Christmas in New York City: wheelchair-accessible places to visit

Christmas in New York City: wheelchair-accessible places to visit

Living Christmas in New York is magical. The streets smell of hot chocolate and are decorated for the occasion. The atmosphere invites adults to be like children excited by the festivity again. In this week's post we suggest accessible places that you cannot miss in the Big Apple during this time of year.

New York Botanical Garden

The Holiday Train Show is an annual tradition at the New York Botanical Garden. From November 19 to January 16, 2023, model trains and more than 190 replicas of the most iconic places in the city are on display. The exhibition is beautifully illuminated, in keeping with the festivity. Likewise, the exterior facilities also present some spectacular Christmas lights.
The garden is accessible to those with limited mobility, although certain areas may have uneven ground. On the official website you can download the accessibility map to plan your visit in advance. Also, you should know that during your visit you can borrow a free wheelchair.

Rockefeller Center

Yesterday the big Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center was lit. Every year, New Yorkers and tourists alike look forward to this moment. This admired fir comes from Norway, stands 82 feet tall and is nearly 90 years old.
In the complex there is also an accessible ice skating rink, where many have fun during this season. People with reduced mobility can request assistance if they need it.

Washington Square

Another iconic tree will shine its lights next to the arch in Washington Square. The lighting will take place on December 7 at six in the evening. In case you cannot attend, you should know that it will be broadcast live on the Facebook page. In addition, on Christmas Eve Christmas carols will be sung in this area in the south of Manhattan.

Dyker Heights

Located southwest of Brooklyn, the Dyker Heights neighborhood stands out for its spectacularly illuminated and decorated houses. When it gets dark, walk around this neighborhood and enjoy an authentic Christmas show.

Museum of the City of New York

Renowned bakers have recreated the different districts of the city with gingerbread. Until January 8, 2023, you can see their sweet creations at the Museum of the City of New York. It is a perfect plan to do with children.
As indicated on the official website, the museum has access ramps on East 104th Street between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue. It also has a large elevator in Rinay Menschel Hall, wheelchair loan, hearing aids, noise reduction headphones, and specialized tours with sign language, among other services that are tailored to people with disabilities.

Bryant Park

In last week’s post we talked about the Christmas market that takes place annually in Bryant Park. You’ll love it. In addition, in this place you can practice ice skating, as there are sledges adapted for visitors with reduced mobility.

Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

Enjoy Christmas carols inside one of the largest Christian churches in the world. The choristers and the orchestra of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine will invite you to receive Christmas with more joy than ever. The appointment is December 9, so hurry up to buy your tickets.
The building has a ramp north of the main entrance. Wheelchairs are also provided at the Visitor Center. If you have any questions, we recommend that you use the contact ways provided on the website.

Hudson Yards

At this time, the Hudson Yards complex becomes the perfect setting for taking popular photos on Instagram. Starting November 14, The Shops & Restaurants hosts a beautiful hot air balloon festooned with sparkling lights. In addition, Santa Claus will pay a visit from December 5 to 16.

Citi Field

The New York stadium celebrates the Amaze Light Festival, where you will enjoy yourself as a child in an illuminated universe. Here you will find a Christmas market, a toy store, sweets and other surprises.
All areas of this event are accessible to people with reduced mobility.


Tell us, what other accessible places would you recommend us to visit especially at this time of year?

Sources: New York Botanical Garden, Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, Museum of the City of New York, The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, Hudson Yards New York, Amaze Light Festival, Washington Square NYC

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