Christmas must dos in NYC

Christmas in NYC is a special time. The lights, the decorations, the cold, the spirit take on a whole new meaning in this beautiful city.  Heres a list of things you MUST do! and some pics at the end of the blog to encourage you to venture out in the cold!


  1. Christmas spectacular. It really is an amazing experience for people of all ages and it goes until January! I wrote about this in my last post, but the toy soldier scene is Richs favorite and the Santa scene is Henrys favorite. I loved the entire thing!! but the bus through central park is my favorite scene.
  2. New York Botanical Garden holiday train show. They recreate all the iconic landmarks of NYC with completely organic material! kids love the trains running through the exhibits and adults will enjoy the architecture and craftsmanship!
  3. 5th avenue holiday window displays – you MUST stop by macys, saks and lord and taylor! These are my favorite displays. Cartier used to light up the outside of the store with ribbon and bow but I dont thin they did it this year since they relocated. I linked the Time Out New York page because they have all the windows covered.
  4. Macys Santaland – Its by reservation only this year and it was perfect! We were in and out in no time and we were able to see all the displays leading up to meeting SANTA! They are so efficient AND you meet with Santa in a private room!
  5. Bryant park tree and rink – The Bryant park village has so many cute shops and eateries. You can always take a pic with the tree because its never too crazy crowded and you can get super close to the tree!
  6. Rockefeller tree and rink- If you want to the see the grandest of Christmas trees in NY and watch the light show, this is it!! If you are willing to brave the crowds, this is a MUST DO! We used to have a tradition of going every Christmas eve, but this year we celebrated with my family on Christmas eve so we weren’t able to go with the kids.
  7. Brookfield place luminaries (wishes) and rink –Beautiful display of lights, never crowded and you can eat in the luxury food hall, meet with santa, shop in the high end mall or go ice skating… all at the same place!


BONUS!! NYC has some great caroling on Christmas eve!! We couldn’t do it this year but next year we are ABSOLUTELY going!!! Washington sq park has some amazing caroling by the arch and gramercy park opens its gates to the public once a year for caroling!!



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