New York Christmas shopping breaks

Treat yourself this Christmas: take a break in the Big Apple!


Russell Bowes

Sophie Gackowski
HomeAway travel expert

New York Christmas shopping breaks We all know that when winter rolls round, it’s time to start Christmas shopping. Of course, it’s the thought that counts, and buying gifts is a pleasure, but the bustle of British shopping centres can dampen the festive feel! So why not treat yourself as well as others this year, and enjoy a well-deserved shopping break in New York? The Big Apple’s a great destination to visit year round, but as the festive season gets into full swing, it’s a beautiful city to behold. You can expect enormous Christmas trees, fairy lights and decorations, as well as stalls selling roasted chestnuts and seasonal treats! 

With snowmen and Santa Clause adorning every self-respecting shop window, you’ll get into the Christmas spirit in no time. Of course, while there are hundreds of hotels and bed and breakfasts to choose from, renting privately is a great way to make the most of your stay. As well as enjoying the privacy and space in a home from home, you’ll have the freedom to enjoy your break at your own pace. So why wait? Browse through our New York apartments today, and make this Christmas the one to remember.


Top places to stay on New York Christmas shopping breaks


Midtown Manhattan New York Shopping Holidays - Midtown Manhattan

What could be better than renting a stylish, private apartment in Midtown Manhattan? Often referred to as simply ‘Midtown’, this is one of New York City’s most exciting places to stay. Home to Broadway, the Empire State Building and Times Square, it houses several of the Big Apple’s most iconic ‘must-see’ sites. And where to shop when staying in the area? It has to be Fifth Avenue, of course! Famed for its range of high-end fashion stores and independent boutiques, this is the place to bag a bargain in Bloomingdales to or treat yourself to a Tiffany necklace: go ahead, and shop till you drop.

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Upper East Side New York Shopping Holidays -  Upper East Side

Running from 59th to 110th Street, the Upper East Side is a fantastic place to stay on a shopping break. You can make your way around Macy’s, before taking a peaceful walk in Central Park, the trees of which - adorned with beautiful lights and decorations - lie just to the west of the area. During winter, you can easily divide your time between splurging and ice skating! Many of New York’s famous shopping stores are also found in the Upper East Side, and showcase magical window displays over Christmas: one of the best is Barneys, which collaborates with different artists every year.

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Theatre District New York Shopping Holidays -  Theatre District

When planning New York shopping breaks, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy when you’re not flashing your cash! There’s nothing better than making your way to Madison Avenue to peruse its high-end stores, before enjoying a show in the Theatre District. There are some brilliant shows on Broadway during the festive season, from well-known favourites to new, independent shows. Of course, if you’re travelling with little ones, they might prefer a trip to Toys R Us: its enormous ferris wheel, life-size barbie house, and 20 foot animatronic T-Rex won’t fail to keep them happy!

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Chelsea New York Shopping Holidays -  Chelsea

Chelsea’s a great base for Christmas shopping breaks: a vibrant residential district home to many of the city’s historical sites, it’s located close to the main attractions but maintains a calm, laid-back atmosphere. Here, you’ll find Madison Square Garden, home to the New York Knicks, as well as many of the city’s independent, quirky stores. From vintage clothes and out-of-print books, to rare jazz and rock records, you’ll love browsing through the bargains to be had in Chelsea. Add to this the area’s unique nightclubs, restaurants and galleries, and it’s an undoubtedly great place to stay.

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Upper West Side New York Shopping Holidays -  Upper West Side

New York’s Upper West Side is the perfect choice for families on Christmas shopping breaks. A leafy, sophisticated neighbourhood, it’s known for its pretty public parks, elegant town houses and peaceful atmosphere. With a private apartment here, you can escape the bustle of the Big Apple’s busiest areas, while still enjoying easy access to the main attractions on offer. With the subway just a few minutes away, you can easily check out Chinatown, SoHo and Greenwich Village, enjoying the shops and stores on offer, before retiring in the evening to your cosy home from home.

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