Christmas in New York: The best of NYC this holiday season

Celebrate Christmas in New York in festive style this holiday season with ice-skating, holiday events, window displays, Christmas shows and shopping.


It's the most wonderful time of the year—and by "it" we mean Christmas in New York. Even the most tourist-averse New Yorkers have to admit that NYC at Christmas is a pretty spectacular sight, with Christmas trees, department-store window displays and other holiday attractions popping up around the city. Plan your holiday season with our guide to Christmas in NYC: You'll find information on the best holiday events (including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular), the most festive things to do, and the best holiday markets in New York City.

Christmas shows in NYC

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Radio City Music Hall 1260 Sixth Ave, at 50th St
  2. Until Mon Dec 30
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A Christmas Story, The Musical

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  1. Lunt-Fontanne Theatre 205 W 46th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Until Sun Dec 29
More info

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center) 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 63rd St
  2. Thu Dec 12 - Sat Jan 4
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American Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. BAM Howard Gilman Opera House 30 Lafayette Ave, between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St
  2. Until Sun Dec 22
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Ice skating in NYC

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. The Rink at Rockefeller Center 30 Rockefeller Plaza, between 49th and 50th Sts
  2. Tue Apr 1
More info

Trump Wollman Rink

  • Critics choice
  1. Trump Wollman Rink Central Park, enter at W 59th St at Sixth Ave, 10065
  2. Until Sat Mar 30
More info
  1. Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Sixth Ave, between 40th and 42nd Sts
  2. Mon Mar 3
More info
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Holiday markets and craft fairs

The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park Bryant Park, 42nd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
  2. Until Sun Jan 5
More info

Union Square Holiday Market

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Union Square Holiday Market 14th St to 17th St, between Broadway and Park Ave South
  2. Until Tue Dec 24
More info
  1. Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall 42nd St, between Vanderbilt and Lexington Aves
  2. Until Tue Dec 24
More info
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Christmas dinner in New York

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner at NYC restaurants

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.

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Holiday window displays in New York

  1. Barneys New York 660 Madison Ave, at 61st St
  2. Fri Dec 13 - Wed Jan 1
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  1. Henri Bendel 712 Fifth Ave, at 56th St
  2. Fri Dec 13 - Thu Jan 2
More info
  1. Lord & Taylor 424 Fifth Ave, between 38th and 39th Sts
  2. Fri Dec 13 - Sun Dec 29
More info
  1. Macy's Herald Square 151 W 34th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Fri Dec 13 - Thu Jan 2
More info
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New York hotels to stay at this Christmas

Best classic hotels in NYC

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

Best budget hotels and hostels in NYC

Cheap digs that get extra points for style.

Best New York hotels: The hottest bars and hangouts

These local-approved hubs attract a party crowd.

Best New York hotel rooms with a view

Admire iconic NYC scenes without leaving your bed.

Romantic hotels in NYC

Get a room—with sexy interiors and amenities.

Best design hotels in NYC

Statement style for every taste, from mixed-up vintage to fairy-tale fantasy.

Best hotels with spas in NYC

Be pampered, preened and pummeled at these indulgent retreats.

Best hotel restaurants in NYC

Where to check in, then dine in.

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


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