Christmas in New York 2021
Christmas in New York is enchanting. Americans love to decorate their homes, and shops extravagantly adorn their windows with festive decorations. The city is always beautifully illuminated but at Christmas, it’s like a fairy tale.
Christmas Day is celebrated on the same day as in Australia and Christmas Eve is the night before. It is good to know that Americans do not celebrate Boxing Day, this is something typically Australian.
What can you expect during Christmas?
At Christmas, families come together to eat, drink and give each other gifts. Opening presents on Christmas Day is definitely the main event for American households. If you want to eat out, make reservations ahead of time: All restaurants are fully booked weeks, even months in advance. I recommend Milos Wine Bar, Peter Luger Steakhouse, Marseille or Bryant, Park Grill. If you’re visiting New York with a larger group, Italian family restaurant Carmine’s is a nice place to go. Most shops, even big department stores, are closed on Christmas Day, so bear this in mind.
Christmas Eve in New York
On Christmas Day, many restaurants are fully booked as New Yorkers go out to have dinner. However, this is not the case for Christmas Eve. Are you in New York over Christmas? Then focus on Christmas Eve. Of course, it’s always worth trying to book a restaurant for Christmas day. However, if you don’t get a table, go for dinner on Christmas Eve instead.
Christmas Day in New York
On Christmas Day in New York, it’s nice to just take a walk around town. Take a stroll through the city itself, or head to Central Park. During your walk, you can always take time to go ice skating, which is a great experience!
If you want to enjoy a nice dinner on this festive day and, at the same time, admire the beautiful skyline of Manhattan, I recommend the Christmas Day Brunch Cruise. In addition, there’s an option to book premium tickets for this cruise, which then gives you access to the outdoor top deck.
Note: The Statue of Liberty is closed on Christmas Day.
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