Top 5 Holiday Photo Op Spots in New York: Visitor’s Guide

Photo op spots in New York Time Warner Center Stars

Remember postcards? Buying a stack of them, writing and addressing them, making sure to get the right stamps, and then (at least in my case) forgetting to mail them before boarding the plane home. Today, we have phone cameras and selfies. All we need to do is open Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (often all three of them) and with a simple click, we get to share our travel impressions and images with our friends, family and the world. Best of all, we get their virtual pats on the back (again, a simple click) nearly instantaneously.

Here is a guide to the top 5 holiday photo op spots in New York.

“Holiday Under the Stars” at Time Warner Center, Columbus Circle

Photo Op Spots in New York Time Warner Center Stars

One of my favorite places to take holiday shots is the 150-foot atrium in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle. There is something magical about the twelve 14-foot stars that hang from the ceiling and change color from orange to red, blue, purple, and numerous multicolor combinations. You can snap different color selfies and even get the Columbus statue and Central Park in the frame. Best of all, you don’t have to freeze while doing so. If you have the time, grab a seat at the piano bar on the third level and enjoy the light show.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Center Tree

No surprise here, the most popular spot in NYC during the holidays is also the most touristy! You can get better photos at night, but you have to fight the crowds for a chance of a clear shot. Go when it’s very cold or raining. Fewer people are willing to brave the extreme weather. Sometimes, you have to pay for those perfect shots!

Washington Square Park

Photo Op Spots in New York Washington Square Park Arch

One of my favorite New York holiday shots is of the Christmas tree under the Washington Square Park Arch. Go on Christmas Eve if you want to catch the Christmas caroling. It would make for a wonderful video card to send to friends and family from New York.

Wallman Skating Rink in Central Park

Photo Op Spots in New York Wallman's Rink

Who hasn’t seen the black and white photos of the Wallman Rink (now Trump Rink) in Central Park? Every time I go there and take my own shots of this iconic NYC sight, I feel a connection to the City’s past, the way you do when seeing a photo of an old ancestor.

Macy’s Windows

Photo Op Spots in New York Macy's Window Display

Macy’s holiday window display always draws crowds. You can get some very interesting shots with the reflection of the surrounding buildings in the glass. I nearly had to kneel to get the top of the Empire State Building reflected in the window display with its replica.

Photo Ops in New York Macy's Window Display

Dress warm and share your photos!

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