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I have to admit that I am a giant cheese ball when it comes to the holidays. The lights, sights, smells, and sounds, all of it puts me in a state of annoying perma-cheeriness. Here’s a few NYC holiday musts for my fellow cheese balls out there in cyberspace.

Shopping along 5th Ave, I was bombarded by brillant, festive decorations

Up and down the shopping scene in Midtown East there is an abundance of holiday decor. Grab a cup of hot cocoa or a latte to stay warm, and spend a few hours wondering this area of town. I kid you not, people are actually in good moods; leisurely shopping and gazing up at the lights.

FAOSchwartz – for the little kid in all of us

Go ahead . . . indulge your inner child!

In the Time Warner Building at Columbus Circle

Wait until it is dark outside, which these days happens around 4:30pm . . . Gross! But, then head down to Columbus Circle and check out the light display in the Time Warner Building. While you are there, you can cross the street to the park and cruise the holiday market.

I’m really just scratching the surface with these . . . more to come.

Written by Stephanie Wolf

Stephanie Wolf

An Atlanta native, Stephanie Wolf has performed professionally with the Minnesota Ballet, James Sewell Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, and Wonderbound (formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado). She has a BA in Liberal Studies from St. Mary’s College of California. Her writing has been published in national and regional media outlets, including Dance Informa, Indianapolis Star, and the Twin Cities Daily Planet. Currently, Stephanie lives in Denver, where she is a public radio producer and reporter. She loves bluegrass, cooking, Netflix, and owls.