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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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. This year’s exhibition displays Lower Manhattan.
This holiday season take your kids to Breakfast with Santa at either the Rock Center Café or The Sea Grill. Enjoy a scrumptious selection of breakfast treats all while overlooking the glistening tree and ice skating rink. And don’t miss out on taking photos with Santa and his elves in the Throne room of Rock Center Café or he will personally stop by your table at The Sea Grill. After meeting Santa and enjoying all those Christmas sweets, head don down to the world-famous rink to enjoy ice skating with Santa himself.
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.
This holiday masterpiece, is bringing joy to Broadway following critically acclaimed runs at London’s Old Vic. Three visionary Tony Award® winners — playwright Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), director Matthew Warchus (Matilda) and set and costume designer Rob Howell (The Ferryman) — offer a magical new interpretation of Charles Dickens’ beloved story. Time Out raves, “Five stars. It’s a stunning piece of visual theater.” Starring Campbell Scott (“House of Cards”) and Tony Award winners Andrea Martin (Pippin) and LaChanze (The Color Purple), this timeless and timely tale of redemption welcomes theatergoers of all ages into an immersive experience that’s brimming with Christmas spirit.
It’s “a loving, powerful adaptation” (The Stage) that features dazzling staging, moving storytelling and 12 cherished Christmas carols, including “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night” and “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear.” Don’t miss your chance to be part of a show that’s so “joyful and heartwarming, not even Scrooge himself could dislike it!” (The Telegraph). Lyceum Theatre, 149 West 45th Street, Theater District, November 20, 2019 – January 5, 2020.
A brand new festival on Randalls Island with 12 acres of massive LED art installations including a giant glowing doughnut tunnel, an illuminated castle, 22 foot tall technicolor trees, and a super fluorescent mushroom forest. Ticekts start at $38 through Jan. 5, 2020.
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.
Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall morphs into an expansive holiday bazaar selling items from 40 vendors. This event runs through Dec. 24, 2019.
Chef and Guinness World Record holder, Jon Lovitch, spends up to nine months constructing the intricate shops and landmarks of this edible wonderland. Head on over to the NY Hall of Science to witness this spectacular event as it runs through Jan. 12, 2020.
Soak in sweeping views of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and lower Manhattan as you skate on top Pier 17 Rooftop.
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. Dec. 22- 30, 2019.