Ah, Christmas in the city – pretty much my absolute favorite time to be in New York. For starters, the lights. So many lights! I mean every street is practically sparkling. Then, of course there are all the craft markets that make you all warm and fuzzy. Let’s not forget about the food. Hot apple cider paired with a warm gingerbread cookie, anyone?
Now that we’re officially making strides in the December calendar, I wanted to go ahead and share my guide to Christmas in New York. With only a few weeks until the big day, there is just so much to see and explore, and hardly enough time to do it all. That said, I’ve narrowed down our favorite things that are worth squeezing in. If you happen to be in the city during this time, I hope this list can be of some assistance.
December truly is a wonderful time to embrace all the magic in New York. It’s this kind of energy that makes me fall in love with this big ole city over, and over again. Can’t it just be Christmas all year round!?
Ice Skate, ice skate, ice skate!
See the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, aka The Rockettes!
Check out all the wonderful Holiday Markets around the city. Perfect for unique gifts!
- Union Square (our absolute favorite!)
- Bryant Park (right next to the ice skating rink)
- Columbus Circle
- Grand Central (perfect for the extra cold days since this one is inside!)
Watch The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center.
Santacon! The bar-crawl takes place on December 12th. And even if this isn’t your cup of tea, it’s pretty funny seeing about a million santa-suits walk down the street!
Visit all the decorated trees throughout the city!
- Rockefeller Christmas Tree (the official lighting is on December 2nd, if you’re in the area!)
- The MET Museum Angel Tree
- Madison Square Park Christmas Tree
- Origami Holiday Tree at the Natural History Museum
Don’t forget about all the delicious holiday treats. Think warm hot chocolate from City Bakery. Not to mention all the fresh & homemade breads, cookies & donuts at the Union Square Holiday Market. Gingerbread, anyone?!
In case you’re into caroling, and in NYC on Christmas Eve, check out Washington Square Park. The caroling starts at 5pm inside the beautiful arch.