Christmas in New York: What's Your Christmas?

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Christmas in New York's Gilded Age was a time when evergreens were hauled into town in horse drawn trucks, candles glowed in townhouse windows, and Clement Clarke Moore wrote about a jolly Santa and prancing reindeer. 

This game brings you into an earlier era of Christmas in the city -- through the gaslit glamour of historic neighborhoods. There are treasures along the way but we end in a park with a holiday message that Gilded Age New Yorkers left for us to remember.
No booking needed. Just download the app, add it to your quests and start playing.
  • Some checkpoints may contain temporary construction work
  • To see the holiday lights, nighttime is better
  • If the weather gets cold, you can pause and go inside to warm up at almost any location in the game
  • Comfortable shoes are highly recommended!

Places you will visit


It will take you

85-115 mins

You will walk

7880 steps

Total distance

6 km


  • Walk along 19th-century streets lined with handsome brick townhouses and a seminary grounds

  • Visit the historic "Ladies Mile" -- the premier shopping district of New York before Fifth Avenue

  • Discover the old publishing center of New York

  • Stroll past Gramercy's gracious mansions

  • Walk through The Flatiron District and into Madison Square Garden


It's the first week of December. You're Josie Blake, an East Coast screenwriter. 
The writers' strike is settled but jobs won't be coming down the pipeline till the new year.
A luxury hotel chain asks you to write an article  on Christmas joy in New York!
You hate Christmas.
Wait. You think: More like you don't get Christmas.

You think harder. Last Christmas -- at your friend's holiday party -- you met someone -- briefly. But then he disappeared.

Game route

Starting point 420 West 23rd Street
West 23 St & 10 Avenue, New York, NY 10011, USA
Finish point Spectacular View of the Empire State Building
11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010, USA
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Get the app and you're all set

Download it, choose your route and just walk to the starting point.

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What does an
outdoor escape game look like?

  • Discover new places

    As you walk and tour around the city, you will visit new cool places.

  • Solve puzzles, crack riddles

    You will test your wits and exploring abilities with fun challenges.

  • Learn fun history

    Each place comes with its own bit of history that you'll discover as you walk.

  • Role-play

    Put yourself in the shoes of a famous fictional character and play out their story.


400 XP