Christmas in New York City
Christmas is a beautiful time in New York City. As the temperatures drop the Christmas decorations go up! Christmas in New York City is all about knowing where to go in advance. Many establishments close their doors for the day so it’s vital to make a plan ahead of time. The spots that do stay open often fill up early!
If you’re interested in a less traditional American Christmas dinner I would recommend La Bonne in midtown for their classic Swiss style fondue. Featuring French fare, this casual chic bistro offers all the French classics such as escargot and French onion soup. Perfect for a cold Christmas Day.
Hotel restaurants are also a relatively safe bet for Christmas meals if you reserve in advance, but they tend to feel a little impersonal and definitely don’t capture the vibrancy of New York City. If all else fails, go Asian! Many Chinese and other Asian dive restaurants operate normally on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Christmas in New York City can be a very fashionable affair. Whether casual or dressy, make sure you’re matching your hat to your scarf and looking your best for the holiday season. Fashion tights and knee high boots will always be a staple for women in the cold city weather.
In fact, there are many beautiful spots to take holiday photos in your Sunday’s best. The most famous among them is the tree at Rockefeller Center, but sometimes gaining close access can be a bit tricky. Also brrr… it’s cold out! I would recommend checking out some hotels which will all be dressed in elaborate Christmas decorations. Snap a few pictures! The Mark Hotel, The Peninsula and The Plaza are beautifully decorated for the holidays.
The nicer malls, such as The Shops at Columbus Circle and Hudson Yards will also have some trees, light displays and other Christmas decorations.
But what are some fun family-friendly activities to do in New York City for Christmas? Ice skating in Bryant Park is a classic. The Peninsula Hotel has a free caroling show on Christmas Eve. There are many churches that offer beautiful midnight mass services in the wee hours of Christmas Day as well. Lastly, Columbus Circle has a cute holiday market set at the Southwest entrance of Central Park. This is a great spot to pick up any last minute Christmas presents. You can also peruse my useful Sustainable Gift Guide for some great eco-friendly Christmas presents that everyone will love.
You can find more fun but free city offerings online, such as those listed on Secret NYC. Of course, the most important thing is being with friends and family and perhaps also pondering the spiritual aspects of the holiday at the same time. Everyone seems a little kinder and willing to forgive around the holidays, what if we took this same spirit into the rest of the year?
What did you do for Christmas this year? How do you celebrate the holiday season?
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