Spend the Holidays in NYC: 5 Festive Event Ideas

Give your holiday bash a metropolitan spin

Amid the crisp temperatures, the sparkling window displays of Fifth Avenue and the pine-scented tree shops around almost every corner, there’s a magical aura that blankets New York City during the holidays. So it comes as no surprise that millions of tourists flock to the city each year from November to December to watch the holiday parades, visit the famous Christmas tree and ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center and shop the world-class department stores and boutiques. 

No matter your physical location, you can bring the enchantment of the Big Apple to your own holiday or end-of-year event. Here are our five favorite ideas for holding a NYC-themed holiday bash. 

New York on Screen  

There’s no better backdrop than New York City for the holidays, and Hollywood has taken note of this. Put up posters from some of most notable movies in a lounge setting, from classics like “Miracle on 34th Street” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” to more modern hits like “Elf,” “Home Alone 2” and “Scrooged.” 

Build a Pop-Up Village

Take a cue from some of the city’s famous holiday markets—Union Square Holiday Market and Bryant Park Winter Village are two of our favorites—and build your own holiday pop-up. And remember: There’s no such thing as too many string lights! 

Blanket in White

Although Manhattan’s backdrop of glittering skyscrapers is charming year-round, a fresh snowfall makes for an especially breathtaking finish. Blanket your venue in white for a clean, sophisticated and magical feel. 

All the Food That’s Fit to Fill 

The Big Apple is home to one of the most famed newspapers in the world, the New York Times. Make your event more newsworthy by incorporating Times-esque design into décor, similar to how the Milan Marriott Hotel did for these small bites.   

Serve Classic New York Fare

Do as New Yorkers do and offer attendees a selection of authentic New York-style bagels—don’t forget the accoutrements, including salmon, dill, cream cheese and capers—to get your meeting started, or end your dinner service with a slice of creamy New York cheesecake.