What to do in NYC during the holidays: What to do near me

Although the most delightful time of year may change in 2020, we can still assist individuals looking for “Christmas events near me.”

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There is plenty of winter goodies to go around, from entertaining Christmas light show installations to the (virtual) Macy’s Santaland. In addition, each venue has implemented new restrictions to ensure a safe and pleasurable experience.

Take advantage of all of these fantastic seasonal events before the man in the big red suit arrives! Then curl up with a cup of hot chocolate and one of our favorite children’s Christmas movies!

1. New York City’s Christmas trees

This year’s holidays may be a little uneven, but we can all agree that we deserve some cheer. Fortunately, the lively holly vibes are abundant among NYC Christmas trees. From the more classic attractions (we’re looking at you, Rockefeller Center) to the more creative arrangements (wait till you see what’s going on at Queens County Farm), these gems are sure to bring back memories.

2. Christmas Lights at Dyker Heights

The Dyker Heights Christmas Lights 2020 exhibit has firmly established itself as one of New York’s top attractions. What’s not to like about all the glitz and glam to get you in the mood for the holidays? The most extravagant Christmas light displays may be found in Brooklyn, with life-sized Santas, sleighs, and snowmen, and some homes even play Christmas carols through loudspeakers. In the winter, crowds of people of all ages go to the Kings County area to meander down the many blocks and avenues and enjoy one of the best things to do in NYC.

3. New York City’s Christmas window displays

Shopping for the holidays in department stores can be a pain, but the Christmas window displays that NYC has to offer to make it worthwhile. Those magnificent holiday windows, which are decked out with hundreds of Christmas lights and other winter wonderland decor, maybe motivation enough to take a trip through midtown.

4. Macy’s Santaland is set to open in 2020.

For the 2020 holiday season, one of New Yorkers’ favorite Christmas traditions is changing.

Families have traveled to Macy’s in Herald Square since 1861 to wander around the colorful, merry Santaland and, of course, meet the guy in the red suit one-on-one. This year, things will be a little different: from November 27 to December 24, Macy’s Santaland will be transformed into an interactive, virtual experience, bringing a little bit of New York City Christmas enchantment to homes all over the world.

Susan Tercero, Macy’s vice president of Branded Entertainment, said in a statement, “At Macy’s, the safety of our customers and coworkers is essential.” “This year, we will move to a virtual engagement to duplicate the wonderful experience of visiting Macy’s Santaland for children and their families.” “Macy’s is ecstatic to have discovered a means to ensure that even more families may enjoy this cherished event securely during this holiday season.”

Make a cup of cocoa, turn on some kid-friendly Christmas music, and go to the North Pole from the comfort of your own home with Macy’s Santaland at Home. (It’s completely free!)