There’s nowhere quite as magical as New York City during the festive period.
The main USA cities are renowned for hosting incredible Christmas displays and offering festive experiences like no other. However, New York City takes the top spot for us. This bustling city has excitement around every corner that you will love. Ice-skating in Central Park or under the enormous Christmas tree at The Rockefeller Centre, gazing into the beautiful window displays along Fifth Avenue, or taking in the smell of roasted chestnuts as you explore NYC.
While New York City offers so much at Christmas time, the main reason to love New York is the shopping! Enjoy the festive feeling, fun and activities of this magnificent city as you do a spot of festive shopping to get the ideal Christmas gifts for your loved ones.
Take a look at our Shop ‘Til You Drop New York City guide
You can’t go shopping in New York without marching down the iconic Fifth Avenue where the flagship department stores, and designer shops await. Not to mention the stunning window displays of Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor, Saks and Tiffany’s.
If you’re looking for handmade Christmas gifts, then head to Union Square. This central hub in New York is home to the largest farmer’s market in the city which transforms into a beautiful Christmas market where you’ll find all sorts of gifts; from artisan foods, to handcrafted items.
For the quirkier shops, why not take a stroll down the streets of Greenwich Village. Here you’ll find a host of fantastic shops all offering the perfect gift for a bookworm or music lover.
If you are in New York City for Thanksgiving, then you are in for a real treat! The infamous Macy’s Thanksgiving parade is watched by millions and is truly a sight to behold. It’s also the largest department store in the USA so be prepared for some serious shopping!
To really bring Christmas alive for the kids, why not head to FAO Schwarz. This iconic toy store has been featured in films including Big and Home Alone and offers a great treat for kids of all ages.