The festive season is one of the best times to stay in New York City. Read our guide to find out where the most unmissable places and events are this Christmas in New York!
Browse the Christmas Markets
The city is teeming with small, artisanal markets at this time of year and you can find some wonderful products, whether you’re searching for a gift for someone special or a treat for yourself! Each year around the holiday season the Colombus Circle Christmas Market, located just behind the Union Square market, welcomes around 100 wooden stalls selling artisanal products and gastronomic specialties. The elegant Grand Central Holiday Fair is held in the railway station of the same name (where you can escape from the cold!) and offers a variety of impressive stands, from African crafts to Christmas decorations. Finally, if you’re seeking an original gift for a loved one, don’t miss the Brooklyn Flea Market Christmas special!
Gliding elegantly across a huge open-air ice rink, surrounded by skyscrapers and a crowd of other skaters, has to be one of the most classic Christmas activities in New York. The most legendary spots are found at the Rockefeller Center and in Central Park. Lesser-known among tourists, the rink in Bryant Park is a veritable winter wonderland; it is large, not too crowded, free and surrounded by charming cafés and restaurants where you can warm up after a good session on the ice.
See a Christmas show
Numerous Christmas shows, ballets and musical comedies come to town during the holiday season, unsurprising when you consider that New York is no stranger to cultivating culture. The musical comedy A Christmas Story met with success 30 years ago when it was released as a movie, but the stage version manages to be creative and engaging even for those familiar with the film. The fantastic Radio City Christmas Spectacular, led by the sensational Rockettes, is celebrating its 85th year on stage, and has incorporated some more contemporary touches into its performance.
Take a photo of a giant tree
You simply can’t leave New York without having taken your photo in front of a giant, extravagantly-decorated Christmas tree. The most emblematic is without doubt the one that stands outside the Rockefeller Center – so famous is it that the switching-on of the lights is broadcast live on television. If you want to see the original, however, head to the American Museum of Natural History, where you’ll find an enormous pine adorned with some 500 origami decorations.
New York is truly a city that provides you with plenty of possibilities to enjoy a magical Christmas holiday. Don’t miss the chance to re-read our articles on the origins of Christmas, why we decorate Christmas trees or the recipe for the perfect eggnog to really get into the festive spirit!