All Your Plans For The Next Few Weeks: R29's Holiday Events Guide

Let’s face it, fall has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster for us New Yorkers. Superstorm Sandy, a way-too-early snowfall, and power outages haven’t exactly been the warmest welcome to the winter months. That’s where we come in — we’re here to make the kickoff to your holiday season as stress free as possible. In the spirit of giving, we put together a handy guide to plan out the start of your festive NYC game-plan (everyone’s gotta have one, right?). With chic sales, decadent dinners, succulent sweets, booze galore, and even a plan to stay fit, you’ve never been more covered. So, grab your pumpkin spice latte and put the Mariah Christmas album on repeat, because holiday cheer couldn't come a moment too soon.
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Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar Thanksgiving All-Day Specials
What: Join the Mondrian Soho’s chic and delicious new restaurant on Turkey Day to launch its new fall dinner menu. Pumpkin and rock shrimp ravioli? Yes, please!
When: Thursday, November 22, from noon to 10 p.m.
Where: Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar, 9 Crosby Street (between Grand and Howard streets); 212-389-0000.
The Breslin Thanksgiving Feast
What: This meal will be like Grandma’s home cooking on steroids. Sign up, because who doesn’t want a three-course Thanksgiving meal cooked by legendary chef April Bloomfield?
When: Thursday, November 22, from noon to 10 p.m.
Where: The Breslin, 16 West 29th Street (between Broadway and Fifth Avenue); 212-679-1939.
Reservations accepted by emailing
Zimmermann Fall RTW Sale
What: Stop by the downtown shop of the bold Australian label for 25% off the entire fall '12 collection. We have a feeling you may find the perfect party dress for the myriad of seasonal fêtes to come.
When: Friday, November 23 and Saturday, November 24, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, November 25, from noon to 6 p.m.
Where: Zimmermann, 87 Mercer Street (between Spring and Broome streets); 212-226-6440.
What: Get 30% off select designer collections including pieces by DANNIJO, Philippe Ferrandis, Ben Amun and Ian Flaherty at the Soho concept store. Don’t miss out — we guarantee everyone will be lusting Dannijo’s Selby Bracelet.
When: Friday, November 23 and Saturday, November 24, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, November 25, from noon to 6 p.m.
Where: SWAROVSKI CRYSTALLIZED Concept Store, 499 Broadway (between Spring and Broome streets); 212-966-3322.
Holiday Lights in Dyker Heights
What: An entire Brooklyn block bands together every year to put on a kitschy-but-awesome light display. Trippy... in the best possible way.
When: Starts Friday, November 23
Where: 84th St (between 11th and 12th avenues); Brooklyn; no phone.
Black Christmas At Nitehawk Cinema
What: Yes, they serve food seat-side.
When: Friday, November 23, and Saturday, 24, 11:59 p.m.
Where: Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Avenue (between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue); Brooklyn; 718-384-3980.
Brooklyn Flea Holiday Market
What: If you’re not familiar with the Brooklyn Flea, get acquainted. The massive and ultra-hip Holiday Gift Market may just be the best place to pick up the perfect presents while doing some serious people watching.
When: Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Fort Greene Flea, 176 Lafayette Avenue (between Clermont and Vanderbilt avenues); Brooklyn; no phone.
Comptoir Des Cotonniers & Furla Sample Sale
What: Score great deals from French favorite Comptoir (the definition of effortless-chic), plus elegant and reliable bags and leather goods offerings from Furla.
When: Sunday, November 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, November 26 through Wednesday, November 28, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: 261 West 36th Street (between 7th and 8th avenues); no phone.
Photos: AMNH/D. Finnin, Courtesy of Morgans Hotel Group, Melissa Hom, Stefano Giovannini/NYC & Company, Brooklyn Flea, Courtesy of Zimmermann
13th Annual Winter’s Eve and Tree Lighting
What: Head to the Upper West Side for an outdoor Holiday Festival in Lincoln Square. It may not be the Rockefeller tree, but it's still spectacular.
When: Monday, November 26, from 5 to 9 p.m.
Where: Dante Park, West 64th Street (at Broadway); no phone.
Buy tickets here.
J. Crew Sample Sale
What: You will no doubt have to rifle through the masses, but it’s worth it for the sizeable markdowns on the brand that made Jenna Lyons a superstar (or vice versa).
When: Tuesday, November 27 through Sunday, December 2 (Hours TBA)
Where: 260 Fifth Avenue (between 28th and 29th streets); no phone.
Urban Girl Squad: Workout & Wine Party
What: The ladies over at Urban Girl Squad seem to have come up with the perfect enticement to workout: A post sweat glass of wine. Get a total body workout at Uplift Studios followed by vino and nibbles to cool you down.
When: Wednesday, November 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Uplift Studios, 24 West 23rd Street (between 5th and 6th avenues); 212-242-3103.
*Guests can register through the website.
Holiday Hair Trends with AVEDA
What: Pro stylists from AVEDA will be on hand to demonstrate how to score holiday-party ready updos tailor-made for the shape of your face. Plus, you can also grab a one-on-one consultation with the brand's stylists — and walk away with a so-fresh hairstyle. With swag, alcohol, and hors d'oeuvres on tap, we're having a hard time coming up with an excuse for skipping this tress-tastic 411.
When: Thursday, November 29, 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: AVEDA Academy, 20 Vandam Street (between Avenue of the Americas and MacDougal Street); 212-524-2400.
Buy your tickets here.
Botkier Sample Sale
What: You can’t pass up major markdowns on a wide-range of bags from the luxury line. Snag the small Blair Satchel in gold for the ultimate winter statement piece.
When: Thursday, November 29 and Friday, November 30 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: 525 Broadway (between Spring and Broome streets); 646-747-4152.
Photos: Elena Olivo for Lincoln Square BID, Courtesy of J.Crew, Ryan Leyba, Maria Valentino/MCV Photo, Courtesy of Botkier
The Seed: Yoga Week
What: Center your chi and tighten up before the eggnog season kicks into high gear with these custom classes in a beautiful Soho location.
When: Monday, December 3 through Friday, December 7 (check website for times)
Where: 503-511 Broadway, Penthouse Floor (between Spring and Broome Streets); no phone.
*For schedule and sign up visit this website.
Frederic Malle Personal Appearance And Shopping Event At Barneys
What: It’s not a Holiday without a trip to Barneys! Head up to the Madison Avenue flagship to meet the perfume maker extraordinaire himself and snag some of his sensual scents. Smell ya later!
When: Friday, December 7 (Hours TBA)
Where: Barneys New York, 660 Madison Avenue (between 61st and 62nd streets); 212-833-2200.
Photos: Mike Lisowski from Otte Assemblage, Billy Farrell/
7th Annual Charity Ball
What: This star-studded gala evening may come with a hefty price tag, but it's all in the name of celebrating the work of Charity: Water.
When: Monday, December 10, from 7 to 10 p.m.
Where: 69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue (between 25th and 26th streets); 212-684-3281.
The Winter Wonderland Ball
What: As the name suggests, this spectacular holiday event in the NY Botanical Gardens is one of the social events of the season. Wear an over-the-top dress (we're channeling a Sugar Plum Fairy and grab a ticket…if you can.
When: Friday, December 14, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: The New York Botanical Gardens, 2900 Southern Boulevard; Bronx; 718-817-8700.
Sugar and Plumm Spiked Milkshakes
What: Now here is something we can stand behind, what with combining two of our favorite things, desserts and booze. With special holiday milkshakes like the Frosty Nog and the Spiked Snowball, you can’t go wrong swinging by this UWS joint for a butter rum delight.
When: All Holiday Season long
Where: Sugar and Plumm, 377 Amsterdam Avenue (between 78th and 79th streets); 201-785-2253.
Corkbuzz: Wine and Champagne Classes
What: This under-the-radar spot is part wine bar, part wine school — all wrapped up in a new space that feels like your cool, casual living room. Learn all about the bottles you’ll be drinking this holiday season from master sommelier Laura Maniec.
When: Saturday, December 1, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. (Holiday Wine Buying) Sunday, December 16, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., (Bubbles for New Years Eve)
Where: Corkbuzz, 13 East 13th Street (between University Place and Fifth Avenue); 646-873-6071.
*Guests can register here
Photos: Courtesy of Charity: Water, Joseph DeSciose, Nathan Rawlinson

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