What is open on Christmas Day in New York?

What is open on Christmas Day in New York

What is open on Christmas Day in New York? Because Americans also celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December, opening times may be different on this day. Attractions and sights may be closed or have modified opening hours over the holidays in New York. See what you can do on Christmas Day in New York here.

What’s open on Christmas Day in New York?

Opening hours of attractions and sights can look different on Christmas Day in New York. Here’s what you can do:

Activities open on Christmas Day 2023

Major Attractions Major Museums
Empire State Building Madame Tussauds
Top of the Rock RiseNY
One World Observatory American Museum of Natural History
Edge Observation Deck MoMA
Summit One Vanderbilt The Met
9/11 Memorial 9/11 Museum
Hop on Hop off Buses Intrepid Museum
Helicopter Tour All other museums are closed
Rockefeller Christmas Tree Broadway
Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Ice Skating Chicago
Zoos & New York Aquarium Wicked
Bike rentals and tours Michael Jackson Musical
Circle Line Cruises Gazillion Bubble Show
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island No other Broadway shows on this day
Sports Shops
New York Knicks Macy's
No other sports games on this day Woodbury Common Outlet
Public transportation Empire Outlets
Restaurants Supermarkets

What is there to do on Christmas Day in New York?

Take the opportunity to visit a truly classic Christmas musical, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall! This show stars the world-famous Rockettes, a dance troupe that performs in perfect unison.

You will get that Christmas feeling on the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour. You will visit the Dyker Heights neighbourhood with a guide, where you will see houses lavishly decorated with thousands of Christmas lights!

For a more sporty activity, put on your skates and venture to one of the ice skating rinks in New York. You can also check out one of the wonderful Christmas markets.

Shopping on Christmas Day

Americans celebrate the holiday season extensively, so many shops and supermarkets adjust their opening hours on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. Shops close earlier on Christmas Eve and are closed completely on Christmas Day. Pharmacies, such as CVS, and small neighbourhood grocery stores will be open during Christmas, though.

Getting around the city on Christmas Day

On both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, public transport in New York runs on a modified schedule. Check in advance to see if your subway line will run.

Will things be open in New York on Christmas Day?

As Christmas is a major holiday, opening hours may be different from normal. See what there is to do on Christmas Day in New York here.

Does the subway run in New York on Christmas Day?

During Christmas in New York, the subway runs on a modified schedule. Read more here.

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