Who doesn’t love the holidays in New York? The city is so beautiful all lit up and decorated for the season. I get completely caught up in all the old standbys—from The Nutcracker to our annual family dinner at 21. Here are a few of my yearly traditions, as well as some new ways to celebrate and shop during my favorite time in NYC:
21 West 52nd Street
Every year we have a big family dinner at 21. It’s a tradition I always look forward to. My sons love the chicken hash, soufflé potatoes and, of course, the 21 Burger with their signature 21 sauce. The 21 sauce is also a great gift idea.
ABC specializes in all things unique, and that is especially true with their impressive selection of ornaments. I’ve found some of my favorites here. ABC is wonderful for gifts too—they have decorative jewelry, beautiful books, and a global treasure trove of home accessories.
The Christmas Tree at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
There is something about the 18th century Neopolitan angels adorning the Met’s tree that simply take your breath away. Beneath the 20-foot spruce is an equally enchanting Baroque crèche. The tree is on display through January 8th.
Ice Skating at the Standard Hotel
848 Washington Street
Enjoy brunch at the Standard Grill and then make a trip right outside to the hotel’s skating rink. It is such a festive way to spend the afternoon with your family.
8 Christopher Street
A contemporary take on the candy store, Sockerbit features an all white modern space with over 140 unique varieties of candy from Sweden adding a delicious dose of color.
William Greenberg Desserts
1100 Madison Avenue
Everything at this bakery is incredible, but their holiday cookies are worth a special trip. If only I could pass these cookies off as my own—they are absolutely perfect.
1051 Lexington Avenue
If you are looking for an amazing holiday dessert that everyone will love, William Poll’s Bûche de Noël is it. The traditional French rolled sponge cake with chocolate buttercream frosting is inspired by Yule logs burned on Christmas Eve. I also love the gingerbread houses that light up and play music!
Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular
1260 6th Avenue
Year after year, this show continues to dazzle. The Rockettes, Santa, and a packed house leaves everyone with a smile on their face.
Santa Claus at Macy’s
151 West 34th street
Another New York classic, I love that a little elf greets you when you arrive; it feels like a genuinely magical experience.
Land of Nod Pop-up Shop
136 Prince Street
A fantastic array of children’s bedding, art, toys, and furniture has kept me shopping from this catalog and Chicago-based store for years. The Soho pop-up shop makes shopping for children’s gifts that much easier—although it does make me crave a permanent NYC store.
Van Wyck Holiday Pop-Up shop
Overbey & Dunn
19 Christopher Street
Event planner Bronson Van Wyck is known for creating magical parties for a glamorous roster of clients including the Obamas, the Whitney Museum, and Chanel. His take on the holidays this year—the perfect hybrid of tradition and cool—is on display at West Village shop Overbey & Dunn. Through January 3rd you can order everything from a custom decorated tree, tartan pillows and tablecloths, to Bronson’s own Arrowhead farms margarita and Bloody Mary mixes.