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Here are some things to do in Manhattan from Dec. 9-17

Photo credit: Angelito Jusay for Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, 2018

Thursday, Dec. 9 

Everett Bradley’s Holidelic- In this holiday funk revue, Grammy-nominated rock percussionist Everett Bradley plays the role of Papadelic, Funk’s Father Christmas. The revue features holiday-themed funk songs written by Bradley. Holidelic and Lucille Lortel Theatre teamed up with area restaurants to offer pre-show dinner and drinks. Ticket prices and showtimes vary. Location: Lucille Lortel Theatre. The show runs through Dec. 31. 

Into the Northern Lights: An Immersive Experience- Destination Canada is bringing an immersive northern lights experience to one of NYC’s most iconic landmarks–Grand Central Terminal. From December 9 to 11, commuters and visitors who pass through Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall will find themselves walking into a Canadian landscape, where they can step inside an interactive northern lights installation presented by Canada, the Home of Winter.  December 9 and 10, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; December 11 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Rendering of the installation courtesy of Destination Canada.

Klarna Holiday Shopping Pop-Up- Klarna is partnering with Something Navy for a curated holiday shopping event where consumers can shop some of Klarna’s featured merchants including Rare Beauty, STILA, Mario Badescu, Caudalie, Lunya and Something Navy. The pop-up includes an Espresso Martini Bar, photo moments, limited-edition shopping totes and more. Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. and Dec. 10 all day.  379 Bleecker Street, New York, NY.   

Friday, Dec. 10 

Pawliday Portraits Free Holiday Pet Photos- “Amazon’s Pawliday Portraits,” gives shoppers a chance to get free holiday photos of their pets with Santa. Amazon 4-star stores have something for everyone on their list and this year, Amazon wants to give customers in New York City a special moment as they shop in-store. The event is open to all customers with dogs and cats on Friday, Dec. 10 through Sunday, Dec. 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Availability is limited, and photos will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis. 72 Spring Street in New York

Saturday, Dec. 11

Family-Friendly NYC Yoto Pop-Up Event- Yoto, the leading children’s audio platform that inspires creativity and imaginative thinking, has a new pop-up store on the Upper West Side with engaging family-friendly audio adventures and activities all month long. On Dec. 11, The Neon Tea Party – Beading will host an arts-and-crafts table from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Yoto NYC Pop-Up to help kids and their families create their very own beaded bracelets to take home.  424 Columbus Avenue

Enjoy breakfast at Nice Matin– This French bistro offers breakfast 7 days a week starting at 8 a.m. Enjoy Provencal-inspired dishes from Executive Chef Eric Starkman. Dishes the Brie Omelette with bacon, fine herbs, potatoes, and toast ($20), Ham & Cheese Frittata with gruyere, country ham, potatoes, and toast ($20), fruits and grains, as well as sweet specialties like a Vanilla Malt Waffle complete with whipped cream, roasted apples, and cinnamon ($16). 201 W 79th St New York NY10024.

Sunday, Dec. 12

Skate with  Santa at The Rink at Manhattan West– The Rink at Manhattan West is open to the public at Manhattan West Plaza through the winter season. The rink is open weekdays from 2:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. and weekends/holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. Families can skate with Santa from  11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 12 and 19 and enjoy two solo performances from Santa. Tickets start at $20. 

Visit CITROVIA Interactive installation- Citrovia is an interactive, outdoor installation that transports visitors to a citrus garden. Citrovia features thousands of oversized, hand-painted lemons, leaves and trees and billowing fabric clouds that can mimic sunrise and sunset. The installation includes augmented reality experiences and games. Free. Manhattan West 435 W 31st St. New York, NY 10001.

Monday, Dec. 13

Visit The Stone Age–  This premier immersive and educational cannabis-inspired art experience in New York City takes visitors on a multi-faceted, sensorial journey exploring the ‘states of being’ through one-of-a-kind installations. Guests will learn how cannabis is a part of our human experience through exploring the unique connections between plant medicine, creativity, awareness and more. The exhibit includes art from system-impacted individuals and is selling original pieces with 100% of proceeds going back to the artists. Additionally, The Stone Age works with The Last Prisoner Project to bring awareness to their efforts. Ticket prices and times vary. Visit: https://thestoneagenyc.com/ for more information. Location: 607 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10011.

Enjoy breakfast at Marathi– This Greek bistro Chef Nicholas Poulmentis entertains with a Greek Yogurt Parfait ($14); Junior’s Omelet with feta, and Greek sausage ($24); and a Greek Egg Sandwich of scrambled eggs, loukaniko, and feta cheese ($19) to name a few dishes. View the full menu at: https://www.marathinyc.com/menus/#brunch-copy Marathi is open daily from 8 a.m. 200 Church Street, New York, NY 10013

Tuesday, Dec. 14

Visit Hyperglow 2.0. art installation–  Artist Perry Flash Fong uses abstract geometry, vibrant color and flowing composition, to immerse viewers in a dynamic experience that is both uplifting and peaceful. The artwork is inspired by the many different sights and landscapes in New York City and aims to illustrate the vibrant cultures and endless possibilities the city presents. Free. Open through June 2022. Outside The Eugene, 435 W 31st St, New York, NY 10001.

Toy Vault, A Hands on Giving Experience at CAMP- Visit any  CAMP store this holiday season to experience the interactive Toy Vault,  a hands-on giving experience where families can donate toys to children in need. Kids can climb on and in the vault inside the CAMP 5th avenue store. The vault includes a Mad Lib Random Act of Kindness Generator, a Plinko Board or Giant Puzzle all designed to show kids ways to share with their community. 

The Toy Vault. Photo courtesy of CAMP stores.

Wednesday, Dec. 15

Enjoy a sandwich at Cutlets Sandwich Co.Cutlets Sandwich Co. just opened its newest location in the East Village at 99 3rd Avenue (and 13th Street). This modern deli concept from Richard Zaro, inspired by the hometown delis native to the tri-state suburban area, first launched as delivery-only in July of 2020 and has since expanded to different locations across the city. Open everyday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. East Village location: 99 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Turkey pesto sandwich. Photo by Alexander Stein.

Visit the big red ‘Giving Machines’- Located at 1 Rockefeller Plaza (next to the Free People store at 49th and Rockefeller), shoppers can purchase items sponsored by international and local charities for donation from three large red vending machines, called “Giving Machines”. With a credit card and the push of a button, people can select to donate one of more than 30 items ranging from $5 to $250. 

Thursday,  Dec. 16 

Enjoy Chicago-Style Tavern Pizza in NYC at Emmett’s on Grove- Emmett’s on Grove is offering a more expansive space and menu with classic Italian-American favorites. The new menu will offer Italian-American favorites such as spaghetti and meatballs and housemade foccacia with burrata, as well as other Chicago staples like baby back ribs, slow cooked and mopped with an in-house sauce served with pickles and a choice of side. Hours vary. 39 Grove St, New York, NY 10014.

Owner of Emmett’s, Emmett Burke, holds a Chicago-style pizza. Photo by Zandy Mangold.

“A Midwinter Night’s Dream” holiday installation- PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown returns for the unveiling of their yearly holiday installation, Midwinter Nights’ Dream. The popular all-season midtown rooftop will be transformed into a whimsical dreamland of lush greenery, rich emerald and gold tones, 10,000 twinkling lights illuminating the space, florals galore, fuzzy throw blankets and an ascending series of tiered red, purple and gold florals throughout the space. Seasonal food and beverage offerings will be available. Hours vary. 210 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

Friday, Dec. 17 

Visit Bloomingdale’s holiday windows- Bloomingdale’s 59th Street flagship store window displays are inspired by the store’s “Give Happy” holiday campaign, with six displays full of bright colors to illuminate Lexington Avenue this holiday season. Visit the windows after sunset to see them glow.

Bloomingdale’s Give Happy Holiday Windows – Cool GamesPhotos courtesy of Bloomingdale’s, Photo credit Tom Sibley

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