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5 of the Best Christmas things to do in NYC


According to timeout.com, these are the things that you can do in NYC during Christmas.

Embrace the merriest time of year and start checking these Christmas things to do in NYC off your wish list. The city boasts stalwarts like the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, not to mention festive concerts in NYC, sweet screenings and the best holiday markets NYC has to offer. Not matter how you feel during NYC’s most wonderful season (like a grinch, a cheery elf or someone in between), we’ve got you covered.

  1. The Rockefeller Christmas Tree

The Rockefeller Christmas Tree (NYC’s pride and joy) is a beaming and brilliant symbol of the holiday season. Tourists and even native New Yorkers sure do love this Norway spruce. The trees change, but the annual sense of wonder remains the same. A chance to see the tree light up for the first time this year is well worth fighting the crowds. Read more about the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting including this year’s set of performers during the ceremony.

2. Christmas Walking Tour

Take in some of the city’s most beautiful holiday decorations on this one-hour trek. After scoping out the tree at Rockefeller Center, you’ll make your way toward iconic Radio City Music Hall and other sights.

3. Dyker Heights Holiday Lights

Dyker Heights residents take the holidays very seriously: The houses in this nabe are decked out with thousands of lights, life-size toy soldiers, inflatable Santas and more. Take in all the best displays on this 3.5-hour bus tour.

4. Bryant Park Winter Village

Out of all the things to do in the fall in NYC, no other event or holiday market receives as much hype as the Bryant Park Winter Village. Why? Because once the 17,000-square-foot ice-skating rink and more than 170 shopping kiosks and food vendors open for business, this means that Christmas in New York has officially arrived.

5. Central Park Holiday Lighting

It just wouldn’t be the holidays if the city weren’t using up enough electricity in a month to power a small country for a decade. For more than 20 years, the Central Park Conservancy has been draping the Charles A. Dana Center in holiday lights and ringing in the season alongside a hot-cocoa-bearing Santa. Families can listen or open a songbook to join in with the Mistletones for some holiday carols. Ice carvers from Okamoto Studios will be carving a nutcracker and a polar bear on site and everyone can watch while they much on some cookies and cocoa.

Enjoy this 360-degree video about a NY’s Christmas: