Holiday time is here in New York City and yours truly, Ari Kellen is home for the holidays having just finished finals. I got a chance to visit the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center as well as the one at Bryant Park and it was just as magical as it was last year. The Rockefeller tree is easily the most visited in the city, it attracts millions each year to take pictures, ice Ari kellenskate below it, and to share in the holiday spirit no matter religious denomination. I managed to take some pictures of the tree while passing through and attempted to try out a time lapse, check it out below!

Besides the tree, here are some other activities to explore in the greatest city in the world during the holiday season.

Holiday market at Chelsea Market and Bryant Park:
Its chilly outside but Bryant Park fills you with holiday warmth and it offers great opportunities to pick up some straggling holiday gifts at their outdoor market. Remember, theres great hot chocolate and coffee there too! Chelsea Market offers the popup holiday sale inside for those less inclined to brave the elements this December. Both of these markets will remain open until December 24, 2014

Macy’s Holiday Windows:
An amazing light show will be projected onto the Broadway side of the super-department store from December 10th to 31st to keep boyfriends attentions while their ladies shop till they drop inside.

Prospect Park Fireworks:
On New Years Eve if you are looking for a reprieve from the drinking festivities, talk a walk down to Prospect Park for fireworks. They will be serving hot beverages and have live music all night in nearby Grand Army Plaza.

Christmas Lights and Cannoli Tour:
My personal favorite is the Xmas lights and cannolis that takes place one of the tourist busses. It runs through Brooklyn, NY and bring the patrons on a tour that takes them by the most decorated neighborhoods in the city. The Brooklynites show off their lighting prowess and stops at Bella Luna Pizza for hot chocolate and cannolis to cap the night off.

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Check out my picture of the tree as well as a hyper lapse of my walk through Rockefeller, don’t blink or you might miss it!

Click here for the video–Ari Kellen

Ari Kellen Xmas Tree