The Ultimate NYC Holiday Checklist
It’s the most wonderful tiiiime of the year
If the nonstop barrage of Christmas songs at Duane Reade hasn’t tipped you off yet, it’s holiday season in NYC. And while that brings, yes, tourists and gift-shopping crowds galore, it also brings a ton of actually fun festive happenings that only come around once a year. Here’s where to get a healthy dose of holiday cheer.
4. There are Christmas trees everywhere, but none are quite like the American Museum of Natural History’s Origami Holiday Tree.
5. Throw on a festive sweater and stroll through a seasonal market.
6. Scope out the holiday window displays on Fifth Avenue and then treat yourself to a fancy-pants tea at Bergdorf's.
7. Geek out over the intricately detailed cityscapes at the New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show.
8. And for even more trains, head to the New-York Historical Society’s Holiday Express exhibit to see dozens of antique toys and model trains dating as far back as 1850.
9. Catch a one-of-a-kind production of Peter & the Wolf at the Guggenheim.
14. We love the rink at Rockefeller Center, but if you want to avoid the tourist crowds, take a spin on the ice at The Standard instead. (And treat yourself to some mulled wine afterward.)
15. A good old-fashioned tree lighting always makes us feel like a kid again, so why not celebrate with an actual kid—angel-voiced tween Grace VanderWaal—at South Street Seaport’s ceremony tonight at 6:30 p.m.?
16. Or, if you’d rather celebrate by enjoying the perks of adulthood, head to the Arlo Hudson Square Hotel’s rooftop Winter Wonderland pop-up for ski-lodge vibes and holiday-themed libations and snacks.
17. Make a kid's day by answering a letter to Santa through the U.S. Postal Service.
18. Speaking of Santa, if you get roped into taking your nephews to meet the big guy, you might as well go to the most beautiful display in the city at ABC Carpet & Home. (Alexa Chung is a fan.)
19. Relieve some of that holiday stress at a holiday puppy party—yes, you read that right—with Gilt and the North Shore Animal League America. You can make a donation toward toys and care for the pups, or even adopt a new furry BFF right on the spot.
21. Indulge in a seafood smorgasbord at Grand Central Oyster Bar's Feast of the Seven Fishes on December 24.