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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.

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.

During the summer, the outdoor Brooklyn Flea has been called one of the best flea markets in the U.S. Thankfully, Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea have partnered to bring the great market indoors, combined with delicious food vendors to enjoy while shopping. This year, their Winter Market is located at 25 Kent Avenue on the eighth floor.

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 Fifth 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 iconic Christmas tree, which will be lit for the first time on December 4. 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.

GingerBread Lane at the New York Hall of Science.
GingerBread Lane at the New York Hall of Science.

Holiday Cheer

Looking for some family-friendly fun? Take the little ones to the GingerBread Lane at the New York Hall of Science. GingerBread Lane holds the Guinness World Record for the largest gingerbread village. The creator of this event, Jon Lovitch, will try to break his own record with this year’s exhibit. Gingerbread Lane is free with museum admission.

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.

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.