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Decorated landmarks in New York that are perfect for a surprise proposal

Christmas is the most magical time of year, Christmas in New York is even better. If you are proposing this holiday season look no further than a decorated landmark for a stunning background for your New York proposal.

Here are our top 8 favorite Christmas locations for a magical proposal in the city.

The Vessel at Hudson Yards

The Vessel is a stunning landmark that kickoffs on November 15th. The Vessel is decorated with millions of lights along with the shops, the gardens, and the Vessel. You can propose with candlelight hearts, rose petals, and photography. You can then have an engagement session at “Edge” with your New York proposal photographer. “Edge” is a stunning observation deck with amazing New York City views. You can end the night with a romantic dinner at “Peak” which gives you even more spectacular views of the city, it’s on the 101st floor. 

Tavern on the Green

This historic Central Park restaurant is stunning around Christmas time. It is the perfect place for a New York Christmas proposal. You can propose by the tree outdoors with a New York proposal photographer to capture all the great moments. Tavern on the greens annual Christmas tree lighting will take place on November 30th this year if proposing with a big Crowd is more of your thing. Tavern on the green was also featured in some Hollywood movies like “Arthur” and “Alfie.” Don’t forget to look at our NYC proposal packages for your Christmas engagement in New York. 

Bryant Park

Bryant Park has a beautiful Christmas tree, ice skating rink, and Christmas market. You can have a surprise ice skating rink proposal with a New York Proposal photographer that will capture the surprise followed by pictures with the magical tree and after you both can explore the Christmas shops together as a newly engaged couple! The rink will open starting October 29nd. This location is beautiful and festive yet can be intimate at the same time. The annual Christmas tree lighting is December 6th which will feature music and fireworks for your proposal celebration.

Lincoln Center in Lincoln square

You can propose by the fountain and Christmas tree before seeing a ballet, opera, or music show at Lincoln Center. This square is elegant and looks absolutely stunning in the pictures. To create a ‘wow’ factor, add a musician and a photographer to capture that surprise reaction. 

The seaport

Pier 17 offers beautiful New York City views and of course beautiful Christmas decor. You can get a private cabana or mini rooftop cabins that offer an intimate proposal atmosphere. You can propose on the pier and after you can walk around exploring and taking your engagement photos. The mini rooftop cabins are one of the best-covered places to propose in New York during winter. We can help decorate the cabin and of course, capture that surprise engagement reaction. 

Rockefeller Center

When you think of Christmas in New York of course this is the first place that comes to mind! The Christmas tree will be lit on December 1st. The beautiful angels and decorations are the perfect backdrop for your Christmas proposal. Be sure to have a NY proposal photographer capture this magical moment. You can also surprise your partner with a private ice rink proposal and the best view of the Christmas Tree. After the proposal, you can enjoy a romantic dinner at “Limani ” in Rockefeller center. The possibilities are endless at the Rockefeller Plaza, especially during the holiday season.

Empire State Building

The Empire State building is magical during Christmas time. You can propose on the Empire State Building with a New York proposal photographer or rent a private rooftop with a view of this iconic building. A private rooftop proposal is a perfect option for couples who are seeking privacy and want to customize their engagement. Empire State Building was featured in many movies such as “An affair to remember”  and ‘ Sleepless in Seattle’.  You can continue the celebration at “Royal 35 Steakhouse” for a nearby romantic dinner to celebrate your holiday engagement. 

The Plaza Hotel

Hello, engagement royalty! The plaza during Christmas is breathtaking. You will feel transported into a magical Christmas movie with all the lights, decorations, and trees. You can propose in the high-end classy restaurant “The palm court” inside the hotel and after have a royal engagement session with a NY proposal photographer to capture all the stunning views around the hotel with your prince or princess! This is one of the most elegant places to propose in New York during Christmastime. 

We hope that this article will be helpful to find a romantic and beautifully decorated place to propose in NYC. Don’t forget to hire a New York proposal photographer to capture the special moment. If you are planning to propose this winter season, reach out to us directly at and our experienced team will help you to create the most unforgettable marriage proposal experience in NY. 

Naomi Concetta Rinzivillo 

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