Hi, I've spent so long mulling around this forum and reading so many itineraries that I think I've driven myself to the point of insanity trying to organise my trip. We are a couple (20 and 21) travelling from the UK for 5 nights from the 15th December. This will be our first trip and we will be staying in the Jolly Madison Towers near madison square garden.
So far our itinerary is looking a bit sparse - and I don't want to miss any "must do's" so any further recommendations would be fantastic! Also any input and changes to days/times would be very helpful too!
I've tried to keep it fairly unplanned as the other half is worried about "over-planning" and I wanted to keep it realistic enough to have enough time to enjoy things we see on the way and do christmas shopping;
Land at JFK at 1.35, taxi to the hotel to check in and freshen up
Grand Central station and holiday markets
Walk around Times Square at night, walk down 5th ave
Find somewhere for food
Empire state building at 8am (We have booked standard tickets so want to miss the queues)
Breakfast then Bryant Park holiday markets
Visit to dylans candy bar
Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Heights at night
Staten Island Ferry
Day is pretty much free for shopping and visiting flagship stores eg FAO Schwartz etc
Rockettes Christmas Spectacular evening performance
Central Park Ice skating
Natural history museum
Top of the rock and rockerfella christmas tree in the evening
Trip to the movies to watch Anchorman 2
Free for shopping and last minute revisits.