NYC LIFE: Holiday Fun, Lion King, New on Broadway and More

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There is no place like NYC during the holidays and we are back in full swing with the holiday markets, a holiday light extravaganza at Citi Field, Holiday House NYC, the Pink Winter Lodge, and gingerbread houses from all boroughs. The lion is king of the jungle and king of Broadway for 25 years. Sandi Durell shares The Lion King celebration. Valerie Smaldone says there’s another roar on Broadway— & Juliet, a new musical with book by David West Read, a writer and executive producer of the hilarious series Shitt’s Creek. And our Broadway Babe is back with entertaining YouTube finds.

Now—Jan.8. Amaze Light Festival at Citi Field

Enjoy the magic of light and so much more at the Amaze Light Festival, the largest light show in the country.  It’s perfect for every one of every age. Feel the spirit of the Holiday unfold in a universe of sparkle, music, food, dance, celebration, and wonder. Stroll inside larger-than-life themed worlds. Meet the lovable characters, Zing and Sparky, from the Amaze storybook, who bring the stage dancers, singers, and light show to life with their magic powers.

There’s also a holiday market, sweet treats, culinary treats, and specialty drinks and cocktails.  Take a toboggan ride, a train ride and kids can write letters to Santa.  Family package (2 adults and 2 kids) is $136.00  + fees. Get the details.

Holiday House NYC

Our roving photographer, Nicole Freezer Rubens, brings us inside Holiday House NYC, a designer show house started in 2008 by interior designer Iris Danker, a breast cancer survivor. Working with BCRF ever since, the event features a prime property and top of the line decorators, raising money for breast cancer research.

After a two year in person hiatus, the show is back with a vengeance. Holiday House took over two extraordinary penthouses at The Kent, located at 200 East 95th Street. The apartments both have phenomenal light, outdoor spaces and vast city views for days. One apartment is decorated in muted quieter tones while the other is an outrageous super fun explosion of color and creativity.  The show house is open through December 11th. There is so much inspirational detail to see, if you can force yourself back inside from all of the spectacular terraces. Run to Holiday House. It’s for a good cause and the rooms cause big smiles. GET THE DETAILS. 

Nicole is the author of The Long Pause and the Short Breath.  Follow her on Instagram@nfrconsult

Our Holiday Markets are Back

We love our outdoor (and indoor) holiday markets. Union Square Holiday Market is now open, Bryant Park is in full swing, Columbus Circle opens soon, and there are more opened or opening soon. Find wonderful artisan gifts from local makers.

Union Square Holiday Market (November 17–December 24)

Holiday Shops at Winter Village at Bryant Park (October 28–January 2)

Columbus Circle Holiday Market (November 28–December 24

Grand Central Holiday Fair (November 14–December 24)

Brooklyn Flea (Sundays only, November 7–December 19)

Chelsea Flea (weekends only, year-round)

Brooklyn Borough Hall Holiday Market (November 28–December 26)

Now—Jan. 8. Gingerbread NYC: The Great Borough Bake-Off

The Museum of the City of New York invited top bakeries and amateur bakers from across the city to enter “Gingerbread NYC: The Great Borough Bake-Off” —their first-ever holiday celebration of the communities in each of the five boroughs. Select bakers created a gingerbread display to represent their respective neighborhoods, inspired by the theme “Winter in New York.”


A cohort of prominent New York City-based bakers, curators, and restaurant owners judged the final designs. Judges named an overall winner and awarded prizes in a variety of categories, such as: Best Borough (Most Representative, Sweetest, Good Enough to Eat, Grandest, and more.  GET THE DETAILS.

The Pink Winter Lodge

This ultimate Instagram moment is located on the rooftop of the Moxy Hotel in Times Square. Experience the iconic carousel glistening with over 25,000 rhinestones nestled in between hanging snowy branches, a sparkling white gondola set to the backdrop of the Empire State building, a winter white fireplace flocked with icy garland, and of course – frosted white Christmas trees to create a winter wonderland.

Plus, enjoy winter-themed food and beverage menu items. Open Monday – Sunday for indoor & outdoor dining and weekend brunch now through March 2023. Get the details.



  • Cheryl Benton

    The tomato behind The Three Tomatoes. Cheryl Benton, aka the “head tomato” is founder and publisher of The Three Tomatoes, a digital lifestyle magazine for “women who aren’t kids”. Having lived and worked for many years in New York City, the land of size zero twenty-somethings, she was truly starting to feel like an invisible woman. She created The Three Tomatoes just for the fun of it as the antidote for invisibility and sent it to 60 friends. Today she has thousands of friends and is chief cheerleader for smart, savvy women who want to live their lives fully at every age and every stage. She is the author of the novel, "Can You See Us Now?" and co-author of a humorous books of quips, "Martini Wisdom." Because she's lived a long time, her full bio won't fit here. If you want the "blah, blah, blah", read more.

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