NYC holiday events, shows and attractions

The music has started, the trees are strung with lights and, finally, the holiday spirit is upon us.

What better way to celebrate than to take advantage of all the city has to offer in warm cocktails, spicy sweets, Christmas movies, winter-themed exhibits, shopping and more.

Yes, there's the "Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes," but there's so much else to do during the most wonderful time of the year.

Check out the New York Botanical Garden's Holiday Train Show that turns into a "Bar Car" at night. Feeling naughty or nice? Make an adult-themed gingerbread house at Davio's Manhattan. Skip the crowds at Rockefeller Center and see the city's other beautiful trees and decorations.

There's more where that came from. Scroll through for our picks.

Wreath Interpretations Exhibit (Dec. 7-Jan. 4)

It's time to get in the holiday spirit, so head over to Central Park and check out this year's 35th annual exhibit of holiday wreaths at the Arsenal Gallery. Peruse through unique and unconventional wreaths from more than 40 fine artists and designers. The exhibit opens with a reception Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. (Free, 9 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 830 Fifth Ave.,

Winter Onederland (Through Jan. 7)

It's the final weekend to see One World Trade Center transformed into a winter wonderland with a "magical underground winter grotto." When you step inside the One World Observatory, you'll get to ride the SkyPod elevator at 23 mph while seeing the city evolve before your eyes on a screen. Plus, you can create a frosted window with the touch of your finger and marvel at a giant snow globe perfect for selfies, too. ($36, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., 285 Fulton St.,

Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Through Jan. 1)

Nothing says "Christmas in New York" quite like the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Complete with the world-famous Rockettes and plenty of holiday cheer, this event is a family favorite. Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Ave. of the Americas, Manhattan, showtimes vary, $35 to $269,


Kwanzaa Crawl (Dec. 26)

Members of the African diaspora are once again gathering together to support the black-owned bars in Brooklyn and Harlem in celebration of Kwanzaa. More than 25 bars are participating. Those who participate will get their own Kwanzaa Crawl cup to take with them to each bar. ($20, noon to 1 a.m.,

'Luminaries' by Arts Brookfield (Dec. 2 - Jan. 29)

Stop by Brookfield Place's Winter Garden to see the holiday light installation, "Luminaries." As visitors press the touch-sensitive stations, the 650 LED lights embedded in the canopy's lanterns will change colors and intensity throughout the display every 30 minutes. (8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, 230 Vesey St., Brookfield Place Winter Garden,

New York Botanical Garden's Holiday Train Show (through Jan. 15)

The NYBG's model trains ride throughout the 3,000-square-foot landscape of 150 scale-sized, iconic NYC landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. The Garden will also have a number of Bar Car Nights, which offer an after-dark viewing of the show with seasonal drinks, a fire pit and dueling pianos. Don't miss the Snow Globe Dancers as they guide you through the garden. ($25-35, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 2900 Southern Blvd., the Bronx,

Enjoy the sparkling Christmas trees around NYC

From Bryant Park's Winter Village (pictured) to the epic spruce at Rockefeller Center, there are plenty of twinkling Christmas trees around the city that'll get you in the holiday spirit. Here's our list of must-see Christmas trees to visit to get that festive Instagram photo.