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Here's What's Open on Christmas Day in NYC

By  Julia Bottles and Shaye Weaver | December 1, 2016 4:48pm | Updated on December 21, 2016 2:41pm

 New York City's ice skating rinks will be open Christmas Day.
New York City's ice skating rinks will be open Christmas Day.
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Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, it's helpful to know what's open on the holiday. 

DNAinfo New York has gathered a handful of those spots like restaurants and movie theaters throughout the city, along with some reminders about how the holiday will affect some basic services:

Christmas Day Service Changes

• There will be no trash or recycling collection on Christmas Day. The Department of Sanitation recommends that you set out garbage after 4 p.m. on Dec. 25 for collection the following morning. Recycling should be held for collection the following week.

• Alternate side parking rules will be suspended on Christmas Day.

• Because Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, the USPS will not deliver mail on the holiday or Monday, Dec. 26.


Essex, 120 Essex St., Lower East Side

The restaurants will be serving brunch from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Christmas dinner from 6 to 11 p.m.

Haru Sushi, 1329 Third Ave., Upper East Side

If you're craving something different from the traditional Christmas dinner, you're in luck. Haru is open from 2 to 11 p.m. on Christmas. 

Aged Steakhouse, 107-04 70th Road, Forest Hills

This restaurant will be open for a $60 per person prix fixe dinner on Christmas.

Benchmark Restaurant, 339A Second St., Park Slope

This contemporary American eatery is offering a three-course prix fixe menu for $80 if you'd like someone else to do the cooking. It will be open from 2 to 8 p.m.

Little Frog, 322 E. 86th St., Upper East Side

This Parisian-inspired bistro, which seats 75, will serve an la carte brunch, including the Frogger burger, avocado toast and cast-iron steak and eggs from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

5 Napkin Burger1325 Second Ave., Upper East Side

5 Napkin Burger will have a holiday happy hour from 10 to 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, with $7 cocktails, $6 craft beers, $3 sliders and tuna tostones. The happy hour will happen at all of its locations.


New York City's skating rinks will be ready for skaters looking to hit the ice and burn off some of those holiday cookies on Christmas Day. Here's where you can head 

The Rink at Rockefeller Center, Midtown
Lasker Rink, Central Park, south of 110th Street and Lenox Avenue park entrance, Harlem
Wollman Rink, Central Park at 63rd Street, Upper East Side
The Rink at Bryant Park, between 40th and 42nd streets at Fifth Avenue, Midtown
Abe Stark Rink, Coney Island Boardwalk and West 19th Street, Coney Island
LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park near Parkside and Ocean Avenue entrance
World Ice Arena, Avery Avenue and 131st Street, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
WWII Veterans War Memorial Ice Skating Rink, Clove Lakes Park, Castleton Corner


From "Rogue One: a Star Wars Story" to the latest independent flick, these theaters will be screening movies on Christmas Day.

Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg
Regal Cinemas Union Square 14, 850 Broadway, Union Square
UA Staten Island Stadium 16 & RPX, 2474 Forest Ave., Graniteville
East 86th St. Cinema, 210 E. 86th St., Upper East Side


Apple Store, 767 Fifth Ave., Midtown East
Open 24 hours

More: See DNAinfo Partners' Neighborhood Picks in the 2016 Holiday Guide

Check back for updates to this article as the holiday gets closer.