Gawking at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
Address: 30 Rockefeller Plaza
Yes, it's just a large, well-lit Christmas tree. But just like how picking out the tree and decorating it as a child was a sign of the holidays, this 80-foot spruce ushers in the season for the entire city. It's a tradition, and something about seeing people skating in the rink below, surrounded by toy soldiers and 30,000 lights lit up all at once just melts some of the ice off our jaded, metropolitan hearts.