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 Tree82nd Annual Tree Lighting
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
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 Basketball! NY Knicks vs Washington Wizards

New York Knicks Symbol12:00pm game at Madison Square Garden

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! Read More: New York Knicks Tickets, Schedule and Directions

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New York City Holiday Lights Tours

New York City Holiday Lights ToursNovember 27 – December 27, 2014

NYC Insider Review: New York City Holiday Lights Tour. New York City during Holiday season is a don’t miss! Get in the festive spirit by taking an evening Holiday Lights Tour of Manhattan’s glittering holiday-season lights including: Central Park’s Holiday Markets, The tree at Lincoln Center, The World’s Largest Snowflake, all the store displays on Madison, Park and Fifth Avenues and lots more!

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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



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

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Rockettes Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2014

Radio City Christmas with Rockettes

November 7 – December 31, 2014

With shows all day Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, 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. Get Your Discount Tickets: Radio City Christmas Spectacular with Rockettes

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Half Price Tickets on Christmas Day in New York City

Christmas Half Price Tickets:

  • Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
  • Madame Tussauds New York
  • My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy
  • The Maccabeats
  • The Berenstain Bears LIVE!
  • Madison Square Garden All-Access Tour

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Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Bryant Park

Christmas Tree Lighting at Bryant ParkTuesday, December 2, 2014, 6:00pm

Winter Village at Bryant Park stars a 50-foot tree with 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 in New York City Vacation Packages

All New York City Vacation Packages include Hotel, Taxes, Free Attractions and Museums, Discounts, Maps, Vacation Planning Assistance and more.

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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

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!

Note: Harbor Lights does not operate November 24, 2014 – February 26, 2015.

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Christmas Holiday Walking Tour in NYC

Christmas Holiday Walking Tour in NYCNovember 28 – December 20, 2014 – Fridays and Saturdays at 5pm PLUS Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at 5pm.

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.

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)

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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 CenterFor 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

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Christmas Eve New York City Dinner Cruise

NYC Christmas Eve Dinner CruiseCheck out this upscale and sophisticated dining cruise on a 210-foot Infinity yacht, known for its wall of windows that frame panoramic views of New York’s harbor. Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne, fine cuisine (think pineapple-glazed Christmas ham and grilled salmon), cakes and cookies and a DJ on this family-friendly excursion around Manhattan. More Info: New York City Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise

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