Take the train or bus to New York. Amtrak fares start at $49 one way; low-fare buses such as BoltBus and Megabus are typically about $20 one way. Book in advance as seats sell out fast during the holidays. By car, New York is about 225 miles from Washington up Interstate 95.
Where to Stay
70 Park Avenue Hotel
70 Park Ave.
Kimpton boutique property well situated between Grand Central and Bryant Park offering a holiday package (through Dec. 30) with two free cocktails per night, hot toddies, morning hot chocolate and more. Price is $1 plus the best available rate. Rates from $229 a night.
Where to eat
Many of the holiday markets include food vendors, kiosks and/or cafes, such as Daisy’s Grits at Bryant Park, where items start at $6.45. Grand Central Terminal features a variety of eateries, including Cipriani Dolci (pastas from $19) and the Oyster Bar and Restaurant (sandwiches from $7).
Where to shop
Grand Central Holiday Fair
87 E. 42nd St., Vanderbilt Hall
Through Dec. 24. Monday- Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closes at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Holiday Shops at Bryant Park
Union Square Holiday Market
Union Square Park
Until Dec. 24. Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m, Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Columbus Circle Holiday Market
Central Park South at Central Park W.est
Daily 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Dec. 24.
Holiday Gift Shops at St. Bartholomew’s
Park Avenue at E. 50th Street
Daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Dec. 24.
Seaport Holiday Market
South Street Seaport, along Historic Fulton Street to South Street
Daily 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Dec. 31.
Eighth Avenue between 46th and 47th streets
Daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Dec. 31.