Christmas in New York 2023
Christmas in New York is enchanting. Americans love to decorate their homes, and the shops extravagantly adorn their windows with festive decorations. The city is always beautifully illuminated but at Christmas, it’s like a fairy tale.
Christmas Day is celebrated on the same day as in Great Britain and Christmas Eve is the night before. It is good to know that Americans do not celebrate Boxing Day, this is something typically British.
What can you expect during Christmas?
At Christmas, families come together to eat, drink and give each other gifts. Opening presents on Christmas Day is definitely the main event for American households. Most shops, even big department stores, are closed on Christmas Day, so bear this in mind. Apart from that, there are a lot of other fun things to do at Christmas in New York.
Christmas Dinner in New York
If you want to eat out, make reservations ahead of time: All restaurants are fully booked weeks, even months in advance.
Christmas Eve in New York
On Christmas Day, many restaurants are fully booked as New Yorkers go out to have dinner. However, this is not the case for Christmas Eve. Are you in New York over Christmas? It’s always worth trying to book a restaurant on Christmas Day, but if you don’t get a table, go for dinner on Christmas Eve instead. You can take a look at the Christmas Dinner options above.
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Christmas Day in New York
On Christmas Day in New York, it’s nice to just take a walk around town. Take a stroll through the city itself, or head to Central Park. During your walk, you can always take time to go ice skating, which is a great experience!
Do you want to see a musical or sports game? Then see the real Christmas musical, Radio City Christmas Spectacular! This is a wonderful show with beautifully dressed performers and impressive acts. Often, a basketball game is played at Christmas, so there’s a possibility that the New York Knicks will play on Christmas Day in New York.
If you want to enjoy a nice Christmas cruise on the days around Christmas and, at the same time, admire the beautiful skyline of Manhattan, I recommend the Christmas Spirit cruise. In addition, there’s an option to book a Holiday brunch cruise.
Note: The Statue of Liberty and many museums are closed on Christmas Day. See here what is open on Christmas Day in New York.
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