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20 Best Instagram Spots In NYC: Christmas Edition

20 Best Instagram Spots In NYC: Christmas Edition

Christmas in New York City, truly the most magical time of the year. If you’ve been dreaming of being in  the Big Apple during the holidays,  there are so many beautiful places that will put you right in the holiday spirit. There is no shortage of holiday joy or Instagrammable spots in this city!

Here are the top 18 places that will light up your feed!

1. Saks 5th Ave

611 Fifth Avenue

So beautiful and one of the focal points off 5th Ave. There’s also a beautiful light show at night. This creates the prettiest backdrop including window displays, decor, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral right next door.

2. Lotte New York Palace

455 Madison Ave

This is by far my favorite tree in all of Manhattan…yep, I said it! It’s absolutely stunning! The Lotte is actually famous for not only being unbelievably gorgeous but serving as the Palace in the series Gossip Girl.

3. Rockefeller Christmas Tree

45 Rockefeller Plaza

Is it really Christmas in NYC if you don’t go see the Rockefeller tree? The lights are stunning and so is the star. Not as pretty as the Lotte, but this tree is HUGE. The 2018 tree has 50,000 lights and the Swarovski star on top weighs 900 pounds!

4. 5th Avenue Window Displays

Macy’s (34th street & Herald Square), Saks 5th Ave (between 49th and 50th Street – near Rockefeller), Bloomingdales (Lexington Ave at 59th St), Bergdorf Goodman (754 Fifth Ave & 58th Street), and Barney’s New York (660 Madison Avenue & 61st Street)! There are so many animated window displays that will make your jaw drop. Locals tip: to get away from the crazy crowd and snap a few pics, head to the corner of 50th and 5th Ave (near St. Patricks). There’s a gorgeous side entrance, and it’s where I took these pics!

5. Radio City Music Hall + Ornaments

1260 6th Ave

The 3D glass ornaments and lights right across from Radio City Music Hall are HUGE. It’s one of the most photographed places during the holiday season. Don’t forget to snap a pic of Radio City while you’re there. The Christmas tree on top of the building is magical .

6. Rockefeller Center

45 Rockefeller Plaza

Rockefeller is full of dazzling picture spots. Besides the Christmas tree, there’s the Swarovski star replica (on the opposite side of the street), ice skating rink, the Christmas Angel display, and small decorated trees every where. One of my favorite festive places in the city!

7. Cartier Building off of 5th

653 Fifth Avenue

Just a few short blocks from the Rockefeller Center. It’s one of my favorite buildings in Manhattan and has so much history. It’s basically one giant present, and simply stunning. They’ve been decorating it for decades, and it’s fun to see how it’s changed over the years.

8. Wollman Ice Rink in Central Park

830 5th Ave

Rockefeller and Bryant park ice skating rinks are typically super crowded! If you’re planning on making your way up to Central Park and want a low-key skate (during the week at least) with pretty views, this is the place to go!

9. Rolfs

281 3rd Ave

Rolfs is not necessarily famous for the food, but they are known for their elaborate holiday decorations. Skip the food, and go straight to the bar to grab a drink and snap your pics!

10. Bryant Park Winter Village

41 W 40th St

The Winter Village has an ice skating rink, food vendors, and tons of cute little shops. Perfect for grabbing a hot chocolate and roaming around. The tree is pretty too!

11. Soho-ish: L’Appartement Sézane & Fresh Beauty

 Sezane: 254 Elizabeth St | Fresh Beauty: 265 Lafayette S

Soho does not lack in Christmas spirit. My two favorites spots are Sezane and Fresh Beauty. Great for shopping, great for pics- can’t really go wrong!

12. L.A. Burdick Chocolates in Soho

156 Prince St

This cute little spot is beautiful all year round. But for some reason, it’s even cozier during the holidays. They have the BEST hot chocolate around…so you must go! It’s kind of hidden and easy to miss and sooo underrated!

13. Urban Backyard

180 Mulberry St

I find myself at Urban Backyard every time I’m in Nolita or Soho. This tiny, cozy spot offers festive lattes and baked goods and is always decorated according to each season.

14. Rosemary’s in West Village

18 Greenwich Ave

This place will 100% get you in the holiday spirit! The holiday decor is even lovelier on the inside of the restaurant. Grab a few friends and enjoy an evening of wine and yummy pasta, with classic holiday tunes humming in the background.

15. Winter Igloo Bar at 230 Fifth Rooftop- Flatiron

230 Fifth Ave

Vibrant igloos with an incredible view of the Empire state building. Grab a spiked peppermint hot cocoa and cozy up near the outdoor heaters.

16. Pete’s Tavern

129 E 18th St

If you’ve ever hear the saying “it looks like Christmas threw up here”, then it most likely came from Pete’s Tavern. It’s located in the Gramercy Park neighborhood and goes back all the way to 1864!

17. Zuccotti Park: Finacial District

1 Liberty Plaza

The Financial district isn’t known for it’s Christmasy vibes, but Zuccotti Park is full of lights, making the perfect backdrop for pictures. It’s also walking distance to the world trade center!

18. Eataly rooftop flatiron

200 5th Ave

Eataly is an experience. The holiday market, wines, and fresh pasta…but the Serra by Birreria winter “greenhouse” pop-up on the roof is to die for…and I’m not even just talking about the food. The view and decor will teleport you to a winter wonderland.

19. Washington Square Park

5 Ave, Waverly Pl., W. 4 St. and Macdougal St

Washington Square Park is beautiful year-round, but it’s extra special during the holidays. I recommend going at night. Less people = a better view of the tree for instagram!

20. Columbus Circle

10 Columbus Circle

Although crowded, Columbus Circle is FULL of lights. Every street is covered, and it is so so pretty. I love it when I get off at this subway stop, because the minute you reach the top of the steps, the lights hit ya! If you stand in the center of Columbus circle, you’ll get a really good view of the giant stars changing colors.

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