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Holiday Window Shopping

December 19, 2014

Every year around the holidays the major stores in New York City have fabulous and creative displays in their windows. Here are some of this year's highlights:

Macy's- This year's theme is "Santa's Journey to the Stars." Watch Santa show Christmas on other planets!

Saks Fifth Avenue- See classic fairytales with an NYC twist. Like Snow White being tempted by an apple on Broadway, or Sleeping Beauty resting in Central Park.

Lord & Taylor- Their theme this year is "Enchanted Mansion" so you can see things like dressed-up mice in the library, cardinals baking cakes, and fairies and other magical creatures.

In addition to those mentioned above, don't forget to check out Tiffany & Co., Henri Bendel, Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, and Bloomingdale's for more holiday displays! Enjoy and grab a hot chocolate while you're at it to keep warm!


Ugly Sweater Run

December 16, 2014

1) Find your ugliest holiday sweater
2) run or walk a 5k
3) receive unlimited hot chocolate and one beer (if you're 21 or over)
4) Have fun!

You can do all that at this year's Ugly Sweater Run at Citi Field on December 20. The race starts at 11am, but get there earlier for some fun and stay afterwards for even more fun. Visit the website for more details.


World's Largest Hanukkah Menorah

December 15, 2014


Starting tomorrow night, December 16 at Grand Army Plaza (Fifth Avenue & 59th St) celebrate the lighting of the world's largest menorah! It's 32 feet high and weighs 4,000 pounds! A candle will be lit each night of the holiday starting on December 16 at 5:30pm and 8pm Saturday when the Sabbath ends. Friday's lighting will be a bit earlier around 3:30pm. Celebrations will also include music and food. Happy Hanukkah!


NYRR Midnight Run

December 12, 2014

Nye fireworks
Wondering what to do for New Years Eve? If the crowded bars aren't really your scene you might want to kick off your New Year's resolution with the annual NYRR Midnight Run. It's a 4-mile run around Central Park's inner loop, which is a bit hilly, but manageable. The race starts at the stroke of midnight, but don't get there too late. You don't want to miss the party before which starts at 10pm. And if you don't want to run, the party is free and open to the public.


Santacon 2014

December 10, 2014

Dress up like Santa, one of his elves, Mrs. Claus, or anything else Christmas-y and participate in the popular annual pub crawl. This year they're asking all participants to donate $10 to take part in the crawl. The money will go to charity. Don't forget to have some extra cash for drinks and snacks. The event starts at 10am so get up early and have a good breakfast. Only those 21 and over will be allowed into the bars. You can sign up online which will make it easier when you arrive.


Holiday Movies on the Porch

December 08, 2014

There's nothing like a good holiday movie to get you in the holiday spirit! Starting this Monday and continuing for the next couple Mondays, enjoy holiday themed movies on the Southwest Porch in Bryant Park. The movies start at 7pm and end roughly at 9pm. This week's movie is A Christmas Story. Next week enjoy Babes in Toyland and the following week watch Miracle on 34th Street. So grab a warm coat, maybe a blanket, some hot cocoa and enjoy!


Origami Holiday Tree

December 05, 2014

MDNY_origami tree
Every year at the Museum of Natural History the Origami Holiday Tree is featured around the holidays. The inspiration for the pieces comes from things in the museum itself. So look around the museum first, and then visit the tree to see which pieces you can recognize. The 13 foot tree is decorated with over 500 pieces of origami. If you're feeling crafty yourself after witnessing the delicate hand-folded ornaments there will be volunteers from OrigamiUSA to teach visitors how to make their own origami.


Holiday Lights Tour

December 02, 2014

Take the famous tour of holiday lights through Dyker Heights in Brooklyn this year. The lights you'll see aren't your typical little twinkle lights you'll see elsewhere. You'll see over-the-top manger scenes, santas, inflatables, and more. Tours depart every night in December from the Union Square area and tickets should be purchased in advance, because the popular tour sells out. At the end of the tour you'll finish with a hot chocolate and a cannoli from Mona Lisa Bakery.


Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

December 01, 2014

Rockefeller center tree
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit for the first time this Wednesday. There will be live performances during the ceremony from 7-9pm. Of course it's difficult to get to and the crowds will be huge. It will also be televised for those who don't want to face the crowds. If you can't make it to see the tree on Wednesday, don't worry, it will remain lit until January 7 at 8pm. Enjoy!