Christmas Time in New York City 2016

Whether you are traveling near or far, New York City is always a great place to be around Christmas but needless to say, of course there is a lot of hustle and bustle. After many years celebrating Christmas in NYC, I’ll give you my version of what you should definitely do in NYC for Christmas especially for the ‘gram.

Grab Some Chimney Cake from Bryant Park

A cinnamon sweet Hungarian dessert stuffed with Nutella, peanut butter or cookie cream and topped with whipped cream. It’s enough sugar to keep you up while trekking through the busy city.


A photo posted by @palette.pop

 Ice Skating & Shopping at Winter Village, Bryant Park

Do a little Christmas shopping or go ice skating. This one is a “tourist trap” but always a goodie even for someone who has celebrate Christmas in the city one too many times.


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Eat food & Shop at Chelsea Market

I recommend the tacos from Los Tacos, although the line can get long during peak hours. There is also a great coffee shop (Ninth Street Espresso), chocolate shop (Fat Witch Bakery), and little boutiques. Walk around and explore, just know that it can get busy during peak eating hours.


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Visit the Union Square Holiday Market

Find gifts from local artisans. If you want to grab a cool overview photo, run over to Burlington or DSW acros the street and snap a photo from the second floor.


A photo posted by @mikaparis17

Add a post it at the Union Square Park Subway Entrance

Add your own post it to the wall of post its at the Union Square Park subway entrance and snap a photo.

A photo posted by @linjie_deng

Grab a Christmas Taiyaki from Taiyaki NYC

Let me tell you how delicious this is, and they’ve added a Christmas theme as well? How could you say no? Choose your filling, red bean or custard, your ice cream flavor, and toppings and they’ll make it for you on the spot.


A photo posted by @taiyakinyc

 Grab a Christmas donut from the Doughtnut Plant

Grab a Christmas themed donut from the Doughtnut Plant. Plus they have a ‘gram worthy donut wall so you’ll make everyone back home jealous.


A photo posted by @les.geraghty

Stop by Rolfs Bar & Restaurant

A German restaurant that looks like Christmas vomitted inside? It is almost impossible to grab a reservation right now but if you want to grab a drink from the bar to get a photo for the ‘gram, then go during off-peak hours during the weekday.

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Eat at Panna II Garden Indian Restaurant

Less gimmicky than Rolf and less tourist filled is Panna II Garden Indian Restaurant. Good Indian food and perfect for the ‘gram.


A photo posted by @chloesavestheday

Stop by the Standard Highline Hotel

Walk the Standard High Line, grab some hot chocolate, take a photo with the abominable snowman or go ice skating!

A photo posted by @enroutesomewhere


A photo posted by @tshelford

Take a Rest at Hammock Park in Flatiron District

Glowing hammocks? Jump on a hammock, and take in the flat iron skyline. Open 9am-9pm daily.

A photo posted by @kerimbozkurt

Enjoy the Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

Open until January 16th 2017, explore the winter wonderland over 250 acres.


NYC Botanical Gardens Holiday Train Show

Enjoy. I love Christmas in the city and if you catch me out there, say Hi!


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