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The 20 Most Instagrammable Holiday Spots in NYC

Updated: Dec 1, 2021

New York City is a magical place and during the holidays it becomes even more amazing, there is truly nothing else quite like it! Experience all it has to offer all while capturing it for the 'gram!


Here is my list of the best photo op Holiday Spots in NYC.


Uptown


Ralph's

Address: 888 Madison Ave

This landmark store and coffee shop is a popular spot for blogger photos. Order chia tea latte while you're there, they a rumored to be the best in the city.


Upper East Side Brown Stones

Upper East Siders do not hold back when it comes to decorating for any holiday. Take a walk around the streets of the UES to see all the decorated homes.

Start at Ralph's Coffee Shop in the Ralph Lauren store and walk north to 73rd, 74th and 75th St!


Midtown

Central Park Skate Rink

Address: 830 5th Ave

This is the biggest rink in all of Manhattan.


The Plaza

Address: 1 W 58th St

Have your Eloise at the Plaza moment in front of their beautifully decorated tree or outside next to the fountain that transforms with decor.


Cartier

Address: 653 5th Ave

The bloggers dream spot. This photo opp may be a cliche at this point but the red bow is probably the biggest you’ll ever see anywhere


Rockefeller Center/ Radio City Music Hall

Address: 45 Rockefeller Plaza

The iconic Christmas tree, holiday decorations, ice skating rink and neon signs of Rockefeller center give multiple photo opportunities. Go early early to beat the crowds.


Saks 5th Ave

Address: 611 5th Ave

Day or night, the window displays and light show at Saks is a great place for a classic NYC holiday photo


Grand Central

Address: 89 E 42nd St

This NYC iconic landmark has subtle but classic holiday wreaths hung both inside and out. Bonus spot: Snap a pick next to the taxis lined up out front for a classic yellow cab NYC moment.


Lotte New York Palace

Address: 455 Madison Ave

Unfortunately this year (2021) they are not putting up the tree. The gates to the palace still have giant wreaths on them so it's still a photo op!



Bryant Park Winter Village

Address: New York, NY 10018

Go for the photos, stay for the ice skating and holiday shops.


Macy's

Address: 151 W 34th St

Known for their holiday window displays and giant lit up “Believe” sign. This iconic store front is a great place to capture holiday content that doesn’t involve a Christmas tree.


Downtown


Rolf's

Address: 281 3rd Ave

This german restaurant keeps its holiday decorations up all year. The tiny restaurant gets packed during the holiday season so make a reservation or get there early to get inside.


Christmas Tree Stands

One of my favorite pop-ups in the city all year. These tree stands are located throughout various neighborhoods in the entire city. Stick to more residential neighborhoods ( UES, UWS, Murray Hill, Hells Kitchen, East Village, West Village, etc)


Union Square Holiday Market

Address: 201 Park Ave S

Similar to Bryant Park Winter Village, Union Square Holiday market has a ton of vendors to shop which also means there are a lot of cute photo ops!


Washington Square Park

The massive tree is framed perfectly by the arch.


South Street Seaport

Address: 12 Fulton St, New York

Located right along the water with views of Brooklyn

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Wall Street

Address: 11 Wall St

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Zuccotti Park

Address: Broadway & Liberty St

Every inch of this one block parks trees are covered in white Christmas lights. It’s really dreamy ✨



Brooklyn

Dyker Heights

Address: 1072 80th St 1st. Floor, Brooklyn

This Brooklyn neighborhood does not skimp out on the lights and decor. Definitely a must see! Go right before sunset to capture pictures during golden hour and at night when the houses are lit up in all their glory!


Prospect Park

Address: 20 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn


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