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14 Reasons Why NYC Is The Ultimate Christmas Destination

Contented Gypsy | Life-size Christmas Ornaments

According to my neighbor’s countdown to Christmas clock (at the time this is published anyway) there are 6 days, 6 hours, 39 minutes, and 35 seconds left until Christmas.

Christmas is absolutely without a doubt my favorite time of the year. I’m a “ooo pretty shiny” kind of gal, so the bright lights and glitter reel me in. I can spend all day cuddled up under a blanket, drinking coffee or hot cocoa, and watching “Love Actually” or just cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies, really. My single status does not deter me from being in love with Christmas feels.

I’m also absolutely in love with New York City. The vibe is electric, and it’s hard not to get excited when Christmas comes to New York. Let’s be honest for a moment. No city does Christmas quite like The Big Apple, so when friends come to visit, and I revel in the fact I can go into tourist mode to explore the City in all its Christmas glory.

Here are just a few reasons why everyone should experience a New York City Christmas for at least one Holiday season in their lives.

1. The Infamous Rockefeller Tree

Contented Gypsy | Rockefeller Christmas Treea

2. Ice Skating in Central Park. And Rockefeller Plaza. And Bryant Park.

Contented Gypsy | Ice Skating Rockefeller Center

Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center

3. Christmas Markets Pop Up All Over

Contented Gypsy | Union Square Christmas Market

Union Square Christmas Market

4. Macy’s Windows. Or Any Window For that Matter

Contented Gypsy | Macy's Charlie Brown Christmas Windows

5. Even Boring Bodegas Dress Up in Christmas Garb

Contented Gypsy | Neighborhood Christmas Trees

6. Every Street Becomes A Christmas Postcard

Contented Gypsy | Snowy New York City Street

7. The Larger Than Life Sixth Ave Christmas Ornaments and Lights

Contented Gypsy | Life-size Christmas Ornaments

8. Tall Buildings Adorned With Christmas Lights

Contented Gypsy | NYC Building With Christmas Lights

9 Brooklyn’s Dyker Heights. Need I Say More?

Contented Gypsy | Dyker Heights House Christmas Lights

10. Because Nothing Causes Christmas Nostalgia Like The Rockettes

Contented Gypsy | Christmas at Radio City Music Hall

11. Where Else Can You See a Light Show Like At Saks?

Contented Gypsy | Blue Castle Saks Fifth Ave Light Show

Saks Fifth Ave Light Show

12. Firetrucks Even Join In On The Fun.

Contented Gypsy | Columbus Circle Fire Truck Christmas Wreaths


13. SantaCon Means Santas Flood The City Streets!

Contented Gypsy | Wikimedia Santacon


14. The Subtle Holiday Feels at Grand Central Station

Contented Gypsy | Grand Central Station Christmas


If you still aren’t convinced, I’m going to leave this video here to set the mood.

What’s your favorite part of Christmas in the city?

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  • Kenneth Cool
    December 18 at 10:09 pm

    Such an awesome city all the time! Christmas just makes even better. Love seeing your pics

  • Angela
    December 26 at 11:40 pm

    I would absolutely love to see NYC during Christmas. It looks magical!


    • Chelsey T
      December 27 at 12:04 pm

      Oh my goodness it really is! Even in the rain, it was still magical and sparkly. So very sparkly.

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