We all want to spend our Christmas morning with our loved ones. Because of that, most stores and attractions in NYC will most likely be closed during the 25th. But fret not, there are still some awesome things you can do this on Christmas Day when traveling in New York City. We listed them here for you.

Rockefeller Center Ice Rink

One of the most fun activities to do during the winter season in NYC is undoubtedly ice skating. Whether a lovely paced skate with our partner or a first experience for the little ones, ice skating is fun for everyone. It’s a perfect way to get out of the house (or hotel) and spend the Christmas morning with family.  

Where: The Rink, Rockefeller Center; 600 5th Avenue, Manhattan (11 min drive from The Lombardy Hotel)

25th Schedule:  8:30am – 12am


Horse and Carriage Ride

Horse and carriage rides are one of NYC’s Central Park most famous activities. It’s an iconic thing to do for the holidays, and a picturesque way to celebrate Christmas. It’s a romantic activity with your partner, a fun way to get pictures with your friends, and an exciting dream for your kids- basically fun for anyone! If you want to enjoy a marvelous ride around Central Park, do it this 25th in a beautiful carriage. You can set your booking at their website.

Where: Central Park South; Between 4th and 5th Avenue, Manhattan (11 min drive from The Lombardy Hotel)

25th Schedule: 10am – 11pm


Red Rooster

If your Christmas Eve was wild and now all you want is some good comfort food and good music, the Red Rooster is your place to eat. Starting at $55 with a Prix Fixe Christmas Day menu, enjoy warm cornbread with a butternut squash soup as an appetizer and herb-roasted short rib for the main dish. You can also order anything from their regular menu, if the Christmas menu isn’t to your taste. Have a marvelous lunch listening to some deep soul music.

Where: Red Rooster; 310 Lenox Avenue, Harlem (24 min drive from The Lombardy Hotel)

25th Schedule: Lunch – 11:30am – 3pm, Dinner – 4:30pm – 10:30pm


Film Society

There is one universal truth: movie theaters rarely close during the holidays. If you are in the mood for old movies and some good popcorn, the Film Society of Lincoln Center will be displaying a total of 5 classic movies like Cold War, Out of the Past, and Berlin Express. The first screening will start at 12:00pm. It’s a fun way to get out of the house, but stay out of the cold on Christmas day. 

Where: Film Society of Lincoln Center; 165 West, 65th Street, Manhattan (23 min drive from The Lombardy Hotel)

25th Schedule: First screening 12pm, last screening 9:35pm (check all the movie schedules here).



There is nothing like a good brunch to celebrate Christmas Day (as if we ever need an excuse to enjoy brunch). At Bubby’s you will find delicious pancakes, buttermilk biscuits, burgers, and salads on their breakfast and lunch menu. You don’t have to lift a finger to make breakfast for your family this Christmas.  

Where: Bubby’s Tribeca; 120 Hudson Street, Manhattan (30 min drive from The Lombardy Hotel)

25th Schedule: Breakfast 8am – 11am, Lunch 11am – 4pm


Central Park Zoo

Sticking to their winter schedule, the Central Park Zoo will open its doors to visitors this Christmas Day. Activities like penguin feeding and sea lion feeding will be held throughout the day. Bring your little ones to one of the World’s most famous Zoo and watch the animals receive their own Christmas breakfasts and lunches! It’s a perfect, family-friendly activity to do during this winter holiday when most other activities are on hold.

Where: Central Park Zoo; East 64th Street, Manhattan (13 min drive from The Lombardy Hotel)

25th Schedule: 10am – 4:00pm (last entry)


Staying in New York City – About The Lombardy Hotel

The Lombardy is a NYC hotel that caters to busy travelers, family vacations, and business trips alike. If you are visiting NYC during the holidays, we gladly open our doors to you and your family. Spend Christmas with us and we’ll make sure you are warm, entertained, and full of cheer. We look forward to hosting you.

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