11 Fun 2022 Holiday Activities To Do in New York City

New York City during the holidays is magical and a favorite time for people to visit. Here are 11 activities to add to your 2022 NYC trip itinerary.

December 20, 2022

11 Holiday Activities To Add To Your 2022 NYC Trip Itinerary

New York City is magical during the holidays. The holiday lights, the ice skating, and the holiday markets make the city seem like a magical place. Once the ice skating and igloos come out we know the holidays are here. This year the tree at Rockefeller Center will be lit on November 30th, 2022 until the first week of January, 2023. The tree lighting ceremony will take place on November 30th, around 8pm. 

Here is our list of 11 amazing things to do in NYC for the holidays. Our team of trip consultants is available to build custom tailored plans for visitors. Go here to get connected with one of our trip consultants and start your tailored plan today.

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The Rockettes Christmas Show

The Rockettes Radio City Christmas Spectacular

One of New York City's most cherished cultural traditions, the Radio City Christmas Pageant is the ultimate romp through the city of lights. The Rockettes are a group of 80 dancers who act out holiday scenes dressed in stunning white tuxedos, flowing red velvet robes, and holiday-themed costumes. The show is as entertaining as it is beautiful and has delighted generations of audiences for almost 90 years.

Dyker Heights Holdiay Lights

Dyker Heights Holiday Lights

If you are looking for a holiday adventure that is second to none, NYC has got you covered! Brooklyn has become the epicenter for Christmas decorating thanks to the The Dyker Heights Christmas Lights. You’ll see life-sized Santas, sleighs, snowmen and houses plastered with lights. You might even hear a few Christmas carols. It’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit and explore some unique side streets in Brooklyn.

Bryant Park Ice Skating

Bryant Park Winter Village

Everyone needs to answer their holiday shopping queries—from finding the perfect gift for your girlfriend or kids to stocking stuffers and wrapping necessities. So, this year, check out Bryant Park's Winter Village in Midtown (plus the festive cocktails and dishes at The Lodge Deck), where you'll find some of the city's best shopping and a free ice skate rink to build up some holiday cheer.

Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

For almost a century, the tree at Rockefeller Center has been one of the most popular things to do in New York City during the holiday season. It is a world-famous icon, with millions of visitors annually coming to see it up close. Located next to Fifth Avenue, where the holiday windows are decked out and directly in front of the iconic ice skating rink, the Rockefeller Center tree is a holiday attraction that should not be missed. 

Saks Fifth Av Holiday Lights Show

Saks Fifth Avenue Light Show

The Saks Fifth Avenue light show is one of the most popular holiday activities in NYC. Each year it features unique light features, music, and shapes that are animated to convey a story relevant to the time. Their annual light show is accompanied by music and repeats every 10 minutes from 5 pm to 11 pm. 

Macy's Holiday Windows

New York Christmas Window Displays

One of the best parts of Christmas is getting to see all the beautiful light displays in New York City. In addition to famous windows like Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building, many retail holiday window displays around the city are worth visiting. Our favorites are Saks Fifth Avenue (mentioned above), Macy's, Tiffany's, and Bergdorf Godman. A Khonsu trip consultant can help you figure out which windows are best for your plan.

Holiday Train Show

New York Botanical Garden Glow and Holiday Train Show

The New York Botanical Garden is transforming once again into a magical winter wonderland at its third annual NYBG Glow. The all-season celebration will light up the Garden with thousands of energy-efficient LED lights and installations. There will be holiday performances, ice carving demonstrations and other seasonal activities to enjoy. 

Christmas Carol On Broadway

See A Christmas Carol

The phenomenally talented Jefferson Mays takes on many characters in this pop-up holiday show. Starring Jefferson Mays, the multiple-Tony Award nominee portrays all of the characters from Charles Dickens's beloved 19th-century classic A Christmas Carol. Don't miss his incredible performance!

Artechouse Holiday Show

ARTECHOUSE's Spectacular Factory: The Holiday Multiverse

Enjoy a festive holiday experience that is immersive, imaginative, and 3D experience. For the 2022 holidays, experience the  Multiverse exhibit at ARTECHOUSE in New York City. The show will bring holiday magic to life for visitors of all ages with a 3D projection of a Christmas village and an enchanted toy factory filled with enchanting handcrafted toys and beautiful handmade ornaments.

NYC Holiday Rooftop

Visit a Rooftop Bar

We're not afraid of the cold, but the winter weather is always a bit of a hassle. Luckily, New Yorkers are nothing if not resourceful, and there are plenty of rooftop bars to escape the chill up above. From robes to igloos, so heated yurts, rooftop managers add their creativity to each experience to make sure the rooftop views can be enjoyed all year round. Ask your trip consultant which rooftop experience is best for your NYC travel itinerary.

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Toys R Us

Visit Toys R Us.

Yes. Toys R Us has taken over 1400 square feet on the 7th floor of Macy's Herald Square starting October 14th, 2022. Complete with colorful ornaments and playrooms for the little ones, add this stop to your itinerary to give the holidays that magical feel.

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