Holiday Spirit in NYC

The holidays are a time of year rooted in tradition, but there's also a certain levity to it all that encourages you to seize the day. In this list, I rounded up a lot of the classics around NYC, but there are some amazing new spots that are more unconventional, too. I hope it inspires you to cherish the traditions you already have, while also making space for a fresh take as we enter a new decade. Happy Holidays!


Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

A classic, needs no introduction, but still deserves a spot on any list. Our tip: grab a hot cocoa at Jacques Torres downstairs before you…

Bergdorf Goodman 5th Avenue

The window displays this year are one of our favorites of the bunch. Curated under the theme, "Bergdorf GoodTimes," the windows all convey…

Saks Fifth Avenue

The window displays this year have a Frozen 2 theme which has been drawing major crowds. If you're up for Mona-Lisa type crowds, stay for…

Bryant Park

The Winter Village at Bryant Park boasts its own tree, NYC's only free admission skating rink, and much more. More details in the attached…

PayPal Shoppable Windows

Taking a slightly different direction than its neighbors, PayPal created an interactive window display this year. Featuring five small…

The Little North Pole

Rockaway, Queen's Joe Mure creates elaborate decorations for his home, and has so for more than 20 years.

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights

This Brooklyn neighborhood holds nothing back in their annual Christmas lights display. Check out the linked Time Out guide for helpful…

AMNH Kwanzaa Festival

An annual Kwanzaa festival featuring an artisan marketplace and many live performances on Saturday, Defember 28, 2019.

BARC Shelter

One of our favorite ways to get into the holiday spirit is to give back. This is an awesome animal shelter in Brooklyn where you can…

God's Love We Deliver

A fabulous way to give back this holiday season. Check out the linked volunteer hub for the latest opportunities.

The Lodge at Gallow Green

Through March, this rooftop bar at the McKittrick Hotel has transformed into a cozy ski cabin-type escape.

Aprés Arlo SoHo

The Arlo hotel's interpretation of "aprés ski," except without the ski.


This classic NYC holidays destination undergoes a wintertime transformation each year from November through April. The decorations can…

Shine On at Hudson Yards

A dramatic indoor-outdoor light and music installation, as well as many holiday-themed events throughout the season (including games,…

Alsace Christmas Market in NYC

A taste of European Christmas magic in NYC. Certainly not as big as some of the other markets around the city, but charming nonetheless.…

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