Few cities capture the magic of Christmas better than New York. Add Macys, Sephora and Bloomingdales into the mix and you have the perfect Christmas shopping destination. Check out my top five Christmas shopping breaks to New York, and get planning!
I love visiting New York, regardless of the time of year, but there is something magical about visiting at Christmas time. Parting with your hard-earned cash on Christmas presents is also a lot easier when you are doing it in New York – and who knows, you might pick up some bargains for yourself too. I have lots of posts on shopping in New York and things to do in New York so if you need any more inspiration be sure to check them out.
Some people like to do their Christmas shopping early, some love the bargains available over Thanksgiving weekend, while others want to wait until the Christmas tree lights are turned on at Rockefeller Centre. This year they should be illuminated on the 2nd of December (date yet to be confirmed), so if you really want to see New York covered in Christmas lights, you should plan to go in December.
I have given you five highly rated hotels, in different locations, based on two, three or four sharing for three or four nights. All prices are based on direct flights from Dublin airport to New York. Flights are also available from other airports, such as Shannon, Belfast etc. – so if Dublin airport doesn’t suit, or you need to change dates or number of people travelling, simply edit the search to suit your requirements, when you click on the links below.
So whether you fancy a romantic weekend for two, or want to get a few friends together for the ultimate shopping trip, these five Christmas shopping breaks to New York should have you covered.
1. Pod 51 Hotel:
26th November, 3 Nights, 2 Sharing €619pp
The Pod 51 is a great value option for a weekend break in New York. Ideally located in Midtown Manhattan, it is close to all the main attractions and it even has a cool rooftop terrace with stunning views – mind you you might need some blankets in December! This is cheap and cheerful but highly rated on TripAdvisor – you will be hard pushed to find a better value hotel in a central location. Note I have based this deal on a double / twin room with a private bathroom.
2. Residence Inn New York Marriott Downtown:
26th November, 3 Sharing , 4 Nights, €596pp
Located in the Financial District, the Residence Inn New York Marriott Downtown is the perfect place to rest up after a long day of shopping. It is also close to the World Trade Centre and the 9/11 museum, which is a must visit if you haven’t already seen it. Brookfield Place is a well known spot in the local area that is great for shopping and restaurants, make sure you visit the legendary Bill’s Bar & Burger restaurant. Highly rated on TripAdvisor, this is great value for a four-night stay.
3. Radio City Apartments:
3rd December, 4 Nights, 4 Sharing, €643pp
Located close to Times Square, and extremely well equipped, the Radio City Apartments are one of the most popular apartments in New York. They boast an express check-in, free WiFi, daily housekeeping and complimentary toiletries. You have all the benefits of a hotel, with the added advantage of a kitchenette to save on dining out costs. These are a great choice for families or a group of friends who can enjoy a few cocktails before a night out in New York city.
4. The Beacon Hotel:
3rd December, 3 Nights, 2 Sharing, €715pp
I stayed in the Beacon Hotel last year and loved it. Its location, close to Central Park and Manhattan’s Upper West Side is ideal for families or couples looking to be away from the hustle and bustle of Times Square. The rooms are very spacious and come with a kitchenette, which is ideal for early morning coffees – you will wake early with the time difference. You can walk to mid town in fifteen minutes or take the subway, the station is just minutes away.
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5. 5-Star The James New York-NoMad:
3rd December, 4 Nights, 2 Sharing, €1069pp
James Hotels are the sophisticated choice for people looking for locally inspired features in a modern setting. The James New York-NoMad is perfect for frequent travellers to New York, or tourists looking for somewhere unique and luxurious to stay. Guests are encouraged to try the free weekly meditation classes, and there is a 24-hour fitness centre and in-room wellness services available.
The Seville cocktail lounge is the place to be seen, with light snacks served all day and regular entertainment. Expect to find locally sourced drinks and snacks in your suite, and don’t be surprised if you spot some animals wandering around – pets are welcome too! Check out the reviews on TripAdvisor if you still need convincing.
New York has so much to offer as a holiday destination all year round, but especially at Christmas time. Give yourself something to look forward to by planning a Christmas shopping break to New York this year..
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Prices of these Christmas shopping breaks to New York are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Please note that these links are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.