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Christmas in NYC: Shopping, Dining, and Hotels to Celebrate in the City

For tips on the best places to stay to get the ultimate holiday experience, here's a selection of favorite hotels to celebrate Christmas in NYC.

In late November, New York starts to go into Christmas overdrive. Store-fronts are exuberantly decorated, sparkling trees get erected throughout the city, ice rinks take over parks, and Christmas Markets set up their stalls, selling festive fare from all over the world. Hordes of holiday shoppers swarm to Manhattan to stock up on gifts, decorations, and experience all things Christmas in NYC.

For tips on the best places to stay to get the ultimate Christmas experience, here’s a selection of favorite hotels in the city to really get your jingle bells ringing.

A luxury festive hotel for a fashionable Christmas on Fifth Avenue

Walking along Fifth Avenue you’ll find The Peninsula Hotel. With its great location, close to shopping, sightseeing, and shows. This hotel is a fantastic base for your Christmas trip.

A short walk from Radio City Music Hall, where you can see the Radio City Rockettes in the world-renowned Christmas Spectacular. This is a show not to be missed if you are in New York during the holiday season. Dancing, sparkling lights and even an appearance by Santa himself, it’s the cherry on the Christmas cake for the entire family.

Make it a Christmas to treasure forever

The Peninsula offers a ‘Night Before Christmas package’, a magical offer which includes a life-sized in-room gingerbread playhouse, a Christmas movie library and cookie decorating kit.

The Peninsula New York

Top rated
New York, 4 miles to 911 Memorial
9.2 Excellent (1874 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.6 / 10
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A festive boutique hotel for Christmas in New York

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If you’re looking for a modern, boutique vibe this festive season, the Bryant Park Hotel ticks all the boxes. With its modern, design interior, sleek and simple guest accommodations and modern facilities, for example, its private movie theatre, this hotel offers an abundance of comfortable amenities.

After a festive day in the city, dine in the hotels Mediterranean style lounge, with its Moroccan- inspired interior, wide range of cocktails and great service, you will soon be feeling warm and cosy at the Bryant Park Hotel.

What to do nearby

Visit the bustling Christmas Market at Bryant Park, enjoy a mulled wine and stock up on festive trinkets. Then head over to the huge ice rink for skating, people watching and picture-perfect decorations. Don’t forget to visit the Top of the Rock to admire Midtown Manhattan from above, in all its festive glory.

The Bryant Park Hotel

Top rated
New York, 3.2 miles to 911 Memorial
9.2 Excellent (3023 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.6 / 10
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Reenact Home Alone 2 at this iconic hotel in New York

The Plaza Hotel is a New York icon, made even more famous by Christmas movie Home Alone 2 (Lost in New York), is the go-to festive destination for many a visitor to Manhattan. The team at the Plaza work overnight on Thanksgiving to decorate the hotel and have guests wake up in the morning to a festive surprise. During the holidays, this grand New York hotel is brought to life with festive, yet elegant decorations and seasonal cheer.

With its classic style and timeless elegance, the Plaza has a lot to offer, including classic guest accommodations, impeccable service, and delicious dining options. Take high tea in the Palm Court, enjoy the food at the Plaza Food Hall or raise a glass to the festive season at the Champagne Bar.

What to see nearby

Its perfect location on Fifth Avenue, you’ll be close to a plethora of high-end stores, such as Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales, Barney’s and Henri Bendel.

Or take short Walk over to the Wollman ice rink in Central Park, just steps from the hotel where you can skate on the ice or simply enjoy the festive scenery.

The Plaza Hotel

Top rated
New York, 4.2 miles to 911 Memorial
9.3 Excellent (4868 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.5 / 10
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A hotel for a cozy yet modern take on Christmas in NYC

For a modern, hip and festive experience, head to The Standard East Village. Located in vibrant and modern East Village with it’s artistic and eccentric culture, this hotel fits perfectly into its surroundings. You enter through an old-style tenement building and make your way into the modern design hotel.

For Christmas the hotel turns it’s garden bar: The Garden, into the Winter Garden with a Christmas tree market selling trees, serving fondue in cozy heated yurts and warm drinks in a cozy festive atmosphere.

Soak up the Christmas spirit

Head to the Christmas market at Union Square where you can find delicious food, warm drinks and an array of handcrafted festive souvenirs. If you’re looking for a cozy night out, the East Village boasts an abundance of small, low key cocktail bars, speakeasy’s and pubs to ensure a very merry evening.

The Standard East Village

Top rated
New York, 1.6 miles to 911 Memorial
8.5 Excellent (2049 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.2 / 10
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A hotel in New York starring a spectacular Christmas tree

If you measure festive cheer by the size of the Christmas tree, then the Lotte New York Palace is the place for you this holiday season. Famous for their 30 foot-tree, which takes pride of place each year in the hotel’s central courtyard and brightens up your stay with over 3000 festive lights. And that’s not the only festive offering from Lotte Palace: Expect events such as carol singing, festive storytelling, seasonal spa packages, and even cookie decorating. This hotel knows how to celebrate Christmas!

For even more impressive Christmas trees, lights and decorations, take a tour to see the festive lights at Dyker Heights. An experience not to be missed if you are in New York for Christmas. Houses decorated like you have never seen before, enjoy the extravagance and the festive cheer.

Visit an iconic Christmas sight

You’ll be just a stone’s throw from St. Patrick’s cathedral — an iconic place to visit or even attend a festive service.

Lotte New York Palace

Top rated
New York, 3.8 miles to 911 Memorial
9.0 Excellent (10268 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.6 / 10
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A New York hotel with amazing festive decorations

Right in the heart of the Meatpacking District, close to Chelsea Market and the High Line Park, Dream Downtown places you in a great position to enjoy the finest of festive New York. Walk the High Line to enjoy views of Manhattan, enjoy Christmas shopping in the many boutique stores along the picturesque cobbled streets, and dine and drink the evenings away at chic and cool bars and restaurants.

Dream Downtown has become known for its extravagantly and eccentrically decorated lobby at Christmas time. In the past, they have come up with some wacky and fun ways to add festive cheer to their hotel lobby, including mechanical penguins, a stuffed polar bear, and even an ice bar.

Spectacular views on Christmas Eve

Consider taking a Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise from nearby Chelsea Piers. Enjoy a festive boat tour around Manhattan, see some of its most iconic sights from the water whilst enjoying a festive meal with friends and loved ones.

Dream Downtown

Top rated
New York, 2.2 miles to 911 Memorial
8.7 Excellent (8335 reviews)
Excellent Location 9 / 10
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