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The best things to do in NYC on Christmas Day

The best things to do in NYC on Christmas Day
Photograph: Jessica Lin

Christmas is in a minute, and while you’ve been busy getting all your affairs in order before spending some much-needed time with family and friends, you might have forgotten one major point on your check list: What to do on Christmas Day.

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Don’t fret, whether you’re looking to laugh, dance or do some super last-minute Christmas shopping, here are the best things to do in NYC on Christmas Day.

Last-minute shopping

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
You thought you had checked everyone off your list…until you discover your brother is bringing his girlfriend’s sister’s boyfriend to the Christmas party this year. But there’s good news for slackers—the Bryant Park holiday market is staying open on the 25th, so you can make a last-second stop for Christmas presents at one of the 128 local and pop-up vendors hawking everything from food and décor to accessories and art.

Laugh your face off

Hunan DeLighten Up: A Holiday Special
And if you’re still on a roll from your wild Eve, head to this holiday stand-up special, featuring the finest comedians who don’t have anywhere better to be on Christmas Day. Come out of your MSG hangover with hilarious sets by Justin Auslaender, Ariel Elias, Jon Schoss, Michelle Slonim and Ranaan Hershberg. 

Check out the World’s Largest Menorah

World’s Largest Menorah Lighting
Go big on the second night of Hanukkah as the 4,000-pound, 32-foot-tall gold-colored lamp at the southeast corner of Central Park is lit. Israeli artist Yaacov Agam designed the structure, which holds the Guinness World Record for its superlative size and requires a crane to illuminate its candles.

Join a cultural dance party 

Bollywood Disco
Tired of hearing the same old Christmas songs? Jam out to a unique mix of fast-moving Indian bhangra music, old-school disco, modern hip-hop and pop at this mash-up dance party, where you’re guaranteed to sweat like it’s still summertime. Count on stellar, high-energy beats from Jersey City’s DJ Sumie and international bhangra pioneer DJ Rekha.

Rage with the gays

Horizn SLAY: Special Holiday Edition
One of NYC’s steamiest monthly parties celebrates the season. While DJ Joe Pacheco spins pulsing jams into the not-so-silent night, you can dance, drink and admire the event's skimpy costumes. Happy holidays, indeed.

Listen to some jazz 

A Swingin' Birdland Christmas 
Three Birdland mainstays—the clarion-voiced Klea Blackhurst, the waggish host Jim Caruso and the velvety pianist-crooner Billy Stritch—get into the swing of the holiday season with a jazzy set of Christmas classics.



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