There is no place in the world like New York City during the holidays. Christmas in New York City means fun filled holiday markets, beautiful light displays and lovely Christmas trees. It means gliding under the glowing sky, gazing at the magnificent window display on Fifth Avenue with millions of people from all over the world.

Read the full list of things you can do in New York City for the holidays.

After all, you are in the city that never sleeps!!

Where to shop: Union Square Holiday Market

“The Union Square Holiday Market” by shinya is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Whenever you plan on getting gifts, food, clothes or jewelries your first stop should be the union square holiday market. This is a great place to find unique handmade gifts for everyone on your list.

Famous worldwide, Union Square Holiday Market is the perfect place for your holiday shopping. A large selection of artisans and artists create unique gifts that will catch your eye. In addition, things are high quality and expensive. Remember, the market opens every year from mid-November to Christmas, Union Square Holiday Market

Ice Skate in Central Park

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There is nothing more romantic than walking around Central Park over the holidays. this cold oasis in the heart of Central Park is one of the city’s most beloved and winter hotspots. A beautiful place to skate under the sky with your special someone as you enter the gorgeous sky view framing the rink! The Wollman Rink in Central Park is an ideal place to interact with tourists and locals alike. Opened in 1949, the rink offers ice hockey, skating school, party facilities, and skate rentals.


While in Brooklyn, make your way to Dyker Heights to see the display of Christmas lights. No December trip to NYC will end without a trip to Dyker Heights, a place near Christmassy neighbourhood.

Homes in this part of New York are immersed in a festive atmosphere of extravagant, colorful displays, as each house is adorned with ornate Christmas lights and decorations. Expect toy soldiers, big inflatable Santa’s, and fun holiday songs that complement the beautiful scenery.

Most popular, there is a tour offered to see the shows from 11th Avenue to Dyker Heights Blvd (aka 13th Avenues) from 83 to 86th St in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn.



The main reason for the visit: The Rockefeller Christmas Tree is a very special view of NYC Christmas, a tradition that dates back more than 75 years. It is a NYC Christmas party exhibition. The crowds are much  less at mornings or evenings and you can see the lights displayed on the tree overlooking at the famous skating rink.

Check out the Botanical Garden Holiday Train show

Botanical Gardens Holiday Train Show” by Gail Frederick is licensed under CC BY 2.0

A popular Christmas tradition for the whole family, the New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show features more than a dozen toy trains passing through the city’s magnificent buildings. The Holiday Train show showcases more than 150 landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and the grand cetre city terminal made from plant materials such as bark and leaves.

There are many things that will keep you busy in the gardens during the holidays including games, acapella groups, concerts and poetry reading.

The exhibition runs from November 23 to January 26 at the New York Botanical Garden, located in the Bronx.

The Nutcracker

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 Ann Arbor Dance Classics Nutcracker Rehearsal 2016 (Milan High School, Michigan)” by cseeman is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Seeing the Nutcracker is a common holiday experience for New Yorkers, young and old, and there are many varieties of it playing in the city throughout the season. The Nutcracker is performed  by New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center.

A fascinating two-hour exhibition featuring glamorous dance, elaborate costumes, and spectacular show effects – all wrapped up in Tschaikovsky’s catchy music and widely regarded as one of NYC’s leading Christmas festivities.

Feel the Holiday Spirit at the Bank of America Winter Village in Bryant Park

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“Summertime lunch at Bryant Park, Aug 2009 – 37” by Ed Yourdon is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

This winter park in Bryant Park is a one-stop holiday destination. One of the most sought-after Christmas addresses in New York, Bank of America Winter Village in Bryant Park is full of merrymaking all day long. From skiing to occasional shopping and grocery shopping, there is nothing you cannot do in this amazing winter land in Midtown Manhattan. The holiday market is full of food and art stores that keep guests entertained and happy, while carol singing and a large Christmas tree add to the atmosphere of excitement.

5th Avenue Showing Window

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“Bergdorf-Goodman 2014 Holiday Show Windows” by gigi_nyc is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Perhaps the most magical part about Fifth Avenue famous for its holiday is its beautiful window displays,

Every year, Manhattan’s supermarkets set up a large exhibition to display their artfully designed windows, which usually remain on display until January 1.

Each storefront is beautifully decorated with beautiful lights and flowers, and has its own unique theme. Some of them feature funny winter scenes, others tell good stories, but all look like real art installations, attracting visitors from far and wide.

With glittering icons, beautiful characters, and high fashion in every step. Take walk the 5th street, from the 34th street to the 58th lane, to see the front of the store adorned with holiday decorations.

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