New York’s events schedule intensifies as we enter Thanksgiving week. After all, Thanksgiving is considered the beginning of the holiday season. So, it’s time to slow down a little bit. Here are some great events to visit in New York while you’re waiting for Santa.
The Winter Wonderland at Fifth Avenue
The Pulitzer fountain was turned into a winter wonderland overnight by the Fifth Avenue Association. On Wednesday they have the stunning “Fifth Season” installation. It is composed of 5,000 feet of lighting, a skating rink and 24 handmade icebergs surrounding the Pulitzer Fountain, and 32 hand-crafted animal sculptures by Harlequin Designs, along with Paul Brill’s tunes as a backdrop. The animal sculptures are interactive.
They leap, jump, and skate around the fountain. The Pulitzer fountain is becoming a popular festive destination, as it was a part of a Christmas decoration last year. The Make it Bright installation had teddy bear, dreidel, and red truck adorning Fifth Avenue from 47th to 60th Streets.
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Iconic Holiday Windows
Window decorating is one of the modern traditions in New York, and large shops just keep pouring fuel into the fire. This peculiar race has turned these shops into tourist attractions and the unveiling of the decorations is covered by the media.
Bloomingdale’s unveiled this year’s decorations on November 18. The chain’s Give Happy holiday campaign is the main topic of the decorations and has some bright colors and extravagant shapes. Bebe Rexha performed at the opening.
Macy’s are always engaged with holidays. This year, Santa Claus made an early return to some of their major locations, including their flagship store in New York City.
“Macy’s is the destination for holiday magic. For more than 160 years, Macy’s has enthralled generations with celebrations welcoming the holiday season. From a visit with the one-and-only Santa Claus to Macy’s Great Tree, animated windows, and more, we are thrilled to bring the spirit of the season back to communities nationwide,”
Will Coss, Macy’s vice president of Branded Entertainment"
The official opening of Macy’s Santaland in New York is announced for November 26. Due to the still-raging COVID – 19 pandemic, Santaland will work with reservations with at least a 5-day notice.
This year, the decorations of Bergdorf Goodman are under the “madcap” topic. The windows are all of the theme "The Present Moment". Bergdorf always kept their window decorations opulent and extravagant.
Saks Fifth Avenue
The ten-story façade is like a blank sheet, ready to be painted. This turns it into one of the biggest holiday attractions quite literally. The two-minute lighting show includes the “Snowflake Spectacular” and a yeti.
Time Out Market
The Time Out Market is one of the most-famous holiday hubs not only in New York, but across the world. They strive to give us the best of the season and their winter menu is usually pure excellence.
This year's special offers can be found exclusively on Time Out Market's rooftop in happy hours!
- Wild Irish Negroni
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- Brooklyn Bramble
- Island Dreams
- Dumbo 55
- Oaxaca Pasión.
- Jane’s Carousel
- Harvest Gimlet
- Kings County Cobble
- PJ’s Girl
Jazz Under the Stars
Enjoy some jazz atop Hudson Mercantile Rooftop. Benny Benack III is one of the best jazz musicians in New York City. As a trumpeter and singer, Benny has been an international soloist, touring with the likes of Postmodern Jukebox, Aaron Johnson, Christian McBride, Josh Groban, Isaac Mizrahi, Joey De Francesco, and other artists toured around the world.
He appeared in the NBC series "Maya and Marty" as a member of the internal band. Don’t miss tonight’s classic jazz performance and enjoy contemporary songs played by some of New York’s brightest geniuses.