I did a post last year but here is my updated NYC holiday guide! I am happy to live so close to an amazing city like New York City so if you never been, definitely go during the holidays because it is magical! It is super romantic and there is so much to do!
Okay not that much holiday vibes but definitely a place to have a nice winter photoshoot. This park is huge so you can be walking around forever but the views are amazing anywhere. Two of my fave spots are bow bridge and Bethesda Terrace. You can be super romantic and ride the horse carriages here if you like. There is also a big ice skating rink but I don’t ice skate because I have this really weird fear that I am going to fall and someone is gonna skate over my fingers and then it falls off LOL don’t mind me but if you’re into that then definitely check it out here but read below for two other skating rinks.
Located right in midtown near Times Square, Bryant Park is a must visit for the holidays! It opens in November and personally, it is better going on a weekday than weekend because weekends get really crowded especially when it gets closer to Christmas. It has a beautiful big Christmas Tree with beautiful pink lights (pink is my fave color) and a big ice skating rink. It is free admission but you would have to pay for your own skate rental of $20. If you want to skip the line, you can reserve ahead for a specific time slot online for $45. If you’re not into ice skating, feel free to explore the cute little holiday shops for winter/xmas accessories/gifts/souvenirs and the food court for snacks.
Saks 5th Ave Light Show
If you take a 8 block walk on 5th ave towards 50th street, you can get your Christmas shopping done and watch a light show at the same time. The famous light show outside Saks is absolutely amazing with music and beautiful colors. The light show plays every 10 minutes so while you wait for the next show, don’t forget to look at the decorative window displays outside Saks. For the best viewing, cross the street and stand on the Rockefeller side to see the full display.
You cannot go to NYC during the holidays and not see this tree! Yes it is crowded and a major tourist area but it’s a classic beauty. You can go ice skating on this rink for a close up view of the tree or even go up the Rockefeller Center to the Top of the Rock observatory for a beautiful view of the city lights. Everything about this center is picture worthy so don’t forget to take lots of pictures! The tree is lighted from 5:30am to 11:30pm.
This bar is located at 230 5th Avenue, New York, NY. This is a rooftop bar with amazing views of the city, including Empire State building so no need to explore the observatory of Empire State Building when this bar is free admission. Snuggle up in an lighted/heated igloo with your closest friends or your other half and sip on hot chocolate. There is a full bar so you can order any drinks you want. If it’s too cold for you, ask for a complimentary red robe to borrow to wear or head inside to the lounge and relax.
Lotte New York Plaza
This hotel has a beautiful huge Christmas Tree in the lobby and the lobby is open to the public! It is such a classic place that was seen in movies and tv shows like my fave Gossip Girl 🙂
Moxy Pink Pop Up
This was a new pop up this year at a bar called Moxy located in Times Square. On the second floor, there is a pink decorated area with a pink piano, pink chair, pink teddy bear, pink fireplace, and even pink Christmas tree. Omg yes PINK HEAVEN! If you walk to the bar, there are holiday themed drinks like mulled wine and pink velvet hot chocolate and yes the white chocolate is spiked! Right next to the bar, there is even an ice cream vending machine but it is cash only! The vibe is very very chill and not crowded at all.
Rolf’s Christmas Bar
I never been here but I am adding it to the list because I always wanted to go. Advice: line up early and go here on a weekday. I am planning to come back during a weekday to see it and I’ll upload pics later. This is a German bar that is heavily decorated by Christmas ornaments. There are no reservations until January and if you read the Yelp reviews, they are pretty bad. The bar gets pretty crowded and I heard that it’s “rushed.” Picture Credits: Rolf’s Restaurant