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15 Things to Do in New York City During Christmas Time

Every season in New York City has its unique flair.  But Christmas is definitely the most exhilarating.  The crisp chill in the air.  The sparkling lights and holiday decor. If you’ve never been, you must visit NYC just once during this time of year.  The things on this list are my favorites–especially the store windows, decor and markets.


1.  Department store windows–The major department stores have different displays every year and it’s always fun to see.  Check out Macy’s, Saks, Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor, Barney’s, Bergdorf Goodman


2. Rockefeller Center tree and skating

skating rink

Bryant Park skating rink

3.  Bryant Park Christmas market and skating rink

4.  Union Square Christmas market

5.  Columbus Circle Christmas market

6.  Rockettes Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall


7.  Neapolitan creche at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

8.  Holiday train show at the New York Botanical Garden

9.  Empire State Building lights–LED light show


10.  Strolling through Midtown to see the decorations like the Cartier building dressed as a package and the tree at the New York Palace hotel


11.  Origami tree at the American Museum of Natural History

12. Dinner at the much-decorated Rolf’s German restaurant


13.  Holiday decorations in the Dyker Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn

Olson Manor

Olson Manor

14.  Gingerbread Extravaganza at Le Parker Meridien

15.  Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science


Holiday Windows

There is no time in New York City like the holidays.  The lights, the colors, the refreshing chill in the air.  It’s fun to check out all the Midtown magic like the tree at Rockefeller Center;


the holiday markets at Columbus Circle, Union Square and Bryant Park and the department store windows.  I really enjoyed the windows this year, as a lot of them were more traditional Christmas themes.  My favorites were Lord and Taylor’s, Saks and Bloomingdale’s.   

1.  Lord and Taylor’s–these were adorable traditional Christmas scenes, including a lebkuchen maker.   This was the only food-related window.

2. Saks–children in winter scenes.

3. Bloomingdale’s–Cirque du Soleil.

4. Bergdorf Goodman–1920’s.

5. Macy’s–magic of Christmas.