Once the holidays arrive it seems everyone has their own routine, but as we get older and spend those fateful days before December 25 cramming for finals, tradition seems to be put on hold until we’re back at home. In the meantime, here are a few fun ways to spend time celebrating the season, as well as take a break from finals!
Baby, it’s cold outside (and in)
- As temperatures outside continue to drop, and we begin to risk looking like that kid from A Christmas Story, one of the best ways to warm up is with a mug full of something warm. But why not put a little spin on a classic drink like hot chocolate? That’s right, folks, I went there. So stop by Serendipity 3 with some friends for its cozy atmosphere and a bite to eat. Finals taking up too much your time? Strapped for cash because you’ve just gone Christmas shopping? Just want to stay in? No problem, their famous Frozen Hot Chocolate mix is also sold online here. So relax and enjoy!
- Going back to tradition, a personal tradition is for my family to come into the city for the holidays and “see the tree” which is really an excuse to stop by Fifth and “see the windows,” which is usually just an excuse to go Christmas shopping, or so I thought. About once a month every year, stores attract millions just to look inside their dazzling window displays. So swing by the tree and head towards Fifth Avenue to see window displays for stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor, and Macy’s infamous reenactment of “Miracle on 34th Street.”
A Gingerbread Gallery
- After checking out the windows on Fifth Ave., be sure to check out Central Park’s The Arsenal Gallery where, from December 9 to January 9, a collection of handmade wreaths will be on display. Similarly, Le Parker Meridien will be featuring a Gingerbread Extravaganza in their 56th Street atrium where for $1 you can vote for your favorite gingerbread house and help the City Harvest charity feed the city’s hungry. Your dollar will also enter you to win a five night stay at their hotel in Palm Springs!
- A holiday favorite for visitors and natives alike are the holiday markets. Typically held every Saturday and Sunday in the usual places (for more information check out this article in The Pulse!) these markets offer something for everyone on your shopping list (or maybe just yourself.) Looking for somewhere new? No problem, Brooklyn Flea is hosting Gifted: A Holiday Market. Follow the link to their blog for a sneak peek on what vendors will be offering which ranges from everything like vintage clothes to gift wrapping lessons!
In the Heights
- Dyker Heights, that is! You probably remember your family driving around at some point and checking out the neighborhood lights. Remember how lame it was? Yup. Remember how much you miss it? Yup. Well, we’ve got a solution. Check out Brooklyn’s Dyker Heights, where every year residents go all out offering viewers something just as magical as the windows on Fifth.
–Jordan Veilleux ’13