A December to Remember

Holiday lights, festivals and trips to New York City—these are just a few of Pulse readers’ favorite things to do during December. Whether looking to spice up holiday rituals or try something totally new, consider these 10 activities the best ways to have a December to remember.

Go to a Holiday Festival

Christmas Market with snow

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Full of decorations, music and treats, Long Island holiday festivals are the perfect way to embrace the magic of the season. Attendees can get their holiday shopping done at unique vendors, sample and swap dozens of cookies and even embrace nature with a chilly holiday hike.

Stroll Past a NYC Holiday Storefront

Holidays on Fifth Avenue

The holiday decorations and lights on Saks Fifth Avenue in 2016. image: istock.com/andykazie

Window displays begin to light up as New York City awakens with holiday cheer. Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue are just a few of the spectacular displays you won’t want to miss.

Cut Down a Christmas Tree

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There is something magical about the thrill of the hunt combined with the chill in the air when searching for the perfect tree. Cut your own or let the staff at one of these eight Long Island Christmas tree farms do it for you.

Visit a Cozy NYC Restaurant

Felice 83

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Between holiday shopping and visiting the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, a cozy NYC restaurant is the ideal way to fuel up. Fireplaces, couches and comfort fare galore, visitors can pleasantly kiss the notion of chillness goodbye.  

See a Dazzling Holiday Light Display

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Composed of bright colors and eye-catching presentations, light shows on Long Island are a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Pile into the car and bring some holiday cookies along for the ride.

Watch a NYC Holiday Show


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Complete with carols, choreography and holiday cheer, experience the magic of the Big Apple through truly exceptional holiday shows. Just a few to keep on your radar: The Nutcracker, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, A Christmas Carol and Elf the Musical.

Warm Up at a Lodge-Like Restaurant

Bacon Wrapped Medium Rare Steak Fillets Sautéed in Garlic Butter-Photographed on Hasselblad H3D2-39mb Camera

Long Island’s lodge-like restaurants are always a great way to find warmth and nourishment. These five are complete with woodsy, country-cabin furnishings and comfort fare.

Go to a Tree or Menorah Lighting

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Visit one of the many Long Island tree and menorah lightings where music, entertainment and hot chocolate are aplenty. Beautiful lights are just part of the bargain.

Watch a Holiday Flick

A Christmas Story

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The holiday season isn’t complete without a few viewings of the classics. Keep your eyes peeled for It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Take a Ski Trip (Even Those Who Hate to Ski)

Ski Resort


Snowy getaways can be enjoyed without strapping on the skis. Five ski resorts are packed with comfort foods, spas and heated pools amidst picturesque slopes.