December Delights: Food, Cocktails and Events to Enjoy This Winter

 December has arrived in New York City, with magical events, festive cocktails, holiday parties, cozy winter dining options and more! Here are a few to enjoy winter wonderland fun across the boroughs.

Winter Wonderland at Somewhere Nowhere

Experience a Winter Wonderland at Somewhere Nowhere, which boasts igloo dining this winter season! Eight heated teardrop-shaped igloos overlooking the Empire State Building provide guests with a cozy refuge amidst the winter chill. Each igloo also comes with an integrated Alexa music system, allowing you to control the playlist and set the perfect ambiance for up to five guests. Delight in delectable winter cocktails like a Choctail made with Woodinville Bourbon, Trader Vic's Chocolate Liqueur, Rumple Minze, Hot Chocolate, Butter and Marshmallows and mouth watering bites curated by Executive Chef, Sandy Hall like Wagyu Beef sliders and Mushroom Crostini. These igloo experiences are available for booking Thursday through Saturday, with seating times available from 5pm - 9:30pm, now through winter's end in March 2024. The experience begins at $85 per person, and each Igloo reservation for two or more includes a bottle of champagne to elevate your winter celebration. More information can be found by visiting and reservations can also be secured via OpenTable. 

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Discover Macedonia Greece at Nerai on 12/1

Discover the ancient region of Macedonia, Greece at Nerai (55 E. 54th Street) in Midtown East through food and wine, with a thoughtfully curated 5-course tasting menu and wine pairing by Executive Chef, Aaron Watson and Wine Director, Dimitrios Karagiannis. Executive Chef Aaron Watson, and Wine Director, Dimitrios Karagiannis want to take you on a journey to Macedonia. In this guided tasting, you’ll explore the diverse array of wines from the region of Macedonia, Greece alongside five thoughtfully curated dishes. From a 2020 Asprouda, rare white varietal and 2013 Rapsani served from a magnum bottle, to 10 year old legendary white blend Assyrtiko - Semillon and vintage 2001 Xinomavro - Negoska blend, each wine pairs beautifully with each dish, taking you on a cultural and gastronomic journey through one of Greece’s ancient regions. Kindly note there is a 72 hour cancellation policy for this event. Reservations canceled within the 72 hour window will result in a $50 charge (per guest) to the credit card on file. Reservations will be available up to 48 hours prior to the event start date and time. The event is at 7:00 pm. Reservations can be made over the phone or on Resy

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Immerse Yourself in The SOMNIUM Series II Party at INTER_ on 12/15

Speak Softly and Retrograde will host the second installment of their monthly SOMNIUM Series at INTER_ (415 Broadway) on Friday, December 15th. SOMNIUM is not just a dance party, it’s an immersive sound bath inside The Dome at INTER_ with mesmerizing visuals, hypnotic energy, and effervescent sounds provided by DJs Niki Sadeki, Maria Nocheydia, and Ali Mae. INTER_ is a modern interactive museum in Soho, which invites guests to walk an otherworldly path of self-exploration. Weave through INTER_’s labyrinth of immersive art installations that explore the nature of the mind, as well as the world surrounding us, and how we, as individuals, fit within the narrative of our existence. Doors to your alternative reality open from 11pm to 4am and tickets are available by visiting: For more information, visit presents/.


Celebrate the Magic of the Holidays at Greg’s Trees

Greg's Trees owner Greg Walsh has been selling Christmas trees to New Yorkers for over 35 years. Greg’s elves transform parks and city sidewalks into vibrant winter wonderlands with a myriad of decorations and hand-painted holiday character cutouts perfect for instagrammable moments, wreath-making stations, and a giant sleigh that will make you feel as if you’re in the North Pole. Greg also has been known to step in for Santa when he can to take photos with anyone who asks. Greg's Trees has six locations in NYC including Domino Park in Williamsburg, Pollyn in Williamsburg, McCarren Park in Greenpoint, The Springs in Greenpoint, Greenwood Park Beer Garden in South Slope and Murray Park in Long Island City now through Christmas Day. 

Haven Ski Chalet at The Sanctuary Hotel

Haven Rooftop above The Sanctuary Hotel (132 W. 47th Street) in the heart of Times Square is getting ready for diners to celebrate this Christmas season at Haven Ski Chalet. Visitors will be surrounded by holiday decor including cranberry bundles and holly arching its way above each table, with shimmering Christmas lights overhead, evergreen garland, and flannel pillows and blankets. And guests who are really feeling the holiday spirit can order shot skis with lunch, brunch or dinner. For more information visit, and reservations are available via OpenTable. 

Enjoy a Pre Fixe Christmas Eve Feast at the Haven Rooftop Ski Chalet on 12/24

Celebrate Christmas Eve at Haven Rooftop atop The Sanctuary Hotel (132 W. 47th Street) at the Haven Ski Chalet with a Pre Fixe Christmas Eve Feast. Cozy up with flannel pillows and blankets while you immerse yourself in the holiday spirit, with cranberry bundles and holly arching its way above each table, shimmering Christmas lights overhead, and evergreen garlands abounding. For $85 a person, guests can choose from appetizers like Lobster Bisque Soup or Mushroom Risotto, entrees that include a 12 oz Pork Chop with Garlic Mashed Potatoes or a Striped Sea Bass with Cauliflower Puree and Asparagus, and and an irresistible dessert choice of Chocolate Mousse, Red Velvet Cake, or a Classic New York Cheesecake. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit

Jingle Bell Book & Candle in the West Village

Jingle Bell Book & Candle (141 W 10th St) is open now through December 30th featuring festive holiday signature cocktails including the Canela Navidad made with cinnamon-infused Cazadores tequila, lemon and grapefruit, the Coal for Christmas with mint & charcoal-infused Grey Goose vodka, lemon, coconut, and charcoal, the Scrooged with rosemary infused Angel’s Envy Bourbon, Bacardi black barrel rum, Christmas spice and angostura. More information can be found by visiting, Nora En Pure Live at The Brooklyn Hangar on 12/29!  

Witness Nora En Pure Live at The Brooklyn Hangar on 12/29!

Kicking off the NYE Week festivities with a bang, join us on Friday, December 29th, for a night filled with pulsating beats, mesmerizing tunes, and a live set from the incredible Nora En Pure. Presented by DEG Presents, EMW and Disco Donnie, this high-octane party begins at 9 p.m. and doesn't stop until 4 a.m. Dive into the music, sip on your favorite cocktails at the bar, and dance the night away! Plus, catch the fantastic performance from Rezident and more. The event begins at 9pm. Grab your tickets, starting at $70, now at

Experience NYE Week at The Brooklyn Hangar with TINLICKER DJ Set on 12/31!

Ring in the New Year in absolute style at The Brooklyn Hangar on Sunday, December 31st, during NYE Week's unforgettable TINLICKER DJ Set. Presented by DEG Presents, EMW and Disco Donnie, this 18+ event promises an exceptional lineup featuring Disco Donnie, Tinlicker, a live performance by Booka Shade, and more incredible artists including Sohmi, Romain Garcia, and Naz. Dance your heart out, indulge in your favorite cocktails all night long, or elevate your experience with bottle service. The event begins at 9pm and tickets start at $70 and are available at

Welcome 2024 at Slate’s NYE Party on 12/31

Join the fun at Slate NYC during their unforgettable New Year's Eve celebration on Sunday, December 31st, 2024, starting at 8 PM. Welcome 2024 in style at their multilevel nightclub in Chelsea, New York, with a 5-hour open bar and delectable appetizers. A live DJ will spin the best beats all night long, and guests will partake in a champagne toast as the Times Square ball drops on their massive in-house screens. Upgrade to a VIP experience for exclusive access to a cozy table or bottle service. Tickets begin at $99 and can be found by visiting, 

Somewhere Nowhere Hosts The Book of the Forbidden NYE Party on 12/31

Celebrate 2024 at Somewhere Nowhere NYC (112 W 25th St.) during The Book of the Forbidden New Year's Eve party! Guests will be treated to sweeping views of the skyline from 38 floors above the city, a premium open bar from 8:00 p.m to 12:30 a.m, a special NYE ball drop countdown, immersive experience with live theatrical acts, and music by Walshy Fire of Major Lazer. The fun will also include an exclusive firework display. Doors for this 21+ event open at 7:30 PM and tickets priced at $222 can be found by visiting, 

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