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Best museum exhibitions in NYC

Holiday Under the Stars

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Time Warner Center 10 Columbus Circle, at Broadway
  2. Mon Dec 22 - Sun Jan 4
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Nutcracker Rouge

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 428 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Tue Dec 23 - Sat Jan 31
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Henri Bendel holiday windows

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Henri Bendel 712 Fifth Ave, at 56th St
  2. Mon Dec 22 - Thu Jan 1
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Origami Holiday Tree

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
  2. Mon Dec 22 - Sun Jan 11
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