The 15 Best Christmas Things To Do In New York City

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Well, it feels really nice to be posting on the blog here again after a little break and I wanted to do one more holiday post for you all before the season wraps up. I’ve had so much fun creating content for my Instagram and I know you all have been enjoying seeing the behind-the-scenes of some of these photo shoots in recent Vlogmas videos and I wanted to put together a list of all of my favorite places in NYC to take Christmas photos in the city. Many can be packed with tourists so if you can visit early in the season and early in the day, you can often avoid the crowds!

New York does Christmas unlike anywhere else and there are so many fun spots to visit. From classics like Rockefeller Center and the Palace to fun pop-up spots like the Reindeer Lounge or a gingerbread house installation in Madison Square Park, each year is a little bit different but it always makes me feel warm and cozy as we approach the 25th. Read on for some of my favorite things to do in New York around Christmas and start planning your holiday season Instagrams!

If any of you still have last-minute shopping to do, don’t forget to check out my gift guides!

  1. The Palace Hotel Tree

2. Rockefeller Center

3. Bryant Park Holiday Market

4. Radio City Music Hall

5. Rolf’s German Restaurant

6. The Plaza


7. Fifth Avenue Store Windows

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8. See the giant lights on Sixth Avenue (at 49th Street)

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9. Dyker Heights Christmas Lights

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10. Reindeer Lounge (Greenpoint)

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Some other places I didn’t get to go this year that I would love to check out:

11. Serra Alpina by Birreria

12. Gingerbread House in Madison Square Park

13. Brookfield Place Skating Rink

14. Tree at Washington Square Park

15. Holiday Pop-Up at the Standard

What’s your favorite spot to visit in NYC during Christmas?

yours,

Austen

*many of these photos were taken by Jessie Alcheh