How to Spend Christmas in New York City | 8 Festive Ways

It is the most wonderful time of the year, and what makes it more wonderful is spending Christmas in New York City! Below are my ideas on how to spend Christmas in New York with family, friends, or your significant other! Hope you enjoy this festive list!

8 Festive Ways to Spend Christmas in New York City

1. Shop the Unique Christmas Markets

I love giving gifts to my family and friends, and I find that the Christmas Markets in New York City have such unique finds! I frequently shopped the Market in Union Square, but there is another market in Bryant Park that may be a little bigger. The majority of vendors are small business that pride themselves with handmade or local goods. You can find all sorts of items to buy including: jewelry, spices & teas, specialty foods, and handcrafted goods. I purchased a few gifts at the Union Square Market this year and I feel so good supporting small and local businesses.

Union Square Christmas Market Union Square Christmas Market

2. Check out the Festive Window Displays

5th Avenue will definitely have you covered for this one! Each store is decked out the best Christmas displays! Stores are covered in lights and decor while each window tells a story! Saks Fifth Avenue is a classic store to see during the Holiday Season. This store has its very own light show programmed with music!

Also, Macy’s in Herald Square also has beautiful Christmas displays that are worth checking out!

This display I found in Union Square was in front of Lillie’s Victorian Restaurant. I love the life sized Nutcrackers!

Lillie's Victorian Christmas Window Displa

3. Visit the Iconic Christmas Tree

Of course no trip Christmas in New York trip would be complete without visiting the tree at Rockefeller Center! Each year a huge tree is placed in Rockefeller Center and is light during a annual Christmas tree lighting with performances by major artists.

The Rockefeller Tree is stunning; however, I prefer the smaller tree in the center of the Lotte New York Palace Hotel. This tree is beautifully decorated and is a perfect backdrop for a beautiful Christmas in New York photo! And if your a Gossip Girl fan you will recognize this courtyard immediately!
Lotte New York Palace Christmas Tree

Lotte New York Palace Christmas Tree

4. Ice Skate in Rockefeller Center

Want a memorable Christmas in New York moment? Rent ice skates and skate in the center of Rockefeller Center. The ice skating rink is open until April so there is plenty of time to buy tickets. You can purchase tickets at the rink, but there may be a line. Just note high season is December 15- January 1 so expect higher prices.

5. See The Rockettes Perform

A must do is see the Rockettes perform The Christmas Spectacular at New York’s iconic Radio City Music Hall. Nothing will put in more in the Christmas Spirit than this show! There is something magical about the Rockettes, from the music and costumes. This show never gets old, I try to see it every year!

Radio City Music Hall

6. Smell the Fresh Pine on Every Corner

Wether your visiting or living in New York, you’ll be grateful for the fresh pine trees on every corner. The fresh aroma will immediately lift your spirits! If you do live in New York, you can enjoy picking out your very own Christmas Tree! I personally have no room for a tree in my apartment, but I enjoyed browsing :D.

7. Warm up with Hot Chocolate

Nothing is more decadent than the Hot Chocolate from City Bakery! After shopping outside at the Christmas Market in Union Square, you’ll need to be sure to warm up with something! City Bakery is located nearby Union Square and offers different lunch options as well as the famous hot chocolate.

Hot Chocolate at City Bakery

8. Hope for a White Christmas

Nothing is more magical than snow on Christmas Day! In my perfect world it would snow slightly on Christmas morning blanketing the city in white bliss!


Hope you enjoyed these ways to enjoy Christmas in New York City! Let me know how you celebrate Christmas in the comments below. Pin this to your Christmas Boards!



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