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Top New York City Events December 2016

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Top New York City Events December 2016

Published Dec 5, 2016
Updated Feb 6, 2017

The holidays are now in full swing and NYC is brimming with activities for everyone. Whether you hope to take in some of the world’s best Christmas light displays or complete your holiday shopping at one of New York’s popular holiday markets, we have you covered. Or you can opt to escape the seasonal madness and visit “The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism,” a large warehouse-sized exhibit at Industria in the West Village.

Bryant Park Winter Village / Thru March 5, 2017
Boasting more than 125 shopping kiosks and food vendors that are open for business, as well as a 17,0000-square-foot ice-skating rink, the Bryant Park Winter Village is one of the annual events that marks the official arrival of the Christmas season in New York City. The ice skating is free if you bring your own skates, or $20 for rental skates and a number of new vendors are always on hand to keep things interesting. Shops open Mon-Fri 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sat and Sun 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Jan. 2. Skating rink open daily 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. through March 5, 2017.

Christmas Lights in Dyker Heights / Thru Jan. 4, 2017
Come see the most extravagant Christmas light displays in the country in the Dyker Heights section of Brooklyn. More than 100,000 people are expected to flock to this area to view the decorations, with bus tours leaving daily from various locations, or you can opt to guide yourself at no charge. Either way, you’re sure to enjoy the spectacle as you tour the streets and soak up the holiday spirit while taking in the show, which always features plenty of appearances by toy soldiers, millions of twinkling lights, Santa Claus with his reindeer and more.

Columbus Circle Holiday Market / Thru Dec. 24
Known internationally as one of the world’s most beautiful and elegant place for holiday shopping and now in its 14th year, the Columbus Circle Holiday Market is located at the entrance to Central Park, at 59th Street and Central Park West. Come lose yourself in the glittering aisles of art, delicious food, jewelry and home accessories from amazing local artisans and designers. Open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Exhibitionism – Experience the Rolling Stones / Thru March 2017
“Exhibitionism” is an iconic exhibit that showcases the long and illustrious career of The Rolling Stones, taking you from the band’s first Edith Grove flat in London’s Chelsea neighborhood, to an incredible 3D concert performance guaranteed to turn up the heat, it’s all here. Visitors of all ages will leave pondering the band’s enormous influence over their more than 50 year career.

Grand Central Holiday Fair / Thru Dec. 24
If you’re in the market for a truly magical, one-stop shopping experience, look no farther than the Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair, which is one of the longest-running indoor fairs in New York City and always features more than 40 unique vendors with a focus on American-made and handmade products crafted from locally-sourced materials and/or feature a socially-conscious business model. Open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Christmas Eve.

Holiday Window Displays / Thru Jan. 2017
New York City is also known worldwide for its stunning holiday window displays, which seem to become more elaborate each and every year. While you’re out and about picking up some final Christmas gifts, be sure to take pause and look for the amazing Christmas window displays at department stores like Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Saks 5th Avenue and Barneys for an extra dose of holiday cheer! Click here for a special 15% off savings certificate for Bloomingdale’s in New York City!

Hornblower New York Festive Holiday Dinner Cruise / Thru Dec. 23
Take a break from the holiday rush and book a festive holiday dinner cruise with Hornblower Cruises and Events that’s fun for the entire family! Dates include Friday, Dec. 9, Friday, Dec. 16 and Friday Dec. 23. The three-hour cruise includes a welcome glass of sparkling wine, a holiday-inspired buffet, dancing and a cash bar. Ideal for small or large groups, the cruise offers mesmerizing views of the New York City skyline, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Brooklyn Bridge.

Union Square Holiday Market / Thru Dec. 24
Located in the heart of New York City in Union Square Park, this holiday market is hailed as a must-visit destination and is known worldwide for its amazing selection of unique handcrafted gifts, many made by local artists. This year, the Union Square Holiday Market features an upgraded look, with exciting new sections that include a warming station, a kid’s craft studio, live music and more. Open 111 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Village Holiday Walking Tour / Thru Dec. 17
Characterized by magical store windows, phenomenal architecture all decked out for the holidays and more, the Village Holiday Walking Tour will start in the West Village and wind through Washington Park to West 8th Street. Experience what makes Greenwich Village one of NYC’s most stunning neighborhoods during the holidays, enjoy the scent of roasted chestnuts and take in the beauty of the Washington Square Park Christmas tree. Tours offered Saturday, Dec. 19 from 3:30-5 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 19 from 6:30-8 p.m.

While you’re out and about this December in NYC, be sure to use The Citiview New York’s convenient travel app for iPhone or for Android to find all the best entertainment, shopping and dining destinations around town!

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