New York’s most epic Christmas rides

Written by By Sohail Ahmed, CNN New York

If you’re a true believer in the wisdom of crowds, you might find our quiz about Christmas driving a little tricky.

These days, Silicon Valley is at the forefront of a global race to bring driverless cars to the road, and it’s not hard to imagine how some of that speed might get a little out of hand.

In the real world, though, you’ll find greater caution and more tempered expectations, even on busy roads in New York City. Last year, one man was almost run over when a Tesla made an odd and dangerous gear shift into park. All the more reason to watch your step, maybe.

But we’re here to celebrate a whole host of rides that were top of the festive list for New Yorkers who spied something unique or simply went for a spontaneous jaunt.

Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite rides of the holidays (and not so much for the late-night edginess.)

1. Ice carvings…in the snow

We hear ice carvings can be quite pricey, which is why we’re all so excited when one appears to catch the eye of friends.

In New York City, Santa and Mrs. Claus were in prime form, thanks to a crowd-pleasing display of hundreds of huge snowmen.

Santa and Mrs. Claus in NYC: “It’s the scariest and biggest since I’ve been out here.” Credit: David Frei/Getty Images North America/Getty Images

2. Rudolph and the Great Train Robbery

“Great train robbery. Boom, boom. Boom. Boom. Boom. Boom. Boom,” exclaimed a man from left field as he stepped aboard the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree-lighting on November 30.

A crowd of excited onlookers had gathered for the moment and, before he’d finished explaining how he’d just escaped the ignominy of a bank robbery, the construction worker was singing a beautiful carol.

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This isn’t the first time you’ve heard music in the Village, and every year it seems to be a slightly different theme. “I think it’s because some people have, like, a command of Christmas carols … they won’t stop,” he said.

3. A street so crowded, people had to dance to keep warm

Sure, it was late on a cold December night. But still, people waved their hands in the air like new clothes and happily moved in circles as if they were at a dancing convention.

A people dance off on the streets of New York. Credit: Emilio Morenatti/AP/REX/Shutterstock

4. Bike-path surfing

A bike-path has to be something to reckon with when it comes to bicycle rides, but snow-clad grass has to be pretty tempting, too. One of New York’s better rides still managed to hold a crowd together.

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