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What’s Open in NYC on Christmas Day

What’s Open in NYC on Christmas Day

Check out these great ideas for what to do with kids on Christmas Day in NYC!

Christmas day is a wonderful time to explore the attractions of the New York City area. While some places close for the holiday, lots of spots are open to enjoy and are great for kids of all ages.

New York City's Iconic Sights

Check out some of NYC's most famous attractions on Christmas Day. Chances are the lines won’t be too long and you and your family can play tourists for the day. The Empire State building is open 8am to 2am. Top of the Rock is also open from 8am to midnight.

Time Square is Open for Business

Places like  Madame Tussauds Wax Museum,  Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, and Dave and Busters will all be open on Christmas day.

Go Out to Eat in the Big Apple

Lots of people have gatherings at home on Christmas, but give yourself a break and dine out with the family. Many restaurants will offer a special Christmas menu as well. Some restaurants offering special Christmas Day meals are The Sea Fire Grill and The Marshal.

Movies for Kids

Nearly every movie theater is open on Christmas day. Take the whole family to enjoy a film on the big screen and don’t forget the popcorn and sweets! Jumangi: The Next Level, Frozen 2, and The Grinch, where you can find it, are all great choices!

Broadway Shows

Celebrate Christmas on the Great White Way. The show must go on, even on Christmas! Check out a kid-friendly show such as The Lion King or Aladdin. It will be a day or evening the kids will remember for years to come. There’s nothing like a live play or musical.

Be sure to check out this full list of Broadway holiday show times.

Central Park Zoo 

The Central Park Zoo is open from 10am-4:30pm on Christmas day. Spend the joyous day seeing animals from all over the world, big and small, such as the penguins, snow leopards, and seals. 

Museum of Jewish Heritage

Take a tour of a living memorial to the Holocaust at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, which is open for tourists on Christmas day. The museum was created to educate people about Jewish life in the 20th and 21st centuries. See exhibitions, plays, films, concerts, and more.

Christmas Afternoon Tea at The Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel

Enjoy a delectable afternoon tea with a special menu for Christmas. Tiny sandwiches, pastries, scones, and other treats will make the day more special than you could have ever imagined. There’s a tea and treats menu created especially for kids too.

The National Museum of Mathematics

MoMath will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 10am–5pm. The Math Unfolded, an Exhibit of Mathematical Origami Art exhibit will be available to see. The Math Exploration sessions, previously exclusive to school field trips, will be open to the public. Join one of MoMath’s specially-trained educators in an exploratory, hands-on classroom experience to discover the wonder of mathematics.

The museum will also be hosting a one-day vacation mini-camp called "MoMath Mini-Camp: Between the Dimensions" on December 30 from 9am to 3pm. MoMath will offer two camp groups: Epsilons for first through third graders, and Deltas for fourth through sixth graders. You can find more information about MoMath's mini-camp here.

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