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These 10 NYC Spots Go ALL-OUT With Holiday Decor

Claire Leaden Claire Leaden

These 10 NYC Spots Go ALL-OUT With Holiday Decor

There’s no time of year quite like this in New York City…

And one of the best ways to get in a festive mood is completely immersing yourself in all of the gorgeous decor around town! From restaurants, to lighting displays, to hotels, these NYC locales are the perfect places to get in the holiday spirit.

1. Churchill Tavern, Flatiron

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The Churchill Tavern could very well be in England—they offer English classics with a twist like black pudding croquettes, Scotch eggs and fish ‘n chips, as well as a wide range of British and local beers. They deck their halls for the holidays with loads of garland, bows and lights, and have a snug fireplace so it’s a wonderful spot to curl up with a pint.

Address: 45 East 28th St.

Hours: Daily, 11:30am to 4am

2. Rolf’s, Gramercy

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Rolf’s may be the best-known spot in NYC for a festive meal, and that’s for good reason! Loads of shiny ornaments totally transform the space, and it’s actually decorated all the way through MAY.

Address: 281 3rd Ave.

Hours: Daily, 12-10pm

3. The Peninsula Hotel, Midtown

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The Peninsula Hotel looks equally vibrant on the inside or from the outside. Multiple Christmas trees adorn the lobby, with a few giant Nutcrackers to keep them company! Take a long stroll through the building when you need to escape the cold.

Address: 700 5th Ave.

Hours: All hours

4. Lillie’s Victorian Establishment, Times Square or Union Square

Lilly’s Victorian Establishment.

More casually known as just “Lillie’s,” this classy joint has two locations—one in Times Square and one on 17th St. The bar is completely decked out during the holiday season, and they also offer an afternoon tea at the Times Square location!

Address: 249 West 49th St. or 13 East 17th St.

Hours: Varies, see website.

5. Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island

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Only a ferry ride away! This historic village in Staten Island is completely transformed for the holiday season. You can take a horse and carriage ride down the street and see old homes dressed in garland and red ribbon, with candles in the windows. Then sip on hot drinks, tour the homes to see how they decorated centuries ago, and even go ice skating!

Address: 441 Clarke Ave, Staten Island

Hours: Tues-Fri 12-5pm, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm

6. Rosemary’s, West Village

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This cozy West Village haunt is the perfect spot to warm up with a delicious plate of pasta—and don’t miss their homemade focaccia! A canopy of evergreen garland along with plenty of wreaths make it a more pared-down, but nonetheless stunning holiday hot spot.

Address: 18 Greenwich Ave

Hours: Varies, see website.

7. Loreley Beer Garden, Lower East Side

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You can go in or out at Loreley’s—yes, even at this time of year. It has the largest heated patio on the Lower East Side! And don’t forget to curl up with one of their boozy holiday drinks.

Address: 7 Rivington St.

Hours: Varies, see website.

8. Dyker Heights, Brooklyn


This famous neighborhood lights display now takes up over three avenues and even more streets, and is a 30+ year tradition. Decorations are up until New Year’s Day.

Address: Dyker Heights, Brooklyn

Hours: All hours

9. Tanner Smith’s, Midtown

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This midtown “speakeasy” cocktail bar is named after a Manhattanite who actually owned and ran a speakeasy in 1919 and was murdered! During the holidays the restaurant is covered with decor from fake snow to white garland with red cardinals, and even has a special holiday photo booth.

Address: 204 W 55th St.

Hours: Mon-Fri 11-4am, Sat-Sun: 10-4am

10. Fifth Avenue, Midtown

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Saks, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s…all of the best holiday window displays are on Fifth Ave! Take a stroll if you can deal with the crowds, and pop into The Plaza Hotel while you’re around for another awesome Christmas tree display.

Address: Along Fifth Ave, between 49th and 61st

Hours: All hours

Featured image: Lilly’s Victorian Establishment