Countdown to Christmas Festivities Days 7 & 8
Let the countdown begin. Christmas is exactly 7 days away! I know people are busy doing their last minute shopping and wrapping up all of their holiday to-do lists, and because I don’t want to flood your inbox more than it already is, I’m combining the last 6 days of The Daily Croissant Christmas into 3 posts.
Here are a few more fun holiday festivities to do on day 7 and 8…
Curate Your Own Christmas Tree Crawl
As a New Yorker, I try to stay away from tourists at all costs, but the Christmas trees at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Natural History are worth a visit during the holidays. Start on the Upper West Side with a Christmas cocktail at the NYLO hotel and an origami tree at The Museum of Natural History and end on the Upper East Side with the MET and dinner at a fantastic Italian restaurant just a hop, skip and a jump from the museum.
A Sight to be Seen
The Origami tree at the Museum of Natural History is so unique. It takes the origami artists close to one whole year to envision the tree’s theme and construct all of the ornaments. They get their inspiration from the featured exhibits in the museum throughout the year. Some ornaments take days or even weeks to create. Then they have only four days to decorate the tree before viewing is open to the public the Monday before Thanksgiving. Make sure to get there before 5:45 on weekdays and look for special holiday hours daily.
The Tree at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
I remember walking into the museum and being blown away by the beauty of this immaculate tree. It is a true representation of what Christmas is because it brings the birth of Jesus to the forefront with an ornate nativity.
Dine out after your tree crawl
Looking for a place to eat afterwards? Check out Giovanni VentiCinque on the Upper East Side for some delicious, authentic Italian fare. Just a 3 minute walk from the museum and you can be sipping Italian wine and eating some of the best cacio e pepe I’ve ever tasted!
Christmas Inspired Cocktails
If you’re looking for some festive holiday cheer, check out the NYLO hotel on the Upper West Side. The bar is small, but sufficient and the decorations are beautiful. They also have a pianist if you get there at the right time!
Last year they offered Shakespeare inspired Christmas cocktails like a Shakespeare’s Globe and Lady Macbeth’s secret recipe (featured below). The glass is my favorite part!
Stay tuned to day 9 tomorrow for more Christmas inspired cocktails that you can make at home!