The NYC lights are extra bright and festive during the holidays. The Rockefeller tree officially was lit up tonight, so it’s time to really get to celebrating! It’s my third year living in NYC for the holidays and I feel like I’ve heard of or tried the best of the best holiday hot spots. Bookmark this post for your next trip to NYC during the holidays!
Bars + Bites
Aprés Arlo– A full ski lodge at The Arlo Soho’s gorgeous courtyard.
Clicquot Chalet at Mr. Purple– Only the classiest of holiday themes with Veuve Clicquot.
Lillie’s Victorian– Classic NYC holiday vibes! They have two locations too.
Magic Hour Pink Holiday Playground– Here. for. this. Pink fairy lights everywhere + playground themed decor.
Midwinter Nights’ Dream at PHD Terrace– Twinkling lights, lush greenery, and snow-like florals fill the room at PHD.
Miracle– The OG Christmas pop-up with two NYC locations.
Ophelia’s Snow Globe in the Sky– 26 floors above NYC with a panoramic view and beautiful crystal details.
Rolf’s– A New York classic that’s actually decorated year-round. Head here earlier in the day for yummy drinks inside of a “Christmas tree”.
Snowday in Brooklyn– Sunday in Brooklyn’s holiday take, complete with popcorn and cozy cabin vibes.
The Hoxton Brooklyn– Hygge your heart out in these adorable glass houses just for the holidays.
The Late Late’s Tacky Christmas Takeover– Always here for a theme. Ugly sweaters recommended.
The Nomad Bar Holiday Spectacular– Only on Sundays and extra special. This hotel bar transforms into a holiday party with cocktails to match.
Winter Garden at The Standard East Village– A little yurt won’t hurt… enjoy fondue, drinks, + cozy vibes at The Standard.
230 5th Rooftop– Might be touristy, but these igloos are the best!
Bryant Park Winter Village– Ice skating, shopping, tons of food + more.
Dyker Heights Christmas Lights– Streets in Brooklyn come together and decorate their homes like crazy. They even offer “official” tours.
LuminoCity Festival– An immersive wonderland of lights in Randall’s Island with views of the city.
Skate the Skyline at Pier17– Ice Skating up in the sky with amazing views!
Union Square Christmas Market– So many fun options here for food and gifts.
Most “Instagrammable” NYC Holiday Spots
- Cartier 5th Ave.
- Central Park
- Eataly Flatiron Rooftop
- Lotte New York Palace
- Rockefeller Tree
- Radio City Music Hall
- Saks 5th Ave.
- Seaport District Christmas Tree
- Tavern on the Green
- Tiffany’s Store
Is there anything you like to do that I missed? LMK.