MIDTOWN

Enjoy iconic city sights without the usual workday and tourist bustle. Take a break from the skyscrapers at nearby Central Park.

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40s & 50s - TO DO

Fifth Avenue Decor

Swanky store windows on and around Fifth Avenue are especially eye-catching during the holidays. Some highlights, listed north to south: * Giant illuminated animals bedeck the Pulitzer Fountain a 59th Street, plus look for 10 larger-than-life illuminated toys including a giant Rubik’s Cube and taxi along the avenue (though Jan 8). * At 58th…

Fifth Season

Walk around 32 illuminated, animated animal sculptures, hand-crafted-in-Brooklyn by the artisans of Harlequin Designs, at the Pulitzer Fountain (764 Central Park South across from The Plaza Hotel) and look for giant toys sculptures along Fifth Avenue.

Rockefeller Center

The famous 75 foot Norway Spruce has arrived, and will be illuminated with 30,000 LED lights and topped with a massive Swarovski crystal star on December 1.

* Skate or watch the skaters on the rink. Sometimes Santa shows for a spin.

* Pick up a cute holiday map by artist Lisa Congdon…

Winter Village at Bryant Park

* Watch skaters – or skate yourself on the city’s only free rink. Online advance reservations required.  Dates for skating reservations roll out daily  two weeks before skate time.

* Skate Rentals are $15-$45; discounted during off-peak hours and dates. Helmets also availble ($6).  Penguin skate aids available for younger kids ($22, free before…

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

This urban rink is one of the smallest and most expensive in the city, but the iconic location is pure magic. Mostly outdoors, but admission is through the indoor skate house.

Admission varies by day and time as much as $30, so go early in the day, week and season if you can.

 Summit One Vanderbilt

Visit the highest viewing point in midtown Manhattan at a new immersive observatory experience featuring multiple unique experiences.

Experience a trippy mix of transparency and reflectivity in mirrored observatory ‘Air,’  an immersive art experience designed by Kenzo Digital. Sort of like an infinity room with cityscapes. See yourself above the clouds – literally and figuratively…

Showstoppers! Spectacular Costumes from Stage & Screen

Enter an immersive maze featuring more than 100 of theater’s most beautiful and complex garments from shows like The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera and many more (plus some Storm Troopers).  See up close the detail and craftsmanship typically only seen far away on stage or screen. Costume makers and experts will be on-site…

Top of the Rock

Experience incredible views from 70 floors up. Three indoor and outdoor viewing decks offer breathtaking 360-degree views of the city – you start on the lowest deck, then head up to the better, higher views so plan your photos accordingly.

One of the best places to take in Central Park.

Learn about the fascinating history…

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

History/military buffs and plane lovers can examine original artifacts, view historic video footage and explore interactive exhibits aboard an actual 1943 aircraft carrier. Lots of indoor and outdoor space to roam with tons to explore.

* Climb in an actual Bell 47 helicopter, navigate through an interactive submarine and steer the wings of an airplane…

Art CAMP

Experiential toy store Camp’s new location features interactive and immersive art experiences. Color, craft & play with Slime, Splatter Paint, Spin Art, Ceramics, Tie Dye and more. Ticket holders enter on the 3rd floor and apply the value of your ticket to any art-themed experiences or merchandise.

Also play and shop on the 2nd floor…

Stranger Things Store

Discover some of the Netflix serie’s most iconic locations and check out all of the gnarly merch and rad activities waiting inside. Take a peek at the lockers of Hawkins High, answer the yellow phone at Joyce’s house, play games at the Palace Arcade, shop in the Starcourt Mall, avoid the Rift in the Russian…

Museum of Arts & Design (MAD)

Explore contemporary art and design through a craft lens in a gorgeous building with stunning Central Park views. Find artworks in clay, fiber, glass, metal, and wood thoughtfully displayed.

* Discuss justice, equality and knowledge in  Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe: Tabernacles for Trying Times, a site-specific installation that reimagines the religious tradition…

Holiday Time in PaleyLand

Explore four floors of holiday fun including Santa Claus visits, menorah photo opportunities,  holiday special screenings,  PaleyGX gaming stations, photo-ops with gorgeous holiday backgrounds, hot cocoa and candy canes. Meet favorite holiday characters including Rudolph, Frosty and (sea) star Patrick.

Near lots of festive holiday decor by Rockefeller Center and Fifth Avenue.  not far from…

Bloomingdale’s Santaland

Snap a photo with Santa Claus in a private 20-minute meet and greet. Select a traditional “North Pole” or a special “South Pole” setting. All appointments receive a complimentary digital and print photo, as well as a special holiday face mask and sweet treat. Also decorate the sweater of the collectible Bloomingdale’s Little Brown Bear, and enjoy…

Broadway Underground

Shop for unique Broadway merchandise from 20+ vendorsplus enjoy special weekly programming like concerts, coloring nights, ornament making and more. A unique Broadway holiday shopping experience for fans by fans underground in the Columbus Circle subway station. Join us underground in the subway shop at Columbus Circle all holiday season long for special events,

A Sherlock Carol

Two beloved classic tales come together in a holiday-themed mystery. Reunite with beloved the characters from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in a story of intrigue and suspense, with a helping of holiday cheer. When a grown-up Tiny Tim asks Sherlock Holmes to investigate the peculiar death of…

Holiday Under The Stars

14-foot stars hanging from the 150-foot ceiling of the glass atrium light up in an array of colors. See a rainbow-colored light show to festive holiday music every half hour from 4 to 7 pm.⁠

Thursdays at 5 pm, catch Broadway Under The Stars featuring cast members of current Broadway shows on the second…

North Pole Express

Board a North Pole Express (an open-topped double decker tourist bus) and drive by NYC’s stunning Christmas decorations. Sing along with Christmas carols and hear engaging stories from Elf while sipping hot chocolate. Those on Santa’s Nice List will get a sleigh bell as a present and tell him your wishes in person.

Pajamas welcome.…

Grand Army Plaza Menorah Lighting

The festival of lights goes large with the nightly lighting of an electronic candle on this 32-foot tall, 4,000-pound gilded steel Menorah. The first night party usually includes music, chocolate for the kids, and menorahs to take home and light yourself.

Don’t miss the animated animals around the Pulitzer Fountain.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular

This truly spectacular show is back! A fun treat for all ages, even toddlers, with fabulous dancing by the talented Rockettes, dazzling costumes, special effects, camels, sheep and Santa Clause (many, many Santa Clauses in one of our favorite numbers). Includes a 10-minute Nutcracker section danced by giant bears that little kids love.

* The…

Magic Hour Pink Winter Lodge

Have a pink Christmas with an instagrammable brunch at indoor/outdoor Magic Hour on Moxy Times Square hotel’s 18th floor. Feast on fancy pancakes, ‘Pink Bling’ donut rings and cotton candy-topped s’mores stacks amid pink logs, frosted pink blooms, diamond-encrusted, a flower arch with pink antler chandeliers and  seats fashioned after ski-lifts.

Online reservations recommended. Kids…

Bright Lights Big Menorah

Celebrate Chanukah in a heated tent, with holiday crafts, face painting, balloons, live music, hot drinks and Chanukah hors d’oeuvres. Ride the interactive Chanukah Train and collect chocolate gelt at the Great Big Chanukah Gelt Drop.
Ends with the kindling of the first light of the Menorah with…

Tree Lighting Skate-tacular at Winter Village

Enjoy Christmas sing-alongs by led by Classical Theatre of Harlem as well as performances by world class skaters Mirai Nagasu, pairs team Meagan Duhamel and Dylan Moskovitch, Shawn Sawyer and the Haydennetes. • Plus, fireworks, Santa, and special guests.

After the 50-foot Norway Spruce is lit during a sparkling fireworks display, ice skate on the…

Into the Northern Lights: An Immersive Experience

Enter an interactive floor-to-ceiling, mirrored light display that creates an audio and visual experience emulating the aurora borealis inside Grand Central Terminal. Also enter to win a trip to Canada (worth up to $20,000 in value) to experience a once-in-a-lifetime winter vacation. Presented by Destination Canada.

Art Alive for Families

Join a drop-in gallery visit and art-making experiences for kids and their families.

Each session, a practicing artist or artist educator focuses on a work on view in MAD’s current exhibitions, leading hands-on activities and engaging discussions geared towards an intergenerational audience.

Discussions and activities are ongoing, join at any time.

See our guide to…

Keith Michael’s The Nutcracker

New York Theatre Ballet performs a kid-friendly, one-hour version of the Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday ballet set in Art Nouveau-style circa 1907 with innovative choreography by Keith Michael. Feautures clockwork imps, an owl that flies above the audience, mice dressed in polka dots, and dancers dancing with huge chopsticks. The intimate theatre providing excellent views from…

Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas: A New Musical

Based on Jim Henson’s beloved television special, this tuneful tale takes audiences to Frogtown Hollow where Ma and Emmet Otter risk what little they have to make each other’s holiday dreams come true. Featuring a lovable cast of performers with puppets from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and a toe-tapping score by legendary songwriter Paul Williams.

40s & 50s - EAT

Gotham West Market

Sample some of the best eats in the city including Ample Hills Creamery ice cream, Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop noodles, Jianbing Company’s Chinese seasoned pancake/omelet, Corner Slice’s square pizza, Choza’s vegetarian tacos and more in an indoor, weather-proof hall.

Krispy Kreme Times Square Flagship

Get hot, fresh addictively delicious doughnuts 24/7 at Krispy Kreme’s Times Square Flagship store. The 4,500 square-foot shop features a doughnut-making theater, a Glazed Waterfall with digital projection, a giant conveyor belt that runs throughout the store and and a doughnut themed seating area. Choose from a variety of flavors, including an exclusive Big Apple…

Angelina Paris NYC

Travel to Belle Epoque France at an outpost of  an iconic Parisian tea room and dessert café founded in 1903.

Get pastries, macarons, the iconic Angelina hot chocolate and the signature Mont-Blanc (meringue, light whipped cream, chestnut cream vermicelli) to go, or sit in the gorgeous dining room for brunch (served all day), afternoon tea,…

BLACK TAP

Kids go crazy for these world famous Crazy Shakes topped with candy, cookies, fruit pebbles and more ($15-$18 and humongous). Also get award-winning New York style burgers, fries, wings, craft beers, mason jar cocktails, salads and sides in a fun retro setting.

Also in Soho at 529 Broome Street.

Monday-Thursday 12pm – 10pm
Friday-Saturday…

Momofuku Noodle Bar

Feast on a changing roster of inventive noodles, steamed breads, soft serve, and daily dishes from a midtown outpost of David Chang’s creative LES Asian fusion cult favorite. Friendly staff and flavorful food.

Get a quick bite (and watch the cooking action) at the kitchen counter or sit at tables lunch and dinner in the…

Robert

This modern American restaurant atop the Museum of Arts and Design has breathtaking views of Central Park and Columbus Circle with chic, colorful decor.

Kid-friendly options (at adult prices) include pasta, burgers & house-made ice cream.

Open 12 pm – 9 pm, closed Mondays.

Winter Village at Bryant Park

* Watch skaters – or skate yourself on the city’s only free rink. Online advance reservations required.  Dates for skating reservations roll out daily  two weeks before skate time.

* Skate Rentals are $15-$45; discounted during off-peak hours and dates. Helmets also availble ($6).  Penguin skate aids available for younger kids ($22, free before…

Magic Hour Pink Winter Lodge

Have a pink Christmas with an instagrammable brunch at indoor/outdoor Magic Hour on Moxy Times Square hotel’s 18th floor. Feast on fancy pancakes, ‘Pink Bling’ donut rings and cotton candy-topped s’mores stacks amid pink logs, frosted pink blooms, diamond-encrusted, a flower arch with pink antler chandeliers and  seats fashioned after ski-lifts.

Online reservations recommended. Kids…

Saturday Science

Learn how to make artificial snow, a banana hammer, and much more with special interactive experiments led by the Crazy Professor.

Also ride the small, charming Le Carrousel and ice skate or shop in Winter Village.

40s & 50s - SEE

Inside Out: NY Together

See a giant family portrait featuring real New Yorkers celebrating the strength of diversity.

A Fountain for Survivors

Enter an 18-foot tall, bold-colored cocoon-like structure houses adorned with a handmade mosaic of nearly 400,000 hand-placed acrylic fingernails to find tiered water fountain inside a warm, welcoming, and enveloping space.

Encounter a range of sensory experiences, such as heat, sound, and scent. At 11:11am and 5:55pm each day, visitors can receive a Florida Water-scented…

Broadway Snow Globes

Large-scale Broadway-themed snow globes have returned to Times Square featuring designs from favorite musicals Wicked, Dear Evan Hansen, Ain’t Too Proud, and The Lion King.

The unveiling will be accompanied by a live concert with entertainer Mark Nadler and others performing Broadway and holiday tunes on the Playbill Sing for Hope piano, along with a medley…

Rockefeller Center

The famous 75 foot Norway Spruce has arrived, and will be illuminated with 30,000 LED lights and topped with a massive Swarovski crystal star on December 1.

* Skate or watch the skaters on the rink. Sometimes Santa shows for a spin.

* Pick up a cute holiday map by artist Lisa Congdon…

Jim Rennert: in New York

Look for 10 of Jim Rennert’s colossal bronze figures throughout midtown Manhattan, plus see mid-sized bronze sculptures, drawings, and studies for his monumental sculptures at Cavalier Galleries.

Positioned throughout the bustling city streets, one figure pauses to look at his watch, considering the importance of timing, while another raises his hand to signal a moment…

Ellen Gronemeyer

See nineteen sparkling, densely painted paintings by Berlin-based artist Ellen Gronemeyer, with turbulent surfaces, dark yet luminous compositions. Look for a mermaid (or is it a merman?), a dog, a reclining youth, a snake, a drinker, a melting ice cube, and a couple of close-up faces with layers of heavy paint in byzantium purple, golden…

The New York Public Library’s Treasures

See some of the most extraordinary items from the 56 million in the New York Public Library’s collections of the last 125+ years. Encounter manuscripts, artworks, letters, still and moving images, recordings, and more that bring vividly to life voices of the past. Highlight’s include the stuffed inspiration for Winnie-the-Pooh and Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten copy…

Into the Northern Lights: An Immersive Experience

Enter an interactive floor-to-ceiling, mirrored light display that creates an audio and visual experience emulating the aurora borealis inside Grand Central Terminal. Also enter to win a trip to Canada (worth up to $20,000 in value) to experience a once-in-a-lifetime winter vacation. Presented by Destination Canada.

40s & 50s - EAT

Gotham West Market

Sample some of the best eats in the city including Ample Hills Creamery ice cream, Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop noodles, Jianbing Company’s Chinese seasoned pancake/omelet, Corner Slice’s square pizza, Choza’s vegetarian tacos and more in an indoor, weather-proof hall.

Krispy Kreme Times Square Flagship

Get hot, fresh addictively delicious doughnuts 24/7 at Krispy Kreme’s Times Square Flagship store. The 4,500 square-foot shop features a doughnut-making theater, a Glazed Waterfall with digital projection, a giant conveyor belt that runs throughout the store and and a doughnut themed seating area. Choose from a variety of flavors, including an exclusive Big Apple…

Angelina Paris NYC

Travel to Belle Epoque France at an outpost of  an iconic Parisian tea room and dessert café founded in 1903.

Get pastries, macarons, the iconic Angelina hot chocolate and the signature Mont-Blanc (meringue, light whipped cream, chestnut cream vermicelli) to go, or sit in the gorgeous dining room for brunch (served all day), afternoon tea,…

BLACK TAP

Kids go crazy for these world famous Crazy Shakes topped with candy, cookies, fruit pebbles and more ($15-$18 and humongous). Also get award-winning New York style burgers, fries, wings, craft beers, mason jar cocktails, salads and sides in a fun retro setting.

Also in Soho at 529 Broome Street.

Monday-Thursday 12pm – 10pm
Friday-Saturday…

Momofuku Noodle Bar

Feast on a changing roster of inventive noodles, steamed breads, soft serve, and daily dishes from a midtown outpost of David Chang’s creative LES Asian fusion cult favorite. Friendly staff and flavorful food.

Get a quick bite (and watch the cooking action) at the kitchen counter or sit at tables lunch and dinner in the…

Robert

This modern American restaurant atop the Museum of Arts and Design has breathtaking views of Central Park and Columbus Circle with chic, colorful decor.

Kid-friendly options (at adult prices) include pasta, burgers & house-made ice cream.

Open 12 pm – 9 pm, closed Mondays.

Winter Village at Bryant Park

* Watch skaters – or skate yourself on the city’s only free rink. Online advance reservations required.  Dates for skating reservations roll out daily  two weeks before skate time.

* Skate Rentals are $15-$45; discounted during off-peak hours and dates. Helmets also availble ($6).  Penguin skate aids available for younger kids ($22, free before…

Magic Hour Pink Winter Lodge

Have a pink Christmas with an instagrammable brunch at indoor/outdoor Magic Hour on Moxy Times Square hotel’s 18th floor. Feast on fancy pancakes, ‘Pink Bling’ donut rings and cotton candy-topped s’mores stacks amid pink logs, frosted pink blooms, diamond-encrusted, a flower arch with pink antler chandeliers and  seats fashioned after ski-lifts.

Online reservations recommended. Kids…

Saturday Science

Learn how to make artificial snow, a banana hammer, and much more with special interactive experiments led by the Crazy Professor.

Also ride the small, charming Le Carrousel and ice skate or shop in Winter Village.

Hearld Square/Hudson Yards

Mercado Little Spain

Experience the delicious diversity of foods and drinks from all corners of Spain. Get a quick bite from the food kiosks around tables in a bustling area inspired by Spain’s historic market halls or sit down at full-service restaurants.

Currently only take-out and some outdoor dining available. Lots of places to sit for picnics around…

Camp Hudson Yards

Past a secret magic door in a toy and clothing store find an immersive retail experience that celebrates the wonders of nature and evokes the feeling of summer camp with hands-on installations.

Hosts daily free activities plus singalongs, performances, classes and art workshops ($25-$35).

Also look for site-specific large-scale art throughout the mall and plaza. …

Citrovia Lemon Grove

Enter a sprawling, fantastical citrus garden in an interactive, outdoor installation.  thousands of oversized, hand-painted lemons, leaves and trees, and billowing fabric clouds that can mimic sunrise and sunset. Use your phone for augmented reality experiences like sprouting vines and whack-a-lemon.

Get free lemon Italian Ice on select days and pick up (or download) a…

Shine Bright at Hudson Yards

See spectacular set pieces and over 2 million white lights illuminating all of Hudson Yards along with cool public art throughout the mall and plaza. Lots of fun photo-ops from each level,

Free family-friendly programming includes Broadway concerts Mondays at 5 pm, sparkly dancers Saturdays at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, Jazz at…

Paul Rousso Print Ain’t Dead

See an exclusive early preview of Avant Gallery ‘s Art Miami art fair experience inside its New York City gallery space at Hudson Yards.  Look for Batman and butterflies in sculptures and collages from Paul Rousso’s lengthy career.

Look for site-specific large-scale art and a ‘Museum of Flowers’ throughout this newish mall and plaza including…

Edge

Look 100 stories down from the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere with with 360-degree views of the Statue of Liberty, Central Park and beyond. Lean out over the city on angled glass walls and relax in a large lounge with food and drinks available for purchase.

DRIFT: Fragile Future

Multidisciplinary artists DRIFT transform The Shed with sound, movement, and film.  Journey through a series of interconnected installations – from multitudes of shimmering lights that traverse the gallery like glowing seeds caught in the wind to massive concrete blocks, or Drifters, that magically float on air – exploring the universal desire to seek out connection…

Empire State Building

Play tourist – without the usual crowds – on New York’s most famous open-air observatory. Take advantage of 360° views & see all of NYC including the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty and so much more.

Also learn about the construction and history of the building – and see King Kong –…

The PAW Patrol Experience

Live out PAW Patrol rescue team dreams through themed environments, games, and activities celebrating this beloved group of adventurous canines. Communicate with an intercom system at Adventure Bay’s iconic Lookout Tower, grab hold of a fire hose and douse a colorful projection of out-of-control fireworks alongside Marshall at City Hall, sail down an indoor zipline…

Bingo with the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus

Join the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus for a night of bingo (with prizes) hosted by Joel Jeske.

See our guide to Shine Bright at Hudson Yards for more all-ages fun.