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Holiday Activities In NYC

No place like New York City for the Holidays! Enjoy endless amounts of activities with family and friends this holiday season in NYC.

Circle Line: Firework Cruises

Soak up unforgettable views of the Manhattan skyline as you cruise along the Harbor. Ring in the new year with a champagne toast and spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty fireworks display.

New Year’s Eve Concert: Phish

The iconic Phish returns to NYC for a four-night run at The Garden from December 29 – January 1.

Ice Skate at Manhattan West Rink

The Rink at Manhattan West just opened for the first time in Midtown offering kids and adults alike a wonderful winter activity surrounded by the Manhattan skyline.

Grand Holiday Bazaar

One of NYC’s oldest outdoor markets, goes all out every holiday season. Drop by any Sunday throughout the month of December to shop from more than 150 local merchants.

Christmas Carol: The Musical

This hour-long original musical adaptation of Dickens’s yuletide fable “A Christmas Carol” returns for its 13th year at the West Village’s Players Theater.

PaleyLand Holiday Extravaganza

At The Paley Center for Media,visitors can watch exclusive holiday screenings, meet notable characters from holiday classics, see a live holiday-themed LEGO demo, take photos with Santa and more!

Holiday Exhibit

You can see the Grinch come to life at the Museum of the Moving Image this holiday season. Featuring 40 sketches, animation cells and backgrounds, showing what it was like adapting Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. 

Central Park Holiday Lighting

For more than 20 years, the Central Park Conservancy has been ringing in the holiday season each year with carols, Ice carvers and the main event watching the lighting of flotilla of trees on the Harlem Meer.


The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is bringing a new after-dark illuminated spectacular to its grounds, where visitors will be able to walk through animated, colorful light installations in partnership with Sony Music. This event is running until January.


The Museum of Ice Cream is turning pink for the holidays during “Pinkmas.” There will be installations bursting with snowflakes, candy canes, pink trees, interactive moments, from crafting ornaments to decorating trees all while tasting sweet treats that celebrate the season’s festive spirit.


Discover an outdoor color and light experience at the New York Botanical Garden. Walk through the illuminated landscapes after dark with thousands of lights and whimsical installations.

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

The Winter Village at Bryant Park is the perfect place to spend the day with family and friends. Enjoy hot cocoa after a round of ice-skating or walk around the open-air holiday market filled with artisanal shops, to pick up unique holiday gifts. And to finish your day grab a bite or a cocktail at The Lodge!

New York Pops: Back Home for the Holidays

Enjoy a night of carols and classics with the New York Pops and Tony Award winner Laura Benanti on December 17 at Carnegie Hall. Tickets are available for purchase now, hurry as this cherished holiday event will sell out fast.

Bronx Zoo Holiday Light Show

The Bronx Zoo’s sparkling seasonal celebration featuring animated lights and LED displays of animals is back this year. The zoo will feature 260 animal lanterns across five lantern safaris, plus entertainment will include holiday-themed music, ice carvings, holiday train, a wildlife theater and holiday treats.

Macy’s SantaLand

The most iconic holiday event is here! Meet Santa and his elves at SantaLand in Macy’s Herald Square. Before meeting Santa, take a stroll through the winter wonderland all decked out in holiday cheer and even get a glimpse of Santa’s workshop preparing for the big night. Can’t join in person? Set off on an interactive online journey through the North Pole with Santaland At Home.

The Radio City Rockettes: Christmas Spectacular

Since 1933, this holiday tradition has been the perfect Christmas thing to do in New York City with family. Enjoy the famous Rockettes as they take you on a spectacular journey with choreographed dances to holiday songs and even get to meet Santa along the way.

The Rink at Brookfield Place

Tucked away in Lower Manhattan, The Rink at Brookfield Place is known for its scenic views of the waterfront and city skyline. Here you can indulge in holiday activities such as ice skating, free gift-wrapping services, and art installations.

Holiday Window Displays

Window shop along fifth avenue from Saks to Macy’s, as Manhattan’s flagship department stores put on a big show to reveal their elaborately holiday designed windows, which remains on display until January 1st.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

Every holiday season, The New York City Ballet enchants audiences with The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center. Magical performances, glittering costumes and sets so intricate it will leave you breathless. This annual classic production produced by George Balanchine brings families together every holiday season creating memories and experiences that will last a lifetime.

Holiday Train Show

Every winter, New York Botanical Gardens puts on an exciting train exhibition. More than 175 New York Landmarks are re-created with a new theme every year. This is all displayed in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory lit up by spectacular Christmas lights.

Rockefeller Center

The holidays in NYC begin at Rockefeller Center. Whether it’s a visit to the iconic Christmas Tree, a skate on the ice at The Rink, seeing the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, or exploring attractions and holiday shopping, there’s a magic here that can’t be denied. And it’s a holiday tradition you’ll want to make your own.

The Greens

The Greens returns at Pier 17 – and it’s about to get seriously cozy. Come retreat this winter in your own private dining cabin and enjoy unrivaled Lower Manhattan skyline views.


Situated in Gramercy, Rolf’s is a whimsical German restaurant decked to the halls with garland, ornaments, lights and Christmas galore. The food is authentic German, serving favorites like schnitzel and potato pancakes. Make sure to get that perfect Instagram shot before leaving, as the decorations are a true sight to behold.

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights

This Brooklyn neighborhood is completely transformed once a year with homes along several blocks festooned in elaborate holiday decorations. Both kitschy and enchanting. Find these holiday homes decked out on 83rd and 86th Street, Dyker Heights, Brooklyn.

‘Twas the Night Before…

Cirque du Soleil’s first-ever Christmas show, ‘Twas the Night Before… is a flurry of love, Christmas cheer, rip-roaring fun and hugely lovable characters that will become a new tradition for families to cherish.

Holiday Markets

Explore the top holiday markets in NYC and shop your way through fantastic holiday bazaars. From Grand Central Holiday Market to Union Square Holiday Market and the Shops at Winter Village Bryant Park, NYC has got it all!

Cocoa & Carols Holiday Cruise

Get in the festive spirit this holiday season, by cruising around the Hudson River and taking in NYC from a whole new angle. Plus enjoy hot cocoa and carols onboard.

World’s Largest Menorahs

Visit NYC’s two Grand Army Plazas, Prospect Park and Central Park to witness the illuminating  30-feet-tall menorahs and watch as they light up.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

One of New York City’s most famous events and the kickoff to the holiday season, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade draws millions of live spectators and more than 50 million home viewers. Watch as balloons take over the skies alongside ones by artists like Yayoi Kusama, while performers and floats follow the route from Central Park West to Herald Square.


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