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Christmas in New York

Our guide to Christmas in New York, 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 for the season, the best New York attractions turn into illuminated winter wonderlands, decked out with Christmas trees, holiday windows and Christmas lights. Even the most tourist-averse New Yorkers have to admit it's a pretty spectacular sight. Get the most out of the merriest season with our guide to finding holiday markets 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.

Watch a video of the Bryant Park Winter Village

Christmas in New York

The Bryant Park Winter Village guide
Things to do

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 Rockefeller Christmas Tree guide
Things to do

The Rockefeller Christmas Tree guide

Don’t be a Grinch. Stop by the Rock this winter and marvel at the Rockefeller Christmas Tree in NYC.

The Dyker Heights Christmas Lights 2017 guide
Things to do

The Dyker Heights Christmas Lights 2017 guide

The folks behind the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights 2017 display bring enough yuletide joy to cheer up any Scrooge  

Rockefeller Center Tree lighting guide 2017
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Rockefeller Center Tree lighting guide 2017

Don’t miss your chance to see the Rockefeller Center tree lighting ceremony—this year’s show will be magical

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

Where to see Christmas lights in NYC
Things to do

Where to see Christmas lights in NYC

Get your camera ready for some seriously spectacular Christmas lights—NYC is coated with twinkling displays

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 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

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

The best LGBTQ Christmas events in NYC
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The best LGBTQ Christmas events in NYC

Get down at shows, performances and parties by your favorite LGBTQ performers this Christmas and Hanukkah

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

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Christmas dinner and brunch in New York

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

The best pies in NYC
Restaurants

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 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree arrives this weekend
News

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree arrives this weekend

See photos of Lord & Taylor’s stunning holiday window displays
News

See photos of Lord & Taylor’s stunning holiday window displays

Here are the unveiling dates for the best holiday window displays in NYC
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Here are the unveiling dates for the best holiday window displays in NYC

A spectacular holiday market opens at Grand Central Terminal next week
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A spectacular holiday market opens at Grand Central Terminal next week

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Holiday gift ideas

The best NYC gifts for the holidays
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The best NYC gifts for the holidays

Last-minute Christmas gifts that are actually good
Shopping

Last-minute Christmas gifts that are actually good

Coolest tech gifts for the holidays
Shopping

Coolest tech gifts for the holidays

DIY Christmas gifts you can make in NYC classes
Shopping

DIY Christmas gifts you can make in NYC classes

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
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Williamsburg

Soho
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Soho

West Village
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West Village

East Village
Shopping

East Village

See more gift shops in NYC

Christmas movies

The 50 best Christmas movies of all time
Movies

The 50 best Christmas movies of all time

NYC’s top 10 Christmas movie moments
Movies

NYC’s top 10 Christmas movie moments

New York hotels to stay at this Christmas

11 Airbnbs with fireplaces in NYC
Hotels

11 Airbnbs with fireplaces in NYC

NYC hotels with the best free stuff
Hotels

NYC hotels with the best free stuff

The most outrageous hotel requests in NYC
Hotels

The most outrageous hotel requests in NYC

The best date hotels in NYC
Hotels

The best date hotels in NYC

The best budget hotels in NYC
Hotels

The best budget hotels in NYC

NYC hotels with the weirdest perks
Hotels

NYC hotels with the weirdest perks

The most over-the-top hotels in NYC
Hotels

The most over-the-top hotels in NYC

Cheap New York City hotels that are actually good
Hotels

Cheap New York City hotels that are actually good

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Archive Christmas in New York content

Everything you need to know about New York’s largest holiday festival
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Everything you need to know about New York’s largest holiday festival

Awesome Christmas party ideas, with everything from themes to decorations
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Awesome Christmas party ideas, with everything from themes to decorations

The most horrifying Christmas gifts of 2015
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The most horrifying Christmas gifts of 2015

Five movies to see with your family over the holidays
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Five movies to see with your family over the holidays

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Comments

8 comments
Juliette S

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

Adam L

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

CUPS A

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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

I would love to out for my Birthday 12/7

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

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