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Celebrate a White Christmas in the US: New York City

New York City.

It may be relatively far, but the distance has not discouraged Filipinos to cross the Pacific to experience snow in this dreamy destination.

The City that Never Sleeps offers families and travelers attractions and activities where they can enjoy a white Christmas. The city offers a lot of attractions and things to do—everyone in the family would have plenty of reasons to love spending the holidays here.

When does it usually snow?

While it is possible to snow in New York City during November and December, January and February are considered as top snow months.

December snow usually falls for about two to three days. A day on this month, on average, receives snowfall of at least 2.5 cm. Snowy weather is tricky, though. Snowfall can get heavier and can go up to 7.6 cm.

Snowfall in January, on the other hand, occurs for about four days. A day gets at least 7.6 cm of snow on average.

Snow Day in New York

A disclaimer, though: snow is not guaranteed to fall during your stay these months. But you can expect chilly weather—the New York breeze will make sure of that.

Make sure to bring long coats, wear layers, and pack waterproof shoes and high boots. Winter essentials also include beanies, balaclavas, scarves, and hand warmers, among others.

How much money would you need?

Determining a budget for your family’s NYC trip can be quite complicated. There are numerous factors to consider, such as the attractions to visit, experiences to try, food to eat, and hotel rooms to book.

You can always check the Traveloka website for exciting deals on flights, accommodations, and activities. Make sure to download the app to get access to these promos.

If you’re on a tight budget, a USD40 budget per person for miscellaneous expenses can get you through a day.

How do you get there?

Flight to New York

You can now book a direct flight to the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Connecting flights are also available, of course. Click here to book your flight!

Things to Do

1. Admire the Empire State Building

Empire State Building

New York’s most iconic tower also happens to be a national historic landmark. From the 86th floor, you and your loved ones can enjoy a 360-degree view of the majestic city and the surrounding skyline.

From the top of the building, you can take snaps of famous city attractions such as Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, and Times Square—all covered in snow.

Get access to the Empire State Building when you book tickets now! You can cross this item off your bucket list for as low as P1,560.

Book Empire State Building tickets here

2. Marvel at the Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty

Maximize your stay in NYC by paying a visit to the universally known and loved Statue of Liberty. You should know that seeing America’s symbol of freedom from photos is totally different from looking at the real thing up close.

Definitely one of the most photographed monuments in the world, the Statue of Liberty gets more visually stunning during the snow season. Imagine Lady Liberty glowing amidst the crisp-white background.

Check out the Statue of Liberty tour and explore more of the surrounding attractions. It will also take you on a ferry ride to Ellis Island where you can see the Immigration Museum filled with artifacts and interactive displays perfect for the family. Tickets start at only P1,139.

Book Statue of Liberty tickets here

3. See NYC from the Top of the Rock Observatory

View from the Rockefeller Center
The view from the Rockefeller Center

The place is called as such because when you’re here, you’re literally standing on top of a huge platform. Striking city views await you on top of the Rockefeller Center. Seeing snow falling from the sky from this angle will not only make from great photos, but the experience is also sure to delight you.

4. Explore Indoor Attractions

If you’re feeling a little cold, you can always take a break from the wintery weather by heading indoors.

New York City has plenty of museums where you can spend a few hours with the entire family learning more about art and American history in general.

Get the New York City Explorer pass and get access to museums such as the American Museum of Natural History, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Get a ticket for as low as P4,516.

Book New York City Explorer passes here

The Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art

Another option is to get entertained by the performances of the world-renowned Blue Man Group. Its shows are focused on various forms of art, music, and comedy. Aside from getting a good laugh and being entertained, you’ll also have the chance to meet the cast members.

Book Blue Man Group tickets here

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