Fun Holiday Pop-Ups to Explore This Christmas in NYC

Fun Holiday Pop-Ups to Explore This Christmas in NYC

How is it December already!? Maybe it’s just me, but it feels like this year just flew by. Christmas is my favorite holiday though, so I’m not really complaining. Fifth Avenue has become a magical wonderland and the Rockefeller tree is lit and the ice rink is open. It’s really beginning to look a lot like Christmas in NYC. With all these very popular events happening around the city, I would be remiss if I didn;t share some of the really cool pop-ups that are happening too. So many restaurants and hotels have fully embraced the holiday spirit and are offering holiday-centric cocktails, rooftops transformed into cozy chalets, even a “anti-holiday” party for those who like to go against the grain. Here’s a fun list of things to do this holiday that sit outside of the tradition staple events. 

Courtesy The Springs


Donner & Blitzen’s Reindeer Lounge at The Springs


Donner & Blitzen's Reindeer Lounge can be found this year at The Springs in Greenpoint, Brooklyn after first popping up at No Malice Palace last year. So don your holiday gear and come get blitzed amidst four grand fireplaces, floor to ceiling Christmas trees and a Candy Cane graphic wall. Graffiti artist Paul Nassar created a massive Reindeer Playing Poker mural that will make your holiday season profile pic pop and your stockings will be filled to the brim with cocktails like Festivus mulled wine, Candy Cane Shots, and the Nog-Gonna Make It To Work Tomorrow, along with new creations like an irresistibly addictive Frozen Peppermint Bark Latte.  The lounge serves up holiday munchies like the Fondue You See What I See, The Office Party Cookie Plate, Fried S’mores, and more. Be sure to look out for holiday programming with DJs on the weekends and Ugly Sweater Parties every night. Open from November 30th - December 30th at 224 Franklin Street in Brooklyn.


Courtesy Freehold Winter Lodge


FREEHOLD Winter Lodge


FREEHOLD Winter Lodge is a fully enclosed indoor/outdoor heated courtyard and penthouse lodge space decked with festive lights, a massive Christmas tree, fireplace, blankets and pillows to create this winter wonderland.  Perfect for a cozy date, private dinner with friends, or holiday party for up to 200 people, FREEHOLD Winter Lodge will get you in the holiday spirit! Open now through January 15.


Courtesy Clinton Hall


North Williamsburg Pole at Clinton Hall


Clinton Hall's courtyard at the POD BK Hotel will be dubbed the North Williamsburg Pole complete with a giant LED lit Christmas tree decked with beer can ornaments, faux snow, reindeers and more.  There will be random appearances by Santa and his elves throughout December and guests will be invited to indulge in DIY s'more making, Eggnog cheesecake pops, roasted chestnuts and spiked hot chocolate.  Candy cane shot-skis will come with a chance to win a ski-weekend or summer camp adventure courtesy of Club Getaway. This pop up will be open from 12/11-2/11 at Clinton Hall Williamsburg's Courtyard (247 Metropolitan Ave. in Brooklyn).


Courtesy The Sanctuary Hotel


Haven Ski Chalet at The Sanctuary Hotel


Haven Rooftop at The Sanctuary Hotel has transformed into a winter wonderland in the sky, called Haven Ski Chalet.  This heated, all-season Midtown rooftop is lit in white lights with holiday décor throughout and even has faux snow machines to add to the ambiance. Cocktails including the Toasted Almond, Peppermint Cream, Ginger Toddy and Shot Skis will be served up alongside chocolate fondue to keep guests warm, no matter what the weather's like outside.  Open now through the end of January.

Courtesy of The Skinny


Helliday Inn at The Skinny


The Skinny will take a twisted approach to the norm, boasting an anti-holiday themed pop up this year. The flashy, if not down right tacky, décor, unique cocktail and food menu offerings and the programming meant to interact and engage all help to thread the line between the absurd, self indulgent commercialization the holidays have become and the desire to still embrace it. Ornate Christmas lights and decorations cram every square inch from floor to ceiling, Santa’s Reindeer heads line red painted walls and living room vignettes complete with fireplaces provide the perfect backdrop for a Hangry Santa’s workshop.


Santa’s Wheel of Misfortune, provides customers with the opportunity to pay for chance to spin and win or in most cases lose.  A miserable Santa will be on premises nightly, and there will be nights with piano playing to accompany customers dirty Christmas caroling along with drag and burlesque shows throughout the week, Krampus Karaoke and Trivia. Don’t be surprised to see a tarot card reader dressed at Jacob Marley, stumble in on “Sleigh and Lay” speeding dating or “Goodfellas Christmas” 50’s-70’s music dress up on any given night. Helliday Inn is open now through January 31st.


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