If there is one city that goes hand in hand with Christmas it’s NYC. New York in December is unlike anywhere else in the world for quintessential holiday hoopla. It’s like Christmas threw up on the city. It’s beautiful.
There’s so much to see and whether you’re just visiting the city or you call it home, it’s hard to know where to start. So, I’ve teamed up with Uber to help you guys hit all the best spots by bringing you my Ultimate New York City Holiday Guide.
I tackled most of these spots last week with my friends using uberBLACK and the ‘multiple destinations’ feature. There’s nothing like hoping in warm car after you’ve frozen your fingers off snapping pics.
Rockefeller Plaza – This is probably THE most NY Christmas photo you could take.
Lotte New York Palace – The courtyard with tree is a postcard in itself (Also this is where Serena and Chuck lived in the early seasons of Gossip Girl)
Brookfield Place – The indoor courtyard is decked with lights.
Zuccotti Park – A mini park in the heart of FiDi done up entirely with twinkling lights (pictured above).
Tree Riders – An outdoor Christmas tree shop perfect for the ‘gram.
Dyker Heights – The most festive neighbourhood in NY. You have to venture to Brooklyn, but it is the ultimate display of residential Christmas lights. Worth the trek, especially if you’re a Griswold at heart.
FOOD & DRINK
Rolf’s – If you tried to hang one more decoration in the restaurant it would collapse (pictured above).
The Plaza – Because it’s the plaza.
Rosemary’s – One of NY’s top ‘date night’ spots, nestled in west village, its dressed up for the holidays and has a great happy hour at the bar (we frequent it year round).
Serendipity 3 – They do frozen hot chocolate. I’m still confused about how this works, but omg they’re good.
Baita by Birreria – Cozy winter rooftop pop up by EATALY. It looks like a mountain lodge.
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DEPARTMENT STORE WINDOW DISPLAYS
THE BEST RINKS
Wollman Rink Central Park – The iconic Central Park ice rink that you’ve seen in a ton of movies. Has the best view of the city while you skate.
Rockefeller Plaza – Can be super crowded but its also iconic, and located right below the Rockefeller tree – which is pretty cool.
Bryant Park – You can visit the Christmas Market then hit up the rink.
Union Square Holiday Market – Internationally renowned and pretty unique. I go for the pretzels.
Columbus Circle Holiday Market – I’ve actually never been to this one but its known as one of the most elegant markets around. And its right near the park!
*In partnership with Uber, all opinions are my own.