Christmas in NYC is magical to experience. People soften their demeanor. You might hear someone whistling “O Little Town of Bethlehem” as they stroll down the street. The most distracted New Yorkers stop to marvel at the beauty of all the decorations of glitter, Christmas trees and lights.
Now, we know we just recently published an article about the real meaning of Christmas. We still stress that we should keep God at the forefront of why we celebrate this special holiday. If you keep God central to all this added joy, we say go enjoy the beauty of the holidays! Below we’ve listed some NYC attractions that will help you create some special memories during Christmas in NYC 2017. Please read below to see a list we’ve curated and comment on Facebook to add to our list!
NYC Subway System- Navigating the Subway System can be an adventure in itself, and will be challenging during Christmas in NYC. When planning your daily excursions, there are many helpful apps or website that will tell you directions to your destinations. One helpful app includes “Transit” or “Moovit” which tells you how to get to locations using the NYC subway system with maps of the subway system as well.
NYC Attractions | Christmas in NYC 2017 Edition
St. Patrick’s Cathedral-
Located on 5th Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is a majestic symbol of Catholic faith right in the heart of New York City. Named a National Historical Landmark in 1976, over five and a half million people visit this beautiful gothic cathedral each year. It is an especially moving place to visit at Christmastime to partake in the 38th Annual “A City Singing at Christmas” on Dec 21st 7-9pm, or Christmas Eve mass at 5:30pm or Midnight Mass at 12am on 12/25 with Timothy Cardinal Dolan (due to its popularity, tickets are required to attend this mass). No tickets are required to attend regular Sunday mass. For more information about what to expect when visiting St. Patrick’s Cathedral, visit walksofnewyork.com.
Directions: You can take a cab or E or M subway line to 5th Ave / 53rd Street, #6 subway to 51st Street, B, D, F, or M to 47-50th Streets / Rockefeller Center. Open daily 6:30am – 8:45pm. Access may be restricted during certain times due to special events.
A Walking Tour of the Holiday Windows for Christmas in NYC-
Ever since the 1870’s, major retailers in NYC have been decking their windows with enchanting scenes often centered around new themes every year. Decorations go up around Thanksgiving and stay up until New Years Day so travelers can enjoy them after Christmas.
Participating stores include Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Barneys, Bergdorf, Sax Fifth Avenue and Lord and Taylor. To see all six stores you could probably cover about two miles in two hours, depending upon your pace. At night, you’ll enjoy a light show on the facade of Sax Fifth Avenue complete with music and timed lights. To best enjoy this experience, wear warm clothes, comfortable shoes and keep your wits about you as this area can be especially crowded. There is no charge to view the windows. For step-by-step instructions about visiting the window displays, check out this guide by tripsavvy.com.
Directions: Start at Bloomingdale’s. Take a cab or the N, R, W, 4, 5, or 6 subway line to the 59th Street / Lexington Avenue stop.
Bryant Park Winter Village-
The 17,000 square foot space occupies 150 shops, eateries and vendors and an ice-skating rink which will run through March 4, 2017. You can enjoy the rink daily from 8am-10pm and shops are open Mon-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat/Sun 10am-8pm. There is no fee to use the rink with your own skates, or you may rent skates for $20. There is no fee to enjoy the shops, unless you find something spectacular to purchase! Here is a great guide on the Bryant Park Winter Village on timeout.com.
Directions: Take a cab to 40th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. Or ride the subway using the B, D, F or M to 42nd Street – Bryant Park. You can also take the A, D, or E, to 42nd Street – Port Authority Bus Terminal, or the 1 Uptown Local to Times Square – 42nd Street.
Rockefeller Center and ‘Top of the Rock’-
A well-known sight in New York City during the winter is the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. This year they’re hosting a 78-foot, 10 ton Norway Spruce with over 45,000 LED lights on display until January 7th. Rockefeller Center is also home to the world’s most famous ice skating rink. For ‘Top of the Rock,’ the views are amazing and the experience is unforgettable. Learn more about ‘Top of the Rock’ by clicking here.
Directions: Visit Rockefeller Center at 49th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. Take the B, D, F, or M to 47th-50th Streets – Rockefeller Center.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular-
Since 1933, the Rockettes have been putting on this classic must-see show. You will enjoy one of the most festive shows of the season and a Christmas in NYC tradition. For information on how to get tickets, visit timeout.com.
Directions to Radio City Music Hall: Take a cab or B, D, F, or M subway to to 47th-50th / Rockefeller Center, or the 1 to 50th St / Broadway.
Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Gardens-
Created by Paul Busse, a collection of trains chug along a half-mile track through the gardens. Watch trains pass miniature NYC landmarks made of leaves, twigs, bark and berries. For more information about the Holiday Train Show, visit nybg.org.
Directions: New York Botanical Gardens, 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx. Take the B or D to Bedford Park Blvd – Lehman College then take the Bx26 bus; or Metro-North to Botanical Gardens.
NYC Attractions: Museums
The famous NYC museums below are always worth the trip. Therefore, we’ve provided links below for your convenience.
- Guggenheim Museum
- The American Museum of Natural History
- Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
- Metropolitan Museum of Art (The MET)
- 9/11 Memorial and Ground Zero Museum
- Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
- Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
- New York Botanical Garden
NYC Attractions: Shopping
- Chelsea Market
- The Oculus / Westfield World Trade Center
- The Apple Store
- Jewelry District
- A Guide to NYC Boutiques
NYC Attractions: Restaurants
Check out this list of NYC Restaurants by clicking here, complete with reviews and locations.
Looking for local NYC Attractions nearest to The Leo House?
Read this article we wrote a while back about things to do in our local Chelsea neighborhood of NYC.
Whatever you decide to do for Christmas in NYC, we hope you have wonderful time. If you visit New York City, we hope to welcome you to your home-away-from-home at The Leo House.
Please keep in mind that The Leo House is providing this information out of kindness and love for our travelers. We have not been paid to provide this information.