9 Magical Christmas Things to do in NYC 2021

Besides NYC being the best place on earth to live, if it’s even possible to become more magical during the holidays…it does! There’s nothing quite like an NYC Christmas.

I had 2 very special guests visit me this weekend…my sister-in-law and my 3-year-old niece! This was their first time visiting me and my niece’s very first time in the Big Apple. I wanted this to be a really special trip for both of them, so I made some magical plans for the weekend! One of my friends suggested that I should take them to West Side Comedy Club NY or somewhere where they can laugh their heart out. I thought of asking them if they’re interested in the same.

Anyway, if you’re looking for some holiday things to do or are in need of a jumpstart to get in the Christmas spirit, follow along with my list of things to do! [*KID FRIENDLY]

To avoid massive crowds, do these things midweek as early as possible!


Park on 51st Street and walk south through Times Square (quickly lol!) It’s my least favorite part of the city but for a first timer, it’s a must!


See a Broadway show! [Or see the Rockettes!] We opted for Aladdin, but the Rockette’s was a close second. We let my niece decide what she wanted to see!

[Broadway notes: As of 12/11, all kids under the age of 12 needed to provide proof of a negative COVID test within 48-72 hours. I heard someone saying that all kids will be need to be vaccinated for entry starting 12/15. ALSO, I got about 4 emails stating that kids under 5 will not be emitted. I came up with a sneaky game plan to make sure my niece was ‘5′ that day, but no one checked any dates or asked for anyones age.]

https://aladdinthemusical.com/ https://www.rockettes.com/christmas/


From there, walk East over to 6th Avenue. Grab a quick hot chocolate at Bryant Park for your walk North up 6th Ave.


Stop to see the iconic Radio City Music Hall lit up in all its glory!


Stop to see the giant Christmas ornaments and candy cane decorations at 49th St. Be sure to have a penny to make a wish + throw into the wishing well!


Stop at the American Girl store + let the little one pick out a doll [or FOA Schwarz!]


Make your way over to 5th Ave + watch the incredible light show on the Saks building. [The show takes place daily from 4:35pm to 11:35pm, every 10 minutes and lasts about 5 minutes. Try to get as close to the barricades as possible for an unobstructed view]


Then cross the street to look at the Saks holiday windows – get ready to be blown away!


Pop over to Rockerfeller Center to view the biggest Christmas tree you’ll ever see.