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Christmas in New York.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year—and by “it” we mean Christmas in New York! Just a few weeks after all the Halloween events wrap up, the city and the best New York attractions turn into an illuminated winter wonderland, decked out with Christmas trees, holiday windows and Christmas lights. Even the most tourist-averse New Yorkers have to admit that it’s a pretty spectacular sight.
At a holiday market, NYC offers the best decorations, food and winter activities to get you in the Christmas spirit. If department stores with their holiday windows leave you cold, spend your winter at a holiday market. NYC’s best holiday shopping spots have everything from ice skating to vintage goods for one-of-a-kind Christmas presents. Stay through dinner as you snack on grub from the city’s best food trucks, and make sure not to miss the tree lightings. Here are the top holiday markets of the season.
Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
Not only is there free ice skating on Bryant Park’s 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink (bring your own skates!) but also more than 125 holiday shops, including a bunch of new kiosks and eateries. And after you shop and skate, warm up at spacious rink-side restaurant Celsius.
Union Square Holiday Market
If there’s one alfresco shopping event worth braving the cold for, it’s this one. This European-style winter market boasts more than 150 local and national vendors hawking an impressive selection of handcrafted gifts, ranging from jewelry and accessories to leather goods and artwork. Check out the brew-your-own beer kits from the Brooklyn Brew Shop; handmade, monogrammed stuffed animals from Hazel Village; and wooden puzzles and board games from Kubiya Games.
Grand Central Holiday Fair
It’s hard to imagine a more romantic excursion than going to a Christmas market in Grand Central—gawk at the swirls of constellations on the roof inside, then check out the towering, bejeweled tree to get a new meaning of bright lights, big city.
Rockefeller Christmas Tree
Every Christmas, thousands of New Yorkers (and tourists) travel to the bright and brilliant nexus of town: the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. 2016’s version will be the best one yet, so whether you’re stopping by for the ice-skating or to see the Lighting Ceremony, you will certainly feel the magic when you witness the wonder of the 78-foot, 10-ton Norway Spruce illuminated in over 45,000 LED lights. Seriously, you have to see it. Not only is this one of the best NYC events in December, but there’s also a ton of festive things to do around the landmark.
We have chosen hotels in time square; this keeps you close to all the pride events and within walking distance of some of the gay bars, and a short taxi ride to the others. Best Western Plus President Hotel at Times Square, Westin New York at Times Square,InterContinental New York Times Square and the New York Marriott Marquis are highly recommended and offer great rates when booked in advance.
Gay Map of New York
Most of the gay bars are located in the Christopher Street and Time square areas; we have found hotels closes to the gay bars in each area that have the best revues with our hotel partner Booking.com
Video Of Christmas in New York
Highlights of Christmas in New York City
Recommended Hotels in New York
The gayest neighborhoods of note are Chelsea, Greenwich Village, and the East Village, all of them downtown, as well as Hells Kitchen, on the west side of Midtown. We have picked hotels close the the popular gay bars in Midtown and Greenwich Village