Holidays are here and there is no time like the present to take in the festive holiday lights that shine over the streets of NYC. From visiting the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center to sipping on hot chocolate after ice skating in Central Park or taking in a show at Radio City Music Hall, nothing beats the holiday time in NYC. With the holidays officially starting this weekend, we’ve rounded up the best spots for your (very) last minute holiday shopping and the rest of this year’s best holiday must see & do! From all of us at Night Hotels, we wish you all a very Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!
STORY Holiday Store: STORY transforms their space into an editorialized gift guide set inside a cozy home designed by Jason Bell. This year, they teamed up with Microsoft Surface to power up a space and help visitors tackle their to-dos so they can enjoy the holidays. With over 2,000 various gifts to choose from, you are guaranteed to get all your holiday shopping done in one place. On Christmas Eve, enjoy hot cider and gratis treats from Carpe Donut NYC as part of STORY’s series called Snack and Shop Saturday. 144 Tenth Ave.
Aerie Holiday Pop-Up: Finding excellent presents is easy at Aerie Holiday Pop-Up! You can find gifts ranging from nighttime attire to fuzzy accessories, and home goods. After finding the perfect gift head on over to their DIY gift-wrapping stations. Not only is there inside decor and set-up worth checking out on itself, but you’ll even want to snag something cute for yourself. 72 Spring St
photo: Aerie Holiday Pop-Up
XMAS Pumptacular: Brooklyn super-group The Pumps are assembling a holiday spectacular at The Paper Box in Brooklyn. Featuring holiday music by Nat Osborn, Hot Rodge and DJ sets by Eli Paperboy Reed. This party promises to be the rowdiest holiday party in the world. To make things even better, the Pumps have teamed up with New York Cares and all profits from ticket sales will go towards helping those in need this holiday season. Dec 23rd at The Paper Box.
World’s Largest Menorah Lighting: Go big on the first night of Hanukkah (December 24th) as the 4,000-pound, 32-foot-tall gold-colored lamp is lit. At the World’s Largest Menorah every night of Chanukah is celebrated with live music, hot latkes, and gifts for the children. Israeli artist Yaacov Agam designed the structure, which holds the Guinness World Record for its superlative size and requires a crane to illuminate its candles. Takes place at the Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn on Dec 24th through Dec 31st.
Good Riddance Dance: Say goodbye to your worst memories of 2016 so you can start fresh in 2017 by tossing them into the shredder at Good Riddance Day in Times Square. It is open to the public to join Shred-it in destroying any unpleasant, embarrassing and downright unwanted memories from 2016 to pave the way for new memories in 2017. December 28 from 12-1PM in Times Square.
New Year Midnight Run: This midnight run is filled with music, live entertainment, and fireworks during a fun run. The runners even get to toast to champagne halfway through the run. The run starts at midnight but you can compete in the costume contest at 11 p.m.; the winner scores an award for the most creative costume. Central Park on Dec 31st.