December is a magical month in New York City. Twinkling lights, holiday markets, the promise of time off—you get the picture. To streamline your celebratory efforts, we’ve put together a list of festive activities to help you usher in the winter (you know, before it gets too cold).
By Michaela Rollings
Ice Skating in Prospect Park
A stroll through wooded Prospect Park is the perfect yin to Central Park’s yang. Far from tourists and horse-drawn carriages, walk to the newly refurbished ice skating rink in the Southeast corner of the park to skate in the midst of this urban oasis.
Union Square Holiday Market
From November 19th to December 24th, Union Square transforms into a swirling maze of stalls and holiday euphoria. The largest holiday market in the city, there are over 100 booths selling everything from artisan truffle products (whatever those are) to paintings and handmade jewelry.
Friend of a Friend’s Holiday Pop Up
Come say hello to the Friend of a Friend team! We’re hosting our own pop-up in celebration of our Gift Guide where you can shop our curated selects IRL. Refreshments on us. Opening up on December 12th—one weekend only.
The Museum of Feelings
This pop-up museum, located at Brookfield Place in lower Manhattan, is the first of its kind. The interactive exhibit contains various installations focused on the five senses, and its exterior changes color based on the city’s “mood data” gathered through social media. It’s only open until December 14th, so hurry!
Food52 Pop-Up Market
Food52, the online recipe hub and authority on all things culinary, has launched a food-centric holiday market at 17th and Broadway. From December 3rd to the 20th they’ll be selling vintage cookware, home goods, and hosting cookbook signings with some of their favorite chefs, including Parisian pastry master David Lebovitz.
Brooklyn Lights Tour
Brooklyn is home to some of the most over-the-top holiday light spectacles in the country. On this tour, Brooklyn locals will take you on an expedition to witness some of the most extravagant light displays you’ve ever seen. How’s that for holiday spirit?