New York City knows how to bring the holiday spirit alive. Starting with The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and continuing with the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and Times Square Ball Drop, it is a mecca for over-the-top experiences.
Also over-the-top are the following holiday pop-up experiences:
The Rooftop at Pier 17 Winterland
Situated on the water with sweeping views of the New York skyline and Brooklyn waterfront, Pier 17 Winterland is the only outdoor rooftop ice skating rink in New York. The 30,000 square feet space found in the Seaport District NYC is a Howard Hughes Organization creation and gives you the chance to glide along the ice, partake in skate lessons, curling, broomball, and fitness classes, jaunt through a winter village and warm-up with seasonal drinks and casual bites at the cozy warming hut (Tank,) and R17, the new rooftop restaurant and lounge. Also available are rooftop food trucks serving loaded hot dogs and soft pretzels. Sections of Pier 17 have slowly been opening to the public with the Heinken Riverdeck already having a wildly successful year. A goal with this $785 million redevelopment plan was to bring traffic to the seaport during the holiday season. It’s now time to #SkatetheSkyline.
Donner & Blitzen’s Reindeer Lounge at The Springs
Some Reindeer prefer to run a bar rather than fly a sleigh, and after last year’s successful pop-up the Donner & Blitzen’s Reindeer Lounge has a location at The Springs in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The lounge is decked and ready for you to get blitzed on libations like Festivus mulled wine, Rudolph’s So Bitter, Cran’ma Got Run Over By A Reindeer, Candy Cane Shots, and the Nog-Gonna Make It To Work Tomorrow, along with new creations like the chilly Frozen Peppermint Bark Latte. Be sure to rock your holiday gear for the gram because the back-drop is lit. With four fireplaces, floor to ceiling Christmas trees, Candy Cane graphic wall and massive Reindeer Playing Poker mural by Graffiti artist Paul Nassar, you’ll have endless amounts of holiday pictures. If you get hungry after snapping all those picture nosh on Fondue You See What I See, The Office Party Cookie Plate, Fried S’mores, and more. Open through December 30 with programming on the weekends and Ugly Sweater Parties every night.
FREEHOLD Winter Lodge
The weather outside can be frightful but FREEHOLD Winter Lodge will still be delightful. Fully enclosed, this indoor/outdoor heated courtyard and penthouse lodge space is decorated as a winter wonderland with festive lights, a massive Christmas tree, fireplace, blankets and pillows. Perfect to get you in the holiday spirit, come for a cozy date, dinner with girlfriends or even a holiday party for up to 200 people. Open through January 15th at 45 S. 3rd Street in Brooklyn.
North Williamsburg Pole at Clinton Hall
Going to the North Poll now only requires a trip to Brooklyn. Clinton Hall’s courtyard at the POD BK Hotel has turned into the North Williamsburg Pole with a large LED lit Christmas tree appropriately adorned with beer can ornaments, faux snow, reindeers and more. Appearances by Santa and his elves will take place throughout December and guests can warm their tummies with DIY s’more making, Egg Nog cheesecake pops, roasted chestnuts and spiked hot chocolate. Get the camera ready for the Candy cane shot-skis! Partaking in this après ski tradition will give you a chance to win a ski-weekend or summer camp adventure courtesy of Club Getaway. This pop-up will be open through February 11, 2019 at Clinton Hall Williamsburg’s Courtyard (247 Metropolitan Ave in Brooklyn.)
Haven Ski Chalet at the Sanctuary Hotel
Something happened on the way to “Haven.” The Haven Rooftop at The Sanctuary Hotel, a heated, all-season Midtown rooftop has been turned into the Haven Ski Chalet – a winter wonderland in the sky. Sophisticated white lighting and holiday décor can be enjoyed along with cocktails including the Toasted Almond, Peppermint Cream, Ginger Toddy and Shot Skis will be served up alongside chocolate fondue. Love the snow but not the cold? Faux snow machines add to the ambiance and the pictures you’re bound to take. Open through the end of January at 132 W. 47th Street.
Helliday Inn at The Skinny
Are you more of a Scrooge when it comes to the holiday season? Then shimmy down to The Skinny for the Helliday Inn. This twisted approach to themed-pop up bars offers you an anti-holiday extravaganza. The flashy (and even tacky) décor pairs well with the absurd programming and unique cocktail and food menu all meant to poke-fun at the self-indulgent commercialization the holidays have become. Ornate Christmas lights and decorations adorn every square inch from floor to ceiling, Santa’s Reindeer heads line red painted walls and living room vignettes complete with fireplaces are the backdrop for a Hangry Santa’s workshop. Santa’s Wheel of Misfortune, a miserable Santa, dirty Christmas caroling and Krampus Karaoke are all some of the off-the-wall activities you may stumble across. Open through January 31st at 174 Orchard St. https://www.theskinny-nyc.com