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 | Midnight
- Leave all bags, backpacks and alcoholic beverages in your hotel room.
- Wear thick shoes with arch support to protect your feet in the crowd.
- Stop by the Port Authority Bus Terminal for a bathroom break before you get to Times Square. Once you arrive, moving for any reason forfeits your place.
- Arrive at Times Square by 2 p.m. to secure a spot with a view of the ball.
- Be aware that police may periodically ask crowds to push together and usually close off streets once they are full.
- Connect with the people around you during your wait. Chances are they’ll be from all over the world!
Make this your year for a holiday trip! Book your stay now.