New York City is one of my favorite places to visit any time of year, but the month of December in NYC is absolutely magical.  From the decorations in store windows to the famous Rockefeller Christmas tree, the city lights up the streets and your hearts with Christmas cheer.  I have compiled my list of things to do during your fabulous trip to the city!

Absolute MUST Things to Do:

  1. Visit the window displays of the major Department Stores (Bloomingdale’s, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks 5th Avenue, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Tiffany & Co, Henri Bendel)Walking Map of NYC Christmas Window Displays
  2. See the New York City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular
  3. Visit the Rockfeller Center Christmas Tree

    Rockefeller Center Christmas | New York City
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  4. Santacon Pub Crawl
  5. Go to a Christmas tree lighting (usually the first week of December)
  6. Eat or drink at an overly festive restaurant or pub. (Rolfs, Molly’s, Pete’s Tavern)

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  7. Shop at Chelsea Market & Union Square Market…and everywhere else!
  8. Find someplace warm and get a big slice of NY pizza. (My faves are Artichoke Basille’s, Joe’s, or Prince Street)

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  9. Go to happy hour for holiday drinks
  10. Sip hot chocolate from one of these world famous shops or even just a street cart. (Bibble & Sip, Nunu Chocolates, Jacques Torres Chocolate, City Bakery)
NYC Hot Chocolate at Bibble & Sip
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I hope you enjoyed the post.  Share in the comments your favorite NYC restaurants and things to do. And don’t forget to share on Pinterest.

-XOXO, Mattison

Christmas in New York City Things to Do

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