There’s no shortage of glitz and glam in the Big Apple, but come holiday season, this city really knows how to put on the proverbial ritz. From the classic splendor of our own Madison Avenue windows, to City Bakery and its world-famous hot cocoa (and equally famous pillow of a marshmallow), there are plenty of places around town to get into the holiday spirit. Since New York is part of our name, you can bet that the Barneys team knows exactly where to head.

Keep scrolling to learn how we keep things merry and bright this time of year.

Rolfs, a Bavarian bar on 22nd and 3rd, is absolutely fantastic. I’ve gone three years in a row now, and despite the lengthy lines, I’ll find a way in again this year. The décor is second to none—completely over the top and gaudy and perfect. Everyone inside is completely taken with the Christmas spirit, and spirits (e.g.: eggnog). It’s just a great place to be around happy and holiday-spirited people.”
— Julien Decanali, Associate Buyer, Men’s Designer Collections

“One of my favorite weekend activities over the holidays is to stroll through Washington Square Park. It is incredibly festive—from the tree to the lights to all the people excited for the holiday season. After a quick (and cold) stroll, I head over to the Bowery Hotel lobby bar. I get a table by the fire and have a Bowery Cocktail with friends and family.”
—Courtney Kringstein, Marketing & Consumer Insights Manager

“I love having drinks in Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle Hotel. It’s one of my all-time favorite holiday traditions. It’s always a festive evening of live jazz piano. An Art Deco space and masterpiece murals add to to the season’s spirit.”
— Sarah Blair, SVP & DMM, Women’s Accessories and Shoes

“Growing up, the holidays often meant time spent in the snow. Sledding, skiing, or making a snowman were made all the better by knowing there was a huge mug of hot chocolate and a cozy fireplace waiting at home. While there’s no fireplace, City Bakery is still able to bring that sense of warm comfort via its phenomenal hot chocolate, which has become a personal tradition of mine since moving to New York. Plus, bonus points for the unbelievably huge and tasty homemade marshmallows that accompany it.”
— Benjamin Jackson, Managing Editor, The Window

“The Christmas lights in Dyker Heights in Brooklyn are amazing. I go with my kids or with friends from out of town. We usually head out on a Saturday night for the ultimate Christmas lights experience and then back into the city for cappuccino and cannolis at Veniero’s in the East Village.”
— Mark Strausman, Executive Chef, Freds At Barneys New York

“Tucked away on a small street in Brooklyn, where Carroll Gardens meets the Gowanus neighborhood, stands the coziest bar: Black Mountain Wine House. As its name would suggest, expect woodsy Adirondack décor, a healthy wine list, and sophisticated comfort food. The seasonal mulled wine and a table by the fireplace is the perfect setting for casual holiday gatherings with friends.”
— Marissa Rosenblum, Editorial Director, The Window

“As a kid, one of my holiday favorites was the anticipation of The Winter Olympics—especially the figure skating.  Men’s, women’s, pairs (not so much dance)…. it almost didn’t matter.  Although I never had a lesson, I always dreamed of commanding attention at The Rink at Rockefeller Center doing my best Brian Boitano!”
— Taylor Piedra, Manager, Concierge Services

“I can’t pick just one holiday tradition. Some of my favorite moments were spent on Mulberry Street at Angelo’s at a huge table of friends and family. Or on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, buying fish and holiday treats for the traditional Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve.”
— Domenica Castaldo-Ellison, Personal Shopper

“To get away from the holiday crowds, I love going to a beautiful hotel bar to have a drink… or three. One of my favorites is the bar at the NoMad Hotel. The drinks are amazing and the lighting and décor around the holidays are gorgeous!”
— Lillian Yim, Vice President of Merchandising, Digital

“Before we all part ways for our various holiday plans, I love having a cozy, festive dinner party with all my best friends. We take the cooking very seriously, sourcing only the best ingredients. One of my friends used to work at Eataly, so we’ll usually make a pilgrimage there to source everything―and, of course, there’s many breaks for wine and snacks as we go. I’m always in charge of the cheese board―a job I take very seriously.”
— Anna Deutsch, Senior Fashion Writer, The Window

“There’s something quintessentially New York about taking in all the holiday windows. I may be a bit biased, but I do have to say that Barneys’ windows are always the best-dressed. With our Chillin’ Out theme this year, I’ll be taking my family to watch some live ice carving, and then we’ll finish the day with a stop into Freds to warm up.”

—Matthew Woolsey, EVP Digital

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