Christmas in New York City

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

This is my first time spending Christmas in New York City, so you can bet I’m being extra about it and heading to allllll the tourist traps. My number one tip for doing these things is to try your best to go to see these things at off-peak hours– especially when it comes to Rockefeller Center. We went one time at around 2am after it had just rained. It was magical, because we weren’t pushing and shoving through people and could actually enjoy our time there. Also, just don’t skate there. It’s not worth it…
 
It truly feels like every street you wander down has at least one restaurant, bar or store that’s festive and cozy and could be enjoyed equally as much as any of the places listed below, so definitely don’t be afraid to branch out.
 

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, my sweet readers!
 

1. See the Christmas trees

Christmas tree locations in Manhattan:

  • Madison Square Park: 11 Madison Avenue
  • Bryant Park: between 40th & 42nd Avenue and 5th and 6th Streets
  • Rockefeller Center: 45 Rockefeller Plaza
  • New York Stock Exchange: 11 Wall Street
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1000 5th Avenue
  • American Museum of Natural History: Central Park West & 79th Street
  • South Street Seaport: 19 Fulton Street
  • Washington Square Park

 

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Madison Square Park tree + gingerbread house

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things
 

2. Go ice skating

Where to ice skate in Manhattan:

  • Bryant Park: between 40th & 42nd Avenue and 5th and 6th Streets; $20 skate rental
  • Rockefeller Center: 45 Rockefeller Plaza; $32/adults & $15/youth + $12 skate rental
  • South Street Seaport: 19 Fulton Street; $10 + $6 skate rental
  • Brookfield Place: 230 Vessey Street; $15/90 minutes + $5 skate rental
  • Central Park:
    • Wollman Rink; $12/adults & $6/youth + $9 skate rental
    • Lasker Rink: $8.50/adults & $4.50/youth + $7.50 skate rental

 

3. Get a good view at Winter Onederland

  • One World Trade Center: 285 Fulton Street ;$36/adult 12+

 
Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things
 

4. Get in your fill of sweets:

Where to get tasty holiday treats:

  • City Bakery: 3 West 18th Street
  • DŌ: 55o Laguardia Place
  • *Milk Bar: 251 East 13th Street
  • *Jacques Torres: 350 Hudson Street
  • *Dylan’s Candy Bar: 1011 3rd Avenue
  • Dominque Ansel Bakery: 189 Spring Street
  • *Breads Bakery: 18 East 16th Street
  • *Maman: 837 Washington Street

* Multiple locations
 

5. Shop at a holiday market

Where to find holiday markets:

  • Union Square Holiday Market: Between Broadway & 4th Avenue and East 14th- East 17th
  • Holiday Market at The Oculus: The World Trade Center Transport Hub, Church Street
  • Winter Village at Bryant Park: between 40th & 42nd Avenue and 5th and 6th Streets; $20 skate rental
  • Columbus Circle Holiday Market: Columbus Circle & 59th Street
  • Grand Central Holiday Fair: 89 East 42nd Street
  • Garment District Holiday Market: 1450 Broadway

 

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Holiday market at Union Square

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Christmas in New York City | Kayla's Five Things

Holiday Market at the Oculus


 

6. Drink at a festive bar

Where to find bars with holiday decor:

  • Rolf’s: 281 3rd Avenue
  • Sippin’ Santa’s Surf Shack at Boilermaker: 13 1st Avenue
  • 230 Fifth Igloo Village: 230 5th Avenue
  • Baita: 200 5th Avenue
  • Winter Room at The Roof: 124 West 57th Street
  • The Lodge at Gallow Green: 542 West 47th Street
  • The Holiday Cocktail Factory at NYLO: 2178 Broadway
  • Donner & Blitzen’s Reindeer Lounge: 197 East 3rd Street
  • Miracle on 9th Street: 649 East 9th Street
  • The VYNL’s Winter Wonderland:100 3rd Avenue

 
 
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