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10 Upcoming Holiday Events In NYC

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Updated: 20 December 2016
Don’t let the winter weather get you down-or keep you stuck indoors. There’s more to New York’s holiday season than watching the parade in your pajamas. Here are ten exciting upcoming events sure to raise your holiday spirit.
Blizzard of 2015 in Central Park New York City
Blizzard of 2015 in Central Park New York City | © Anthony Quintano/Flickr

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.

Union Square Holiday Market, 14th Street Union Square, New York, NY, USA +1 212 529 9262

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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.

Cranksgiving, 640 W 28th Street, New York, NY, USA

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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.

IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue at West Third Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 924 7771

Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 782 8372

Sample Sales

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.

Radio City
Radio City | © Daniel Perez Sutil/Flickr

Holiday Theater

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.

Fall Festival

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.

NYC Autumn Wine Festival, 41 Broad Street, New York, NY, USA

An Irish Girl at the Christmas Market
An Irish Girl at the Christmas Market | © Mike Kniec/Flickr

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.

Blizzard of 2015 in Central Park New York City
Blizzard of 2015 in Central Park New York City | © Anthony Quintano/Flickr

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.

Holiday Spirits

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.

Giddy Up Cafe – Saskatoon Farm
Giddy Up Cafe – Saskatoon Farm | © Elsie Hui/Flickr

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.