NYC Christmas Visit: Must Sees & Free Adventures In The City

Updated: Nov 27

All you need to know about exploring the iconic city like you live there 🍕🥨🍎

Rockefeller Center at Christmas Time

This itinerary is a 3 day guide to making the most of your time and hitting all the best spots! Feel free to linger longer if you have more days. Have a question? Feel free to ask, I am happy to help you enjoy every minute and save as much money as possible while doing it!

Day 1- Wear good walking shoes and start early!

The 60th Street and 5th Avenue Walk:

You've arrived. Let's gooooo - I recommend beginning this day at either the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Natural History Museum. Both open at 10, are near Central Park, amazing, and could easily be a full day (depending on how much time you'll have in the area). Hit either museum in the morning, and then proceed with the walk down town around noon. This route is full of pit stops you can go inside and warm up along the way. There will be plenty of opportunities to eat when you get hungry.

Another Museum option is the Cloisters, in Fort Triton Park – the renaissance museum in a castle overlooking the Hudson. Although not as central, or as huge of an art selection, a real place that will make you feel like you have left NY for another time and place. If you have an extra day this is a GREAT place to wander and take photos. More on that later...

The Cloisters, Medieval Museum in a Castle

The Met Cloisters 10-5

99 Margaret Corbin Drive

NY NY 10040

Phone: 212-923-3700

If you go here don't miss the unicorn tapestries.

The Met, Egypt Me and the Sphinx twinning!

The Met Fifth Avenue 10 - 5:30

1000 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10028

Phone: 212-535-7710

If you go here – DO NOT miss the Egyptian section or the roof top view.

Museum of Natural History, NYC

American Museum of Natural History

10- 5:30

Central Park West at 79th Street New York, NY 10024-5192 Phone: 212-769-5100

If you go here – Do not miss the dinosaurs 4th floor.

See Day 3 for more on prices and discounts for Museums...

Once you start your walk down town you will get a real appreciation for NYC. This is definitely a city best seen on foot.

Next Stop: Go inside the Lincoln Plaza shopping mall – Upstairs on the second floor are the big holiday stars that change colors and light up – DO NOT MISS THIS

AKA the Shoppes at Columbus Circle – on floor 2 star exhibit ** BEAUTIFUL **

The stars in Columbus Circle, lights that change colors

We are ready to cross over to 5th Ave for our hike!