How to Have a Merry New York Holiday Despite COVID

Like so much of our world, Christmas in NYC will be a little different this year. There still will be plenty of beautiful holiday decorations, but many of the other city traditions, like the parades, have gone virtual or are suspended altogether this year.

Don’t be discouraged – here’s a list of COVID-friendly holiday activities to do in New York this season.


Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights

This seasonal evening event returns for 2020, but with social distancing in place. The outdoor festivities include global animal lantern safaris, ice-carvings, holiday treats, bird meet & greets, and more.


Christmas Windows

Even with store closings, there are plenty of places to see great Christmas window displays. Macy’s Herald Square on Broadway is always a big draw and Bloomingdales on Lexington Avenue has wonderful holiday decorations.


Ice Skating in Bryant Park

This year, Central Park has canceled its 2020 skating season, but skating it still open at Bryant Park by timed reservation only.


New Year’s Eve in Central Park

Instead of fighting the crowds in Manhattan on a normal year, celebrate New Year’s Eve in Central Park. It’s a fun, yet COVID safe way to ring in the new year in New York’s most iconic park.


Even with new restrictions in place, New York is one of the best places to be during the holidays. Normally, New York would get so crowded with visitors in search of the shopping and festive big city holiday experience – so grab a hot chocolate and spread joy this (less-busy) season!

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