Best things to do today in New York City

Find the best events, activities and things to do today in NYC, as chosen by Time Out's editors.

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Holiday Under the Stars

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Take a break from Christmas shopping and check out Time Warner Center’s state-of-the-art holiday light display. The spectacle features a dozen 14-foot LED stars that do a colorful “dance,” flashing more than 16.7 million color mixes in time to classic yuletide tunes. You’ll be so moved, you

  1. Time Warner Center 10 Columbus Circle, at Broadway
  2. Mon Dec 22 - Sun Jan 4
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Christmas Lights and Cannoli Tour

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The maxim "a little goes a long way" is not one Dyker Heights residents adhere to: Each year, various homeowners in the south Brooklyn ’hood trick out their abodes with thousands of twinkly lights, as well as oversize decorations (illuminated Nativity scenes, animatronic snowmen, giant

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  2. Mon Dec 22 - Wed Dec 31
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Columbus Circle Holiday Market

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This annual holiday bazaar, run by the people behind the Union Square market, features handmade items from local artisans and snacks from vendors such as Mrs. Dorsey's Kitchen and Sigmund Pretzel Shop. Look for the market concierge to help you navigate your way through the approximately 100 booths.

  1. Columbus Circle Holiday Market Central Park South, at Central Park West
  2. Mon Dec 22 - Wed Dec 24
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Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market

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Brooklyn purveyors set up shop across the river at Artists & Fleas’ seasonal pop-up bazaar, situated inside Chelsea Market. Expect to find trendy and noncommercial holiday-themed gifts vetted by husband-and-wife team Amy Abrams and Ronen Glimer, who ensure that every item is locally made and well

  1. Artists & Fleas - Chelsea Market 75 Ninth Ave, between 15th and 16th Sts, 10011
  2. Mon Dec 22 - Wed Dec 24
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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

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Not only is there free ice-skating on Bryant Park's 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink, but also127 holiday shops, including 27 new kiosks and 26 eateries. New offerings such as eco-friendly clothing and accessories from Angelrox ($10–$250) and organic hair-and skin-care products from Surya Brasil

  1. Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Sixth Ave, between 40th and 42nd Sts
  2. Mon Dec 22 - Sun Jan 4
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Barneys New York holiday windows

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Walk by Barneys New York for a holiday view of fluffy woodland creatures and fantastical snow owls from the creative mind of writer and director Baz Luhrmann and his wife, costume designer Catherine Martin.

  1. Barneys New York 660 Madison Ave, at 61st St
  2. Mon Dec 22 - Wed Dec 31
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Macy's holiday windows

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Boasting a "Santa's Journey to the Stars" theme, Macy's 2014 holiday windows depict a young boy's magical Christmas experience when he's gifted a paranormal telescope from Santa Claus. He's taken into a mystical world with his dog, Bella, and later lands back on Earth at the Thanksgiving's Day

  1. Macy's Herald Square 151 W 34th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Mon Dec 22 - Wed Dec 31
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Henri Bendel holiday windows

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Henri Bendel window displays are inspired by vintage landscaping this year. In one window you'll find Louise the Elephant, a plush green fellow made of shrubbery and covered in oversize silver ornaments. Other windows will feature fountains, cobblestones, scattered camellias and all-around holiday

  1. Henri Bendel 712 Fifth Ave, at 56th St
  2. Mon Dec 22 - Thu Jan 1
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Grand Central Holiday Fair

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This fair's six-week run features 76 microboutiques plus 22 new artists and businesses boasting everything from contemporary jewelry and art objects to African crafts and Christmas ornaments. And since it’s situated inside the terminal itself, you won’t have to worry about shivering while

  1. Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair 89 E 42nd St, at Park Ave
  2. Mon Dec 22 - Wed Dec 24
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Radio City Christmas Spectacular

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You'll get a kick out of this holiday stalwart, which—after more than eight decades—still features Santa, wooden soldiers and the leggy, spunky Rockettes. In recent years, new music, more eye-catching costumes, and advanced technology were introduced to bring audience members closer to the

  1. Radio City Music Hall 1260 Sixth Ave, at 50th St
  2. Mon Dec 22 - Wed Dec 31
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