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This Christmas, watch New York City transform into a magical realm of holiday wonders, sparkling displays, joyous celebrations and more. From November onwards, the holiday spirit takes over the city, making itself known in shop windows, public green spaces, building decorations, and the city’s entire atmosphere. Under the dazzling New York City skyline, enjoy everything from free ice skating to holiday markets and iconic holiday shows.

When you stay at The Concorde Hotel in New York City, the many Christmas activities New York City has to offer are right at your fingertips. Here’s our guide to this holiday season’s must-do activities.

1. Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting & Ice Skating 

Glide across the ice this Christmas at Rockefeller Center in Midtown. Nestled under the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, a spectacular sight lined with 50,000 lights and topped with a magnificent crystal star, the Rockefeller Center ice rink is the perfect place to soak in some Christmas spirit. You can even rent out one of the Après Skate Chalets by the rink after your skate to enjoy some seasonal drinks.

Visitors to New York City should also try to attend the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting, which takes place on November 29. This major event brings thousands of locals and visitors alike together to ring in the holiday season. Find out more here.

2. Dyker Heights Christmas Lights

A Brooklyn neighborhood renowned for its extravagant Christmas decorations, Dyker Heights is a must visit for anyone who loves the holiday atmosphere. This winter, the charming streets of Dyker Heights will be lined with everything from elaborate light displays and inflatable Santas to music shows and Christmas trees. It’s a neighborhood-wide effort that showcases some of the best Christmas displays New York City has to offer.

3. Union Square Holiday Market

Billed as New York City’s ultimate holiday destination, the Union Square Holiday Market brings hundreds of vendors together for a spectacular variety of artisanal gifts, delicious treats, and festive energy. Lasting from November 16 to December 24 in Union Square, this holiday market can’t be missed. From award-winning restaurants to beloved local businesses, there is something for everyone to enjoy at this market, and a visit here makes for the perfect pre-Christmas afternoon activity. Read more about the Union Square Holiday Market’s vendors, activities and hours here.

4. Shopping in Fifth Avenue 

Looking for more extravagant light displays this holiday season? Head to Fifth Avenue for a smorgasbord of beautiful festive displays and high-end shopping. Possibly the most famous street in New York City, Fifth Avenue is an incredible place to visit year-round, but most especially around Christmas. Lined with flagship luxury stores that go all-out with their window displays, Fifth Avenue epitomizes the New York City holiday season. From Bergdorf Goodman to Dior to Tiffany & Co., get some holiday shopping done while enjoying the spectacular holiday atmosphere here.

5. Radio City Christmas Spectacular

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is a timeless classic that showcases the skills of the world-famous Rockettes. The show is a hallmark of New York City’s holiday season, known for its precision, glamor, elaborate dances and costumes, and high energy. Scenes include the heartwarming “Living Nativity” and the iconic “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” immersing audience members in the unparalleled wonder of Christmas. Perfect for audiences of all ages, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is a must see for visitors. 

This show has been enchanting countless spectators for generations, encapsulating the magic of the holiday season. Buy your tickets here

6. The Nutcracker

Another classic show to see this holiday season is the New York City Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker, choreographed by the late ballet great George Balanchine. Set to an enchanting score by Tchaikovsky, this timeless ballet, performed by one of the greatest ballet companies in the world, transports audiences into another world: the Land of Sweets. Featuring lavish sets and elaborate costumes, this beloved story is brought to life in the David H. Koch Theater at the Upper West Side’s Lincoln Center. 

7. Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park


Last but not least, enjoy some family-friendly fun at the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. Featuring nearly 200 vendors of food and artisanal goods, as well as an ice rink, this Winter Village transforms New York City’s beloved Bryant Park into a veritable winter wonderland. From spiced cider and hot chocolate to peppermint macarons and gingerbread, the Winter Village offers delightful treats for every palate and some fun Christmas activities, including bumper cars on ice, an open-air food hall, and private igloos. Learn more about everything there is to do at the Bank of America Winter Village here.

From Christmas shows to spectacular light displays, ice rinks to holiday shopping, New York City has something for everyone this winter. Don’t miss out on these joyful celebrations — book your stay at The Concorde Hotel today!