Worried about standing in line forever to get a picture with an out-of-work actor in a fat suit wearing a white wig and beard? At least at Macy’s (151 W 34th St; 212-695-4400, macys.com/social/santa-land; Nov 24–Dec 24) you can reserve your “visit” with the big man online before you go. And by visit, we mean the approximately 30 seconds you’re guaranteed in a structure resembling a gingerbread house arguing with an elf about where you’ll sit in relation to Kris Kringle’s lap. It will be worth it for that ironic Christmas card—we promise.
Happy holidays! Wait, you’re not excited? Snap out of it, because we’ve cooked up a bunch of killer ways to toast the season no matter what you think of it. Discover classic Christmas shows and where to go ice-skating in NYC, as well as a steamy Christmas party and amazing NYC concerts in December. Make this the year you finally knock off these classic holiday outings off your bucket list.
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