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New York City! It's Christmas Time In NYC!

Three nights and three days in the town that never sleeps, especially when there are several thousand Santa Clauses pub-crawling.

by bparrishAtlasGuru Contributor

North AmericaUnited States3 days / December 2019

Highs & Lows

Jazz in the village.

It snowed the night before we arrived and the night after we left, but heavy rain while we were there.

Itinerary Overview

Night 1: Comedy in Greenwich Village

Day and Night 2: Times Square, sushi and comedy on Broadway 

Day and Night 3: Union Square Park Holiday Market, Rockettes at Radio City, mob scene at Sak's Holiday Light Show, late night sultry jazz in a Greenwich Village basement 

Day 4: The Whitney


  • 3 Nights: Chelsea
    Chelsea as our home-base
  • Day trip: 75 9th Ave
    When in Chelsea...
  • Day trip: Union Square
    Holiday Market
  • Day trip: Midtown Manhattan
    A Giant Christmas tree, crowded department stores, and Broadway shows!
  • Day trip: Greenwich Village
    Jazz, baby.
  • Day trip: 99 Gansevoort St
    Art and history, with a view

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    Google Maps' GPS is super wonky in urban canyons, so next time we'll figure out where our subway stations are ahead of time. I'll also take more pictures next time.

  • How was the food?

    Zuma Japanese on Madison between 38th and 39th is fancy and delicious.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Unless you're really into light shows, avoid Sak's on a Saturday night in December. Also, buy tickets for shows you really want to see in advance- the "day-of" discount situation is dicey.

  • Packing tips?

    Bring comfortable shoes, natch.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Know your subway stop cross-streets ahead of time.

  • Any surprises?

    I had no idea there was such a thing as SantaCon. It's a giant pub-crawl event that happens across the globe where folks dress as Santa and get rip roaring drunk at as many bars as possible. I'm told the event has a terrible reputation for the amount of bad behavior it cultivates, but we only saw one belligerent Santa the whole weekend. In fact, that was the only bad behavior we saw the entire time which is saying a lot considering how extra-crowded the city was. Every place we went was like being in a very polite mosh pit.

  • Booking details?

    The generous checkout time at The Standard is noon, and at it's NY locations can be upgraded to "Standard Time" meaning for an additional fee you can check out of your room any time of day. I can't find exact language about how far the envelope can be pushed on time of day, but I love it.