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Love is all around! Romantic things to do this holiday season in New York City for couples

The Hallmark Channel is synonymous with Christmas movies. 

From the last weekend in October until January 1 the popular cable network runs a seasonal block called Countdown To Christmas. 

This year, instead of watching a gift-wrapped romance on the small screen, why not create your own rom-com IRL? 

From the last weekend in October until January 1 the popular cable network runs a seasonal block called Countdown To Christmas

What better city to explore this time of year than New York? The Big Apple has all the elements for a great love story

What better city to explore this time of year than New York? The Big Apple has all the elements for a great love story

Where to stay 

What city is more magical this time of year than New York? The Big Apple has all the elements for a great love story. 

Like a scene out of “Serendipity,” The Benjamin Hotel – a landmark hotel in Midtown East – is offering an exclusive Central Park experience with ice-skating passes for two at the celebrated Wollman Rink and a carriage ride.

Upgrade the Wollman Rink VIP experience and you and your partner can have the entire rink to yourself for 30 minutes after it closes to the public.

Or, opt for the Early Morning Holiday Skate (with only 100 guests) before the rink opens to the public at 10:00am.

Not a skater?

Sit back, relax and enjoy a complementary bottle of champagne on a private 60-minute horse & carriage ride through Central Park, taking in the iconic sights and sounds of the 843-acre gem.

Like a scene out of "Serendipity," The Benjamin Hotel is offering an exclusive Central Park experience with ice-skating passes for two at the celebrated Wollman Rink.

Like a scene out of “Serendipity,” The Benjamin Hotel is offering an exclusive Central Park experience with ice-skating passes for two at the celebrated Wollman Rink.

Not a skater? Sit back, relax and enjoy a complementary bottle of champagne on a private 60-minute horse & carriage ride through Central Park, taking in the iconic sights and sounds of the 843-acre gem

Not a skater? Sit back, relax and enjoy a complementary bottle of champagne on a private 60-minute horse & carriage ride through Central Park, taking in the iconic sights and sounds of the 843-acre gem

The Benjamin Hotel is a landmark luxury hotel located in Manhattan's Midtown East. For reservations on this exclusive package, contact Nicole.George@denihan.com

The Benjamin Hotel is a landmark luxury hotel located in Manhattan’s Midtown East. For reservations on this exclusive package, contact Nicole.George@denihan.com

Where to go  

Afraid of real horses? Walk across the iconic Brooklyn Bridge overlooking Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Statue of Liberty, and take a ride on Jane’s carousel located in Brooklyn Bridge Park. 

Built in 1922 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, the 48-horse carousel was restored and donated to the park by Jane and David Walentas. 

It’s housed in a clear glass pavilion, designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Jean Nouvel. 

After working up an appetite reliving a scene from the holiday classic “A Christmas Carousel”, take a stroll over to Cecconi’s Dumbo, a modern-day classic Italian restaurant with waterfront views of the Manhattan Skyline. 

Take a ride on Jane's carousel located in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Built in 1922 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, the 48-horse antique carousel was restored and donated to the park by Jane and David Walentas

Take a ride on Jane’s carousel located in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Built in 1922 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, the 48-horse antique carousel was restored and donated to the park by Jane and David Walentas 

When in Dumbo, check out Cecconi', a modern-day classic Italian restaurant

When in Dumbo, check out Cecconi’, a modern-day classic Italian restaurant

Dumbo has beautiful waterfront views of the Manhattan Skyline

What to do 

Meet your match high in the sky, à la Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan’s characters in “Sleepless in Seattle” at New York’s newest observatory.

The Summit at One Vanderbilt opened in late October and is a staggering 1400 feet high, the second-highest outdoor deck in all of NYC.

There, you will have a jaw-dropping view of the nearby Empire State Building, the East River and even Central Park, at any time of day or night.   

One Vanderbilt The Summit is located very close to Bryant Park and Grand Central Station, one of the most beautiful train stations in the world. 

The Summit at One Vanderbilt opened in late October and is a staggering 1400 feet high, the second-highest outdoor deck in all of NYC

The Summit at One Vanderbilt opened in late October and is a staggering 1400 feet high, the second-highest outdoor deck in all of NYC

While exploring New York, visit one of the many holiday markets throughout the city, the most popular being at Columbus Circle (59th Street and CPW), Bryant Bark (42nd St. and 6th Avenue) and Union Square (14th Street and 4th Avenue)

While exploring New York, visit one of the many holiday markets throughout the city, the most popular being at Columbus Circle (59th Street and CPW), Bryant Bark (42nd St. and 6th Avenue) and Union Square (14th Street and 4th Avenue)

Browse the winding aisles of kiosks while soaking up the splendor of winter in New York City with your honey.

The Holiday Shops are housed in custom-designed, “jewel box” kiosks.

The European-inspired open-air markets are curated by Urbanspace, they feature artisans from around the world selling local crafts, artisan provisions, jewelry, exquisite gifts and delicious foods

Browse the winding aisles of kiosks and buy something for your boo while soaking up the splendor of winter in New York City

Browse the winding aisles of kiosks and buy something for your boo while soaking up the splendor of winter in New York City

When thinking she only had a short time to live, Queen Latifah’s character in the Christmas classic “Last Holiday” was determined to live her best life at all costs.

While exploring New York, visit one of the many holiday markets throughout the city, the most popular being at Columbus Circle (59th Street and CPW), Bryant Bark (42nd St. and 6th Avenue) and Union Square (14th Street and 4th Avenue).

The European-inspired open-air markets are curated by Urbanspace, they feature artisans from around the world selling local crafts, artisan provisions, jewelry, exquisite gifts and delicious foods. 

Browse the winding aisles of kiosks and buy something real nice for your boo while soaking up the splendor of winter in New York City.       

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