You set calendar alerts for the arrival of peppermint mocha season at Starbucks. Mariah Carey’s best album has been on repeat since Halloween. You’ve seen the Radio City Rockettes kick over their heads dozens of times. It’s official: You’re obsessed with the winter holidays.Second only to the North Pole, New York is the merriest place to be during the holidays. Here’s where to deck the halls, sing some carols, light Hanukkah candles, and feel the Christmas spirit until the last of the Yule log burns. 1. Practice your triple axles on a frozen tarmac at the TWA Hotel, and then perhaps canoodle in the heated pool-cuzzi afterward. 2. Reminisce (and feel a bunch of secondhand embarrassment) over horrors of holidays’ past at Otto’s Shrunken Head's holiday-themed comedy storytelling night on December 2.
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3. Attend some charming Christmas tree lightings—aside from the main show at Rockefeller Center. The Seaportkicks things off on December 2; Harlem will be holiday hopping on December 4; and Madison Square Park and Dumbo get lit on December 5.
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9. Who could possibly “bah humbug” at seeing A Christmas Carol? Tony Award–winning playwright Jack Thorne’s take on the Charles Dickens classic is earning raves at the Lyceum Theatre and plays through January 5.
10. A little more under the radar but just as worthy of your time is the Merchant's House Museum's version. Sending you straight back 150 years to the Victorian era, this immersive reading is derived from Dickens's original 1867 script.
28. Drive or walk through Dyker Heights, the South Brooklyn neighborhood that single-handedly keeps the holiday lights industry in business by blanketing its homes, lawns, and streets in blinding Christmas decor.
29. If you don't have the time or energy to travel through the depths of Kings County, the kitschy Pete's Tavern is fully decked out for the holidays—and has plenty of hot toddies, to boot.