A New York City Christmas is magical! The 5th Ave shops glimmer with decorations and the store windows come alive. Christmas markets, pop up bars and ice skating rinks emerge throughout the city. Christmas trees occupy street corners and pine fills the air. Even the Empire State Building gets into the holiday spirit with green and red lights. Grab your coat and mittens, let’s go to New York City for Christmas!

Radio City Music Hall New York City Christmas

50 Things To Do in New York City for Christmas

Watch Santa come to Town in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Check out the nativity scene and Christmas Tree at the Met

Listen to Handel’s Messiah at the New York Philharmonic

Enjoy the Nutcracker Afternoon Tea at Mandarin Oriental

See the Nutcracker Ballet at Lincoln Center

Watch the Holiday Under the Stars light show at Time Warner Center

Browse the Christmas Market at Columbus Circle

Take a horse and carriage ride in Central Park

Go ice skating at the Wollman Rink

Make a snow man or snow angel in Central Park

50 Things to do New York City Christmas

Go sledding in Central Park

Explore the Gingerbread Extravaganza at Le Parker Meridien

Check out the holiday decorations at The Plaza

Take a photo with the door man at FAO Swartz

Grab a frozen hot chocolate from Serendipity 3

View the window displays along 5th Ave

Buy some roasted chestnuts from a street vendor

Donate to the Salvation Army and watch them dance!

Watch the Rockettes in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular

See the giant Christmas lights and ornaments on 6th Ave

New York City Christmas

Take a photo in front of the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center

Grab a coffee and view the ice skating rink from the Rockefeller Center Concourse

Watch the light show at Sac’s 5th Ave

Attend the New York Philharmonic Brass and Percussion Holiday Brass Concert

Browse the Grand Central Christmas Market

Go on an Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl

See A Christmas Carol at Beckett Theater on 42nd Street

Take a photo in front of the Bryant Park Christmas Tree

Go ice skating in Bryant Park

Grab an apple cider and browse the Bryant Park Winter Village

Bryant Park New York City Christmas

Attend the Jingle Ball Concert at Madison Square Garden

See Elf the Musical at the Madison Square Garden Theatre

Have breakfast with Santa at Macy’s on 34th Street

Attend a Christmas Concert

Check out the Empire State Buildings red and green lights

Participate in the Santacon crawl

Stop in Sippin’ Santa’s Surf Shack for a holiday themed cocktail

Have a spiced eggnog at Rolf’s and check at the decorations

Browse the Union Station Christmas Market

50 Things to do New York City Christmas

Drink hot chocolate at Max Brenner Chocolate Bar

Eat Christmas Cookies at Milk and Cookies

Stop in Miracle on 9th Street for a holiday themed cocktail

Tour the Whitestone Christmas Lights (Queens)

Check out Gingerbread Lane at the New York Hall of Science (Queens)

See the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)

Check out the Bronx Christmas House (Bronx)

Go sledding in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)

Tour the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights (Brooklyn)

See the Hip Hop Nutcracker at King’s Theater (Brooklyn)

See the Nutcracker Rouge, adult only (Brooklyn)

Visit New York City Office of Tourism at NYC Go for a calendar of events

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New York City is magical at Christmas! Don't miss these Christmas markets, shows, pop up bars, ice skating rinks, enormous Christmas Trees and decorations.