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. Fri Nov 28 - Sun Jan 4
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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. Fri Nov 28 - Wed Dec 24
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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Rink

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Bryant Park’s 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink is free and open late. Don’t get too excited—the admission may be gratis, but you’ll have to shell out $19 to rent skates (or BYO). Still, it’s a veritable winter wonderland: After your time on the ice, warm up at spacious rinkside restaurant

  1. Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Sixth Ave, between 40th and 42nd Sts
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sun Mar 1
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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. Fri Nov 28 - Sun Jan 4
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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. Fri Nov 28 - Wed Dec 31
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The Annual Post-Thanksgiving Multiethnic Eating Tour

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Pining for a plantain? Dying for douhua? Embark on this culinary tour of the Lower East Side, Chinatown and Little Italy, which features nibbles from various ethnic shops and markets, including Italian specialty store Enoteca DiPalo. You'll also stop at tofu factory Kong Kee Food Corp. for some

  1. Manhattan
  2. Fri Nov 28
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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. Fri Nov 28 - Wed Dec 24
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Anthropologie Black Friday Sale

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You can expect two things to happen when you enter this bohemian chain on Black Friday. One: The shop’s sparkly, holiday décor will fill you up with those warm, fuzzy feels. Two: All in-store shoppers will receive a festive popper containing confetti, a paper crown and various levels of goodies

  1. Anthropologie 50 Rockefeller Plaza, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
  2. Fri Nov 28
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Holiday Train Show

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Watch choo-choo’s go vroom-vroom in a circle. In NYBG's wildly popular diorama, more than a dozen model railway trains traverse an incredibly detailed New York City scene, including landmarks like the Empire State Building and Radio City Music Hall, made of natural materials such as leaves,

  1. New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd, 10458
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Mon Jan 19
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H&M Black Friday Sale

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The deals start as early as Nov 20 at this popular chain, where select items will be marked up to 70 percent off. Hello, new wardrobe! Then, on Black Friday, women can find warm knits for as low as $5 while men shop plaid shirts for $10. Also, scratch offs will be handed to the first 100 shoppers,

  1. H&M 515 Broadway, between Broome and Spring Sts
  2. Fri Nov 28
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