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Christmas in New York 2016

Our guide to Christmas in New York 2016, including great gift ideas, holiday markets and festive activities

Photograph: Filip Wolak

It's the most wonderful time of the year—and by "it" we mean Christmas in New York! Just a few weeks after all the Halloween events wrap up, the city and the best New York attractions turn into an illuminated winter wonderland, decked out with Christmas trees, holiday windows 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 merriest season with our guide to finding a holiday market in NYC as well as great gift ideas. We’re also including the best Christmas movies to watch with the family and plenty of festive things to do, including (but not limited to) the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

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Christmas in New York 2016

The best Christmas things to do in NYC
Things to do

The best Christmas things to do in NYC

From traditional tree-lighting ceremonies to seasonal shows, here are the best Christmas things to do in NYC

The best Christmas shows in NYC to see
Theater

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 of what’s open on Christmas Day in NYC
Things to do

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

Wondering what’s open on Christmas Day? Here are the top NYC restaurants, bars and stores to get you out of the house.

The best LGBT and gay Christmas events in NYC
LGBT

The best LGBT and gay Christmas events in NYC

At these LGBT and gay Christmas events, including concerts, shows and parties, get ready to make the yuletide gay

The best Christmas concerts in NYC
Music

The best Christmas concerts in NYC

If you’re looking to add some holiday pep to your step, check out our list of the best Christmas concerts this season

The best Christmas caroling opportunities in NYC
Things to do

The best Christmas caroling opportunities in NYC

Whether or not you can carry a tune, all are welcome to partake in these cheerful Christmas caroling opportunities

The best Christmas hotels in NYC
Hotels

The best Christmas hotels in NYC

Whether you’re booking an overnight stay or stopping to admire their lobbies, these are NYC’s best Christmas hotels

The best holiday pop-ups in New York
Shopping

The best holiday pop-ups in New York

Chin up, you gift-card-giving Scrooges—these holiday pop-ups actually make shopping for presents fun

The best pictures of Christmas in New York
Things to do

The best pictures of Christmas in New York

Lovers of snow, ice-skating and all things glittery, get ready to swoon over these super-festive pictures of Christmas

Christmas window displays in NYC
Things to do

Christmas window displays in NYC

Make holiday shopping extra festive by taking a peek at these cheery storefront Christmas window displays

Every Christmas party worth going to in NYC
Things to do

Every Christmas party worth going to in NYC

At a Christmas party in NYC, you'll be dancing, singing and raging all (holy) night. Here are the best fests.

The best Christmas stores NYC has to offer
Shopping

The best Christmas stores NYC has to offer

Looking for a Christmas store? NYC has just the place to bring you holiday cheer and ornaments for your tree.

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Christmas dinner and brunch in New York 2016

Where to eat Christmas dinner in NYC
Restaurants

Where to eat Christmas dinner in NYC

The best places for Christmas brunch in NYC
Restaurants

The best places for Christmas brunch in NYC

The best restaurants open on Christmas Day in NYC
Restaurants

The best restaurants open on Christmas Day in NYC

Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner in NYC
Restaurants

Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner in NYC

Where to get the best pies in NYC
Restaurants

Where to get the best pies in NYC

The best grocery stores open on Christmas Day
Shopping

The best grocery stores open on Christmas Day

News about Christmas in New York

The Grand Central Holiday Market is back
Blog

The Grand Central Holiday Market is back

Dates for the best tree lighting ceremonies in NYC
Blog

Dates for the best tree lighting ceremonies in NYC

Holiday markets with awesome live music, DJs and booze
Blog

Holiday markets with awesome live music, DJs and booze

Opening dates for every holiday market in NYC
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Opening dates for every holiday market in NYC

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Holiday gift ideas

Best last-minute Christmas gifts
Shopping

Best last-minute Christmas gifts

The best holiday gifts for 2016
Shopping

The best holiday gifts for 2016

The best gifts for music lovers
Music

The best gifts for music lovers

 

The most offensive funny Christmas sweaters you can wear (if you dare)
Shopping

The most offensive funny Christmas sweaters you can wear (if you dare)

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See the full holiday gift guide

Festive pet costumes

The best dog costumes for the holidays
Shopping

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
Shopping

The best cat costumes for the holidays

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

Gift shops by neighborhood

Williamsburg
Shopping

Williamsburg

Soho
Shopping

Soho

West Village
Shopping

West Village

East Village
Shopping

East Village

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Christmas movies

The 50 best Christmas movies
Movies

The 50 best Christmas movies

NYC’s top 10 Christmas movie moments
Movies

NYC’s top 10 Christmas movie moments

New York hotels to stay at this Christmas

The best cheap hotels in Brooklyn
Hotels

The best cheap hotels in Brooklyn

Consider one of the best cheap hotels in Brooklyn–because if you value a bargain, you won’t stay in Manhattan

The best cheap hotels in Manhattan
Hotels

The best cheap hotels in Manhattan

These cheap hotels in Manhattan are designed to keep your wallet full so you can explore the best of New York City

NYC hotels with the best free stuff
Hotels

NYC hotels with the best free stuff

New York may be expensive, but at these NYC hotels with the best free stuff you’re getting more bang for your buck

The best cheap hotels in NYC
Hotels

The best cheap hotels in NYC

Find cheap hotels in NYC, including stylish new hotels and hip hostels, with our guide to affordable lodging in the city

The best hotels in the West Village
Hotels

The best hotels in the West Village

Old New York beatnik meets modern day bourgeois when you stay at the best hotels in the West Village

The most outrageous hotel requests in NYC
Hotels

The most outrageous hotel requests in NYC

It’s a hotel concierge’s job to fulfill even the most outrageous hotel requests

The best date hotels in NYC
Hotels

The best date hotels in NYC

Make your next date World Series level when you score a room at one of New York City’s best date hotels

The best budget hotels in NYC
Hotels

The best budget hotels in NYC

On a budget? Hotels in NYC can come with daunting price tags, but these affordable gems are worth seeking out.

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Comments

7 comments
Juliette S
Juliette S

I always look forward to the holiday list- thanks a bunch! ⛄️🎄

Adam L
Adam L

Hi have you got an updated listing for christmas day lunch in new york ??

CUPS A
CUPS A

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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?