Are you planning to take a vacation to New York in December and visit the many wonderful New York City attractions around Christmas Day? Before you start reserving your flights and reserving your hotel room, you should know that numerous New York City attractions will be closed and if opened, will have either a late opening or early closing so that the employees can also spend time with their families as well.
Below are places that are opened and closed on Christmas in New York to help make the best experience possible. If a location that is closed is on your list of places to see, please try and visit there the day before or after if your scheduling time permits. When visiting, be sure to adhere to the curfews set by each venue to avoid any desk appearance tickets from local law enforcement for trespassing.
American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History is unfortunately closed on Christmas (along with Thanksgiving) Day
Bank of America, Capital One Bank and many other banks are unfortunately closed on Christmas Day. Their ATM’s across the city will be available for customers and non-customers to utilize but will not be helpful for turning foreign currency into usable currency in New York.
The Brooklyn Museum is unfortunately closed on Christmas (along with Thanksgiving and New Year’s) Day.
Big Apple Bus Tour
The Big Apple Bus Tour is closed (or will have limited hours) on Christmas Day. If open with limited hours, take advantage and enjoy a quick tour around to see opened New York City attractions.
New York’s Central Park is open on Christmas Day. Let your kids or the kid in you have fun exploring the most fun public park in New York.
New York’s Chinatown is open on Christmas Day. Dress warm and explore all the business offering deep holiday discounts.
Department Stores (Closed)
Aldo Shoes, American Eagle Outfitters, Banana Republic, Bare Escentuals, Bebe, Borders, Century 21 Department Stores, Daffy’s, Famous Footwear, Foot Locker, Footaction USA, Forever 21, Fossil, Game Stop, Gap, Geox, H&M, JCPenney, Journeys, Kmart, Lane Bryant, Macy’s, Men’s Warehouse, Old Navy, Orva Shoes, Payless Shoe Source, Perfumania, Skechers, Steve Madden Shoes, Sunglass Hut, Swarovski, Victoria’s Secret, WHO.A.U, Zales and Zara are closed on Christmas Day.
Department Stores (Opened)
For last minute shoppers, Billabong, Dr. Jays and Esprit will be open for your needs and may have early closings and/or late openings on Christmas Day.
Emergency Services (Police, Fire & Ambulance) will be available on Christmas Day.
Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is open on Christmas Day. Take a view of the city and see the extra holiday lights displayed for the holidays from a bird’s-eye view.
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is unfortunately closed on Christmas (along with Thanksgiving) Day
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
The Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is open on Christmas Day. Budget two (2) hours to see all the wonderful figures inside.
The Manhattan Mall is unfortunately one of the New York malls that is closed on Christmas Day.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is unfortunately closed on Christmas (along with New Year’s) Day.
Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art is unfortunately closed on Christmas Day.
New York Botanical Garden
The New York Botanical Garden is unfortunately closed on Christmas Day.
New York Stock Exchange
The New York Stock Exchange is unfortunately closed on Christmas Day.
Queens Center Mall
The Queens Center Mall is unfortunately one of the New York malls that is closed on Christmas Day.
While in New York, there is a very good chance you will be hungry so here are some dining options that will be available to you on Christmas Eve & Day.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is unfortunately closed on Christmas Day.
Staten Island Ferry
The Staten Island Ferry is available on Christmas Day for you to take a free non-stop ride pass the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island. If you plan on taking photos on the ride, be sure to have a zoom lens as you may encounter fog and inclement weather.
Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island is unfortunately closed on Christmas Day. Feel free to catch a view from the Staten Island Ferry if you will be in New York for Christmas day only.
New York’s Times Square is open on Christmas Day. Take the time to explore all the large and small business that are still open and offering holiday discounts then have fun taking photos of department stores magnificent window displays.
United States Postal Service
The United States Postal Service and other major carriers (FedEx, UPS, etc) will be closed on Christmas Day. Be sure to send your gifts, bills and invoices in time so it does not arrive late.
The Walden Galleria is closed on Christmas (along with Easter & Thanksgiving) Day. If you are a minor, be sure to adhere to the “Parental Escort Policy” that they have.
Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets
The Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets are unfortunately closed on Christmas Day.
Whitney Museum of American Art
The Whitney Museum of American Art is unfortunately closed on Christmas Day.
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