The night before Christmas is an especially magical night, and at times a very stressful night too. Whether you have finished all your Christmas shopping or decorating, this quick guide on how to spend your evening should solve all your problems.
Christmas Eve falls on a Monday this year, meaning that if you have any last minute bits of shopping to do, you can. Hopefully though you have got everything organized and can enjoy some of the festive cheer that encapsulates the city on this special night.
As stated in a previous post there are many ice rinks open throughout the city during the holiday season however on Christmas Eve many of them close early. The only non-cost rink in the city (Citi Pond, Byrant Park) stays open until midnight on Christmas Eve, allowing you to welcome Christmas day whilst skating!
Holiday Train show
This beautiful annual tradition that takes place at the New York Botanical Gardens is open until 3pm, and the more modest display at the New York City Transit Museum in Grand Central Terminal is open until 6pm.
Watch a holiday show at the theatre
Although most theaters are usually closed on a Monday, there are many showings of festive classics on this special Monday; Radio City Christmas Spectacular, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, the Holiday Circus in Brooklyn, Angelina Ballerina the Very Merry Holiday Musicaland A Christmas Story the Musical.
Marvel at the window displays
Walking through the city on Christmas Eve will get you in an unbeatable festive mood. The enormous Christmas trees dotted throughout Manhattan and the beautiful lights are simply delightful. The department store window displays are also spectacular. The Disney animated short at Barneys and the Cirque du Soleil windows at Bloomingdale’s are two favorites with kids.
Every year, at 5pm crowds gather under the Washington Square Arch next to the large Christmas tree to sing Christmas carols. Accompanied by the Rob Susman Brass Quartet, singers are provided with a songbook and nothing more. If you fancy joining the more crowds for a sing song and some festive cheer you can continue with candle light caroling at West Stuyvesant Square Park and Gramercy Park, both at 6pm.
Here at FeelNYC we hope that this short guide will provide you with some ideas on how to spend Christmas Eve in NYC although don´t complain if you haven’t finished your shopping!