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Festive Spaces to Help You Get Into the Holiday Season around NYC

It should come as no surprise that New York City ranks among the top places worldwide to ring in the holiday season and it seems like each passing year brings an ever-increasing amount of bars, restaurants + experiences donned in holiday decor to help you get into the holiday spirit. We're sharing all of the best spots around the city below + updating it with each new spot we discover.

The Classics

kicking us off with the classics of the New York City holiday season - these should come as no surprise as these spots are sure to be filled wall-to-wall with tourists in the weeks leading up to and directly after Christmas. Go early + on weekdays to avoid the bulk of holiday crowds.

  • Visit the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree & Ice Skating Rink

  • Get Tickets to The Radio City Christmas Spectacular

  • Write A Wish on Confetti to Be Released at the New Year's Eve Ball Drop at the Times Square Wishing Wall

  • Explore the Shops + Ice Skating at the Bryant Park Winter Village

  • Grab a drink at the famously decked out Rolf's German Restaurant

    • You only need reservations if you plan on sit-down dining. Plan to get there right before they open to avoid ridiculous wait times + lines for entry. Expect $25+ drink prices.

  • Enjoy the sights of the Saks Fifth Avenue Light Show + window decor

  • Take in the decor of Macy's on 34th Street + Visit Santa

  • Fulfill your inner child by exploring the toys at FAO Schwarz

  • Explore the Dyker Heights neighborhood's over-the-top decorations

  • Stroll around Fifth + Sixth Avenue to see the best of retail's window decorations

    • Keep an eye out for Bergdorf Goodman, Cartier, Bloomindgale's for some of the best

  • Ice skating and wintry fun at Central Park's Wollman Rink

Bars + Restaurants

Beyond the classics of the New York Holiday Season, many bars + restaurants around the city also go above & beyond with their holiday decor + themed cocktails - enjoy bar hopping around each neighborhood to see the best of them:

Upper West Side

  • Ticketed Pop-Up Drink Experience at "Tinseltown" at Pekarna

Upper East Side / Lenox Hill

  • Famous Frozen Hot Chocolate + movie magic at Serendipity 3


  • Frosty's Christmas Bar New York

  • Sleigh Bar

  • Pink Playground at the Moxy Hotel's Magic Hour

  • Papillon Bar + Bistro

  • 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar

  • Serra Stellata at Eataly's rooftop

  • Ophelia Lounge

  • Lillie's Victorian Establishment

  • Oscar Wilde

West Village, Chelsea, + Greenwich Village

  • Bell Book & Candle

  • Holly Jolly Holiday Bar at Mad Morton NYC

  • Hanukkah Themed Maccabee Bar at Ollie

  • Get a drink at Gallow Green

East Village + Lower East Side

  • Yurt garden at The Standard, East Village

  • Mr. Purple - Veuve Clicquot Winter Chalet

  • Loreley Beer Garden

  • Paddy Maguire's Ale House

  • The Skinny Bar + Lounge

  • Miracle on 9th Street

  • Pete's Tavern

SoHo + NoLita + Washington Square Park

  • Have a chocolate chip cookie + milk shot at Dominique Ansel Bakery

  • Feliz Coctelería at The Garret Coctelería

  • Great Jones Distilling Co.'s Whiskey Wonderland

Downtown + Seaport District

  • Get the Grinch Cone at Mister Dips

  • Dining igloos at Route 66 Smokehouse

Brooklyn - Bay Ridge

  • Skinflints

Brooklyn - Cobble Hill

  • Leyenda - "Sleyenda" holiday pop-up

Brooklyn - Williamsburg + Greenpoint

  • Sunday in Brooklyn's "Snowday in Brooklyn"

  • Ho Ho Holiday Lounge at The Springs


  • Bohemian Hall Beer Garden

Jersey City

  • Miracle on Mercer at Franklin Social

  • Cellar335's Sleighs + Leis

  • Zeppelin Hall

Winter Markets, Activities + Decorations

If you've had enough eating and drinking for the day, try exploring some of the activities, markets and decorations around the city:

  • Explore the Shops at Union Square Holiday Market - Union Square

  • The Christmas Tree at the New York Public Library - Midtown

  • New York Botanical Garden's Train Show + Christmas Lights - Bronx

  • The Christmas Tree at the New York Stock Exchange - Financial District

  • Christmas Market at Westfield World Trade Center - Financial District

  • Columbus Circle Holiday Market - Columbus Circle

  • Grand Central Holiday Fair - Midtown

  • Brooklyn Borough Hall Holiday Market - Brooklyn Heights

  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Lightscape - Prospect Park

  • Bump! - bumper cars on ice at The Standard, High Line - Meatpacking District

  • See The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center - Upper West Side

  • Bronx Zoo's Winter Wonderland - Bronx

  • The Christmas Tree at The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Upper East Side

  • Ice skate under the "northern lights" at Pier 17 - Seaport District

  • See the tree at Lotte New York Palace - Midtown

  • Explore the decor of Hudson Yards - Hudson Yards

  • It's Christmas all year long at Christmas in New York - Little Italy

Shelters + Volunteering

Nothing will help you get into the holiday spirit quite like donating your time or resources to those in need .Check out volunteer + donation opportunities all around the city, such as:

  • The Bowery Mission

  • Covenant House

  • Waldo's Rescue

  • The Urban Outreach Center

  • Mainchance Drop-In Center

  • Coalition for the Homeless

We hope that however you do it, you find a way to put a little disco in the details of your holiday season this year. Remember, we'll be continually vetting + updating this list so be sure to share any spots that we're missing! We wish you and your family a very Happy Holidays + Happy New Year and are looking forward to sharing many updates soon for how we'll be serving you in 2023!


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