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Five Fun Holiday Events in New York City

There’s nowhere like New York City for the holiday season.

The holiday season is always a magical time in New York City. The city is decked out in festive decorations, and there are always plenty of amazing events and displays to enjoy. This year is no exception, as the city hosts some truly spectacular holiday attractions. Here are five fantastic options.

New York City For the Holidays

New York Botanical Garden’s

The New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show takes place through January 16, 2023. The beloved holiday display has wowed audiences for over 30 years with nearly 200 miniature replicas of famous New York landmarks. Visitors can also enjoy an evening light show, “NYBG GLOW.” Ticket prices vary, and discounts are available for students and seniors. The charming displays are perfect for families and make the ideal Christmas backdrop for fun photos. 

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NYBG Holiday Train Show (©Christopher Postlewaite / NYC & Company)

At The Illusionist’s Table

“At The Illusionist’s Table” offers guests a unique experience where the culinary arts blend with the art of illusion. The production is performed by creator Scott Silven, a world-renowned illusionist. Located inside The Hideout at Gallow Green within The McKittrick Hotel, the candlelit show is the perfect blend of dinner (three courses to be exact) and a show-making for a well-rounded experience that’s not to be missed. Performances begin on December 4 and end on January 30, 2023. The previous engagement was sold out, so don’t miss the limited residency this holiday season. 

"At The Illusionist’s Table" Inside The McKittrick Hotel New York | WHERE Traveler®
"At The Illusionist’s Table" (Courtesy The McKittrick Hotel)

Pinkmas at The Museum of Ice Cream

The Museum of Ice Cream in New York City is the most festive place to be during the holiday season. The Instagrammable spot brings Pinkmas to the Big Apple every holiday season. The event is perfect for ice cream lovers of all ages, with plenty of interactive activities and activations like paper gingerbread houses, ice cream samples, a forest of pink trees, a giant snow globe and more. The museum encompasses three floors of interactivity and sweet immersions. The Pinkmas celebration runs through January 9, 2023. 

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Pinkmas (Courtesy The Museum of Ice Cream)

A Christmas Carol Live

Few shows are as synonymous with the holiday season as “A Christmas Carol.” You can catch it this month at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre, which is hosting a special rendition of the beloved holiday tale through January 1, 2023, entitled “A Christmas Carol Live.” The stage production is a unique take on the classic tale, with Tony Award-winner Jefferson Mays playing more than 50 different roles. This Charles Dickens holiday tradition is not to be missed. 

(Courtesy A Christmas Carol Live) New York | WHERE Traveler®
(Courtesy A Christmas Carol Live)

Rockefeller Center

The Rockefeller Center ice skating rink and Christmas Tree are popular tourist attractions in NYC that are some of the top things to do and see during the holiday season. Every year, the rink opens for a festive season of family-friendly fun. The Christmas Tree is on display from 6 a.m to midnight daily. Rockefeller Center also hosts a Toys for Tots event every year to collect new, unused toys for children in need (this year’s event runs through December 13). Visitors can also donate toys at The Giving Machine, a large metal structure resembling a vending machine. 

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Rockefeller Center (©Jess Sanchez)