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Window-shopping can be fun any time of year, but during the holidays, many stores up the ante with colorful, creative and interactive displays. Here are some of the best displays around Manhattan.

The holidays are a magical time in New York City. This season sees the sprawling cityscape transform into a winter wonderland of holiday lights and decorations. Through January 3rd, you can experience "Holiday Under the Stars" at Time Warner Center.

A few weeks ago, I got to see a thrilling performance of FORCES by STREB, a show that combines dance and acrobatics with death-defying stunts. Choreographer Elizabeth Streb created this amazing show, which runs through December 22nd at Williamsburg’s SLAM. Her company of dancers, STREB, performs what she calls PopAction: a combination of dance, circus acts and stunts.

This past Thursday, I took a tour of Holiday House NYC—an Upper East Side mansion that transforms into a holiday-themed designer showhouse every fall.

Located in SoHo, Madonna & Co is the ideal luxury boutique for an NYC fashionista. Owner Geralynn Madonna, who opened her original store DIGS Moda SoHo about one and a half years ago, re-launched as Madonna & Co in October of this year. Her store’s mission is to make you look both stylish and unique, with a mixture of rare vintage items and brand new designs.

New Yorkers like to dine out and the holidays are no exception. If you want to save the cooking for another day, check out one of the many restaurants open on Thanksgiving—serving up traditional festive fare and creative specialties.

If you’re looking for a theater to watch the best new independent films or an old cult classic surrounded by other fans, check out the what’s playing at Landmark Theatres’ Sunshine Cinema.

Although this is turning out to be a pretty mild fall, the warmer weather hasn’t deterred NYC’s annual winter attractions from opening up for the season—including ice-skating rinks throughout the city.

Celebrating 10 years on Broadway, Wicked is still going strong with full audiences and standing ovations. I’ve seen the show twice now—once a few years ago and once earlier this month week.

One surefire way to get out of your comfort zone and discover places you never knew existed is by planning an itinerary for visiting family or friends. A few years ago, my Mom was in town visiting for the holidays.


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