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December 1, 2021 Rae Baker

There’s nothing like the holidays in NYC, from the twinkling lights to the festive storefronts!

To help you navigate this winter wonderland we’ve created a list of festive activities located conveniently near our ferry landings.

Hudson Yards Lights
📍Midtown West

During the holiday season, Hudson Yards transforms into a decorative wonderland with over two million twinkling lights. They also have exciting holiday events and happenings popping up all season long!


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Hudson Yards – New York, NY 10001


Brookfield Place Winter Garden
📍Battery Park City

The soaring glass atrium of the Winter Garden has stunning views of the Hudson River and North Cove Marina. Though it’s called the Winter Garden year-round, during the holiday season the location really lives up to its name with an ice rink and Luminaries, a mesmerizing interactive lighting display.


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Brookfield Place Winter Garden – 230 Vesey St, New York, NY 10281


Winter Village at Bryant Park
📍E. 34th Street

The self-proclaimed winter wonderland of Manhattan, Bryant Park’s Winter Village has an open air market, an ice skating rink, and more for visitors to enjoy this holiday season.


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Bryant Park – New York, NY 10018


Saks Light Show & Fifth Ave Window Displays
📍E. 34th Street

The Saks Fifth Ave light show is a must-see during the NYC holiday season. The vibrant display of lights starts approximately every ten minutes. While you’re there don’t forget to wander around and find all the festive storefront displays!

Fifth Ave window displays:

  • Lord & Taylor: between 38th & 39th Sts.
  • Saks Fifth Avenue: between 49th & 50th Sts.
  • The Peninsula New York: 5th Ave. & 55th St.
  • Henri Bendel: between 55th & 56th Sts.
  • Tiffany & Co.: 5th & 57th St.
  • Bergdorf Goodman: between 57th & 58th Sts.
  • Bloomingdale’s: 59th St & Lexington Ave

Saks Fifth Avenue – 611 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022


Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
📍E. 34th Street

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is an iconic staple of the holiday season that has been a tradition for more than eight decades. This year’s tree is a 79ft tall Norway Spruce from Elkton, MD and the lighting ceremony will take place on December 1st!

Rockefeller Center – 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112


City Winery’s Winter Igloos
📍E. 34th Street

City Winery Rockefeller Center is an outdoor pop-up wine garden with it’s famously festive igloos that pop-up over the winter. The igloos are a great place to warm up while still getting a great view of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.


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City Winery –  45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111


Miracle on 9th Pop-up Bar
📍Stuyvesant Cove

Miracle is a holiday-themed cocktail bar that serves festive cocktails. The elaborate space features kitschy holiday décor and the nostalgic energy guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit!

Miracle on 9th – 649 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009


Union Square Holiday Market
📍Stuyvesant Cove

The Union Square Holiday Market is located in Union Square Park. It is hailed as a must-visit destination, with over 160 vendors for unique gifts created by local craftsmen, artists and entrepreneurs. 


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Union Square Holiday Market – 14th St, New York, NY 10011


Sippin’ Santa at Boilermaker
📍Corlears Hook

Sippin’ Santa pop-up bar at Boilermaker brings a tropical twist to the holiday season. The tiki-inspired drinks include the Kris Kringle Colada (Dark Jamaican Rum, Cynar, Allspice, Lime & Pineapple Juice and Cream of Coconut) and the Christmas Eve of Destruction (Dark Overproof Rum, Herbal Liqueur, Nutmeg Syrup, Lime Juice and Angostura Bitters). 

Sippin’ Santa at Boilermaker – 13 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003


Snug Harbor Winter Lantern Festival
📍St. George

NYC Winter Lantern Festival is back at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center for the third year. The botanical garden will be transformed into an immersive world of light until January 9, 2022. The festival features over 8 acres of luminescence, a live DJ, food vendors, and more!

Snug Harbor Winter Lantern Festival – 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301


Holidays at Empire Outlets
📍St. George

Empire Outlets goes all out for the holiday season boasting 70,000 lights and 1,096 feet of garland (that’s as tall as the Chrysler building), plus bargains, Santa visits, a tree lighting ceremony, and more. This year they also have a pop-up version of the Winter Lantern Festival through January 13th.


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Empire Outlets – 55 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301


Rockaway Beach Holiday Bazaar Market

This beachfront market will showcase 20+ vendors on Sunday Dec 12th from 12-5pm. Stop by and shop unique gifts, artisan treats, ornaments, and a lot more! 

Rockaway Beach Holiday Bazaar Market – 333 Beach 90th St, Rockaway Beach, NY


The Market at Westfield World Trade Center
📍Battery Park City/Pier 11

This holiday pop-up market inside the Oculus looks like a little winter wonderland with its festive decor and lush landscape. The market features over 20 specialty shops limited edition gifts, snacks and souvenirs. Whether you’re commuting or just stopping by the Oculus for a photo op, this market is worth a closer look.

The Market at Westfield World Trade Center – 185 Greenwich Street. New York, NY 10007


The Greens at Pier 17
📍Pier 11

The Greens is a unique rooftop space which changes with the seasons. In the winter they transform into a holiday oasis featuring cozy cabins with excellent views of the city. They also have an indoor bar complete with intimate lounge seating, toasty fireplaces, and a well-stocked drink selection.


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The Greens at Pier 17 – 89 South St, New York, NY 10038


Queens Craft Brigade Holiday Markets

On Small Business Sunday, the Queens Craft Brigade will return with a series of holiday markets at Katch Astoria. The group brings together the best makers from the borough to feature their artwork, food, jewelry, fashion, crafts, and more.  

Queens Craft Brigade Holiday Markets – 31-19 Newtown Ave, Queens, NY 11102

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