With final exams and projects looming over us all, there’s a good chance you are majorly stressed out. Don’t be afraid to come up for air while studying this weekend, and indulge in the enchanting vibes that define New York during the holiday season.
Holiday Market Hopping
After Thanksgiving, so many seasonal markets have popped up all around the city. Revel in some serious holiday cheer and explore the festive shops. Hop from the Winter Village Holiday Shops in Bryant Park to Grand Central Station’s Holiday Fair, and catch a glimpse of the famous and dazzling tree at Rockefeller Center as you make your way up to the Columbus Circle Holiday Market. Lose yourself in browsing through the fun trinkets and potential gifts for loved ones, and grab a yummy treat along the way. You’ll find yourself walking in the winter wonderland that is Christmastime in New York City.
Washington Square Park
This is not your grandma’s Christmas caroling experience. On Saturday, Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night takes the tradition of Christmas caroling around town to another level. Go to their website and download music to play aloud as you march through the streets from 7 p.m., creating a unique electronic soundscape with fellow “carolers.” Cue the techno jingle bells.
Highline Holiday Concert
431 West 17th Street
Celebrate the season at the Holiday Concert sponsored by Friends of the Highline. On Saturday at 2:30 p.m., make your way to the Village for an afternoon of jamming to holiday favorites with a jazzy twist. After the concert, be sure to check out the Jingle Holiday Pop Up Show in Chelsea Market right around the corner for some fabulous holiday finds.
Museum of Feelings
230 Vesey St.
The Museum of Feelings is a unique, interactive exhibit currently located in Battery Park. Its main objective is to prove that various scents have certain effects on feelings and moods. Visitors journey through different sensory environments, and their emotions are documented in each zone. Admission is free and open to the public until Dec. 15.
For four consecutive Sundays, you can catch a glimpse of the Shoppers Special, a subway train consisting of eight cars from the 1930s that ran until the late 1970s. The cars, nicknamed “City-Cars,” featured ceiling fans, light bulbs, wide doors and greater standing capacity which served as models for future subway cars. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 6, 13, 20 and 27, the Shoppers Special will be running along the Sixth Avenue Line from Queens Plaza to Second Avenue. Every Sunday, a museum pop-up is open at the Second Avenue station for those who want to learn some historical facts about these machines.
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