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.


    New York City Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise

    NYC Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise

    • 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)
    • 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+)

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    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

    Special Holiday Lights Tours:

    • Holiday Lights and Movie Sites Tour – the perfect excursion for movie-buffs lucky enough to be in town over the holidays, or anyone who wants to catch a glimpse of that picture-perfect city they know from its cameos on the silver screen. The Holiday Lights & Movie Sites guided bus tour gives passengers an up-close look at the locations used for iconic New York City holiday movie scenes while they take in the broader vistas of the dressed-up city during this magical time of year.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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    Christmas in New York City – 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


    Which is the BEST New York City Discount Pass?

    Christmas in New York City is a great time to visit the 9-11 Memorial and Museum, Empire State Building, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, take a New York City Bus Tour and much more! The New York City Pass Discounts are a GREAT way to save if you plan on seeing a lot of attractions in a short time!

    Customize Your NYC Pass - Choose from 55+ attractions and pay ONLY for the attractions you want to see. Build Your Own Pass And Save 20% Off Regular Admission - GUARANTEED! Option for easy, pre built itineraries like NYC Land & Sea or Top 4 Attractions.

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    New York CityPASS

    CityPASS - 41% off Top 6 Attractions. Choice of 9/11 Memorial & Museum or Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Includes Empire State Building, Circle Line Cruise, Museum of Natural History and more.

    Learn More: CityPASS

    The New York Pass

    New York Pass - Save on 1-10 day New York Passes - 80+ Attractions included, use 1-10 days. Can activate passes and bus packages one year from purchase date, so buy when on sale! Includes 9-11 Museum, all major attractions and dozens of expensive tours.

    Learn More: New York Pass

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    Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

    Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

    Wednesday, December 2, 2015
    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

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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: Big Apple Circus (12/25), Elf Musical (12/24), Rockettes (12/24 & 12/25)

    Christmas Shows in New York City Schedule



    More Christmas Shows: Big Apple Circus, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

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    Rockettes Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2015

    Radio City Christmas with Rockettes

    November 13, 2015 – January 3, 2016
    Tickets on Sale in May

    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.

    Get Your Discount Tickets: Radio City Christmas Spectacular with Rockettes

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    Bryant Park Christmas Tree Lighting

    Bryant Park Christmas Tree Lighting

    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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    Best Christmas NYC Vacation Packages

    New York City Events December

    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.

    Best New York City Vacation Packages in December:

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    Christmas Day New York City Lights Tours

    The Twilight Cruise and Total Big Apple are open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as are many of the other boat cruises, so you can see our beautiful Skyline from all angles – in any weather!

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    Christmas Holiday Walking Tour Brooklyn

    Christmas Holiday Walking Tour in NYCThis 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 CitySome 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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    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)

    Sold Out 2015:

    • New York City Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise (I think this is old out) Choose December 24th, 7pm – upscale and sophisticated Christmas Eve dinner cruise by World Yacht Cruises. Guests enjoy a leisurely four-course meal that allows time for viewing the city from the rooftop lounge, taking photos, sipping drinks and slow-dancing to tunes from a live jazz band or DJ.

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    Cancelled! Christmas Basketball! NY Knicks vs Brooklyn Nets

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    Friday, December 24, 2015, 7:00pm @ 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!

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