While we do our fair share of knocking tourist traps, there are a few things in New York City that are simply just a rite of passage.
Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. Visiting the Empire State Building (or the Top of the Rock, or the One World Observatory– you really only need one of those).
You've also got to spend at least one holiday season taking advantage of all the amazing festivities our city has to offer.
There's a reason NYC is a madhouse this time of the year, and that's because it's f*cking awesome.
We're happy to help you get started.
In partnership with our buds over at Headlines & Heroes, Brooklyn Based, The Lucky Peach, Oliver Cabell, and Bagatelle, we've put together what is basically the most ridiculously epic NYC Holiday Staycation Starter Pack for one lucky winner.
To begin, the winner will be getting 2 tickets to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular—because seeing The Rockettes is an NYC must, at least once.
You'll also receive 2 VIP tickets to ice skating at the Rockefeller Center (valued at $300, y'all). If you've ever been within a 5 block radius of the Rockefeller Center during Christmastime, you could understand how being a VIP seriously changes the game.
Enjoy a first-class experience that comes with a 90-minute session at a time and day of your choosing, and complimentary skate rentals.
Most importantly, you'll be granted exclusive access to VIP igloo, which allows you to skip right past the hellish lines, and enjoy a steaming cup of hot chocolate, Nespresso coffee, and an assortment of freshly baked cookies before your skate.
Finally, what's an NYC outing without experiencing some of this city's amazing cuisine? Our lucky winner will also score a dinner for two with wine pairings, valued at $200, at Bagatelle, one of the trendiest downtown restaurants– reservations requests are made a month in advance.
Bagatelle has played host for a number of celebrities, tastemakers, and globetrotters for good reason. In addition to a lively, chic dining experience, the restaurant's Chef's (Nicolas Frezal) unique concoctions are unmatched.
Indulge in "St. Tropez meets Paris" inspired cuisine, including fresh fish entrees, grilled Australian wagyu beef, and truffled roasted chicken.
You have three more days to snag this unbeatable experience for you and a friend– although if you make this a date, you're sure to win the holidays for all time.
What are you waiting for? Enter win this amazing NYC Holiday Staycation right now.[Feature Image Courtesy photoshelter.com]