Christmas in New York is something everyone should experience at least once in their lives.
If you’re visiting for the first time, it’s important to check out the holiday hotspots – Rockefeller Center, the Rockettes, Central Park, and so much more. After you’ve done that, see the sights on our list to complete the perfect New York holiday experience! We’ve selected places that are fun for the whole family, a date, tourists or New Yorkers that love seeing what’s new this year. No matter what you do in New York for the holidays, there’s never a dull moment!
Holiday Window Displays
Whether you’re visiting New York or live here, shopping is a huge part of the city’s cosmopolitan culture. All of your favorite name brands and stores all across the city provide not only great shopping experiences, but incredible holiday displays. To name a few of our personal favorites – Tiffany & Co, Lord & Taylor, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Most holiday window displays are unveiled in the beginning of November, so there’s plenty of time to experience them!
Bryant Park’s Winter Village
From late October to early March, Bryant Park is a prime spot to go ice skating in New York City. With holiday music on a loop and a gigantic Christmas tree, it’s hard to not feel jolly skating around the rink! But don’t worry – there’s more than just skating. The Winter Village – full of Holiday Shops like jewelry and clothes to home goods, artisanal foods, and so much more – is perfect for adults, kids and more.
Dyker Height’s Christmas Light Displays
Step outside of Manhattan and into Brooklyn to see the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Displays. The residents of Dyker Heights, Brooklyn strive each year to top the previous ones. The homeowners are so devoted to these displays that some spend $20,000 on these massive, professionally-crafted decorations! The best lights are from 11th to 13th Avenue and from 83rd to 86th Street, so bring your walking shoes and bundle up (and, if you typically spend winters on beaches, be snow ready)!