There isn’t a more enchanting time to be in New York City than the holiday season. Ornate decorations glitter the streets while hot chocolate and cider keep the crowds warm. From the legendary Fifth Avenue department store displays to romantic riverside restaurants, here are the best ways to spend Christmas in the city.

ADMIRE THE FIFTH AVENUE DECORATIONS

A New York City tradition like no other, the department store sidewalk displays are a sight to behold. Whether it’s Barneys, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel or Tiffany & Co. rest assured the lights will be bright and the decorations aplenty. Finish your sightseeing at Rockefeller Center to see “the tree” in all its urban glory.

Fifth Avenue. New York, NY

EAT AT THE RIVER CAFÉ

If you’re looking for dinner with a view, it doesn’t get much better than The River Café. Set on the water next to the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO, this legendary restaurant serves up new American fare like duck, oysters and oxtail. After dinner make the scenic walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and take in some of the most sweeping views of Manhattan you’ll find.

The River Café. 1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY. (718) 522-5200

SKATE AT BRYANT PARK

Bryant Park is known for its rotating array of outdoor events, ranging from movies to live shows, but during the winter months the inspiring Midtown park is transformed into a winter wonderland. The Winter Village at Bryant Park comes complete with 125 boutique holiday shops and a large open-air rink—so you can eat, skate and be merry. It’s free to skate but you’ll have to rent a pair of skates for $20 unless you brought your own.

The Rink at Winter Village in Bryant Park. Bryant Park, New York, NY. (212) 768-4242

DRINK AT 230 FIFTH

A Flatiron District nightlife staple, 230 Fifth is one of the chicest bars around. Although it’s open all year, winter is the best season to visit—when igloos cover the rooftop for an unparalleled winter wonderland display. Cozy up with winter favorites like Bailey’s boozy hot chocolate and hot Fireball cider.  

230 Fifth. 230 5th Ave, New York, NY. (212) 725-4300