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The Best Things To Do In NYC At Christmas

The Rockettes at Radio City 

I am not a big musical fan, however, there is something about my Rockettes experience I will never forget. Since 1932, they have performed at Radio City Music Hall during the Christmas season and present five shows a day, seven days a week. Their magical Chirtsmas performance embodies New York-themed music, precision dancing with vibrant, seasonal costumes.

Tickets aren’t cheap (anywhere from $60 – $200 and above) but it’s a one-off NYC experience that will give you all the Christmas feels. Book yours or learn more here. 

Ice Skating in Bryant Park 

Bryant Park is one of my favorite landmarks of the city and I don’t say that often! This year, Bank of America has sponsored the ice-skating rink and you can enjoy it for $20. The rink opens from 8am to 10pm from October to the beginning of March (yes, that’s how long the winters in New York last)

Surrounding it, there are tons of miniature pop-up stores just for the holidays. You can enjoy a warm hot chocolate while browsing through the park. Many also enjoy people watching or people falling over on the ice-skating rink!

The Rockefeller Tree

If you’ve seen Home Alone 2, you’ll understand the appreciation for The Rockefeller Tree! It is placed annually in Rockefeller Center, in Midtown Manhattan. The tree is erected in mid-November and lit in a public ceremony in late November or early December.

It’s a busy area during the holidays and is surrounded by tourist stores too so be prepared to snap a quick picture and be on your way – yikes!

The Dyker Heights Christmas Lights 

Dyker Heights is a residential neighborhood in Brooklyn that at Christmas, the whole neighborhood comes together to continue the neighborhood tradition which started out in 1986. There is an unspoken competition among the homeowners in the neighborhood and some are known to spend up to $20,000!

You can walk it if it’s not too cold. Click here for more information on walking tours.

Christmas Shopping

What is NYC without shopping? Explore Macy’s, Lord & TaylorSaks Fifth AvenueBloomingdales and Bergdorf Goodman…well maybe just their famous Christmas window’s unless you are flush with cash!

If you’re visiting NYC around Thanksgiving, the sales are phenomenal. Have a peek online to know what to expect. Outside of the city, Woodbury Common’s is by far the best outlet shopping center I’ve ever been in.

Union Square Holiday Market 

If you’re looking for something different, or a little holiday gift, the Union Square Holiday Market offers unique gifts created by local craftsmen and artists. Check here for the opening hours.

BRB, going to dance around in the snow for the next 3 months. 

1 thought on “The Best Things To Do In NYC At Christmas

  1. Hi Stephanie,
    I am traveling to New York with my son for New Year’s. Have you any recommendations on the best way to ring in the New Year?. I’ve read differing takes on Times Square with most saying you’ll be queing from mid day to see anything there.
    Thanks in advance for your help.

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