Christmas in New York

Tips to make the most of Christmas in New York

  • It'll be around 7 degrees or lower, so make sure you pack warm clothes and a jacket. 
  • If you plan to travel around making the most of the Christmas markets or taking a tour, wear a pair of shoes that will be kind to your feet – stilettos need not apply. 
  • If you're planning on loading up on artisanal gifts, make sure you take a bag to ensure you're an eco-conscious traveler. 
  • And if you want to make the very most of your time and money in the city, invest in the New York Pass®



Holiday shopping in Bryant Park

The holiday shops at Bryant Park are on pretty much everyone's list of must-do holiday experiences in the city. Inspired by open-air European Crafts fairs, the market features vendors from literally around the world. The little kiosks offer the same kind of choice as full-sized shops and feature goods ranging from African baskets to one-of-a-kind-jewelry handcrafted in Brooklyn. With your New York Pass, you can enjoy free ice skate rental at the Bank of America Winter Village located in Bryant Park: Manhattan's winter wonderland. 

Columbus Circle Holiday Market

With its festive, candy-striped booths, the Columbus Circle Market is visually one of the most appealing holiday markets. Located right across from the Time Warner Center and nestled into the entrance to Central Park, it's also in an ideal location, easily accessed by public transportation. Browse jewelry, home goods, crafts, and food to find something for just about everyone on your list.

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind winter wonderland

If you're looking for a uniquely beautiful light spectacle on a scale you'd expect from this incredible city, you won't find better than LuminoCity - also included on The New York Pass. Featuring animatronic sculptures, LED-lit landscapes, workshops and themed nights, you can be sure of a truly magical evening, whether you're traveling with family, friends, or solo. The attraction's Holiday Market also provides the perfect opportunity to shop and feast, indulging in everything from brownies to multi-colored cookies and even deep-fried ice cream. Musical performances in this magical landscape elevate this venue from a light park to an all-out winter wonderland that will perfect your trip. Make sure you have your camera ready.  

Take a tour

There's no better way to get into the holiday spirit than by taking a guided tour of New York's best traditional markets. Learn about the city's Christmas traditions. Take in the holiday lights. Wander around movie locations of your favorite festive movies. You'll also have the opportunity to browse artisanal goods, local art and winter attire stalls while enjoying traditional foods and indulgent desserts. With your New York Pass, you'll be able to enjoy this tour without paying more than the pass price. Journey down Fifth Avenue to see the department stores lit up before hitting up markets from Bryant Park's Winter Village where you can also use your pass to get in a spot of ice skating. 

For more things to do in New York, check out what attractions you can get into entirely free of charge with The New York Pass: pay nothing but the pass price. 



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