Christmas in New York

Have a happy holiday using our Christmas in New York guide to navigate the best and most festive attractions and shows

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
Photograph: ShutterstockRockefeller Center Christmas Tree

The most wonderful time of the year is upon us! Of course, we’re referring to Christmas in New York, a magical time when the best New York attractions transform into the most festive winter wonderlands. During the holiday season, you’ll spot Christmas lights and trees in every borough. You’ll also find pop-up holiday markets outside of subway stations which provide excellent gift ideas for your friends and family. Aside from the decor, make sure to keep an eye out for Christmas movie screenings and concerts in NYC, including other popular shows such as the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Our guide will help you plan and navigate the merriest time of year in New York leading up to New Year’s Eve. Looking for the greatest things to do in the city throughout all seasons? Check out the 101 very best things to do in NYC

Best selling Christmas events

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Nov 9 - Jan 2

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New York City Ballet: The Nutcracker

New York City Ballet: The Nutcracker

Nov 23 - Dec 30

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Dyker Heights Holiday Lights
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Dyker Heights Holiday Lights

Nov 25 - Jan 2

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

Dec 13 - Dec 30

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Christmas in New York

The best Christmas things to do in NYC
Things to do

The best Christmas things to do in NYC

Embrace the merriest time of year and start checking off our list of Christmas things to do in NYC. 

The Dyker Heights Christmas Lights 2018 guide
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The Dyker Heights Christmas Lights 2018 guide

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights 2018 display offers so much  razzle-dazzle that you may want to wear shades. 

Where to see Christmas lights in NYC
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Where to see Christmas lights in NYC

Around Thanksgiving in NYC, the city transforms into a magical wonderland with all the Christmas lights.

Rockefeller Center Tree lighting guide
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Rockefeller Center Tree lighting guide

Each Christmas, thousands of New Yorkers (and tourists) travel to the bright and brilliant nexus of town: the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. 

The Rockefeller Christmas Tree guide
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The Rockefeller Christmas Tree guide

The Rockefeller Christmas Tree (NYC’s pride and joy) is a beaming and brilliant symbol of the holiday season. 

The Bryant Park Winter Village guide
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The Bryant Park Winter Village guide

Everything you need to know about the Bryant Park Winter Village from admission-free ice-skating to shopping the vendors. 

The best Christmas shows in NYC to see
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The best Christmas shows in NYC to see

Here’s a handy guide to holiday stage fun: lots of Nutcrackers and details on the Radio City Christmas Spectacular

The best holiday markets NYC has to offer
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The best holiday markets NYC has to offer

At a holiday market, NYC offers the best decorations, food and winter activities to get you in the merriest of moods

The best pictures of Christmas in New York
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The best pictures of Christmas in New York

Lovers of snow, ice-skating and glitter, get ready to swoon over these festive pictures of Christmas in New York

The best holiday pop-ups in New York
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The best holiday pop-ups in New York

Quit being a gift-card-giving Scrooge! These holiday pop-ups actually make shopping for presents in real life fun.

The best things to do on Christmas Eve in NYC
Things to do

The best things to do on Christmas Eve in NYC

’Twas the night before Christmas and all through Gotham, New Yorkers were actually stirring. 

The best of what’s open on Christmas Day in NYC
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The best of what’s open on Christmas Day in NYC

Don’t stay in on December 25—New York City has plenty going on this Christmas Day, from dinners to theater.

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Holiday gift ideas

Holiday gift guide 2018
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Holiday gift guide 2018

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so spread good tidings by using our holiday gift guide 2018 to score amazing presents for your friends and family. We know how stressful holiday shopping can be. From the department stores and holiday markets overrun with crowds to the headache that is finding room in your budget to splurge on your loved ones, you may be feeling more “bah humbug!” than “ho ho ho” by the time the gift-giving season is through. Luckily for you, we’re here to help. Whether you're searching for affordable options or grand experiential gift ideas from some of the best New York attractions, just consider us your personal (shopping) elves. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Christmas in NYC

Save 50% off a meal for two with Time Out Restaurant Gift Boxes

Save 50% off a meal for two with Time Out Restaurant Gift Boxes

Give the foodie in your life a restaurant box and they'll get 50% off the bill top NYC eateries. 

Cheap Christmas gift ideas under $25 that are actually great
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Cheap Christmas gift ideas under $25 that are actually great

Ball on a budget this Christmas in New York with our cheap Christmas gift ideas under $25. 

Christmas gifts for her this holiday season
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Christmas gifts for her this holiday season

Doing a little holiday shopping for a special lady in your life? 

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Christmas dinner and brunch in New York

Where to eat Christmas dinner in NYC
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Where to eat Christmas dinner in NYC

The best places for Christmas brunch in NYC
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The best places for Christmas brunch in NYC

The best restaurants open on Christmas Day in NYC
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The best restaurants open on Christmas Day in NYC

The best pies in NYC
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The best pies in NYC

The best grocery stores open on Christmas Day
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The best grocery stores open on Christmas Day

News about Christmas in New York 2018

The Grand Central Holiday Fair has officially reopened in the terminal
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The Grand Central Holiday Fair has officially reopened in the terminal

Check out the world’s largest gingerbread village in Queens this weekend
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Check out the world’s largest gingerbread village in Queens this weekend

Bloomingdale’s is putting an ice skating rink in their basement for the holidays
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Bloomingdale’s is putting an ice skating rink in their basement for the holidays

The Union Square Holiday Market opens next week
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The Union Square Holiday Market opens next week

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Christmas movies

The 50 best Christmas movies of all time
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The 50 best Christmas movies of all time

NYC’s top 10 Christmas movie moments
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NYC’s top 10 Christmas movie moments

New York hotels to stay at this Christmas

11 Airbnbs with fireplaces in NYC
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11 Airbnbs with fireplaces in NYC

NYC hotels with the best free stuff
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NYC hotels with the best free stuff

The most outrageous hotel requests in NYC
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The most outrageous hotel requests in NYC

The best date hotels in NYC
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The best date hotels in NYC

The best budget hotels in NYC
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The best budget hotels in NYC

NYC hotels with the weirdest perks
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NYC hotels with the weirdest perks

The most over-the-top hotels in NYC
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The most over-the-top hotels in NYC

Cheap New York City hotels that are actually good
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Cheap New York City hotels that are actually good

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Archive Christmas in New York content

The best Christmas stores NYC has to offer
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The best Christmas stores NYC has to offer

The best places for Christmas shopping in NYC
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The best places for Christmas shopping in NYC

The best services for Christmas tree delivery in NYC
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The best services for Christmas tree delivery in NYC

Every Christmas tree store worth going to in New York
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Every Christmas tree store worth going to in New York

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