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Polar Plunge

December 30, 2016

You want your first memory of 2017 to be memorable, don't you? You'll certainly remember swimming in the cold Atlantic Ocean at Coney Island on New Year's Day with the Polar Bear Club. Arrive on the Boardwalk at Stillwell Avenue before the event starts at 1pm and bring a change of very warm clothes for after your dip. There is a suggested donation of $40 to participate. If you don't think you can handle the cold water, you can still go watch while all bundled up!


New Year's Eve in Times Square

December 28, 2016

The New Year is right around the corner and it's time to start making plans. If you want to be where all the action is in Times Square then you should have a solid plan and even a back-up plan if your original plan doesn't work. It gets very crowded early in the day and there are certain security restrictions that prevent you from bringing large backpacks and alcohol. So if you want to drink champagne while celebrating, this may not be the activity for you. The best viewing areas fill up by early afternoon. However, once you are barricaded in, you cannot get your spot back and there are no public restrooms in the area, so make sure you go before or lose your spot. Also, make sure to check the weather and dress sensibly. If it's going to be very cold, dress in more layers than you think you'll need. For more tips and information, visit the website.


Good Riddance Day

December 26, 2016

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Bad memories from 2015 that you'd rather forget? On December 28 at 12pm the Times Square Alliance is holding their annual Good Riddance Day to rid yourself of all the negativity of 2016 so you can start fresh in 2017. So bring a picture of that ex you thought was the one, or that mortgage document that's no longer needed and shred it! Even if you don't have physical evidence of bad memories, you can still partake or even just write them down and then shred them! Happy almost-New Year!


Christmas Caroling

December 22, 2016


Sing Christmas carols this Saturday evening (Christmas Eve) at the Arch in Washington Square Park. The caroling will take place from 5-7pm and will be accompanied by a brass quartet. It's free and anyone is welcome to join in. Have fun!


World's Largest Menorah

December 19, 2016


Starting December 24 at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn 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 24 at 6pm and will continue every day through December 31. Celebrations will also include music and hot latkes. View the schedule to see what time it will be lit each night. If you can't make it to Brooklyn, head over the Grand Army Plaza in Manhattan (59th and Fifth) to see the menorah there. Happy Hanukkah!


Make Music Winter

December 16, 2016

Make Music Winter is a dozen music parades on the streets and sidewalks throughout New York City on the first day of winter, December 21. Go listen to music or join in!  It's all free and all fun! Visit the website to see an official locations and times.


Holiday Window Shopping

December 12, 2016

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 "Believe" which inspires onlookers to have faith in the magic of the holiday season. 

Saks Fifth Avenue- The theme this year is "Land of 1000 Delights" which will include lots of colorful candy displays. Also check out the animated windows titled "The Nutcracker Sweet" where you'll see Clara and the Mouse King frolicking along a candy-filled playground. 

Tiffany & Co.- If you want to see lots of sparkles check this one out as their theme is "Make the World Sparkle."

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


Merry Tuba Christmas

December 09, 2016

If you happen to be visiting the Rockefeller Center tree on Sunday you might want to check out the tuba players at 3:30pm. Tubists of all ages will gather under the famous tree and play Christmas Carols and other favorites. It's free, so worth taking a look at if you're in the area or in the mood for some good holiday music!


Santa Suit 5k

December 07, 2016

Run a 5k this Sunday to help get you in the Christmas spirit! It is of course Santa themed as you will be given a Santa Suit to run in. The race is in Prospect Park in Brooklyn and afterward you'll Santa's favorite food (cookies!) and drinks. Sign up to join the fun. And if you miss this weekend's race, there's another one in Rockaway on December 17. 


Santacon 2016

December 05, 2016

It's time for the annual SantaCon this Saturday. Dress up as Santa, one of his elves, Mrs. Claus, or something else holiday related and partake in this fun and unique bar-hopping event with others in costume. Though it does not cost anything to participate (other than the cost of drinks) it is suggested to donate $10 that will go to charity. Follow the twitter page for location updates. Have fun, but be responsible!