This time of the year in New York City can be very overwhelming with so much to do with sometimes so little time, especially for those who work in New Jersey and don’t visit the city often. Apart from shopping at the outdoor holiday markets (Bryant Park, Union Square, Columbus Circle) and a visit to the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, there are a ton of holiday pop-ups all around town. The Hoboken Girl has sought out a diverse list of holiday-themed bars, family-friend experiences, and activities that are only open for a limited time. Read on for a round-up of holiday pop-ups in NYC.
A Pink Wonderland | 53 West 21st Street
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Calling all Barbie lovers! A Pink Wonderland is a very pink bar that makes for plenty of Instagrammable moments. With charming holiday decor, seasonal cocktails, and live DJs, guests will feel like they’re on a whimsical escape. The pop-up is open until December 31st and tickets must be reserved in advance. General admission costs $30 and does not include food and beverages. Guests also have the option of purchasing add-ons such as a pink Santa hat and a lightbulb necklace.
Disney’s The Santa Clauses’ Winter Wonderland | 89 South Street
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The Rooftop at Pier 17 has been transformed into a 65,000-square-foot winter wonderland this holiday season and is open until January 7th. Presented by Bucket Listers, Disney’s The Santa Clauses’ Winter Wonderland features Manhattan’s only rooftop skating rink where guests can skate around on the synthetic rink (included with VIP ticket or $20 per person). General admission tickets start at $15 and include a welcome hot chocolate drink. Throughout the venue, guests can also order desserts, food, and even cocktails from the various vendors. The best part is the panoramic views of the New York City skyline.
Frosty’s Christmas Bar | 220 West 44th Street
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Frosty’s Bar prides itself on being an over-the-top 21+ Christmas bar at Blue Lounge in Times Square. There are four bars, including a speakeasy, spread across three levels that make for a never-ending holiday experience. With life-sized toy soldiers, staff in ugly sweaters, and tons of glimmering decorations, Frosty’s screams Christmas joy. There are also light displays, photo experiences, and appearances from Santa from now until December 31st. Tickets for a specific time slot can be booked online, starting at $25 for general admission.
Haven Ski Chalet | 132 West 47th Street
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Haven Rooftop, above The Sanctuary Hotel, has been transformed into Haven Ski Chalet. In the heart of Times Square, guests who visit the decked-out chalet will embrace the holiday spirit, especially with the holly arches above each table and shimmering Christmas lights. To stay cozy, there are even flannel pillows and blankets throughout. Seasonal cocktails and even shot skis (literally shots on skis) are available with lunch, brunch, and dinner.
Hotel Chocolat Pop-Up at Park Terrace Hotel | 18 West 40th Street
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Park Terrace Hotel’s sixth-floor Terrazzo Lounge + Terrace, which overlooks Bryant Park’s Winter Village, has been turned into a cozy winter escape. With the vibe of a winter lodge, the lounge features a fireplace, twinkling lights, and a chocolate-themed Christmas tree (think cacao pods and Molinillo whisks). It’s all in fun to highlight the Bryant Park hotel’s partnership with Hotel Chocolat, an award-winning British chocolate brand. Baristas and bartenders have been using its European-style hot chocolate maker, the Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser, to serve guests — anyone is welcome — with specialty hot chocolate (in different flavors) and cocktails. There are even special events that will be held from now until the beginning of the new year like wreath making, a festive gift wrap station, and rum and chocolate pairings.
Maccabee Bar Pop-Up | 64 Downing Street
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Maccabee Bar is New York City’s only Hanukkah-themed pop-up bar. Returning for its 2nd year, Ollie — now Maccabee — has turned into a Hannukah wonderland with special decor, specially-themed cocktails, and traditional bites like Latkes and lots of Chutzpah. The concept was started in 2018 by award-winning bartender Naomi Levy who saw a huge gap in the holiday market and wanted to share her Jewish heritage with the community. The pop-up, which welcomes all cultures, is open until December 31st.
The Candy Cottage of Christmas Magic | 610 5th Avenue
Located right next to The Rink at Rockefeller Center, The Candy Cottage is a family-friendly magical holiday scavenger hunt. Upon checking in, ticketed guests enter the decked-out candy venue where kids can learn about making sweet treats and even pick up some free candy. Then, the scavenger hunt kicks off, with help from an enchanting map, and guests immerse themselves in businesses nearby. The experience ends with a return to the cottage for another surprise. The Candy Cottage, presented by We Are Smile Studio, runs through January 2nd and tickets range from $25 to $45 per person depending on the day of the week and time.
Whiskey Wonderland at Great Jones | 686 Broadway
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Great Jones Distillery, Manhattan’s first whiskey distillery since Prohibition, has transformed its cocktail bar into a Whiskey Wonderland. A separate experience from the restaurant, Whiskey Wonderland requires a reservation up to two weeks in advance. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights through January 2024, the holiday-themed festive escape features Great Jones bespoke cocktails and small seasonal bites. Perfect for a date night or girls’ night out, guests will feel cozy in the intimate setting that’s decorated with Christmas trees, wreaths, and, of course, opulent whiskey bottles.
wINTERverse | 415 Broadway
Photo Credit: Courtesy of INTER_
INTER_’s newest winter-themed activation, wINTERverse, officially opened to the public earlier this month. Those who simply enjoy art or who are artists themselves would admire this interactive, multi-sensory, immersive art experience. The journey begins in one relaxing room where guests will get an introduction to what’s to come, and then, guests can walk through and take the time to experience all it has to offer. Plus, there are holiday pop-ups within, such as beaded snowflake decorating, a hot cocoa bar, and sweet treats. The SoHo expedition is fun for all ages and is open until January 16th. Tickets for children (ages 4-12) are $32.95 and for adults are $39.95.
Winter Wonderland at Somewhere Nowhere | 112 W 25th Street
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Yuliya Skya Photography
Somewhere Nowhere, known for its nightlife entertainment and views of the Empire State Building, now offers an outdoor escape featuring eight heated teardrop-shaped igloos. Each igloo, which fits up to five guests, also comes with an integrated Alexa music system, allowing guests to control the playlist. Delectable winter cocktails and mouth-watering bites are featured on the menu. Reservations, $85 per person, are available now through the end of March.