What to do in New York City at Christmas

I will be the first to say New York City is beautiful any time of the year, but NYC at Christmas is definitely the best! There is so much to see, do and taste. It makes sense why so many tourists come visit the city during the holiday season. One of the questions I get asked the most during this time of year is “what should we do in NYC at Christmas time?” I’ve created a couple vlogs here and here showing you pieces of Christmas in NYC, but thought I would create a physical list for you as well. These are a few of my favorite recommendations, starting at Central Park and walking south!

1.) Go ice skating in Central Park
2.) Shop the Christmas Stands in Columbus Circle
3.) The Plaza – go inside & enjoy the decor!
4.) Fifth Avenue– notice the windows at Bergdorf Goodman, watch the light show, see the windows and go inside at Saks Fifth Avenue, notice Cartier wrapped like a present, see the exterior and interior of Tiffany’s, check out the sparkle of Harry Winston
5.) See the Rockefeller Christmas Tree & Skating Rink
6.) Go to Ralph’s in Ralph Lauren for some hot cocoa & a salted chocolate chip cookie
7.) New York Public Library – go inside and make sure to visit upstairs! Last year they had notes from Charles Dickens as he wrote his Christmas books!
8.) Bryant Park– spend some time exploring the Christmas Village & enjoy the only free ice skating in NYC
9.) Visit the windows at Lord & Taylor
10.) Visit Macy’s– see ‘Believe’ in lights on the buildings exterior, check out their gorgeous windows and see the Christmas magic inside
11.) Shop the Christmas Stands in Union Square Park
12.) End your day with a Christmas carriage ride through Central Park

What do you love about Christmas in NYC?

Also, this dress has become a go-to of mine! It is so comfortable and makes you want to twirl!
And I believe the olive color works from fall to spring, don’t you?

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dress c/o MakeMeChic, similar here

 

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35 Comments

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    Kelli-Anne Harris
    December 19, 2016 at 9:54 am

    I have only been to NYC once a few years ago and have almost been desperate to get back there. I have always told to visit there at Christmas but it is indeed the best. My plan is to visit for a good week around this time next year to spend christmas and new years. I always wanted to be there to see the ball drop in times square. All of these ideas are surely on my list and I can’t wait to get up there. I am definitely pinning this. Thanks so much!

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      Chloé Arnold
      December 19, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      Oh you must come back!! New Year and Christmas are great! And a good alternative to Times Square are the fireworks in Central Park!

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    Kirsty Hoggons
    December 19, 2016 at 9:56 am

    This is such a lovely list, especially for people who are new to New York. I absolutely adore it there and I cannot wait to go back x

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      Chloé Arnold
      December 19, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      Isn’t it such a fun city? Hope you can make it here one Christmas!

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    Allie
    December 19, 2016 at 10:19 am

    I SO want to visit NYC at Christmas! One day I will make it there this time of year! Also I VOTED!!! Go girl!!

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      Chloé Arnold
      December 19, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      I think you need to add it to your bucket list for next year! And THANK YOU!!!!

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    Amanda
    December 19, 2016 at 10:40 am

    NYC looks so fun in the winter! The first time I went was in late June, so it was a very different experience, but still amazing.

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      Chloé Arnold
      December 19, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      It is so beautiful any time of year, but it is especially magic when covered in snow and Christmas decor!

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    Travel Pockets
    December 19, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    I’ve been to NYC several times and still have not had the chance to visit the New York Public Library. I really want to go next time. Your dress looks lovely on you :)

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      Chloé Arnold
      December 19, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      Oh you must make it to the NYPL! It is beautiful! And this dress is only $28- can you believe it?!

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    Cassandra Ericson
    December 19, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    That dress looks adorable- weren’t you cold?? Ah, the things we do for fashion :)

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      Chloé Arnold
      December 19, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      Haha Well when it snowed it was obviously cold, but then in true NYC fashion, the next day we hit 60 degrees… And today we are back to a high of 30 :)

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    Style and Life by Susana
    December 19, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    That dress is GORGEOUS! YOU look stunning!! I hope to get to New York one day, its a dream of mine.

    Style & Life by Susana – http://www.susanalopessnarey.com/boohoo-collaboration/

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      Chloé Arnold
      December 19, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      Thank you! It is the most comfortable dress ever- and it is only $28!! You must come to NYC one day, it is magical!! Also, if you could take 30 seconds to go vote for my America/ New York guide here (http://bit.ly/2hzEm42) I would really appreciate it!

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    Pack Your Baguios
    December 19, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    I’ve never been to NYC in the winter, only in the spring and summer. I’ve always thought it would be magical to spend Christmas there and do all of the ironic activities like ice skating and shopping!

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      Chloé Arnold
      December 19, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      NYC in the spring and summer is beautiful too! Now you just have two season left to visit in! You will love them all!

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    Kelly P
    December 19, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to NYC around Christmastime. I’ve been at other times of the year, but never got around to going at Christmas! I love your pictures by the way! What kind of camera do you use? Gorgeous!

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      Chloé Arnold
      December 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      Oh you must come at Christmas! It is gorgeous! I use a 5D Mark III now, but started with a t3i

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    Stephanie Rose
    December 19, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    These are all great tips! I try to do a few each year. I love to go see the Christmas shows as well.

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      Chloé Arnold
      December 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      We do too! We didn’t even get to make it to see the Saks 5th Ave light show yet this year!

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    JeeYoung
    December 19, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    That dress is everything!! Love NYC!!

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      Chloé Arnold
      December 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      Thank you love! I adore this dress- and it’s only $28!!

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    Missy Burson
    December 19, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    J’adore that dress! Living in Colorado, I know that it can be hard to wear long dresses like that in the snow and not get the bottom wet, but it is beautiful all the same:)

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    Shasha
    December 19, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Your dress looks so fabulous! Twirl on honey! I love pieces that are super stylish yet comfortable.

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    Ref J
    December 19, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    That dress is incredible! I love your list the two that stood out for me are:

    6.) Go to Ralph’s in Ralph Lauren for some hot cocoa & a salted chocolate chip cookie
    7.) New York Public Library – go inside and make sure to visit upstairs! Last year they had notes from Charles Dickens as he wrote his Christmas books!

    definitely putting those on my list.

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    Krystal // The Krystal Diaries
    December 19, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Bryant Park is my favorite this time of year. I love the Christmas village.

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    Kemi Odesola
    December 19, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Nice!! New York is a major travel goal!!! Hopefully very soon!!

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    Mary Gui
    December 19, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    such a gorgeous green dress, love the winter wonderland feel!
    http://www.layersofchic.com

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    Keating | Why Hello Lovely
    December 20, 2016 at 12:53 am

    I absolutely love NYC at Christmastime! My family and I have spent a few Christmases there and they’re always magical. Last year, my dad and stepmom took me and my sisters on there for our first joint family vacation. It was my stepsisters first time in the city EVER so we did a ton of touristy type things for her along with the NYC Ballet since she and my step mom are both ballerinas. It was an amazing trip and my parents actually ended up engaged on the last day as well :)

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    Bryn Bradsher
    December 20, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Chloe this photo are so beautiful! I love how festive NYC is during Christmas and it’s extra magical with the snow! xo Bryn http://www.waketonroad.com

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    Samantha
    December 20, 2016 at 9:55 am

    I have always wanted to go to NYC at Christmas! It looks amazing.

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    Cece Lam
    December 26, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    I love this soo much! thank u!
    http://www.cecelam.com/2016/12/new-era.html

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    Kasey
    December 27, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    This such a great list! I’ve always wanted to see NYC at Christmas!

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    Katie Ann Lehman
    December 27, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    I LOVE Christmas in NYC! This list is perfect, and so is your dress!

    xo
    Katie Ann
    http://www.the-holly-tree.com

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    Danielle Alexandra
    December 31, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    This all sounds SO amazing! I’ve never been to New York! Great post Chloe! xo

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