Christmas Bucket List: What To Do in NYC In December

The smell of fresh Christmas trees hit my nose as I walk down the street, sparkling lights fill the windows of restaurants and storefronts, and you can catch a quick glimpse of families decorating their tree as you walk by their apartment. It’s December and the holidays are in full swing. Seeing people in Santa hats and walking home with their newly bought Christmas trees are common occurrences. New York City comes alive around the holidays! This time of the year really makes me want to indulge in everything the city has to offer. It’s my favorite part of the year and I have so many things that I want to do! You guys know by now that I am a list kinda gal, so it was only natural that I put together a holiday bucket list!


Every year NYC has a few spots around Manhattan that have a Holiday Market. If you aren’t in the Christmas spirit a quick trip to one of these markets will change that! They have a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, holiday concerts, ice-skating, shopping, and food! Some of the best food from all around the city is in one spot. You can get an empanada, apple cider, and a freshly baked doughnut while living your best life!


Though I will most likely never go to the tree lighting again. (It was freezing and the crowds were ridiculous) It’s a tradition that my husband and I go and take a selfie in front of the tree. The whole scene around this time of year is spectacular! Everything is beautifully decorated and it’s a must to at least go and watch people ice-skate.


The Rockettes never disappoint. Fun Fact There are over 1,100 pairs of shoes worn in each show. Between the Rockettes, the ensemble and Santa Claus, over 1,100 pairs of shoes are worn per show! That’s a lot of shoes!


I have a very clear memory as a child of my parents bringing my brothers and me to see the holiday windows at Macy’s. They would bundle us up, we would get peanuts from a street vendor, and we would stand outside of Macy’s and analyze every window. My dad would pick us up so that we could see better while my mother would quiz us on what letter made the “SSSSSS” sound. It’s a very fond memory I have of my family, so I knew that when I grew up I would continue the tradition. Though I don’t have children, my husband I still go, get peanuts from a street vendor, and I quiz him on what’s the best gift for me this year.


You always have that one neighbor who goes all out during the holidays. They have a flying Santa, a live choir singing silent night, and an actual nativity scene complete with live animals. In Dyker Heights Brooklyn the whole neighborhood goes all out! I’m talking lights that’s flash on the beat to Michael Buble’s whole Christmas Album, dancing Santa’s, and free hot chocolate! The whole scene is sure to put you in the holiday spirit!

My list could really get so much longer, but these are things that I must do! I’m positive that this list will grow as the month goes on. What are your favorite things to do in your city during the holidays? Do you have a bucket list?


1 Comment

  1. December 4, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    I am new to New Jersey and visiting New york during Christmas is definitely in my bucket list.Thanks to you for making my life easy by this detailed list of places to visit.

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