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Discover New York’s Festive Magic: Where to Find the Christmas Spirit in New York

November 20 2023

New York City is transformed into a winter wonderland over the holiday season. Everywhere you look, you can find Christmas trees, twinkling lights, ice skating rinks, and even a Santa Claus or two - but where is the best place to find the Christmas Spirit in New York City?

The Rockefeller Center

The Rockefeller Center and Christmas go hand in hand; there is nowhere quite as Christmassy in the city. Famously featured in Home Alone 2, the Rockefeller Center is home to the city’s biggest Christmas tree and the famous outdoor ice rink. If you’re in the city this Christmas, even the Grinch would struggle not to get into the festive spirit with a trip to Rockefeller.

Christmas markets in NYC

Bryant Park Winter Village

What is Christmas without European Christmas Markets? Bryant Parks Winter Village is home to everything you need to feel festive. From handcrafted Christmas gifts to your favorite holiday treats and snacks, the market is a great day out for all the family. Once you’ve filled up on hot chocolate, mulled wine, and gingerbread head to the ice-skating rink to burn off the added sugar!

Christmas Decorations

Love Christmas decorations? Dyker Heights in Brooklyn is famous for their unrivaled extravagant Christmas decorations. Simply head over to Dyker Heights and get lost in the streets of the neighborhood. From light displays to giant inflatable Santas, every inch of the neighborhood is decorated in anticipation of Mr. Claus’ big arrival.

Large nutcracker next to a large christmas tree in NYC

Window Shopping

Fifth Avenue is famous around the world for its incredible window displays, and the best of the year is at Christmas time. Take a stroll down the street and check out the displays in the windows of the flagship stores – in particular, Macy’s, Saks, and Bergdorf Goodman – a perfect afternoon out for all the family, and it’s completely free!

Union Square Holiday Market

If you’re looking for a more traditional Christmas treat, the Union Square Holiday Market has been popular since the 80’s. With live performances, festive activities, and a whole host of stalls to explore, it’s one of the city's best places to get into the festive spirit.

Whatever you do to get into the holiday spirit this season, if you’re in New York City, The Hotel Beacon is located in the heart of the action.