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Solo Travel to New York for the Holidays

Whether by choice or circumstance, millions of people spend the holidays solo. Those who are lucky enough to be spending the holidays alone in New York have the entire city as their date. You’re free to follow your own itinerary or simply roam the city at will, doing what you want, when you want. It’s almost impossible to feel lonely in New York City during the holidays.

Statistics reveal that solo travel is on the rise every year. Whether you're single and ready to mingle or simply looking to make friends, NYC is a great place to make connections. As the season creeps closer, picture yourself in a grand city filled with dazzling lights and softly falling snow. New York holidays are simply unforgettable, and you’ll be telling this tale for many years to come.

What to do on your own in NYC

Rockefeller Center's ice skating rink is the winter wonderland you've been waiting for. Skating alone gives you the opportunity to brush up on your skills if you aren't the most stable skater. Or, if you're speedy and balanced, you won't have to lug around a clumsy comrade while you make your rounds around the rink. Catch your breath afterwards at the Top of the Rock Observation Deck, where stunning views of New York might just take your breath away all over again.

The world-famous Christmas Tree in Washington Square is a spectacular sight to see during your New York holiday adventures. The sheer scope of the tree and the festive decorations cannot be missed. Take plenty of pictures, and ask a stranger to take one of you in front of the tree. Asking someone to take your photo is a wonderful (if old fashioned) way to make a connection.

A 360-degree view from the historic Empire State Building is sure to take away any solo blues. The twinkling lights glow brighter than ever at night, and around the holiday season, you'll definitely appreciate the stunning spectacle. The magnificent cityscape reveals just how big the city is. As you look down on the city that never sleeps, you'll feel anything but lonely. If you’re smart enough to visit the city with a CityPASS booklet, you can see the Empire State Building's crisp skyline in the day and get a bonus view at night of the shimmering city lights. No sparkling garland or string of holiday lights could outshine NYC's natural luminescence.

Since you’re not on anyone’s schedule but your own, you can visit the top museums in New York, like the Museum of Natural History or The Metropolitan Museum of Art and take in each exhibit or piece of artwork for as long as you'd like. See the twinkling lights of the night sky at the Hayden Planetarium or observe the stunning beauty of 5,000 years’ worth of art. Wander as you wish—you don't have to keep track of anyone but yourself.

You can also partake in one of the oldest New York City Christmas traditions — catching a movie. Then, end your day by filling up at John Dory's Oyster Bar, where flavorful food and body-warming beer will make your cozy sweater feel that much cozier.

A CityPASS Holiday

The best way to see the top spots in New York City is with a CityPASS booklet. Many attractions have holiday hours, and CityPASS lets you skip most ticket lines so you can do more for less on your holiday. (We suggest spending the savings on a nice Christmas present for yourself!)

Attractions Open on Christmas Eve:

Attractions Open on Christmas Day:

Attractions Open on New Year’s Day

After you see the best NYC has to offer, you’ll have lots to share with your friends and family. Just don’t be surprised if some are jealous of your adventures!

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