What To Do in NYC Over the Holidays
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The holidays are a particularly fun season to shop in and around Herald Square. Stores like Saks, Macy’s Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s and Tiffany create scenery in their windows that rival any Broadway stage.
Some people consider a visit to the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship a pilgrimage. And, given that they unveiled their holiday windows by closing off 5th Ave and orchestrating a 200-person choir group and light show, I respect that. Even after all these years (it opened in 1924), Saks is still considered the best department store in terms of quality, styles and service. Enjoy browsing and don’t let anyone rush you.
And to take a relaxing break from all that Madison Avenue shopping, plop yourself into a seat for an $8 pot of tea (between 3pm and 5pm) at The Gallery at The Carlyle. It’s NYC’s best-kept luxury-on-a-budget secret. Then, if you’re looking for more fun, step into Bemelman’s Bar, The Carlyle’s gorgeous piano bar, with murals on the walls and candles creating romantic mood lighting, and treat yourself to a few $25 cocktails (note: there’s a $25 to $35 cover when the jazz trio is playing). If that’s not convenient, grab a drink at one of the other many fancy, uptown hotels — my favorites are: The Plaza, The Lowell, and The St. Regis.
But most of all: relax and enjoy… because it’ll all be over in what’ll seem like a New York minute. Happy Holidays!
What do you do in NYC around the holidays?