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Top 5 Things to Do in NYC This Holiday Season

This time of year is pure magic in New York City. Experience the best the city has to offer with our top things to do this holiday season.

Mickey: The True Original Exhibition
Mickey: The True Original Exhibition.

Mickey: The True Original Exhibition

Disney fans from around the globe will love this once-in-a-lifetime exhibit that celebrates 90 years of Mickey Mouse. Mickey: The True Original Exhibition is now open, and runs to February 10, 2019. Located in the Chelsea neighborhood, this exhibit offers an immersive experience with some prime Instagram content, and it’s in close proximity to the High Line and Chelsea Market. Tickets are $38.

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The Holiday markets at Columbus Circle
The holiday market at Columbus Circle in New York City.


New York City has world-class shopping, and it only gets better during the holiday season. If you are looking for unique gifts for your friends and family, be sure to stop by one of the four NYC Holiday Markets, located in Union Square, Bryant Park, Columbus Circle, and for those who like to stay warm, inside Grand Central Terminal. You will find gifts for all ages, along with some delicious food pop-ups.

Want to try a unique luxury shopping experience? Stop by Story in the Chelsea neighborhood, a retail concept shop “that takes the point of view of a magazine, changes like a gallery, and sells things like a store.” Every four to eight weeks, the store is completely overhauled with a new theme. The latest theme is “Home for the Holidays.”

The holiday window display at Saks Fifth Avenue
The holiday window display at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Sights to See

The holiday window displays at some of New York City’s department stores are worth braving the cold weather for. Our favorites include Bergdorf Goodman, Macy’s, and Saks 5th Avenue.

Checking out the Christmas trees and holiday lights is another tradition. If you are in Midtown, be sure to stop by Rockefeller Center to see the Christmas tree, which is on display from November 28 to January 7. For a historical look at the holidays, check out the Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And for a taste of “go big or go home,” locals and adventurers should take in the elaborate light displays in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. In this neighborhood, locals deck their houses out with tens of thousands of lights, creating displays that rival Christmas lights all over the country.

Dyker Heights' Christmas Lights are a Must-See in NYC

Rolfs German bar in New York City
Holiday decor inside Rolfs German Bar.

Holiday Cheer

The season would not be complete without warm drinks and fatty foods. Stop by Rolf’s in Gramercy to immerse yourself in the most stunning Christmas décor while sipping on eggnog and mulled wines. But be warned: This place is popular and you might catch a long wait on the weekends. Our recommendation: Day-drink on a weekday.


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Looking for a nice cup of hot chocolate? Head to City Bakery, located west of Union Square, for the richest treat, topped with a homemade marshmallow. Need we say more?

The Radio City Rockettes get fitted for new costumes
The Radio City Rockettes completing alterations for their new costumes.

Radio City Rockettes

Getting tickets to glimpse this classic New York dance troupe is the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit. See the world-famous Radio City Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall for their Christmas Spectacular. You will be dazzled by the sparkling costumes, perfect kick lines, and the famous toy-soldier scene. This year’s show features a brand-new finale number with all new costumes and technology.