Christmas in NYC Photoshoot Locations

There’s nothing like New York City at Christmas time! The entire city is electric with holiday spirit and every block is decked out in decor. Read on the for the best Christmas in NYC photoshoot locations to add holiday cheer to your Instagram feed.

 

#1 – Lotte New York Palace

One of the most gorgeous and intricately decorated trees in New York City is in the Lotte New York Palace’s front courtyard. Head inside for even more Instagrammable holiday decor, including a letters to Santa letter box. This is a must see for Christmas in NYC.

 

Christmas in NYC Lotte New York Palace Christmas Tree

Christmas in NYC photoshoot at The Lotte Palace Hotel - Karya Schanilec NYC photographer

Christmas in NYC photoshoot at The Lotte Palace Hotel - Karya Schanilec NYC photographer

 

 

#2 – Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center is famous for their annual Christmas Tree Lighting, and it deserves all of the hype. Also check out the ice skating rink and rows of angels in the Channel Garden leading to 5th Ave.

 

Christmas in NYC Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Christmas in NYC Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and Ice Skating Rink photoshoot - Karya Schanilec NYC photographer

 

#3 – Cartier Store

The Cartier location on 5th Ave is actually a mansion built in 1903 and later converted into a Cartier store in 1917. Every year they wrap their storefront in a giant, light up bow and appropriately decor their windows with lights galore. Shoot from the diagonally opposite street corner to get the best shot.

 

 

 

#4 – Radio City Music Hall

Home of The Rockettes Christmas Spectacular, Radio City Music Hall of course decorates their exterior to match the magnificent show held inside. The plaza across the street also decorates their fountain with giant red tree ornaments so don’t miss those.

 

Christmas in NYC Radio City Music Hall Decorations

Radio City Music Hall at Christmas in New York City

Candy cane Christmas decorations in NYC - Karya Schanilec NYC photographer

Radio City Red Balls fountain, Christmas in NYC photoshoot location - Karya Schanilec NYC photographer

 

 

#5 – Saks 5th Avenue

Saks 5th Avenue is right across the street from the Rockefeller Center Channel Gardens and is the most amazing spot for holiday themed window displays and bokeh lights.

 

 

#6 – Rolf’s German Restaurant

Grab a drink at the bar snap some magical pics at Rolf’s!

 

#7 – Hudson Yards

If you love sparkle, this spot is for you! The Hudson Yards mall is all decked out in glittering lights and hot air balloons.

 

#8 – Mangia

At their midtown and Madison Square Park locations, the catering company Mangia has decorated their storefronts with breathtaking garlands.

 

#9 – Lillie’s Victorian

Another holiday themed bar and restaurant is Lillie’s Victorian near Union Square. You can enjoy a drink or meal inside, but their window display is worth the trip alone.

Lillie's Victorian NYC Christmas photoshoot location - Karya Schanilec Photography

 

#10 – Washington Square Park

Yes, Washington Square Park has their own tree! Check every year for when the tree lighting happens.

Washington Square Park Christmas tree

 

#11 – Bryant Park Winter Village

The Bryant Park Winter Village is a WHOLE event. From ice skating to hot chocolate stands, there’s something for everyone. For the best photos, arrive in the early morning.

 

#12 – 5th Avenue Holiday Sculpture Trail

Connecting many of these NYC Christmas photoshoot locations is the 5th Avenue Holiday Sculpture Trail. The installations vary year to year, but they’re always perfect for snapping a pic!

 

#13 – Dior 5th Avenue

Many of the Dior locations in NYC decorate for the holidays, but the location on 5th Ave. and 59th St. takes the cake with its giant snowflake light installation.

 

What’s your favorite Christmas in NYC photoshoot location? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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