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Christmas in New York

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

Photograph: Filip Wolak

It's the most wonderful time of the year—and by "it" we mean Christmas in New York. The city 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 shopping events and holiday gift ideas, Christmas movies to watch with the family and plenty of festive things to do, including (but not limited to) the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Christmas in New York

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Christmas dinner and brunch in New York

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Holiday gift ideas

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Festive pet costumes

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The best dog costumes for the holidays

Ugly sweaters and Santa hats aren’t just meant for people—your canine can be super-festive too!

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The best cat costumes for the holidays

From antlers to elf hats, there’s a festive outfit for even the Scroogiest kitty.

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Gift shops by neighborhood

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Williamsburg

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Soho

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West Village

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Christmas movies

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New York hotels to stay at this Christmas

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Classic hotels

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

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Budget hotels

Cheap digs that get extra points for style.

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Romantic hotels

Get a room—with sexy interiors and amenities.

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Small boutique hotels

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

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Hotel bars and hangouts

These local-approved hubs attract a party crowd.

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Hotel rooms with a view

Admire iconic NYC scenes without leaving your bed.

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Hotels with spas

Be pampered, preened and pummeled at these indulgent retreats.

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Hotel restaurants

Where to check in, then dine in.

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Christmas window displays in NYC (2015)

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Comments

5 comments
CUPS A
CUPS A

For NYC coffee lovers, remember to give the gift of CUPS! You don't have to leave your computer to battle shopping crowds, just go to https://cupsapp.com/gift


Plus, with a gift purchase you automatically get entered for a chance to win free unlimited coffee for a year!

HelenHighly K
HelenHighly K

Give gifts from your favorite classic Christmas movies that take place in New York! Miracle on 34th St., An Affair to Remember, and more. There is a way that only cinema can engrave on our hearts and make magic of mere objects. It’s more than just another gift; “It’s the stuff that dreams are made of.” Don't just DVD: This gift guide tells you where to get the goods to make your classic Christmas-movie memories come alive: http://wp.me/p6TF51-1h


Patricia S
Patricia S

I would love to out for my Birthday 12/7

Heather C
Heather C

@Cheryl M Check out free tours by foot's: Holiday Lights Tour. Be sure to book in advance.  www.freetoursbyfoot.com/new-york-tours/walking-tours/new-york-holiday-lights-tour/  

Cheryl M
Cheryl M

We are going to NYC for Christmas 2015. We are on a budget and its my daughters 18th birthday present. Any ideas, tips?