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Six Spots Around Town that Take the Holidays to a Whole New Level

Grand Holiday Bazaar

On Sundays, now through December 22nd, Grand Holiday Bazaar (100 W. 77th Street) welcomes nearly 200 independent vendors selling giftables that can’t be found elsewhere, making it the perfect spot to find the otherwise unfindable. All of the vendors are small independent business owners and artisans, making each item one-of-a-kind or limited edition. Grand Holiday Bazaar is the only indoor and outdoor holiday market in NYC and visitors can feel good knowing that 100% of the proceeds from booth rentals go to aide thousands of local New York City Public School children in the area. For more information, visit:

Christmas Village at The Milleridge Inn

The Milleridge Inn (585 N. Broadway, Jericho) lavishly decks their 12 acres in holiday themed decor with as many wreaths and poinsettias you can imagine in addition to custom-made, light-up figurines. The magic of their 25 Days of Christmas Village began on November 29th with their annual tree lighting. Upcoming events include Santa’s Workshop, Breakfast with Santa on Saturdays and Sundays in December, ending on the 22nd, with seatings from 9am – 12pm and Dinner Dance with Santa on December 8th, 15th and 19th from 5pm – 8pm complete with a buffet dinner, face painting and a DJ with an appearance from Santa and his elves.

Naughty or Nice at The Skinny

The Skinny on the Lower East Side (174 Orchard St) just launched the anti-holiday pop-up Naughty or Nice. The bar is decked in floor-to-ceiling over-the-top gaudy Christmas decor and boasts an angry Santa, interactive games and a calendar full of nightly events. For the month of December expect events to place you on the naughty list like seductive performances from Queen of Burlesque, Miss. Velvetina Taylor.  Enjoy mouthwatering holiday-inspired food and cocktails that will make you feel good about being bad. Take part in games like a Wheel of Misfortune or their Holiday Claw Machine and get dressed up for their “Naughty Santa and Mrs. Claus Party” to earn prizes. For more information, visit:

The Ho Ho Holiday Lounge at The Springs

The Springs in Greenpoint Brooklyn (224 Franklin St) transforms into the Ho Ho Holiday Lounge from December 4th – January 1st. This pop up lounge is sure to get you in the holiday spirit withcolorful decorations that will make your head spin, cozy faux fireplaces, festive cocktails + slushies, Fornino Pizza and Greg’s Trees located in the backyard patio for all of your Christmas essentials. Greg’s Trees has created a Santa Land complete with a magical sled available every day for Instagram pics. Santa is visiting on December 5th from 5pm-8pm so bring the entire family! Of course, Greg has his complete line of holiday products including the largest variety of Christmas trees in NYC: Fraser Fir, Noble Fir, Nordmann Fir, Balsam Fir and the exquisite new Silver Fir.

Haven Ski Chalet at The Sanctuary Hotel

During the holidays Haven Rooftop above The Sanctuary Hotel (132 W 47th St) transforms into Haven Ski Chalet, a winter utopia. Holiday decor includes white light archways and even a faux snow machine that gives all the joy of snow but none of the frost. Enjoy seasonal drinks like including the Toasted Almond, Peppermint Cream, Ginger Toddy and Shot Skis served by waitresses dressed as ski bunnies.

Donner & Blitzen’s Reindeer Lounge at Bell Book & Candle

This holiday season Donner & Blitzen’s Reindeer Lounge is taking over Bell Book & Candle in the West Village (141 W. 10th Street) from now until Christmas on Monday -Thursday from 4pm – 2am, and Friday – Sunday from 12pm – 2am. After having first popped up in the East Village in 2017, and then Greenpoint in 2018, this year everyone’s favorite holiday lounge is excited to bring the cheer and booze. As usual, holiday decor is over the top. Come in for festive drinks and a seasonal menu to pair with it. Get cozy in one of the many large banquettes perfect for large parties.