Sure there’s nothing like Fifth Avenue during the holiday season, what with Saks Fifth Avenue’s beautiful windows and light show, the Rockefeller Center Tree shining bright in the plaza, Louis Vuitton’s towering Christmas tree, but can you imagine how much more magical it would be without having to worry about all of the never-ending car traffic… well now you don’t have to wonder because it’s actually happening!
For the first time ever, Fifth Avenue will shut down all car traffic on select Sundays in December with a new initiative called Fifth Avenue For All, shared the NYC Department of Transportation. That’s right, this holiday season you’ll be able to roam freely up and down 11 blocks of Fifth Avenue to admire all of your favorite holiday decorations and traditions without even having to wait to cross the street. It will be the largest-ever holiday season-specific Open Streets in NYC to date!
“There’s a certain holiday magic that can only be found on Fifth Avenue, and year after year we welcome millions of local New Yorkers and tourists to come experience first-hand,” said Ed Hogan, Board Chair of Fifth Avenue Association. “We are excited to welcome our visitors this year with a fun and engaging way to appreciate all that the Avenue has to offer, with plenty of space to stroll and take photos, and to enjoy the live entertainment, world class restaurants, cultural institutions and our prime retailers who put on undoubtedly the best holiday window displays in the world.”
Car traffic will be closed off from 48th Street to 57th Street, encompassing even more holiday spectacles such as the stunning Lotte Palace, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Tiffany & Co. The avenue will be car-free and for pedestrians only from 12pm-6pm on December 4, 11, & 18.
Tons of food vendors and musicians will take to the streets to further the fun. Plus, you’ll be only a few blocks over from Bryant Park so once you’re done you can continue celebrating the season at the annual Winter Village.
There will be an opening ceremony on December 4 at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 50th Street beginning at noon. The opening ceremony will feature special performances by Brooklyn United Drum Line, Brooklyn High School of the Arts Chorus and Manhattan Samba.
Learn more on their website here.