|Rockefeller Center, New York City|
1. Tree location: the square block of 5th and 6th Avenues between West 49th and West 50th Streets. The tree is chosen, cut down, transported and decorated culminating with a nationally televised tree-lighting televised ceremony. Normally, the ceremony is very well attended, in case you would like to go. Each step of the process is documented by local news, so you can see it in stages.
|Rockefeller Center ice rink|
|St. Patrick's Cathedral Nativity scene|
YouTube: CHRISTMAS TIME IN NYC
4. Ice skating is available in the rink. The lines tend to be long at peak times. For an alternative, check out Bryant Park (the square block of 42nd and 41st Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues) or Wollman Rink in Central Park.
|Wollman Rink, Central Park|
5. What else is there to do? St. Patrick's Cathedral at 5th Avenue between East 50th and East 51st Streets is open to the public and is especially beautiful at Christmas time. The light and sound show on the face of Saks Fifth Avenue (611 5th Avenue between East 49th and East 50th Streets) draws a massive crowd. There is a countdown clock so that you can catch it from the beginning.
|Light and sound display, Saks Fifth Avenue, NYC|
6. Take in a show at Radio City Music Hall, 6th Avenue between West 50th and West 51st. Streets. Across the street from there, admire the decorations. Subject to closings for safety reasons.
www.rockefellercenter.com/tour-and-explore/the-tree-at-rockefeller-center/. Subway: E, M to 5th Ave/53rd St; B,D,F,M to 47-50th Rock Center; Bus: M5, M7, M50.