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New York City at Christmas: A Guide for Kids and Families

There is simply nothing more magical than New York City at Christmastime.  If it’s not on your bucket list, it needs to be- and you need to check it off as soon as you can!  While many parents with young children find NYC to be overwhelming, there simply isn’t anything quite like New York City at Christmastime with kids.  NYC at Christmas will bring out the holiday cheer in anyone, but it’s simply enchanting for little ones who believe in the magic of Christmas!

I had always dreamed of visiting NYC at Christmas, but I’m truly grateful that I never got the opportunity until I was a mother.  Our first trip to the city for a holiday adventure was just after our boys turned four years old.  Seeing the looks on their little faces when we rounded the corner and they first caught a glimpse of the Rockefeller Christmas tree is a moment I will never, ever forget.  At four years old our boys were the perfect age for Christmas in NYC.  They believed in Santa with their whole hearts and to see the twinkle in their eyes made my heart swell with happiness.  From the window displays to the larger than life ornaments and ice skating beneath the tree, it was non-stop wonder and awe from the moment we arrived!

Because the city can be a bit overwhelming around Christmastime, we’re here to share our favorite holiday activities with tips and tricks for kids and families.  We actually find that the hustle and bustle of the crows adds to the holiday cheer, but the crowds do require a bit more planning as well as leaving yourself plenty of time so you’re not rushed.  You’ll want to find a balance between seeing some of the sights during the day to avoid the crowds with braving the crowds at night time to see certain things twinkle under the night sky.  Strollers will help you navigate the busy streets more safely (and we strongly recommend strollers in NYC even if your kids have ditched them elsewhere), but be sure that everyone gets a shoulder ride or two for better views!

 

 

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

There’s nothing more quintessentially New York City at Christmastime than the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center.  The tree at Rockefeller Center has been a national tradition since 1933.  Usually a Norway Spruce, the tree stands between 70 and 100 feet tall.  Each year the perfect tree is scouted by Erik Pauzé the head gardener at Rockefeller Center.  The lighting ceremony takes place in late November and the tree continues to shine holiday cheer over Midtown Manhattan though early January.  While the tree is obviously the highlight, all of Rockefeller Center twinkles with tens of thousands of lights, holiday angels, and other beautiful decorations.

My favorite tip for parents when visiting the tree is actually to have one parent hold the kids (with their eyes covered- no peeking!) while the other stands with their back to the tree and the camera ready.  On the count of three, everyone uncovers their eyes!  Trust me- capturing that very first moment your little ones spot the tree makes for the perfect photo!

 

Go Ice Skating

The most iconic place to ice skate in NYC at Christmastime is Rockefeller Center.  You skate directly under the Christmas tree surrounded by the twinkling lights, giant Prometheus statue, and the throngs of people dreamily watching you!  You can rent skates, but renting and skating is not cheap and the line can be hours long on weekend evenings.  When it’s at maximum capacity, the Rockefeller Skating rink is not a wonderful place for kids unless they are excellent skaters.  For novice skaters, try visiting in the morning or early afternoon on a weekday.

There are also other fantastic ice skating rinks in NYC that give you the same cozy feeling of experiencing a holiday tradition in the city at Christmas time.  Wolman Ice Rink is located in Central Park on the east side between 62nd and 63rd streets.  You can rent skates here too and while it’s still not cheap, the price is a bit easier to swallow than Rockefeller Center.

Winter Village at Bryant Park also has a fantastic holiday ice rink and it’s the only outdoor ice rink in the city with free admission!  You can rent skates here as well but the free admission really keeps the cost down and makes this a great family-friendly spot.  Bryant Park turns into a beautiful open-air market at Christmas time so it also gets crowded in the evenings, especially on the weekends.  It’s a great place to skate in the afternoon because you can also spend time walking through the market while sipping hot cocoa.  But if you really want to skate under the night sky- the lines here should be shorter than at Rockefeller Center so strap those skates on and enjoy!

 

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

I know that going to New York City at Christmastime is a splurge in and of itself, but if you’re going to splurge on one thing while you are in the city, it absolutely needs to be on tickets to see the Rockettes in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.  A lot of people use the word spectacular to describe things that are, well, less than spectacular- but this show is the exact definition of spectacular!  Tickets aren’t cheap but I promise they are entirely worth it.

If you’ve got young kids, look for tickets in the first row of the balcony.  They are a bit cheaper, the view is still incredible, and the kids have a bit of room to move around which helps them handle the length of the show.  The show is made for all ages and there’s an intermission so the kids can take a short break.  Our boys spent the entire show standing at edge of the balcony because they were too excited to sit down! They were four at the time and had no trouble at all making it through- there was just so much to hold their attention. The show is perfect for all ages and even the adults will be bursting with Christmas spirit by the second number!

If you want to truly experience Christmastime in NYC, you won’t want to miss the Radio City Christmas Spectacular!

5th Avenue Window Shopping

I’ll be the first to tell you that kids and window shopping don’t mix well.  We’ve got two boys and unless we’re at the Lego Store, they don’t care one single bit about shopping. They care even less about looking at things in windows that we’re not going to buy!

But oh the window shopping on 5th Avenue at Christmastime!  Even our four year olds were mesmerized!  Fifth Avenue is incredibly crowded so give yourself plenty of time to meander about.  You’ll have to work your way up to the window displays so your little ones have an unobstructed view… but once they get to a window, they won’t want to leave!  The window displays on 5th Avenue are true works of art that perfectly capture the holiday spirit!

 

Giant Ornaments

At 1251 Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue), not far from Rockefeller Center, you’ll find larger than life ornaments!  They are just simple displays, but something about them really brings out the Christmas spirit!  They are so bright and cheery, it’s hard not to be full of cheer yourself!  This is a great place to stop for a family photo- especially during the day when the ornaments sparkle in the sunlight.

Giant Ornaments NYC

 

Union Square Holiday Market

Union Square Holiday Market is an adorable little pop up market in, you guessed it- Union Square!  You’ll find all sorts of holiday gifts, plus delicious treats like hot cocoa, hot apple cider, crepes and donuts!  You can walk through in less than an hour and there’s enough exciting things to keep the kids entertained as you stroll through the market.  There’s a vendor that sells little Christmas ornaments and our boys were more than happy to each buy an affordable little yellow NYC taxi cab ornament.  They clutched them to their chests as if they were treasure and enjoyed the rest of the market without asking for another thing!  Besides hot cocoa of course!

 

New York City Public Library

This one is just a quick “walk by it” spot- but the majestic lions standing guard outside the main library get all dressed up for the holidays and our kids get a big kick out of it!  The lions are each adorned with a giant wreath and bow and they make for a great photo op.

 

Empire State Building

This is another location you don’t have to do more than walk by, but do be sure you get a good view of the Empire State Building while you are in the city.  The top is light up with red and green for the month of December and it’s a beautiful sight!

 

Hotel Lobby Visits

Stop in various hotels to see their lobby displays.  I know this sounds a little weird, but trust me- it’s worth it!  Each hotel decorates its lobby with gorgeous Christmas trees and full displays of decorations.  Walking the streets of NYC at Christmastime is cold, especially with little ones so when you pass a hotel- drop in to check out the lobby.  The kids can warm their hands and fill their hearts with enough Christmas spirit to get their little walking feet to the next location!

 

Holiday Movie Locations

This one might be more exciting for older kids who are familiar with the movies.  There are various locations throughout the city that appear in some of our favorite classic Christmas movies.  Home Alone fans (seriously, who isn’t a Home Alone fan?!) will love visiting the Plaza Hotel where Kevin lived the life of luxury in Home Alone 2.  You can also check out the Inscope Arch, the spot where Kevin met the Bird Lady- located in Central Park near the Gapstow Bridge at East 62nd Street near the Central Park Zoo.  The southwest corner of Central Park is home to the bridge where Buddy the Elf teamed up with Michael in the infamous snowball fight scene!

 

Visit with Santa

Last but not least- what better place to visit Santa than in New York City?   Santa Land at Macy’s is a truly magical place to visit Santa.  Admission is free but you do need to make reservations here.  Santa Land is over 13,000 square feet of pure holiday cheer!  There are lights, trees, carolers and plenty of photo ops for mom and dad!  There is a professional photographer for when your kids get their visit with Santa, but they also let you snap your own photos.  Santa Land feels like visiting the North Pole and will have your little ones beaming with excitement!

 

Looking for more info in visiting NYC with kids?  Check out A Guide to Visiting New York City with Kids that we wrote for The Daily Struggle, our our 10 Free or Cheap Activities in NYC for Kids and Families post!

 

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118 comments

  1. carpe diem Eire

    Usually I would say it’s a bit early to think of xmas in October, but not now. Lovely guide to get people in the mindset of what to do come the season with their kids. I know my daughter would have loved it.

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    1. Lissa

      I know- normally I’m a super strict “It’s not Christmas until the day after Thanskgiving” person… but planning and booking a trip takes a bit of time so we wanted to get this out a bit early in case anyone was on the edge about visiting NYC for the holidays. We say go, go go!!!

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      1. Christine Rogador

        Really love the pics of your kids Lissa! Also, these pics make me miss New York more. It’s one of my favorite cities in US and at the same time, my home country as we start celebrating Christmas as early as September 1st LOL

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  2. Sonja- Too Much Character

    What great ideas! They all look like such great ways for little ones to enjoy a magical time of year.

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  3. Stephmulz

    I adore this post. NYC looks beyond magical at Christmas time, I must go some year! 😊

    Stephanie xox
    The LDN Gal

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    1. Lissa

      You must! It’s truly amazing!!!

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  4. Lisa | LetsGoSomewhereMcKinney

    What a great idea! sounds like you guys had an awesome time! We have never done this before but we are intrigued!

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  5. kunikotravels

    I didn’t know NYC was so into the holidays! Looks every bit as beautiful as Europe.

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  6. marychronicles

    Love this post! I’ve always wanted to go to New York for Christmas and this one made me want to plan our trip soon. You’ve got amazing photos as well. I guess New York is the place to be for families during Christmas!! Xx

    Mary // http://marychronicles.wordpress.com

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  7. Charleighwrites

    My dream is to go to New York. It looks so pretty all year round but especially at Christmas 😻

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  8. Emily

    Brilliant tips for travelling with kids or without! Wish I’d included some of these places on my trip there a few years ago!

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  9. Vada Green

    It looks so pretty! one of my goals is to visit at Christmas. I love NYC so much

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  10. janice

    I love seeing all the pictures and learning about New York

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  11. Alex Trembath

    We visited NYC a few years ago in autumn/fall. Absolutely loved it. I can imagine it would be magical at Christmas! I have some friends who are planning to go there next year with their kids, so will share this with them 🙂

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    1. Lissa

      Thanks for sharing! NYC is also amazing in the autumn! It’s hard to have a favorite time to visit because there is something so awesome about each season!

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  12. Chloe Chats

    This is a lovely blog post, I love all your pictures too. I would love to go to NYC for Christmas, it looks absolutely magical! One day in the future hopefully I can go and complete this dream of mine. Great tips on where to go, the window shopping looks amazing, and if I did go i’d definitely have to go ice skating!

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

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  13. likeherdingcatsblog

    I’ve always wanted to go to NY and would particularly love to go at Christmas. I’ve also toyed with the idea of it being a mum and dad break but after reading this I think it would be sad to miss out on the kid’s faces. My son would love NY as he’s an elevator fanatic and would be in his element riding in the department stores and hotels.

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    1. Lissa

      I love that he loves elevators! There are some great ones in NYC!!!

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      1. likeherdingcatsblog

        My friend went last year and sent me photos and videos of lots of them 🙂

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  14. molly rose

    Going to NYC during Christmas would seriously be a dream come true for me, and i hope that one day ill get to do it! This is such a great list of all the best things to do whilst you’re there during the holidays, the 5th avenue window displays and the giant ornaments look seriously amazing! Great post, this is so helpful for people with younger kids as well!

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  15. travelswiththecrew

    We love NYC at Christmas! We live in CT and are lucky enough to go every year. We always try to see a musical the kids are interested in as well.

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    1. Lissa

      I’m so jealous! We haven’t taken our boys to see anything besides Radio City yet. What shows do your kids love?

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  16. Amie🎆♍️ (@acurvyvegan)

    I’d absolutely love to go to New York at Christmas! It is so beautiful!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

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  17. mnealewriting

    This sounds absolutely amazing! I have not been to America but NYC is right near the top of my list and it is always a dream to visit there at Christmas. It sounds like a great place to be if you don’t mind crowds or spending a little money.

    Beautiful pictures too!

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  18. Lea

    Sounds like some great plans and I think everything looks more magical in the christmas season.
    Lea

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  19. jennyinneverland

    I’ve never been to NYC but can imagine it’s magical at Christmas!

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  20. arteriarichardson

    I do not have kids yet , but I do have younger siblings that would love this. I love New York City , it is beautiful. I always wanted to go there during holiday season just to see it for myself. I am glad that I read this post. This post made me excited for the holidays and it very informative.

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  21. Poky Little Wanderer

    I love NYC at Christmastime, and agree that it’s magical! We’re taking my parents for the first time next month & are so excited for them to experience it! Sending my mom your post to peruse to give her an idea what to expect, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Lissa

      Oh that’s amazing!!! I hope you and your parents have an amazing time!!!!

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  22. Everything Eden

    It’s my dream to visit NYC at Christmas! All of this looks amazing, gorgeous photos! Xx

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  23. polley93

    What a great article! And what a magical experience for the kiddos. I have never been to NYC but your article was simply a very complete guide to the holidays there!
    Polley93
    Lifeinasuitcase.net

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  24. siena

    Lovely post! I would like to go to NYC for christmas, it is on my bucketlist.

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  25. Jen Farmer

    Love this post! My holiday season starts when the clock strikes midnight November 1st. I can’t wait to bring our kids to the city this season! This article is helpful to keep it manageable. Thanks!

    grassandrootsfamily.com

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  26. TheRidgelineReport

    This is so great! While I’m a bit young for kids, I was lucky enough to spend a Christmas or two in NYC when I was a kid. Skating at the Rockerfeller has got to be one of my most treasured Christmas memories. As was visiting the infamous toy store, FAO Shwarz, which is unfortunately no longer. Rumour has it that they’re reopening this year near Rockerfeller, though!!!!

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  27. Sydney | A World in Reach

    Both times that I’ve been to New York was around Christmastime. You’re right – it’s definitely magical! There’s nothing like a big city during the holidays. One thing I’ve missed out on is ice skating – I’ll have to make sure to do that on the next trip!

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  28. Shannan Volz

    Cant wait to go! Im a Christmas nut and New York is definitely on the top of my holiday – have – to list!

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  29. Alexander Rivera

    Great article. I’m a native New Yorker so I have experienced all of the above. It’s truly a magical experience if you can visit during the holiday season. If possible try to fit in a visit to a broadway show.

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  30. dreambookandtravel

    We are have been dreaming about New York for a while now, see I never crossed the Atlantic yet. I think Christmas time might be a good option, take the little one along! Will come back to you with questions as we plan it!

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    1. Lissa

      You should absolutely make the trip with your little one!!!! It is so worth it!! Please feel free to message us if you have any questions or want any help planning!

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  31. Christina Broadbent Erickson

    I used to work at 1251 Avenue of the Americas, and just loved those giant ornaments. All these suggestions brought back so many memories from when I lived there. Can’t wait to bring my kids back and I loved that tip about the picture taking at the Rockefeller Christmas tree I will definitely do that!

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  32. Sherrie Fabrizi Allbritten

    I will be there in December, so this guide will come in handy even though I won’t have any kids with us- but then again, we all turn into kids again at Christmas right?

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    1. Lissa

      Yes!!! Everyone is a kid again at Christmas time! Enjoy!!!

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  33. Alexander Popkov

    Christmas in NY seem to be much more than here in Europe. In most of the couturiers it is a family celebration, where everyone sits at home. In Finland, where I live, there is almost no transport on that day.

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  34. The Passport Symphony

    I visited NYC a couple of times before but never for Christmas. I bet the atmosphere is magical over there during this time of the year. I would definitely want to experience someday

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  35. atripwithaview

    My son and his wife used to live in NYC and I miss visiting there now that they have moved. Christmas time in NYC is magical. You have some really great tips here. Sharing this for sure!

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  36. orangewayfarer

    Someday I am going to go and live there! My dream! I also want to enjoy the iconic NYE in NYC! Someday! Your post is so well written and evokes wanderlust!

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  37. Rachel

    I’ve always wanted to go! We only live a few hours drive away so there’s really no excuse not to. My sister just got back from a trip there and lost her mind at how cool it was. I imagine it’s magical at Christmas. Maybe I’ll be able to spend my birthday there (10 days before Christmas).

    Cheers xx

    Rachel | http://www.myspottedblog.com

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    1. Lissa

      OMG it would be the PERFECT way to celebrate your birthday!!!

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  38. Bandia Blog

    Ten years I ago (when I was 10) my Mum, Grandma and I visited New York during the last week of October and it was probably the most amazing experience of my life. I absolutely loved it; I didn’t want to come home! Your post just brings back those amazing memories for me and I’m now so desperate to go again! Lovely post x

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  39. Annie

    Beautiful pictures and great ideas. I have been tonNYC but never during Christmas. I just might have to plan another trip.

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  40. Jen Dollente

    Love this post! NYC is one of my dream destinations, and I hope I’ll be able to go there soon! 💜

    https://jendbibliophile.wordpress.com

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  41. Natasha

    Wow it looks magical!!!

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  42. shalycee

    I’ve never been to New York period. Maybe next year I can go for Christmas! It looks so magical out there 😮✨

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  43. Tsundoku Girl

    I would love love love to go to New York! And I bet it’s magical at Christmas time! Great round up, I’ll come back to it if I go!

    Rhianna x
    http://www.tsundokugirl.com

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  44. Inna

    I believe that visiting NYC for Christmas would be a magical experience with for kids and adults! I visited New York in summer and it was great, can’t wait to go there in winter too.

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    1. Lissa

      It’s an amazing city no matter the season! Summer is beautiful- we also love NYC in the fall!

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  45. Maria

    Although I have no kids, I desperately want to visit New York during Christmas so I loved your tips. The photo of your little ones looking at The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is so adorable!

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    1. Lissa

      Honestly- it’s amazing at any age!!!!

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  46. journal of a yogini

    This is so cute! As a person from an Islamic country, I always feel jealous about Christmas celebrations!

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    1. Lissa

      We live in an area with a huge Islamic population and many of our neighbors and friends enjoy Christmas, just without the religious part! Things like ice skating and hot cocoa are fun cozy winter things- though we have many Islamic friends who put up a tree and exchange gifts too!

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  47. Brittany Harris

    Great bucket list for winter activities to do in NY during the winter 🙂 I still want to go ice skating and dance around in the snow! Something very special about NY in the winter!

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  48. Laurence

    I wanted to spent Christmas in New York of New Year, seems one of the must try! And it will be cool to try the ice skating rink in Rockefeller, I need to see that soon 🙂

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  49. Danielle

    What a fun post! I’ve been wanting to make it to NYC for Christmas time for a while and have yet to do it. I love your idea of capturing a photo right when the kids see the tree 🙂

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  50. Zenja | Bearly Here

    There is definitely something about going to NYC for Christmas – I haven’t been yet, so many movies make me wish to go! And, as you mentioned, Home Alone is definitely one of them 🙂

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  51. Esther

    Amazing post. This brings me back so many memories as I spent NYE in New York in 2010!!! Love this city

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  52. amelia

    Your pics give me all the feels! It will likely be 40C/112F here at Christmas and I so wish to experience a Winter Christmas! I’m desperately trying to convince the husband that NYC at Christmas would just be the BEST… he agrees in theory but won’t go yet for political reasons. I will keep working on him!

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  53. Federica Provolenti

    I left the US for London, UK three years ago and since then I am missing so much the Christmas American atmosphere. Agree with you that NYC is a great destination to visit in this festive period of the year.

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  54. An

    I wish I can go ice skating in New York! Awww this is such a dream!!!

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  55. Sinjana

    Wow .new York is just magical in Christmas! I see how much you guys enjoyed and I want to experience the fun too

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  56. sunstylefiles

    It’s so great how ice-skating at the Rockefeller Center is still taking place after all these decades! We were there in the mid-90s and did the exact same thing.

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  57. renata - www.byemyself.com

    This sounds like such a magic time to spend in New York – makes me think of all the movies picturing Manhattan around Christmas time. I think I have to do that one day, too.

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  58. Smita Chandra

    New York at Christmastime is simply magical! It was my first introduction to North American culture 33 years ago and the magic hasn’t worn off yet, we keep going back every chance we get!

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  59. hannahkemsley94

    What a great guide! My favourite city too- nowhere quite does christmas like NYC

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  60. amaixico

    It’s really the most wonderful time of the year! and NEW YORK it’s the best! It’s a dream to me and I hope to make it soon!I’m sure that for children it must be a fantastic experience.

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  61. Rajat Kumar

    Well detailed blog for family vacation. Loved it. Thank you for sharing the details

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  62. thetravelingmd

    Ah looks like a really cozy christmas in cold new york. Christmas is my favorite holiday and new york seems to be a great place to celebrate that with all those decor in the city, especially with family.

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  63. Alan @ MorePassportStamps.com

    You’re right, everyone loves Home Alone. They should outlaw disliking it!

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  64. meetmeatthepyramidstage

    I really enjoyed reading this- good ideas for kids and kids at heart 😀 great photos, in particular the lions at the library!

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  65. dagniee

    I would love to see all these attractions in this amazing country. Thanks for sharing, through your blog I can see the beauty of this place during a particular event:)

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  66. Alexander Popkov

    Well, NY definetly looks like a much better place for christmas than Finland 🙂 Although in Finland they are proud of their Santa Village, the actual celebration is quite boring.

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  67. Roxanne Weijer

    Oooh I would love to visit NYC during Christmas so much. LOVE your pictures!

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  68. Yukti

    NYC on Christmas and New year is amazing with all those vibrant celebrations and street decor. Giant Ornaments on 6th Avenue are amazing and lovely.

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  69. Paul Healy

    Such a magical place to spend Christmas, they really know how to pull out the festive charm. You’ve inspired me to go back one year!

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  70. Pujarini Mitra

    What a fun post! I love that you captured the Christmas time in NYC. It indeed does turn into a celebratory and cheerful city.

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  71. alison

    My parents take the our kids every xmas time to NYC to see a show and visit the windows and everything else. They love it. I’m jealous I don’t get to go. I will use this guide for my parents this year as the trip is coming up soon.

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  72. Claire

    I love New York at Christmas! It is like being in a festive feel good movie! Now I want to go back!

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  73. peacechaos

    THIS IS A GREAT POST. WOULD LIKE TO VISIT THESE BEAUTIFUL PLACES

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  74. peacechaos

    I’ve always wanted to go to New York but never quite made it. Next time we have a US trip planned I think it should definitely be on the list. Thanks for all the helpful tips.

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  75. Noraly

    I love Christmas – so happy it’s already coming soon! Christmas is great everywhere, but to spend it in NYC must be so magical!

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  76. Maria Jesus

    What an amazing experiences! And that’s exactly what I’m passionate about, unique experiences! I’ll save this for later, as it’s my dream to have a Xmas holiday in NYC!

    Cheers from Argentina
    – Maria

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  77. Follow My Anchor

    You are absolutely right! Nothing is more magical than the vibe of New York at Christmas time. I loved and can’t wait to go back there for that time of the year!

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  78. singleisalliknow

    I was lucky enough to go to New York for NYE a few years ago and loved the Christmassy vibe! The Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall was an absolute highlight for me too so glad to see it’s universal! Very impressed at your ability to do it all with kids though, really don’t think I could!!
    https://www.singleisalliknow.co.uk

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    1. Lissa

      You can! You just have to take a different approach- a little slower with many things that are kid-friendly mixed in!

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  79. busytykes

    All of this looks amazing. I got to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular a few years ago but not in NYC 🙁 It was awesome! I can only imagine the looks on your kids faces as they witnessed all the giant Christmas decorations! Love it!

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  80. Chris

    That looks like a really magical Christmas! Huge fan of big Christmas decorations and vibes so I will definitely make a plan to be in New York over Christmas one year.

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  81. By Land and Sea

    NYC has always seemed like such a quintessential place to spend the holidays. It definitely measures up to my imagination – that for sharing so many magical things in your post!

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  82. Clement II

    Few weeks from now, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Seeing your photos and reading your post reminds me that Christmas is almost here. Thank you for sharing!

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  83. Jimmy

    Of all the times I have been to NYC I have yet to go in the winter. Ice skating at Rockefeller Center reminds me of countless films. I think i would enjoy it very much.

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  84. chefmireille

    as a native New Yorker, you definitely hit a lot of the major attractions. Christmas time is the perfect time to visit my city as there are tons of events that’s perfect for the entire family!

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  85. Richa

    We have never been to New York and I think my kids would LOVE to visit NY during Christmas – it all looks so magical 🙂

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  86. Anki Trvel

    amazing post. I like yours tips, ideas and pictures too. After reading this article I think New York is best place to celebrate new year

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  87. Mario

    Strangely enough, I only considered visiting NY as a weekend trip during the Xmas holidays (It’s probably “Home Alone 2″‘ fault & the Rockefeller Center’s Xmas Tree 😉 ). It has been now 5? 6? years since I’ve been there and it’s nice to see that some things never change.

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  88. renata - www.byemyself.com

    Although I’ve never actually been to New York for Christmas, to me it’s a very Christmas-ish city – probably because of all these wonderful kitsch movies set there. One day I have to witness it with my own sparkling eyes 😀

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  89. ansh997x

    Christmas and New Year in this city are amazing. I have seen videos and cannot wait to explore it myself.

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  90. The Travel Bunny

    The Rockefeller Center at Christmas time has been on my bucket list for ages! I really hope to get there someday and see it. Despite the crowds 

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  91. Inna

    Visiting Santa Land must be a real fairy tale and magical experience for kids! How much in advance is it advised to make a reservation?

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  92. Bharat Bhushan Sharma

    Your post says it all.. you indeed had a great blissfull time with your family at NY. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. I have never been to NY, but your idea of visiting NY in Christmas is convincing.

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  93. Navita

    I have heard and seen in the movies that Christmas in New York is just magical. Got more convinced after reading this post. Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree with 70-100 feel height would be some experience. Wow. Winter Village at Bryant Park sounds great as it has free admission. I can imagine the kids’ excitement looking at those giant ornaments. Seems like kids and families will have a super time during Christmas in New York.

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  94. Kelsey at Raising Little Wild Ones

    I would love to visit NYC for Christmas at least one time in my life! It looks magical!

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  95. Amanda Yorton

    I have ALWAYS wanted to visit New York City at Christmas!! Mostly because of Home Alone 2! But also because it is stunning

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  96. Melis Living

    Love this sooo much even though I don’t have kids! Gave me tingles reading about New York at Christmas. I’ve only been once but I am desperate to go back. Thanks for sharing this lovely, warm, festive post! Melis

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  97. hanmwill

    New York at Christmas is a dream of mine! I’ll do it one year! Great post and great pictures that have just made me want to go more!

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  98. macarley

    Great post. I just returned from my first trip to NYC with my parents. Your boys will always remember their trip. NYC at Christmas is definitely worth it. Your pictures are wonderful!

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  99. Life Travel Soul

    Great NYC Holiday guide! I’ve been to NYC but I haven’t done some of these fun ideas. I’m planning to watch Christmas Spectacular, check out Union Square, and visit Santa Land next time!

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    1. Lissa

      The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is amazing- we went again this holiday season and it was so magical!

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  100. Jenny

    We are going next week. This is great information for us. This will be our first time there as a family.

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  101. Meghan Miranda

    Ohhh I never thought about zooming around to holiday movie locations! What a great idea 🙂

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    1. Lissa

      NYC is great for finding movie locations- so much fun!!

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