12 Festive Ways to Enjoy the Holidays in New York City

Make Bryant Park Your Go-to Holiday Destination

During the holidays, Bryant Park morphs into a winter wonderland replete with Christmas markets, bookable igloos, an iceless curling café, and an ice-skating rink. 

See the Radio City Rockettes

There is perhaps nothing more synonymous with Christmas in New York than the Radio City Rockettes and their Annual Christmas Spectacular. 

Dine at the Iconic Rolf’s German Restaurant

If we had to imagine what the North Pole and Santa’s workshop looked like, it would probably be similar to Rolf’s German Restaurant. 

See the Holiday Lights in Brooklyn’s Dyker Heights

While most travelers know to visit the various holiday displays scattered throughout Manhattan, few know to check out Brooklyn’s Dyker Heights neighborhood. 

Have a Spiced-Up Holiday With This New Secret Santa Speakeasy

Enter Santa’s Secret, a new immersive experience and speakeasy offering live music and performances, including holiday-themed burlesque and cabaret.

Check Out the New Santa Clauses’ Winter Wonderland

Inspired by the new movie The Santa Clauses, this winter pop-up has arrived in New York at Watermark.

Book a Wintery Upstate Getaway at Inness

Venture beyond New York City, and you’ll discover a world completely contrasting with the bustling streets of the five boroughs. 

Take the Kids to Macy’s Santaland

On the opposite side of the spectrum from Santa’s Secret is Macy’s Santaland, a family-friendly tradition where you can take the kiddos to meet old Saint Nick in the flesh. 

Treat Yourself to the Best Hot Chocolate in the City

Thankfully, there’s no shortage of hot chocolates to choose from, whether you want a simple hot cocoa topped with whipped cream or one that’s a bit more extraordinary.

Enjoy a Cocktail Inside a Rooftop Igloo

In the winter, New York’s restaurants all seem to outdo each other by transforming their eateries into winter wonderlands.

Go Ice Skating at Rockefeller Plaza

If you’re coming to New York for the holiday season, you must swing by Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. 

Take In the Holiday Lights at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Year-round, the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens is an oasis that starkly contrasts with the rest of the city.

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