Christmas 2020 in NYC - Things You Can Still Do


So, it's the Holiday Season and you want to experience the Magic of Christmas in New York but it's 2020 andĀ everything is being CANCELLED! šŸ˜± Well, to be honest not everything is cancelled. We still have a couple of things to entertain ourselves (safely) and still experience the magic of the Holidays.

I'll be sharing here below a few things that might bring some cheer and joy back to our (boring) quarantined, or socially-distanced, life. šŸ˜‰

Some things are COMPLETELY FREE others you have to pay for.Ā 


You might say we have them every year, and it's true, but they are quintessential "Christmas in NYC"

  • Rockefeller Christmas Tree -- You can see it everyday until early January from 6AM to 12AM. When it gets too crowded, the city and Rockefeller Center already have in place a system of QR Codes to allow for online queueing.
  • Saks 5th Avenue -- The most famous Window Light Show lasts approx. 5Ā  minutes. Usually the first show goes up at 4:45 pm and it continues every 15 minutes or so until 11:45 pm. (please note times are approximate)
  • Macy's Windows -- Walk around Herald Square and see this year's Windows. They are all about saying 'Thank you' to healthcare workers, essential personnel and everybody that has been touched by this pandemic. Plus, they promote a theme of Love and Equality.
Rockefeller Christmas Tree 2020 | Daytime | Bodeguita NYC


  • 230 5th Avenue is featuring their iconic Igloos for this season as well. A perfect way to isolate from others, keep warm and enjoy views of NYC and the Empire State Building.
  • Mr Purple is another popular rooftop downtown in the Lower East Side andĀ features a large Igloo with Moet Chandon-themed nights. From here you will have amazing views of Downtown and the Freedom Tower.
  • This year Pier 17 skipped the ice-skating rink to instead install several mini cabins for individual parties up to 10 people. Each cabin has a TV, music, tables and couches ... They offer lots of drinks and food.
  • Miracle on 8th Street (35 West 8th Street) a Holiday Pop-Up Bar that's all about Christmas. They have indoor and outdoor seating and lots of decorations ++ if you wanna shop, you can bring their Mugs home with you!


Lots of Museums and Attractions are open and operating with reduced capacity, includingĀ famous Museums such as The Met, The MoMa, The Guggenheim etc. The Botanical Gardens in the Bronx is open and offering their traditional Holiday Train Exhibition. However, if you want to search for some Christmas-theme experiences, you have:

  • Luminocity @ Randall IslandĀ 
  • The Floral Escape at the Queens Country Museum


Who said that just walking around isn't fun?

If you are in the mood for a quaint neighborhood walk while sipping Hot Coco, then you have to head to Dyker Heights, instead if you want to avoid the cold and walk around a Mall then you must visit the Hudson Yards Mall.And honestly if you have time, you should do both. Your will love both these Christmas Wonderlands!


Ice-skating seems to be a perfect activity for the socially distanced 2020. We have 3 major Ice-skating rinks open for the season:

  • Central Park
  • Bryant Park
  • Rockefeller Center


If you have a car and can drive there are a few drive-through experiences you can try to check out. They are not too far from the city and this one seems to be quite NICE --Ā Magic of Lights (Wantagh, New York) in Long Island will be around until Jan 2nd, 2021 a perfect 2.5-mile drive-thru inside the Jones Beach State Park. Definitely a great way to experience a Light Show from the comfort (and safety) of your car.Ā 

Stay Updated on Instagram

I've recently discovered Instagram Guides and I'm having fun creating a few for this Holiday Season. The 1st Guide available isĀ all aboutĀ Xmas 2020Ā in NYC. I will add more in the following days, and feel free to reach out if you have questions or need recommendations.Ā 

See you next time Tribe!

Stay safe,



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