NYC on Christmas Day remains as action-packed as any other day of the year. The Big Apple never sleeps and there is plenty for New Yorkers and tourists to do on December 25.
View the world famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree while you go ice skating. The ice skating at Rockefeller Center is on a first come, first served basis. Enter from Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets.
Hours for ice skating on Christmas Day at Rockefeller Center are 8:30 AM to 10 AM, 10:30 AM to noon, 12:30 PM to 2 PM, 2:30 PM to 4 PM, 4:30 PM to 6 PM, 6:30 PM to 8 PM, 8:30 PM to 10 PM and 10:30 PM to midnight. For additional information and rates, call (212) 332-7654.
Those looking for after hours fun after the sweet potato casserole and Yorkshire pudding are done can head to Christmas Night at Santos NYC to join DJ Camilo and Funk Master Flex for the Hot97 Xmas Party. The event happens on December 25 from 10 PM to 4 AM. For information about the Santos House Party at 96 Lafayette St. and the guest list, call (347) 592-0300 or visit gametightny.com.
The Coney Island Polar Bear Club is the oldest winter bathing organization in the country. Every Sunday from November through April, they dip into the chilly Atlantic Ocean. The Polar Bears will be swimming on Sunday, Christmas Day at 1 PM. For more details visit Coney Island Fun Guide.
There are a variety of restaurants open in NYC to stop at after window shopping, munching chestnuts and visiting Rockefeller Center. According to NYC.com, an array of restaurants are opening their doors on Christmas Day and reservations are recommended.
Aangan at 2701 Broadway served authentic Indian food in a modern atmosphere at 2701 Broadway. Their television number is (212) 280-4100. Check out Gyu-Kaku in the East Village at 34 Cooper Square for customizable Japanese BBQ customers get to grill themselves. Find out more at (212) 475-2989.
Lucille’s Grill, named after B.B. King’s electric guitar, serves up blues and traditional grilled food including chops, steak and barbecue and NYC Press named it the “Best Great Bar That You’d Never Suspect Was a Great Bar.” For more info, call (212) 997-4144. Feast on traditional Northern Italian cuisine at Serafina Broadway at 210 W. 55th Street, telephone number (212) 315-1700.
For over eighty years, the intellectual elite have gathered for Continental cuisine in an upscale environment at the Russian Tea Room located at 150 W. 57th Street, telephone number (212) 581-7100. With so much to do on Christmas Day in NYC, it’s difficult to decide where to go first.