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. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Jan 4
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Christmas Lights and Cannoli Tour

  • Price band: 2/4
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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

  1. Location TBA
  2. Sat Dec 20 - 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. Sat Dec 20 - Wed Dec 24
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Nutcracker Rouge

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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[Note: The review below is from a previous run of Nutcracker Rouge. The revived production is at XIV, Company XIV's new home in the East Village, and the current cast does not include Marisol Cabrera and Jeff Takacs.) Nutcracker Rouge. Minetta Lane Theatre (see Off Broadway). Directed and

  1. 428 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. $65–$175
  3. Sat Dec 20 - Sat Jan 31
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Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market

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  • Free

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. Sat Dec 20 - Wed Dec 24
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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

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  • Free

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. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Jan 4
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Macy's holiday windows

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  • Free

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. Sat Dec 20 - Wed Dec 31
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Barneys New York holiday windows

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  • Free

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. Sat Dec 20 - Wed Dec 31
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Winter Solstice Celebration

  • Price band: 2/4
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Having trouble deciding which one of your friends’ apartments to use to host this year’s solstice bonfire and ritual sacrifice? Avoid all that messy virgin blood, and try a more modern tradition: Paul Winter’s annual concert, returning for its 35th year. You can see a slew of dance and

  1. Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine 1047 Amsterdam Ave, at 112th St
  2. Sat Dec 20
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Henri Bendel holiday windows

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  • Free

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. Sat Dec 20 - Thu Jan 1
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