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.


Christmas in New York City – Attractions

Christmas in New York CityMany 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

Christmas in New York City – Closed Attractions


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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Tree 2009, © Photo by Michelle A. DeBerry

81st Annual Tree Lighting
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Ceremony, 7-9 pm

The tree arrives in November, Black Friday and Thanksgiving just passed, the department stores just opened their famous window holiday displays…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 Eve New York City Bateaux Dinner Cruise

New York City Bateaux Dinner Cruise

Check out this upscale and sophisticated all-glass-enclosed European-style Bateaux dining cruise with fine dining and wine, live jazz, stunning views of New York’s skyline and two outdoor strolling decks. Their gourmet 3 course meals include entrée choices of Steak, Salmon, Chicken, Pasta, Pork, Vegetarian. More Info: New York City Bateaux Dinner Cruise

  • Basic 3-hour dining cruise with 3-course gourmet dinner starts at $165 pp.
  • Romance on the River Upgrade includes a table for 2, a half-dozen roses, a bottle of champagne and two souvenir champagne flutes. From $224 pp.
  • First Class Upgrade includes a private first class table, amuse bouche (palate teaser) and premium open bar. From $245 pp.

Closed Christmas Day. More Info: New York City Bateaux Dinner Cruise or direct at www.bateauxnewyork.com

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Christmas in New York City Vacation Packages

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Additional VERY affordable NYC Vacation Packages include: Yankees, US Open, Broadway, Valentine’s Day, Shopping, New Years Eve, Honeymoon, Family, Halloween and Fleet Week.

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Christmas Day New York City Lights Tours

See our beautiful Skyline from all angles – in any weather!

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Christmas Holiday Walking Tour in NYC

Christmas Holiday Walking Tour in NYCNovember 29 – December 29, 2013 – Thursday through Sunday at 5:30pm.

On this tour, you’ll learn all about the history of Christmas in NYC, our famous lighted trees and Christmas music written in New York. See Holiday displays and store windows, holiday markets, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Saks Fifth Avenue, Cartier’s and, of course, the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.

75 Minutes, Tickets from $20.
More Info: Christmas Holiday Walking Tour in NYC

On this 75-minute tour the noted Christmas Historian Sibyl McCormac Groff, who coined the word Gothamtide, will explain how Christmas became the most important holiday towards the end of the 19th century due to New Yorkers such as Washington Irving, John Pintard, Clement Clark Moore and Thomas Nast. Christmas Holiday Walking Tour in NYC Highlights Include:

  • Development of the Christmas tree, lights, cards, gifts and entertainment
  • Holiday markets around the town
  • History of the lighted trees in the midst of Park Avenue and in front of the Seagrams building
  • Holiday displays in and on hotels, department stores and boutiques
  • Christmas music written in New York
  • Strolling past St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Saks Fifth Avenue and Cartier’s
  • The famous Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center (lit the first week of December)
  • More Info: Christmas Holiday Walking Tour in NYC

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Ground Zero 9-11 Memorial on Christmas Day

9-11 Memorial Christmas NYC

NYC Boat Cruise, Walking Tour and 9/11 Memorial

Experience top New York City attractions by boat and by foot with this water taxi day pass and walking tour. Cruise down the Hudson River on a hop-on hop-off cruise to see the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building. Afterward, explore Lower Manhattan with a local guide, where you will see the 9-11 Memorial, Battery Park, Wall Street and City Hall. After your walking tour, use your water taxi pass for the rest of the day for more sightseeing on your own.

More Ground Zero Memorial and Tours

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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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Half Price Tickets on Christmas Day in New York City

Christmas Half Price Tickets:

  • Madame Tussauds New York
  • New York Water Taxi Statue by Night Cruise
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square
  • Comic Strip Live’s Saturday Night Laughs

Stay tuned for more Christmas discounts.

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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 in New York City Schedule

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN

25-Dec

7:00pm

A TIME TO KILL

25-Dec

8:00pm

AFTER MIDNIGHT

25-Dec

7:30pm

AVENUE Q

25-Dec

8:00pm

BETRAYAL

24-Dec

2:00pm

BIG APPLE CIRCUS

24-Dec

12:30pm

BIG APPLE CIRCUS

25-Dec

12:30pm

BIG APPLE CIRCUS

25-Dec

4:30pm

BLUE MAN GROUP

24-Dec

12:00pm

BLUE MAN GROUP

24-Dec

3:00pm

BLUE MAN GROUP

24-Dec

6:00pm

CINDERELLA

25-Dec

7:00pm

Nutcracker Ballet at Lincoln Center

24-Dec

2:00pm

JERSEY BOYS

25-Dec

7:00pm

KINKY BOOTS

25-Dec

8:00pm

MAMMA MIA!

25-Dec

8:00pm

MATILDA

25-Dec

8:00pm

METROPOLITAN OPERA: THE MAGIC FLUTE

24-Dec

7:00pm

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL

25-Dec

7:30pm

NEW YORK STRING ORCHESTRA

24-Dec

7:00pm

NEWSIES

24-Dec

2:00pm

OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES

24-Dec

7:00pm

PERFECT CRIME

24-Dec

8:00pm

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER

25-Dec

7:00pm

PIPPIN

25-Dec

8:00pm

RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR

24-Dec

11:00am

RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR

24-Dec

2:00pm

RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR

24-Dec

4:30pm

RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR

25-Dec

1:00pm

RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR

25-Dec

4:00pm

RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR

25-Dec

7:00pm

ROCK OF AGES

25-Dec

8:00pm

SOUL DOCTOR

24-Dec

7:00pm

SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK

24-Dec

2:00pm

STOMP

25-Dec

8:00pm

THE FANTASTICKS

24-Dec

8:00pm

THE GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW

25-Dec

7:00pm

THE LION KING

24-Dec

2:00pm

WICKED

25-Dec

8:00pm

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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 Manhattan and the other boroughs.

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

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Christmas in New York City Photos

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Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Bryant Park

Christmas Tree Lighting at Bryant Park

(2013 Updates Coming Soon)
November 27, 2012, 6:30 – 8:00pm through early January

Citi Pond 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 event will feature live entertainment from Grammy winners, Olympic skaters and Broadway performers. 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.

More Info: http://bryantpark.org/things-to-do/wintervillage.html

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Christmas Show Discount Tickets

(2013 Updates Coming Soon)

Rockettes, Grinch, Sesame Street! Grab your tickets up to half off!

Rockettes Radio City
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How the Grinch Stole Christmas The Musical
How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Sesame Street Live - Elmos Super Heroes
Sesame Street Live Elmo

Yo Gabba Gabba LIVE Get the Sillies Out
Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!

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