Living in New York City is definitely a love/hate for me. The pace of life is really, really fast… and you just accept certain horrors (trekking through puddles of slush every winter, living in a shoebox of an apartment, feeling like you’ve finally made it in life because you have a dishwasher). That being said, there are so many things I love. The energy. The people. The culture. The food. The shopping. I could go on. But the best time of year to be a New Yorker (and apparently I am a “real one,” now that I’ve been here ten years!) is the holidays. The city transforms into this magical place… with wonder around every corner.
Today I have teamed up with Dunkin’ Donuts® at Home to share my NYC Holiday Bucket List. All of the very best things to do this time of year. Read along, and let me know what you think (and if you have NYC holiday must-do’s, I’d love to hear ’em in the comments!!!) I’m going to be following this list this year with the goal of doing all of them.
Outfit Details: BB Dakota Faux Fur Coat (Also here + here; I’m wearing a small) // LOFT Cowl Tunic// Rag & Bone Dre Slim Boyfriend Jeans (also here, here, + here if your size is sold out) // Jimmy Choo Laria Pumps (less expensive version) // Chanel Purse // Tory Burch Watch (c/o)
ONE // Spend an afternoon seeing all of the department store windows. They are just so magical! Barney’s, Bendel, Bloomie’s, Bergdorf, + Saks are all pretty close together; and then there’s also Macy’s + Lord & Taylor.
TWO // Go skating at Rockefeller Center and/or Central Park.
THREE // Get stuck in the snow and walk home. No rushing allowed.
FOUR // Have fun holiday cocktails at Rolf’s, the most festive place ever!
FIVE // See the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.
SIX // Have a fun girl’s holiday dinner at the Polo Bar. (It’s not super holiday-ish, but it is warm + cozy and one of my favorite spots in the city.
SEVEN // Take a selfie in front of the Rockefeller Center Tree
EIGHT // Bake cookies for my neighbors. (I did this for Halloween last year and it was a big hit!)
NINE // Volunteer! I finally took an orientation with New York Cares so that I can sign up for weekly + monthly projects. I know that I’m really lucky in life, and it’s important to give back whenever possible.
TEN // Make an apple pie from scratch. Eat it warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.
ELEVEN // Support small businesses by shopping the Union Square Holiday Market (there are so many great little shops)!!!
TWELVE // Take the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour. I just heard about this and can’t believe it exists in New York – makes me happy!
THIRTEEN // Go to the ballet! I haven’t seen the Nutcracker in probably ten years, but I’m dying to go!
FOURTEEN // Donate to Toys for Tots… or whatever charity is your preference.
FIFTEEN // Get really dressed up and go to a black tie gala or the opera. There is just something special about putting on a gown, my pearls, and my grandmother’s fur this time of year.
All of that running around requires coffee! If you know me, you know that I have at least two cups a day – it’s one of my greatest pleasures. Dunkin’ Donuts® at Home bakery series (available at the grocery store – find stores here) is so yummy – the Caramel Coffee Cake flavor is my favorite as it could almost pass for dessert – without the extra calories. I love the Blueberry Muffin flavor too which I know sounds weird but I love blueberry coffee… it goes back to when I lived in Boston – the little coffee shop near my office made it and it was so good!!!!
photos of me by Lydia Hudgens.
Created in Partnership with Dunkin’ Donuts.
What’s on your holiday bucket list?