Christmas in New York

Our guide to the best Christmas movies and gift ideas, plus festive activities like Bryant Park ice skating and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular

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It's the most wonderful time of the year—and by "it" we mean Christmas. New York lights up into a winter wonderland each year with Christmas trees, holiday window displays and Christmas lights. Even the most tourist-averse New Yorkers have to admit that it's a pretty spectacular sight. Get the most out of the holidays with our guide to the best holiday sales and holiday gift ideas, Christmas movies to watch with the family and plenty of festive things to do including Bryant Park ice skating, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and more.

Things to do in New York at Christmas

Ice skating in NYC

When the temperature drops, it's time to strap on the blades and hit the slick stuff.

Holiday markets

These seasonal marts are great for filling gift-list gaps—and for kindling a little holiday spirit in our hardened Gothamite hearts.

Holiday windows in NYC

These iconic department-store window displays add some eye candy to your holiday shopping spree.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Celebrate the Christmas season with precision dancing and high kicks.




Christmas dinner in New York

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner

Give yourself a present this holiday—let the pros do the yuletide cooking for you with a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner at NYC restaurants.

The best pies for the holidays

Whether you’re craving pecan, pumpkin or apple varieties—or something altogether different—we’ve got you covered for dessert.

See more places to have Christmas dinner in New York

New York hotels to stay at this Christmas

Classic hotels

If these walls could talk, you’d never get to sleep.

Budget hotels

Cheap digs that get extra points for style.

Romantic hotels

Get a room—with sexy interiors and amenities.

Small boutique hotels

These intimate properties evoke the feel of staying with stylish friends.

Hotel bars and hangouts

These local-approved hubs attract a party crowd.

Hotel rooms with a view

Admire iconic NYC scenes without leaving your bed.

Hotels with spas

Be pampered, preened and pummeled at these indulgent retreats.

Hotel restaurants

Where to check in, then dine in.

See the complete New York hotel guide and book a room now


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