Everyone knows that warm, uplifting feeling that comes along with each holiday season. Perhaps it is best to take advantage of every moment during the most wonderful time of the year. As Christmas approaches, there are so many fun things to do. Especially if you live in Manhattan like me.
Number One: Shopping
I know this is very cliche, however it’s a habit many of us are guilty of. In New York the variety is endless. You can find a range between street vendors to a designer’s showroom. There is something for everyone. Whether we can afford it or not, many of us love to visit Saks Fifth Avenue around the holidays. The set up is over the top and their window displays are mind blowing. Just stepping foot into Saks can instantly put anyone into the Christmas spirit. If you take a walk along Fifth Avenue, you will also come across a few affordable shops as well. My two favorites are Topshop and Sephora. Topshop is a British retailer and their merchandise is always trendy and decent quality. Sephora is any makeup enthusiast dream land, especially the Sephora on Fifth. This shop is the largest and most luxurious Sephora throughout New York. They carry the largest selection of brands and products along with having a unique ornate design. Perhaps, this is one of the best places to buy gifts for your beauty addicted friends. Around the holiday season, Sephora carries a large assortment of gift sets. These range from small lip sets, to massive beauty collections. We all know the most important part of holiday shopping is finding the best presents for others; although it’s perfectly acceptable to treat yourself too.
Number Two: Sightseeing
For those of us who live in the city or are lucky enough to visit during the Christmas season, you all know that there is a bit of magic around every corner. All over Manhattan, white lights glisten from trees to brighten the spirits of those around. Every few blocks there is always something exiting to see or do. Whether you like to admire the tree at Rockefeller Center, enjoy the winter village at Bryant Park, or skate at Wollman Rink, you will 100% find something to put you right at ease. If you just want to absorb the atmosphere, put on a warm peacoat and take a stroll around Central Park, Madison Avenue, Battery Park, or whatever pleases you. Personally I would avoid Time Square or Canal Street if I wanted a peaceful experience, but that’s just my opinion.
Number Three: Parties
There is always a party in the city whether it is just amongst you and your close friends or at a nightclub. The Manhattan nightlife is one of a kind. Christmas time is the perfect opportunity to dress your best, overdo the highlighter on your cheekbones, wear those stilettos, and have a night on the town. When the city glistens, the parties glisten too. That’s one of the most exiting parts of Christmas in the city. If you prefer to party amongst a small crowd, like a group of friends, Secret Santa is probably something you would want to participate in. That way the parties are geared towards the holidays and not similar to any other party thrown throughout the year. My honest opinion is to do whatever makes you happy and feel at ease whether that may be clubbing or hitting a bar downtown with a few friends, just do what you and your friends like.
Number Four: Leave
Take a trip to Connecticut, Long Island, or something. The city gets really crowed at this time of year and sometimes a break is very necessary. Believe me, take it from someone who lives in both Manhattan and Connecticut.