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

The best events in NYC this Christmas

From traditional tree-lighting ceremonies to seasonal comedy shows, find the best yuletide events this holiday season

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 window displays

Take a breather from all the holiday shopping madness and enjoy these photos of our favorite window displays

Where to find the best holiday windows

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

10 best holiday comedy shows in NYC

NYC comedy clubs are all putting on some festive shows—here’s our pick of the funniest, weirdest and silliest

Gay Christmas events in New York

Gay parties, concerts, performances and other events will help you have a festive, queer holiday season

Holiday volunteer and giving opportunities

Tis the season—to give back! Check out these opportunities to help out causes you care about

See more things to do in New York this Christmas

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


Festive pet costumes

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!

The best cat costumes for the holidays

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



Christmas movies

The 50 best Christmas movies

We count down our all-time favorite Christmas films, from silly Santas to shoot-outs in the snow

NYC’s top 10 Christmas movie moments

Get into the spirit of the season by watching these naughty and nice Christmas movie scenes


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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