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A Scenic NYC Christmas Lights Run Perfect for the Holiday Season

Posted by on Friday, December 1st, 2017


The weather may be cold, but for die-hard runners, there’s no better time to hit the pavement than during the most festive weeks of the year. New York City is renowned for its picturesque storefronts, enormous lit Christmas trees, and winter markets, making it one of the most impressive places to be during the holiday season. The New York Junior League run club recommends this 4.5-mile NYC Christmas lights run to fill you with holiday cheer, all while keeping your feet stretched and your body in peak cardio condition.

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See the Rockefeller Center’s massive Christmas tree on this NYC running route. Image Source: Flickr user Anthony Quintano.

Where to Start Running

This NYC winter run kicks off in Upper East Side Manhattan at the 77th Street Subway Station, where 77th intersects with Lexington Avenue. Your route passes through Midtown East, Midtown, Herald Square, and Flatiron. Click here to access the map and send directions to your smartphone.

Christmas Sights To See in New York City

  • Your run begins with a flat 1.2-mile trek. Trot up one city block to Park Avenue and hang a left to see some of the 104 trees running from 54th Street to 97th—a tradition that started in 1945 to honor fallen World War II veterans. Turn left down East 63rd and right on Third Avenue to 59th. Here, you’ll begin to see some of Bloomingdale’s fun window displays set to an annual theme (and smartphone-enabled). Be sure to check out the windows on Lexington for their Hollywood-inspired theme!
  • Make a left on Fifth Avenue to pass Bergdorf Goodman’s window displays. The high-end retailer will be promoting a new line of FAO Schwartz toys for the 2017 holiday season. Last year, the theme for their dioramas was “Destination Extraordinary,” featuring scenes from The Book Club, The Scenic Route, The Winter Garden, The Hitchhiker, and Bird’s-Eye View. 
  • You’ll see Tiffany & Co, where each window sparkles with diamonds like a “magical jewel box.”
  • You’ll pass the Plaza Hotel Christmas decorations and tree. Large, festive wreaths decorate the ground floor of the hotel, with a themed Christmas tree in the Fifth Avenue foyer. Past themes include Eloise Rawther and The Great Gatsby. 
  • Turn left on Sixth Avenue and right on 57th to pass Saks Fifth Avenue, which celebrates”colorful candy and festive fashion” with their “Land of 1,000 Delights” display this year.
  • Continue down Sixth Avenue to the brightly-lit, iconic Radio City Music Hall. Further on, the Rockefeller Center’s ice skaters, the decorated Christmas tree, and a flurry of lights will get you in a celebratory mood. Last year, the Rockefeller Center’s Norway Spruce from Oneonta, NY was 94 feet high, 56 feet wide, and weighed over 30,000 pounds! So, to say it’s “something to see” would be an understatement!
  • You’ll pass Cartier, which is always a breathtaking snapshot of luxury, wrapped up in a bow.
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral is located down West 49th. They celebrate this time of year with masses, concerts, and caroling.
  • At Sixth and 42nd, you’ll see Winter Village at Bryant Park, Midtown Manhattan’s pop-up winter wonderland. It features festive activities such as ice skating, shopping, scavenger hunts, carnivals, and concerts. The New York Public Library’s Christmas tree is right here as well.
  • Continue down Sixth to Macy’s Herald Square windows. It’s worth cruising inside to the 8th floor to see the magical, 13,000-square-foot “Santaland” exhibit.
  • At West 25th, you’ll see Madison Square Park’s Christmas tree, which has been a traditional highlight for over 100 years.
  • Finish up at 18th Street’s City Bakery for a cup of famous hot chocolate.

Your Stop for Treatment of Foot and Ankle Injuries

Running is great exercise, but there is always the possibility of sustaining a foot or ankle injury. So if you’re experiencing any nagging pains whatsoever, stop by our advanced center for foot and ankle injuries. We’re just eight minutes from the 77th Street Subway Station if you head northwest on 77th and hang a right on Park Avenue. Our office on E 88th Street is adjacent to Museum Mile and the Guggenheim, near Central Park.

Here at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we offer everything from diagnostic imaging, gait analysis, and physical examinations to platelet-rich plasma injection therapy, cryo treatment, and laser therapy. Should you need surgery, our board-certified team can take you through the full gamut of treatment and see you through rehabilitation. Whatever issue you may be struggling with, we will work to get you back on your feet as soon as possible. For more information or to book an appointment, contact us today.


If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.