Christmas in New York City

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Insider Tips on Christmas in NYC

Christmas in New York City is magical. The Rockefeller Tree, glamorous store window displays and holiday lights everywhere you look bring the most amazing city and landmarks in the world to a whole new level.


Special Christmas Holiday NYC Tours

All year round, New York City offers fabulous tours of all kinds, but there is nothing on the planet like New York City during the winter holidays, when the entire City just sparkles.

These special tours are offered on both Christmas Eve and Day.

New York City Holiday Lights Tour

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  • The Ride Holiday Edition – The Ride, one of NYC’s most popular bus tours, has more TV screens (40) and LED lights than any other tour bus, as well as a booming club-quality sound system, stadium seating and floor-to-ceiling windows. During the holidays, the 75-minute holiday-themed tour offers cheery seasonal tunes and decorations. The Ride Holiday Edition runs from November 7, 2016 to January 8, 2017. 
  • New York City Holiday Lights Bus Tour (not on Christmas Day) – New York City during Holiday season is a don’t miss! Get in the festive spirit by taking a Holiday Lights Tour.

More Holiday NYC Tours

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Holiday and Christmas Cruise Specials

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Cocoa and Carols Holiday Cruise

Classic Harbor cruises has a special holiday treat just for YOU!!! Their upscale cruise line offers dozens of NYC Holiday Cruises, like Cocoa & Carols, Holiday Jazz, Holiday Brunch, Holiday Wine Tasting, New Year's and many more, all year round.

These cruises SELL OUT QUICKLY, so make sure to head over to: Classic Harbor Holiday Cruises and save $5 on any cruise ticket with code "INSIDER5"

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New York City Christmas Dinner Cruises

NYC Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise

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  • Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise with Santa – Hornblower Santa’s Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise, offers families the perfect opportunity to spend time with St. Nick before he has to rush off to deliver gifts to children the world over. (All Ages)
  • Christmas Eve Yacht Cruise with Jazz, Cocoa & Carols – Celebrate a casual Christmas on board a luxury 90-minute yacht cruise. Enjoy complimentary champagne, wine or beer and hot cocoa and cookies as you sail past Battery Park, South Street Seaport, the Financial District, Governor’s Island, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. (No food or dinner served).

More: Christmas Eve and Day Dinner Cruises (Coming Soon)

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Best Christmas NYC Vacation Packages

Christmas NYC Vacation Packages

Prices on hotels tend to skyrocket during NYC’s busiest time of year! Luckily, we have a fantastic NYC Vacation Company that has scoured the city to bring you the BEST deals and help you enjoy your NYC vacation. December is a great time to book your all inclusive NYC Vacation Package and save.

All New York City Vacation Packages include Hotel, Taxes, Free Attractions and Museums, Discounts, Maps, Vacation Planning Assistance and more. Top picks for Christmas in New York City Vacation Packages:

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Christmas in New York City Open Attractions

Christmas in New York City

Many New York City Tourist Attractions are open 365 days per year, although some with limited hours.

Christmas Day may be a great day to try and see some of the more popular attractions as many people will be celebrating the holiday

Christmas in New York City – Open Attractions

See Also : Christmas in New York City – Closed Attractions


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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Ceremony, 7-9 pm

The unlit tree arrives in November, Black Friday and Thanksgiving pass, the department stores open their famous window holiday displays…and the week after Thanksgiving represents the true start of Holiday Season in NYC for many New Yorkers.

Read the full NYC Insider Guide to the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

***This is updated information. The Tree Lighting was initially scheduled for Tuesday, November 29, 2016***

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Christmas Shows in New York City

Christmas is a great day to find excellent tickets for a Broadway or Off Broadway show in New York City! Broadway and other NYC shows are hit or miss on Christmas. In prior years, some Broadway Shows have performed, the Rockettes always have multiple shows and other shows are open around the city.

Christmas Shows:

Christmas Shows in New York City Schedule

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Rockettes Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2016

Radio City Christmas with Rockettes

November 11, 2016 – January 2, 2017
Daily @ 11am, 2pm, 5pm, 8pm (some variations)

With up to 4 shows per day on weekends, the Rockettes are a tradition during the NYC Holiday Season for more than 75 years. Don’t miss the signature eye-high kicks, precision choreography and exciting, show-stopping numbers – including one with Santa.

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Christmas Basketball! NY Knicks vs Boston Celtics

New York Knicks Symbol

December 25, 2016, 12:00pm @ MSG

Watching the Knicks at MSG on Christmas Day (or sometimes Christmas Eve) is a really fun NY Tradition! The game always has a great crowd, awesome food choices and some holiday fun for those who participate!

More Info:

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Bryant Park Christmas Tree Lighting

Bryant Park Christmas Tree Lighting

2016 TBD
December 1, 2015, 6:00pm

Winter Village at Bryant Park will kick off the holiday season with a live countdown and ceremonious lighting of its iconic Holiday Tree.

This free-to-the-public Tree Lighting Skate-tacular stars Nancy Kerrigan, Brian Boitano, Johnny Weir and will be narrated by Danny Aiello. The 50-foot tree has more than 3,000 ornaments and tens of thousands of lights. Don’t forget to browse through the amazing Bryant Park Holiday gift fair and take a spin on their FREE Ice Rink.

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Christmas Holiday Walking Tour Brooklyn

Christmas Holiday Walking Tour in NYC

This 3 1/2 hour holiday tour highlights the festive homes of Dyker Heights, the Italian-American section of Brooklyn made famous in the PBS documentary “Dyker Lights” and seen on TLC’s “Crazy Christmas Lights.” You’ll also visit the festive homes in the Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst sections of Brooklyn.

More Info: Slice of Brooklyn Christmas Lights Tour

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Christmas Dinner in New York City

Christmas Dinner in New York City

Some restaurants are open on Christmas in New York City, though not nearly as many as on Thanksgiving. Open restaurants post their Christmas Menus and begin accepting online reservations for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in late October or early November.

Many restaurants in Little Italy and Chinatown are open as well, though some may not serve traditional Christmas Dinner. More NYC Christmas Dinners.

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Christmas in New York City – Ice Skating

Ice Skating New York City | Rockefeller Center

For tourists and locals alike, ice skating at Central Park, Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park is a classic New York winter experience.

We also have several other Ice Skating Rinks around the city and outer boroughs.

Here are the details for Ice Skating in New York City, including rates and dates plus NYC Insider Tips for discounts and coupons.

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New York City Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise

NYC Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise

Not on Sale Yet (Stay Tuned for 2016 Updates)

  • Bateaux Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise – Enjoy an elegant, plated four-course meal at a private table aboard the beatiful Bateaux. Stroll along two outdoor decks to take in the New York scenery and dance the night away to the latest in jazz. (Age 21+)
  • New York City Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise – Choose December 24th or 25th @ 9:15pm – New in 2016, World Yacht, one of our best local cruise lines, launched Fish Bar at North River Landing, a three-story floating seafood lounge and restaurant situated on a 10,000-square-foot yacht anchored at Pier 81. Is it a restaurant? Is it a cruise? You decide – since it is both!

    The Christmas Eve and Day Dinner offers choices of 3 course meal and you can add on wine pairings or 2 Hour Open Beer, Wine & Soda bar.

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Christmas in New York City Photos

Christmas in New York City

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Christmas in New York City – Closed Attractions

  • Statue of Liberty (Open Thanksgiving)
  • New York Botanical Garden Train Show (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)
  • Guggenheim Museum (closed Thursdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas )
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art (Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Jan 1st)
  • Museum of Modern Art (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)
  • Whitney Museum (Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day)
  • American Museum of Natural History (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)
  • Ground Zero Museum Workshop (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)
  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)

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