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Saturday, November 30
A vivid eighteenth-century Neapolitan Nativity scene adorns a candlelit spruce. Gorgeous 18th Century Baroque creche angels hover over an Italian village filled with animals and interesting characters. Look for a monkey, elephant and more. Also see one of the largest silver Hanukkah lamps in the world, an ornate late 19th-century silver Menorah from Ukraine with elaborate motifs.
Sunday, December 1
Lounge on rainbow colored inventive seating options on vibrantly colored painted rebar and 27,000 feet of iridescent cord in Flatiron's annual holiday installation.
Six enchanted windows take spectators through a journey with Santa Girl and her adventure on the spirit of the holidays. High-tech interactive elements include an interactive Santa-themed kaleidoscope window and a giant puppy with a nose you can scratch. Also look for Holiday Barbie in a red and white gown with silvery sparkle and visit the Barbie Beauty Pop-Up inside (plus the iconic Macy’s Santaland iIf you've got time to wait in line).
Skate on a small rink overlooking New York Harbor with incredible views. Uncovered and windy so dress accordingly. Skate aids and pushable sit-down sleighs for small beginners available for $15. Sign up for private and group learn to skate and hockey lessons. Also check out the lovely Luminaries and disco ball decorated trees, meet Santa and eat at an array of yummy food options including French market Le District.
Tuesday, December 3
The always-fun design and art throughout Industry City's indoor-outdoor complex goes holiday with strings of pretty white lights, a giant illuminated snowflake, a geometric Xmas tree, a Moroccan holiday yurt, a fire pit with a log cabin meets ski lodge feel, festive elevators and more. Photo by @riverside_bunnies.
Wednesday, December 4
Come for a peek at the famous Norway Spruce illuminated with 30,000 LED lights and topped with a massive Swarovski crystal star. Stay to skate or watch the skaters on the rink below and walk through the illuminated angel figurines. After 5 pm, see a dazzling light show on the facade of Saks Fifth Avenue every ten minutes.
Dance on giant stairs underneath a canopy of 650 ever changing rainbow hanging lantern in the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place. Cool choreographed light shows occur every two hours. Also skate on a small ice skating rink featuring pushable sit-down sleighs for small pre-skaters, take a photo with Santa in his sleigh, look for disco ball adorned trees and feast on lots of food options including French market Le District.
Thursday, December 5
The lovely Tree of Light, a 40-foot balsam fir from Vermont, is perfectly framed by the surrounding skyline.
Bloomingdale's goes intergalactic for the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, with stunning outer-space themed windows featuring astronauts and space ships. The theme continues throughout the store - go inside a giant intergalactic snow globe, enter a rainbow smart light installation, race against the clock to collect gifts, in 3, 2, 1 Gift Off, an immersive VR experience and get grown-up drink at Bailey’s Treat Shop for mom and dad. Plus visit Santa without the crowds of other department stores.
Friday, December 6
This gorgeous, classy tree in the neo-Italian Renaissance courtyard of the historic landmark Villard Mansion (now Lotte New York Palace Hotel) has Rockefeller Center and the St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the background. Santa stops by for storytime and photos every Saturday and Sunday morning at 10.
The rinkside 50-foot Norway Spruce sparkles with 30,000 white and red LED lights and 3,500 starbursts, balls, snowflakes, and icicle ornaments. Get hot chocolate and other treats at the surrounding booths as you browse for unique gifts, or ice skate at the only free rink in the city.
Employing an array of unconventional materials like Jordan almonds, piano keys, foam ears, and plastic bottles, nearly 40 participating fine artists, designers, and creative individuals of all ages celebrate and reinvent a familiar holiday symbol.
Over 800 intricate origami creations decorate this unique tree. This year's paper ornaments are inspired by special exhibition T. rex: The Ultimate Predator.Patient volunteers (who started folding for the tree in July) are on hand to teach visitors of all ages the art of origami folding. Also check out the adorable dinosaur topiaries at the Central Park West entrance.
The luxurious lobby of this storied hotel is even more spectacular during the holidays. The Palm Court is sparkling with evergreens and decorations, and a grand tree in the Fifth Avenue Foyer features dazzling ornaments. Downstairs, the Eloise store has a charming Christmas tree with stuffed ornaments, plus find Santa Clause, cupcakes, make-your-own fro yo, fancy French chocolat, and more rounded meals in the Plaza Food Hall. The stroller entrance is on 58th Street between 5th and 6th avenue; the…
Monday, December 9
The iconic arch frames a brightly lit 45-foot tree. Home of two caroling events: Unsilent Night and the more traditional Christmas Eve Caroling Under the Arch.
As part of a 35-year-old tradition inspired by the 11-year-old Hiroshima victim immortalized in the book ‘Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,’ the soaring Cathedral’s 20-foot tree is decorated with hundreds of paper cranes, an Asian symbol of harmony, longevity and reconciliation.
Tuesday, December 10
Hunker down in heated alpine yurts with spiked hot chocolate, gooey fondue and freshly baked cookies -- all made for sharing, plus plushy faux fur coat to wrap up in while you indulge. Also shop for wreaths and trimmings from The Manscapers and add sparkle to gifts in Yoseka Stationary's wrapping room
Wednesday, December 11
Each of Bergdorf's colorful windows capture a different and unexpected scene of revelry from a holiday fête, created with a range of mediums including neon, Italian mosaic tile, needlecraft, soft sculpture, custom painted finishes, and embellished surfaces. Look for a psychedelic pinball machine, a magical menagerie of animals playing cards, a retro sleep over, a glittering game of chess and more, all with fabulous fashion.
Sunday, December 15
Have breakfast with Santa in view of the famed Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and ice rink. Includes a sumptuous breakfast feast, carolers, candy canes and gifts from Santa and his elves followed by spins with Santa on the ice at The Rink. Book online. for 7:15 or 9:15 am. Pricey but calm and classy.
This urban rink is one of the smallest and most expensive in the city, but the iconic location is pure magic. Only 150 skaters are allowed on the ice at a time, so expect long lines around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Crowds depart with the giant holiday tree January to April. Admission is per 1.5 hour session, so check the schedule and don't come at the end of a session.
Watch models of the MTA’s vintage and current trains and subway cars travel depart from a miniature replica of Grand Central Terminal to Santa’s workshop at the North Pole in this small yet charming display full of delightful details. This year’s exhibition showcases Lionel Metro-North, Polar Express, and vintage subway train set against a mural designed by cartoonist Julia Wertz. Shop in the charming train/subway themed gift shop or visit the nearby Grand Central Holiday Fair.
Get free 5-Minute family illustrations by the famous ice skating rink. Also purchase a “Share the Light” ornament featuring a bulb from last year's tree and unique, genuinely handcrafted wooden, ceramic, felt, and pewter ornaments made by verified Amazon Handmade Artisans.
Enjoy a festive breakfast feast with Empire State Building views at Stella 34 Trattoria , Macy's 6th floor restaurant. Then meet Macy's Santa Claus and take a keepsake photo with him and his elves. Includes a family-style Italian breakfast feast, takeaway treats, holiday activities and a mimosa or bellini for adults Pricing varies by seating category - more for window views.
Crowded but a magical must for city kids. Advance reservations (required) can be booked online up to 5 days in advance starting at 6 am (weekend spots fill up immediately). Still expect a 30-45 minute line slowly wandering through a charming North Pole village with animatronic toys and train displays unless you snag an express pass (and then you miss the Santaland and go straight to the big guy). Weekdays before Dec 21 , late night & mornings are less…