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Sis what are we doing this winter?

As promised we have continued with our seasonal activities list… Winter time activities are challenging as cold weather can really put a damper on what’s possible. That combined with the fact that my hearty Upstate New York blood isn’t quite as conditioned as it used to be.

1. Get into the spirit
The Holiday Train Show at the NY Botanical Gardens is the perfect way to get in touch with your inner child and the Christmas spirit. Enjoy hot chocolate and gingersnaps while you take in the view and the atmosphere. If you have friends with kiddies this is a good way to take them along and exhaust them before you start drinking.

2. Step back in time
Venture to Pelham Bay to tour the Bartow-Pell Mansion dating back to the 19th century in candlelight. A costumed guide helps to add to the overall ambiance as you take in the beautiful, classic luxurious interiors.

3. A card for the season
As Christmas card lovers we thought it would fun to see cards from over the years. The Bard Graduate Center is presenting American Christmas Cards, 1900-1960. Take a look at what good hostesses from over the years were sending out.

4. It’s not just about Christmas
So there are all sorts of other things that add to the atmosphere in December. How fun would it be to go and enjoy DJs from all over the world at the annual Sephardic Music Festival. With acts such as Matisyahu I just can’t wait for this one.

5. We can’t stay away from chocolate
Clearly we are chocoholics so nothing will keep us from the City Bakery 19th Annual Hot Chocolate Festival. Whether infused with coffee or accented with chili peppers we will be in 7th heaven. Some traditions are meant to be kept forever.

6. Other than chocolate we like shopping… and of course walking
Take a look at all the beautiful shop windows on a day that’s snowy but not so cold that you can’t feel your legs. A couple key places to start…. just makes sure not to enter and shop at every single one of them…
Macy’s at 151 W 34th St at Broadway
– Lord & Taylor at 424 Fifth Ave between 38th and 39th Streets
Saks Fifth Avenue at 611 Fifth Ave between 49th and 50th Streets
Bergdorf Goodman at 754 Fifth Ave between 57th and 58th
Bloomingdale’s at 1000 Third Ave at 59th Street
Barney’s New York at 660 Madison Ave between 60th and 61st Streets

7. Happy Feet comes to life
Nothing cuter than an animated penguin… except for a real one. During Polar Seabirds: Life on the Edge of the World watch Lyle, Slappy, and Will as well as others swim and play in the Central Park Zoo. This would go really well with a nice quiet walk in the snowy park and a cup of coffee.

8. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend
Who doesn’t want to go stare at diamonds for a few hours? We’re down. Go see The Collection of Elizabeth Tayloron display at Christie’s before La Liz’s fabulous jewels, clothes, luggage and other glamorous items go up for auction later in December. Tickets are $30 (and on your way out, stop at the Rockefeller Center La Maison du Chocolat for some phenomenal hot cholocate).

photo source: NY Botanical Garden

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