Christmas in New York City

Rockefeller Christmas Tree

Finally! My school semester is finished and I’m officially on vacation mode 😎. In just a couple of days, we’re flying into New York City to kickoff the winter semester break. My type-A personality lead me to create the following itinerary and I thought that you might like to see what we’ll be up to! And if you’re visiting the city soon, feel free to take inspiration from my plans! I’ve structured all of the attractions and reservations based on geographic proximity, festivity, and fun 😊

If you are going to New York soon, let me know if you take any of my plans! I’d love to know how they work for you. And if you’ve been to New York or have visited during the holidays, let me know what I may have missed in my itinerary! So much to do with so little time!



Day 1, Wednesday, December 12th

  • 6:30 PM Arriving at LGA
  • Check into The New Yorker: a Wyndham Hotel
  • 8:30 PM reservation at Trattoria Trecolori

Day 2: Thursday, December 13th

  • 8 AM Breakfast at Liberty Bagels Midtown (open at 6 AM)
    • $5 per bagel and cream cheese
  • 9:30 AM Macy’s for shopping and a picture with Santa
  • Lord and Taylor for window displays
  • Bryant Park for holiday shopping, lunch, and ice skating!
    • Decent public bathrooms 🙂
    • Shopping: 11:00 AM- 8:00 PM
    • Ice skating 8:00 AM- 10:00 PM
      • Bring a lock to store things in the locker
  • Sak’s 5th Ave for their window displays
  • Tiffany’s for window shopping
  • Bloomingdales for window shopping
    • Good public bathrooms 🙂
  • Barney’s for window displays
  • The Plaza Hotel
    • We can go into the entrance/lobby to hang out and take pictures
  • Columbus Circle for more holiday shopping
    • Open 10-8 PM
  • Back to the hotel to warm up and change
  • 8 PM The Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall
    • The doors open at 7
  • Dinner: Ippudo Westside for Ramen
    • If they’re too busy, go to Cha Pa’s Vietnamese next door

Day 3: Friday, December 14th

  • Doughnut Plant for a quick breakfast
    • ~$3 per doughnut
  • City Bakery for hot chocolate
    • $5 for a small coco + $2.50 per marshmallow
  • Dominique Ansel for Christmas Morning cereal & cronuts
    • Call ahead to make sure they have it
    • Open 8-7 PM
  • Little Italy’s Christmas festivities: street vendors, food, seasonal goods
    • Live entertainment 12-5 PM
  • Katz Delicatessen for some pastrami sandwiches
    • Open 8:00 AM- 11:59 PM
    • $20 per sandwich
  • Miracle on 9th Street for holiday drinks
  • Union Square Holiday Market for shopping
  • Rolf’s for holiday drinks and festive decor
    • ~$12 per drink
  • Back to the hotel

Day 4: Saturday, December 15th

  • Walking around Central Park
    • Ice skating at Woolman Rink?
  • Levian Bakery- upperwest side
  • Back at hotel by 3 PM
  • 3:45 leave hotel to fly home for the holidays!
    • 6:35 PM out of JFK
    • Confirmation # FPVPLK


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