(1) Big City, Bigger Décor.
Enjoy a night of great food and entertainment.
When it comes to holiday decorations, the Big Apple makes sure to pull out all the stops. Though the Rockefeller Christmas Tree gets most of the attention, it is far from the only way NYC pays homage to this joyous time of year. Head over to Radio City Music Hall and you’ll find a stunning display of giant red ornaments decoratively adorning 6th Avenue, surrounded by a beautiful assortment of trees covered in sparkling holiday lights. (6th Ave. b/w 48th and 50th St.)
(2) Dining with the Skaters.
Glide your way through a lovely dinner.
Like everything else in the Big Apple, dining out can make for a very entertaining experience, especially around the holidays. For example, not only does The Sea Grill provide its guests with a delicious seafood dinner, but thanks to the restaurant’s pristine location in Rockefeller Center, fellow diners have access to an impressive, up-close view of 30 Rock’s signature ice skating rink. (19 W. 49th St.)
(3) Absolut-ly Splendid.
A cocktail flavor you won’t soon forget.
The weather outside may be frightful, but NYC’s unlimited assortment of restaurants and bars guarantee to make any evening out delightful. Celsius at Bryant Park, for example, offers guests a superb selection of assorted edibles and winter-themed cocktails like the Polar Bear Cosmo, made of absolut apeach, soho lychee liqueur, fresh lime, and cranberry juice. (5th Ave. and 42nd St.)
(4) Lord & Taylor Your Needs.
Keep it classy with this cashmere collection.
In need of a little holiday shopping? NYC is overflowing with an endless array of merchandise guaranteed to fit all your gift-giving desires. Those in the market for a little cashmere this holiday season need look no further than Lord & Taylor. From stylish V-neck sweaters to eye-catching cardigans, this store makes finding the perfect ensemble easy no matter who you’re shopping for. (424 5th Ave.)
(5) Holidays in Art.
Kick off the season with a little culture.
Think you’ve seen every type of Christmas tree there is? Think again! The American Museum of Natural History adds an artistic twist to the holiday season with their traditional Origami Holiday Tree display. As an added bonus, volunteers are also on hand to teach any interested visitors all about the art of paper folding. (Central Park West & 79th St.)
(6) Fondue Fun.
Take a dip.
What if some of your favorite foods were coated in a delicious layer of cheese or chocolate? Those with a sweet tooth will want to hit up Max Brenner’s Chocolate Bar for the ultimate dessert experience. Guests can dip everything from strawberries to gooey marshmallows to fluffy chocolate sponge cake into one of their creamy fondue sauces, perfect for the chocolate lover in all of us. (841 Broadway)
(7) Miracle on Madison Avenue.
Help Manhattan get in touch with its charitable side.
Known as one of the city’s biggest shopping extravaganzas of the holiday season, Miracle on Madison Avenue looks to transform this iconic thoroughfare into one big massive shopping spree, which includes a charitable twist. On Dec. 6, dozens of top retailers and businesses located along the famous avenue will take 20 percent of all the proceeds sold that day and donate it to The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. (Madison Ave. b/w 57th and 86th St.)
(8) Light My Candle.
A holiday tradition for all to enjoy.
If you’re a fan of beautiful lights and delicious food then the annual Lighting of the World’s Largest Hanukkah Menorah event Dec. 16-23 is just what you’ve been looking for. This Jewish Festival of Lights has become a beloved city tradition during the holiday season as both tourists and natives alike come together to watch this 32-foot-high, 4,000 pound candelabra light up the night sky. Live music as well as a variety of holiday-themed treats will also be available, making this one celebration you won’t want to miss. (Fifth Ave. and 59th St.)
(9) Pinstripe Bowl.
College football at its finest.
It’s college football like you’ve never seen it before. That’s right, sports fans – the 2014 New Era Pinstripe Bowl is here, and this year it’s better than ever. For the first time in the bowl’s history, this nationally televised event will feature teams from both the Big Ten and ACC. So head on over to Yankee Stadium while you still can and watch these two teams battle it out on the field for that George M. Steinbrenner trophy. Kick off commences Dec. 27 at 4:30 p.m. (pinstripebowl.com)
(10) Benny and the Barclays.
This is one concert you won’t want to miss.
No you are not dreaming: the Rocket Man, Sir Elton John, is coming to Brooklyn for a one-night-only New Year’s event. This legendary artist will take the Barclays stage on Dec. 31, performing a variety of his renowned hits we’ve come to love throughout his incredible five-decade career. This will also include songs from his recently re-released 40th Anniversary album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. (620 Atlantic Ave.)