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The Top 10 Festive Things to Do in NYC This Holiday Season

by Jennifer Tripucka
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While I definitely think we have Hoboken covered, if there’s one thing we know — when you want to discover something new to do in NYC, you bring in the REAL DEAL. That is why we have a special treat guest blogger treat for you this Tuesday // during the most festive time of year// — Amanda, the Hoboken girl behind the #DontSitHome movement, is here to share with you her 10 fave festive things to do in NYC for the holidays! We couldn’t be more excited! Without further ado, here she is:

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There is absolutely no reason to be sitting home during the holiday season. New York City is filled with great holiday events for people of all ages! Whether you want to get your shop on or channel your inner Olympian and ice skate, there is a holiday activity for everyone. Here are 10 of my #dontsithome favorites:


1. Winter Village at Bryant Park:


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This New York City staple is packed this holiday season with things to do! You can shop, skate, eat, grab a drink and take photos in front of a beautiful holiday tree at the pop-up winter wonderland. You have until January 4th to shop and until March 1st to skate!

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2. Holiday Markets at Union Square:

I’m a sucker for pop-up markets and the Union Square market wins my heart every holiday season. There truly is something for everyone. Grab a unique gift for someone or ‘treat yo self’ to something special. There are so many options to choose from! It closes December 24th.


3. Ice Rink at South Street Seaport:

The Seaport has bounced back since the destruction of Hurricane Sandy and now it is the place to be! You can go ice skate under their holiday tree then refuel with food and cocktails at one of the great places that surround the rink.


4. Holiday Shopping at Brooklyn Flea:

Looking for a unique gift? Well you can probably find it at Brooklyn Flea! 1000 Dean Street in Brooklyn is filled with everything from vintage items to hand crafted. You can shop and then pop into their food court and beer hall, Berg’n, located right next door!


5. Tree at Rockefeller Center:



This tree is a New York City tradition. It’s big and beautiful every year, and I make it a priority to go see it every year. The holiday season doesn’t start in my mind until I make the trip to Rockefeller Center. It will be there until January 7th!


6. Holiday Market at Columbus Circle:


This market is run by the same company that runs the Union Square market and they do an excellent job with both. There is a great variety of unique gifts and tasty treats! You only have until December 24th to get there! The Columbus Circle location is extra special because you can pop into the Time Warner Centre to see their gorgeous holiday star decorations.


7. The Rink at Brookfield Place:

I don’t think about being on the waterfront when I think about ice skating, but Brookfield has combined the two. You can skate while enjoying a view of the World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty at the same time. How can you beat that?! They even have family learn to skate programs which I think is awesome. Check out their website for session times.


8. Holiday Fair at Grand Central Terminal:


76 vendors fill Vanderbilt Hall in the historic train station. It’s hard not to want everything while you walk the multiple aisles full of goodies. This fair is a must for me every holiday season.


9. Chelsea Market:

The foodie and shopping paradise in Chelsea goes all out with their decorations for every holiday, but it just feels magical this time of year. You can go check out the gorgeous light display then shop and eat your way through the former Nabisco Factory. This is one of my favorite places in NYC all year long!


10. Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden:

This botanical garden in the Bronx is amazing on it’s own, and when you throw the train show into the mix, I’m basically in love! The show is a fun activity for all ages and is guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit! The train show will be at the botanical garden until January 19th.


HG Editor’s Choice for a #DontSitHome Holiday Adventure:

*11. Rolf’s Bar: the place where Santa threw up Christmas decor…a German restaurant LOADED with Christmas decor.

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Make sure you #Don’tSitHome and go out and enjoy all of the wonderful holiday events in the city. I love the holidays and New York City is the best place to enjoy the season! Hashtag your photos #DonSitHome and tag Amanda {@DontSitHome} to share your adventures on Instagram and Twitter!


What is your favorite place to go in NYC during the holidays?



Amanda Morrison is the inspirational Hoboken blogger behind Don’t Sit Home, a popular social media and website/blog experience {currently undergoing a face lift/construction!} that gives information and inspiration about fun/interesting things to do/places to go in Hoboken, NJ, New York City, around the area and pretty much everywhere! Her goal is to inspire people of all ages to go out be active, try new things, meet new people and just life the best life they can. Follow Amanda’s adventures on her Instagram + Twitter {@DontSitHome} and Facebook page#dontsithome

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