10. Light up the night by the Flatiron District’s new installation, New York Light. The LED and mirror-paneled structure highlights the city skyline for an iconic shot of NYC. Post a pic with #NewYorkLight for a chance to win prizes.
9. Follow the parade of lights uptown to the 21st annual Harlem Holiday Lights display. From retailers and restaurants along 125th to North Pole Express train rides, hot chocolate and a whisper of Santa, Harlem Holiday Lights 2014 has something for everyone.
8. Authentiques Past and Present has lent the store its second name, “Chelsea Christmas Shop” for seasonal ornaments and decorations. It’s never too late to decorate…
7. Looking to relax this season? Give yourself a fresh start to the New Year by picking up some bath and body products from Rain in Rockefeller Plaza. Everything is handmade from natural African ingredients with care for the customer, craftspeople and the environment.
6. You might actually need three lives to get through all of the shelves at Three Lives and Co. Bookshop. Luckily there is a clever staff to help you spend your time wisely.
5. Remember those macaroni necklaces you used to make Mom? Imagine being able to craft jewelry from thousands of beautiful beads from all over the world. Now you can at Beads of Paradise in Union Square.
4. While you’re in the Union Square neighborhood, be certain to visit the Union Square Holiday Market where there are dozens of merchants selling an eclectic mix of gift items and great food.
3. Planning on baking during the holiday season? NY Cake and Baking Distributors is stocked for beginners and professionals alike. They have what you knead.
2. Christmas in New York wouldn’t be complete without the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. Rock to Rockefeller for Christmas stories and a performance by the world-famous Rockettes.
1. Ring in the New Year in Times Square for the iconic New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. Join us for live celebrity performances, the world-renowned #BallDrop seen by billions across the globe, and a shower of confetti raining down on you at midnight.
They’re kind of a big deal.