Union Square Holiday Market
Snag your stocking stuffers early this year at the Union Square Holiday Market. Handmade jewelry, natural beauty products, and housewares are just a sampling of the market’s eclectic offerings. With stand-by snacks from Nunu Chocolates, Doughnuttery, and Arancini Bros, the market guarantees happy shoppers and even happier stomachs.
Looking for a unique way to give back this holiday season” Get biking with Cranksgiving, a city-wide scavenger hunt for Thanksgiving goodies – all of which will be donated to local families in need. Combining cardio and charity, giving back has never felt so good.
Classic Holiday Films in Theaters
Upgrade your standard Netflix-and-pajamas movie night with the help of IFC Center and Nitehawk Cinema. Showcasing an array of classic holiday films including Scrooged, Home Alone, and It’s A Wonderful Life, these popular theaters are spreading holiday cheer one screening at a time.
Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 782 8372
It’s no coincidence that New York’s sample sale season happens to coincide with the holidays. Just in time for the gift-giving frenzy, an exciting array of upscale brands are slashing prices and opening their doors to deal-seeking shoppers. This season, be sure to snag discounted Theory threads, affordable warmth from Repeat Cashmere, and fabulous finds from Manolo Blahnik.
Some things are classics for good reason, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and New York City Ballet’s The Nutcracker are no exceptions. Whether you’re a long-time local or one lucky visitor, these time-honored holiday traditions are sure to please.
Festival season has been winding down since the summer, but the NYC Autumn Wine Festival ends the season with a bang and a buzz. Live jazz, hors d’oeuvres, and over 100 wines combine for an elevated version of your typical winter night-in.
Racked Holiday Market: L.A. in New York
Shop the best of L.A.’s indie brands without ever leaving the East Coast. Fashion-finder Racked is bringing its first-ever pop-up holiday market to New York this December. Find the handmade blankets, pet accessories, and pampering beauty products you need to make those chilly nights in that much chicer and cozier.
Winter Village at Bryant Park
Decorations, ice skating, and over one hundred holiday shops await at this local winter wonderland. Also hosting a variety of events including tastings, art walks, and scavenger hunts, the Winter Village at Bryant Park offers something for everyone. With so much to do and see, you’ll be glad to call this Village home from now through February.
Indulge in holiday spirits all season long with a full calendar of festive drinking events. Join an ugly sweater pub crawl, decorate holiday cupcakes while drinking wine, and enjoy free whiskey and vodka at a short film festival. Waiting up for Santa was sweet, but the holidays are happier with a grown-up twist.
Good Riddance Day
End 2015 on a high note by saying a formal farewell to the year’s events. On Good Riddance Day, you can join fellow optimistic New Yorkers in Times Square to shred old memories and say hello to the new. Putting a symbolic spin on the New Year’s resolution, this event ensures you start 2016 off right.
By Julia Goicochea
Splitting her time between Miami and New York, Julia is currently studying creative writing in New York City. She enjoys foreign films, graphic novels and Indian cuisine.