What to do on Christmas Day in NYC

We know how difficult it can be to find someplace to go that is actually open on Christmas Day. So here’s a list of fun things to do in New York City whether you are a tourist or a local and whether you celebrate the holiday, or not.

Who doesn’t like Central Park!?

This year the weather is amazingly warm and it makes it even better to take a stroll in the park, rent a bike or take a spin on Wollman Rink, which is open for skating on December 25, from 10am – 11pm. This is the famous New York skating rink featured in the movies Love Story and Serendipity. You can skate and enjoy a spectacular view of the NYC skyline.

Winter can be also a great time to visit the Central Park Zoo, which is open 365 days a year, because the air is cooler and some of the animals are more active. Christmas Day hours are 10:00am – 4:30pm. General admission tickets include entry to the Main Zoo and the Tisch Children’s Zoo.

You will definitely get hungry after all the activities so in that case we recommend you try these places near Central Park for a nice holiday treat:

Swing by Momofuku Milk Bar for some “Compost Cookie” made with ground coffee beans, potato chips, and graham cracker crust to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings (15 W 56th St).

Go to Serendipity 3 for the famous frozen hot chocolate (225 E 60th St).

In case you really get hungry Burger Joint always hits the spot. It is not very easy to find, because it’s tucked behind the velvet curtains in the lobby of Le Parker Meridien (119 W 56th St).

Spectacular Winter in Central Park

How about Rockefeller Center & Radio City Hall?

Nothing represents Christmas in NYC better than the Rockefeller Center with its beautiful Christmas Tree and ice skating rink.

Roll with the Rockettes. The Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular is performed on Christmas Day. If you’ve already seen the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Show, or if you’re just not that interested in it, there are several Broadway theaters that aren’t closed on Christmas Day. Please check playbill.com to see what your options are this year.

For the iconic view of NYC that never gets old visit the Top of the Rock Observation Deck (30 Rockefeller Plaza). On December 25, the deck is open from 8am – 12am. The 67th and 69th floors include outdoor terraces which feature fully transparent, safety glass. The 70th floor offers an amazing open air, unobstructed 360-degree city view.

Also at Rockefeller Center, the ice skating rink is open all day, straight through to midnight on Christmas Day.

If you want to splurge, consider making a reservation at the Rainbow Room. Yes, this is in Rockefeller Center, like the Rink and the Top of the Rock – this restaurant has a dress code, so please be dressed accordingly, if you are planning on wearing your ice skating gear the Rainbow Room may not be the smart choice for you.

If you are looking for a casual and budget friendly option Sapporo ramen shop is a great choice, it is the first Japanese Restaurant to bring ramen to New York City, that was established in 1975.

For a great Christmas drink and especially dry Martini we recommend Sardi’s and if you are lucky you might even spot some celebrities.

Holidays in NYC

Must go!

Another great place to enjoy the NYC skyline view is Empire State Building Observatory (open on Christmas Day from 8am – 2pm) offers an amazing 80-mile views from the 86th floor. The building is located at 350 Fifth Avenue, between 33rd and 34th Streets. In order to avoid the line tickets can be purchased in advance online.

empire state via pixabay

Maybe a Museum?

Famous Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in New York City is open on all holidays, with extended hours during Christmas and New Year’s Day. Madame Tussards is located at 234 W 42 Street. Discount parking is available at IKON/Global Garage when you validate your parking ticket at Madame Tussauds admissions area.


Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square Odditorium is open on December 25 from 9am – 1am. The place is located in the heart of Times Square and features more than twenty unbelievable galleries of interactive and archival exhibits.

It’s Christmas After All!

Let’s not forget it is Christmas Day and there are religious services in churches all over New York City.  St. Patrick’s Cathedral Christmas Day Mass is celebrated nearly every hour on the hour until 1PM. and St. John the Divine hosts annual Christmas Day concert. The Trinity Church near Wall Street has a late morning Holy Eucharist on Christmas Day too, although St. Paul’s Chapel itself is closed on Christmas Day.

St. Patrick Cathedral

Merry Christmas and we hope you will enjoy your visit to NYC.


Barry's Bootcamp

Fitness in TriBeCa

Why stay in TriBeCa during your visit to New York City?

Because TriBeCa is gorgeous, an amazing mix of old New York and Industrial America.

Beautiful  streetscapes  – wooden water towers, cobblestones, street art, loading docks and metal awnings, TriBeCa is very charming. And of course,  its the residents are charming and good looking as well. Thanks to all great fitness centers in the area, some of them are the best in the country.  So it is really not that hard to be in a great shape and look like a movie star if you live here.

But in case you are in the city only for a few days, and don’t want to get out of shape, especially after visiting all of the New York’s food meccas, we will provide you with a short list of the best fitness centers in the area.

Many celebrities such as Jessica Biel, Katie Holmes, Jake Gyllenhaal and Amanda Seyfried are the members of those trendy fitness institutions. One of them is Barry’s BootCamp, a worldwide known fitness center , voted  “The Best Celebrity Workout” by Allure and Los Angeles Magazine. Covered in The New York Times, Shape, Self, Us, People, Women’s and Men’s Health magazines.

Barry’s BootCamp is offering 12 classes , 365 days a year. Every class combines the intense cardio with strength training. You won’t feel  like you are working  out, it’s more like a fitness party with a night club lighting in a trendy space  with cool music that makes you want to push yourself even harder.

TriBeCa’s Barry’s  BootCamp studio is the largest in the chain. Beautifully designed space with an easy to handle equipment, bar that serves great variety of protein shakes, Malin+Gatz beauty products  and of course  the city’s most qualified trainers.  And you don’t need to buy a membership, just buy a single class for $65.00.

For crossfit fans we would recommend to visit Crossfit 212. This trendy fitness center in the heart of TriBeCa is offering several programs you can choose from, depending on your fitness level. You would love their large space with brick walls and unusual looking equipment. Crossfit 212 has a signature program WOD (work out of the day). Head Coach Jim McDade writes all of the programming and layers it in such a way that all workouts can be done by everyone in the class, regardless of skills and fitness level.  You can buy a membership or just pay for a single class, just make sure to contact them in advance to let them know on what fitness level you are.

Another great place to improve your physical shape is Tribeca Health and Fitness Center. One of largest gyms in the city offering  Private Group Fitness, Juice Bar and plenty of classes. Try Krav Maga – is a self-defense system developed for the military in Israel that consists of a wide combination of techniques sourced from boxing, Savate, Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Judo, Jujutsu, wrestling, and grappling. But don’t worry, you won’t have to fight, here in Tribeca Krav Maga presented as a Focus Fighting Fitness. The Krav Maga Institute at Tribeca Fitness Center is the first and only IKMK training center in the NYC, and widely considered to be the best in the world. Krav Maga gives you the opportunity to learn fighting methods and get you fit in a supportive and easy to learn environment. And again, you can just buy a single class, no membership required.

So when you are visiting the world’s fitness center – New York City, make sure to visit TriBeCa and challenge yourself at one of its fitness meccas.

Good luck.

Shop Chic TriBeCa on Sale


High End Boutique located on 188 Duane St. presents simple, elegant, street style inspired silhouettes made of luxury materials. Israeli born New York-based designer Nili Lotan creating beautiful pieces for sophisticated modern urban women. In their sale section you will be able to find very feminine items such as silk camisoles, super light cashmere and linen sweaters and hoodies for a very reasonable price.


Calypso St. Barth

Luxury eclectic boutique on 137 West Broadway  inspired by travel, culture and the arts. Offers a wonderfully refreshing sense of escape with exquisite textures, rich colors and special embellishments. Calypso’s sale section has plenty of colorful silk caftans , maxi silk and linen dresses, light as feather cashmere cardigans, comfy neutral colors sandals and even cozy pieces for your home décor such as Moroccan print pillows.

calypso store

Patron Of The New

Elegant High End lifestyle boutique located on 151 Franklin St.  Patron Of The New is a place for individuals with very selective eye. It’s concept store with almost indefinable versatility and brands that are treated with cult-like respect by fans, such as Balmain, Rodarte, Rick Owens, Hood By Air, Alexandre Plokhov and many more … Check out their sale section that is full of standout pieces and everyday chic garbs



Steven Alan

Heritage inspired line of men’s and women’s casual wear. Steven Alan has become a household name for hip consumers. If you are looking for edgier version of traditional grab check out Steven Alan’s sale section.


La Garconne

Modern sophistication from emerging designers, bold standout pieces among timeless classics. At La Garconne you will find a perfect attire for work and play. Shop sale for cute basic T-shirts, comfy pullovers or long sleeve tees.