15 Places To Instagram Christmas In New York City

15 Places To Instagram Christmas In New York City

Merry Chrysler!


It's the happiest season of all! If you are lucky enough to spend time in the greatest city during the happiest season, there are so many places and events to see to get into the holiday spirit. And, if you're like me or my friends, you want to see the most fun and Instagrammable. Here are the best places to put you and your followers in the holiday spirit!

1. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

I think you can start Christmas whenever you want, but the Thanksgiving Day Parade is the real kick-off. Santa finishes the parade of and starts the Christmas season! It's a great place for a family and the floats are great for the gram.

2. Ice Skating in Central Park

Once it starts snowing, this is the time to bundle up and go outside! Central Park is one of the greatest parks and you can find an ice skating place for yourself and friends! There are so many cute photos to take--solo and group!

3. City Bakery Hot Chocolate

This is so good and comes with a homemade marshmallow. A must-try when it starts to get cold! Look how great the marshmallow is for the gram!

4. Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Gardens

I love the New York Botanical Gardens, located across the street from Fordham. It is a true diamond in the rough, and the train show is proof. It is so beautiful and captures the Christmas spirit! The Botans is always a great place for the gram!

5. Z100 Jingle Ball

Z100 always gets the biggest stars of the year. If you can get tickets to this, you will see all the top hits performed in one night. It is so great to throw a humble brag on social media!

6. Radio City's Christmas Spectacular

This will encompass every aspect of Christmas, and for lack of a better word, it is spectacular in every sense. Your insta game is sure spectacular if you go here!

7. The Nutcracker performed at Lincoln Center

Personally, one of my favorite parts of Christmas is the Nutcracker, and Lincoln Center provides one of the best shows you can find.

8. Santa Con

For those 21+, this is a very cheerful way to start the holiday season with your friends! Its different but you can get great photos of your friend group!

9. Rockefeller Christmas Tree

It's always magnificent! Whether its before or after Christmas, make sure it's on your to-do list every year. If this picture doesn't say enough, you can get some great photos here.

10. Window Shopping on 5th Ave

This is one of my favorite activities after seeing the tree. Window decorations on 5th Ave go above and beyond for Christmas. You should really see them in both daylight and at night to capture all the Christmas spirit.

11. Bryant Park Christmas Shops

With a large ice skating rink and many options for beautiful gifts, Bryant Park is a place you must visit once the holidays roll around. They start Christmas early, so even if you just stop in town, you can't miss it.

12. Shops at Columbus Circle

One of the best malls in the city brings out the holiday spirit with beautiful snowflake lights. It is a sight to see, and close to Central Park!

13. Union Square Holiday Market

For my neighbors around 14th St. or commuting through, this ensemble is worth your time. Adorable little pop-ups, similar to Bryant Park, capture the essence of the holidays in the city.

14. Christmas in New York Museum and Shop

This is a year-round Christmas store, and the first floor has an exhibit on the history of Christmas. If you want to know where all of these traditions originate, this is a place you have to go to!

15. F.A.O. Schwartz

Exciting news! This historical and favorite toy store is coming back for the holiday season. Make sure you stop by while you can!

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Here's Why You Shouldn't Donate to The Salvation Army This Holiday Season (Or Ever)

No, I’m not a grinch or a scrooge. I’m just a member of the LGBT+ community that is tired of seeing my community suffer at the hands of organizations that are supposed to help us.

The holiday season is upon us, bringing mall Santas, twinkling lights, and the well-known bell ringers with their red buckets stationed outside busy department stores. The Salvation Army is a mainstay in the memories of our childhood holidays. I remember a number of years where my parents would give each of my sisters and I a handful of change to put in the shiny red bucket as we walked into Wal-Mart to shop for our family Christmas dinner. On the surface, the Salvation Army is an organization with good intentions of helping the less fortunate, especially during the holiday season. However, a quick Google search exposes the organization’s discriminatory practices.

The Salvation Army is a Protestant Christian denomination and an international charitable organization. Their mission statement, as stated on their website, reads: “The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”

Despite their insistence of nondiscriminatory practices, however, there have been several instances of discrimination, specifically against members of the LGBT+ community. In July 2017, a Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Brooklyn, New York, was found by the New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR) to be discriminating. Three other centers in New York City were also cited as being discriminatory. Violations within the four centers included refusing to accept transgender people as patients or tenants, assigning trans people rooms based on their sex assigned at birth instead of their lived gender identity, unwarranted physical examinations to determine if trans people are on hormone therapy or have had surgery, and segregating transgender patients into separate rooms. The NYCCHR had been tipped off about the mistreatment, and testers from the commission went to the cited centers and found clear evidence of the mistreatment. One of the clinics told the testers outright, “No, we don’t [accept transgender patients].” Another clinic’s representative said, “People with moving male parts would be housed with men.”

This isn’t the first time the Salvation Army has discriminated specifically against transgender people. In 2014, a transgender woman from Paris, Texas fled her home due to death threats she received related to her gender identity. The police told her, “Being the way you are, you should expect that.” She went to Dallas and found emergency shelter at the Carr P. Collins Social Service Center, run by the Salvation Army. The emergency shelter allowed her to stay for 30 days. Towards the end of her 30-day stay, she began looking for other long-term shelter options. One option many of the other women staying in the shelter had recently entered was a two-year housing program also run by the Salvation Army. When the woman interviewed for the program, she was told she was disqualified for the program because she had not had gender reassignment surgery. The counselor for the program later claimed there was a waiting list, but it came out that two women who arrived at the emergency shelter after the transgender woman had already entered the program. The transgender woman filed a complaint with Dallas’s Fair Housing Office, which protects against discrimination on the basis of gender identity. She was able to find other housing through the Shared Housing Project, a project that aims to find transgender people with housing who are willing to support those without.

The Salvation Army’s Christian affiliation drives the organization’s statements and beliefs. The church has a page on its website dedicated to its decided stance on the LGBT+ community that seems to paint a nice picture. Their actions, however, tell a different story. There have been several accounts reporting the Salvation Army’s refusal of service to LGBT+ people unless they renounce their sexuality, end same-sex relationships, or, in some cases, attend services “open to all who confess Christ as Savior and who accept and abide by The Salvation Army’s doctrine and discipline.” The church claims it holds a “positive view of human sexuality,” but then clarifies that “sexual intimacy is understood as a gift of God to be enjoyed within the context of heterosexual marriage.” This belief extends to their staff, asking LGBT+ employees to renounce their beliefs and essentially their identity in order to align with the organization. The Salvation Army believes that “The theological belief regarding sexuality is that God has ordained marriage to be between one man and one woman and sexual activity is restricted to one’s spouse. Non-married individuals would therefore be celibate in the expression of their sexuality.” Essentially, gay people can’t get married. Unmarried people can’t have sex. Therefore, gay people are forbidden from being intimate with one another. This is unfair to ask of any employee, especially considering that one’s relationship status does not interfere with how well anyone can do their job.

If you are still looking to donate to a non-homophobic and transphobic organization this holiday season, here are some great pro-LGBT+ organizations with outreach similar to that of the Salvation Army:

  • Doctors Without Borders: medical and emergency relief
  • Habitat for Humanity: homelessness and housing
  • Local homeless shelters: search the National Coalition for the Homeless’ website for shelters near you!
  • Local food bank: find your local food bank through Feeding America here.
  • The Trevor Project: a leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBT+ young people ages 13-24.
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10 Reasons Why Having A Boyfriend Is Especially Awesome Around The Holidays

No better time of the year than Winter break to make all the memories with your honey freezing in the weather or sweating by the fireplace.


A date for looking at Christmas lights is on the top of the list, for sure.

1. You have someone to do all of the activities with

He's like your built-in partner for everything. Wanna watch a movie? Take a nap? Need someone to help you clean your room? You've got your person.

2. You can steal his hoodies when its chilly outside

It doesn't even have to be cold for you to want to. Chances are its a size or two bigger than you need and his cologne is all over it.

3. Chances are he's more willing to drive in the snow than you are 

Guys typically have a little more of a heavy duty vehicle. If you've got a good man, he might even rescue you an hour away in a blizzard if you think you're tougher than the weather.

4. Christmas movie partner!!

Do I need to add more?

5. He can always keep you warm

Bear hugs. Cuddles. His trucks dual air 90 degree heat on your side. He'll find a way to keep you warm.

6. Your family holiday events partner

Multiple Thanksgivings and Christmas' are a breeze with your favorite person by your side. Plus, no one to ask you where your plus one is or why you're single.

7. Matching Christmas pajamas

I don't know about you, but my family has matching Christmas jammies every year. You can even get your favorite person in on them too for a cute insta picture.

8. Your errand running partner

He's your built-in Christmas shopping partner so you aren't bored standing in line forever or while you're still shopping and he can act as your place holder.

9. You aren't the only single one in your family on Christmas Eve anymore. 

It's awkward when all of your siblings are taking pictures with their others, but when you've found your person, you can do all the same things, including looking forward to your new year's kiss.

10. Making more memories

No better time of the year than Winter break to make all the memories with your honey freezing in the weather or sweating by the fireplace.

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