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  • Writer's pictureLily Burns

The Holidays in NYC

Updated: Dec 19, 2022

Christmas in New York City is a magical time. I wanted to capture some of that magic in photos, so I created this photo essay. It was originally made and published for my school paper, The Ticker.

Bryant park holiday market 2022
Bryant Park Holiday Market

The holidays in New York City- a joyous and festive time with plenty to do, see and shop. Explore the city and all the cheer it has to offer!

New York City has some iconic winter markets. Most notable are the Bryant Park Winter Village, Union Square Holiday Market and Columbus Circle Holiday Market. A new holiday market opened up at Brooklyn Borough Hall and there are plenty of other pop-ups to get some window (or actual) shopping done.

Ski lodge-type bar at bryant park in new york city
The Lodge at Bryant Park

The Lodge at Bryant Park is a great bar for food and drink with a perfect view of the ice skating rink at the park. They have a great mulled wine and some alcoholic hot chocolates. Their food is delicious as well with vegan, vegetarian, and meat options. This place fills up quickly and is a bit expensive (most of the market is, really), so be prepared!

Christmas tree on the Upper East Side
Christmas tree on the Upper East Side

close-up of phone recording the saks fifth avenue holiday light show
Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Light Show

Herald Square and Saks Fifth Avenue are decked out in their usual holiday glam. Saks Fifth Avenue Annual Holiday Light Show goes off every 10 minutes in the evening and usually fills up quickly! Fifth Avenue will also be closed off on certain Sundays in December for more holiday activities.

Young couple kissing on the ice at the Rockefeller Tree
Young couple at the Rockefeller Tree ice rink

Young girl falling on an ice skating rink at Bryant Park and her friend laughing at her
Falling on the ice at Bryant Park

Ice skating in NYC is in full swing! Here are a few popular rinks:

  • The Rink at Rockefeller Center is open daily from 9 AM to 12AM. Admission and skate rentals start at $21.

  • Bryant Park’s rink is open daily from 8 AM to 10 PM on weekdays and 8 AM to 12 AM Thursday through Sunday. Admission to the rink is free! All you need is skates rentals (or you can bring your own) which start at $15.

  • Central Park technically has three ice rinks but only one is guaranteed to be open now, Wollman Rink. The hours vary by day and admission starts at $15 for adults.

  • Industry City in Sunset Park has a rink that’s open Friday through Sunday. Hours vary daily; tickets are $15 and rentals are $10.

Christmas wreaths at Union Square Farmers Market
Union Square Holiday and Farmers Market

Man on the phone walking past Menorah display at one vanderbilt
Menorah Display at One Vanderbilt

Grand Central Terminal entrance at 42nd st and park ave
Grand Central Terminal, 42nd St & Park Ave

Stay warm and embrace the holiday cheer!

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