New York: Holiday Train Show
“When my nephews were small and obsessed with trains, I started taking them to see the Holiday Train Show at the Botanical Gardens. Now every year I return with the current youngest members of my very large family. They love the trains, and I love the magic of a conservatory filled with twinkling lights and all of the miniature New York City landmarks made of leaves, bark, and berries.” —Lyn Slater

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New York: Raoul’s
Raoul’s is a Manhattan staple. It’s my favorite place to go during the holiday season, especially for a night out with friends. It’s a cozy atmosphere with the best steak frites I’ve ever had.” —Olivia Perez

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Los Angeles: The Beverly Hills Hotel
“A winter trip to Los Angeles is always invigorating. I enjoy the colorful ambience at The Beverly Hills Hotel and appreciate their flourishing gardens, especially in the midst of winter.” —Gianvito Rossi

Seoul: Sushi Kojima
“When in Seoul, the most refined Korean sushi can be found at Sushi Kojima. A reservation here is a perfect gift idea as it’s located atop the luxurious Boon the Shop, one of the most beautiful stores in the world.” —Derek Lam

Paris: Caffè Stern
Caffè Stern is located in the Passage de Panoramas, a wonderful 18th-century glass-roofed collection of shops that somehow survived Haussmann’s wrecking ball in the mid 1800s. The restaurant and its interiors are incredibly warm, quirky, and soulful, and it is fun to find such inventive, delicious Italian food in Paris. I recommend this perfect, cozy bistro for anything from a morning coffee to a late lunch or even a nightcap, especially around the holidays.” —Brooke Garber Neidich

London: Columbia Road Flower Market
“Every time I visit London I try to hit the Columbia Road Flower Market in the heart of the East End, especially during the holiday season. It’s great for promenading and people-watching. With all the Cockney flower sellers yelling at once, it reminds me of the iconic scene in the Audrey Hepburn movie My Fair Lady. In addition to the gorgeous flowers, there are loads of great places to grab a fancy coffee. Don’t worry about finding a bruncherie: Trendy Shoreditch, Hoxton, and Brick Lane are right near by. Here’s a tip: When you are walking through the market, record the racket on your phone.” —Simon Doonan

Los Angeles: Pershing Square
“The first place that comes to mind when thinking about the holiday season is Pershing Square in the epicenter of Downtown Los Angeles. It’s L.A.’s version of Rockefeller Center in New York City with all of the lights and even an ice-skating rink. Los Angeles typically doesn’t seem like much of a winter wonderland, so it’s nice to get a taste of the festive season here.” —Mike Amiri

Paris: Musée des Arts Décoratifs
“I love to spend the holidays in Paris and dream of being in a François Truffaut movie. The city is totally empty, which makes me appreciate the beauty of it. One must-see exhibit in Paris now through February is the Gio Ponti retrospective ‘Tutto Ponti’ at Musée des Arts Décoratifs. He is a constant source of inspiration for me.” —Fabrizio Viti

Paris: Champs-Élysées
One of my favorite places to visit during the holiday season is Paris. You can imagine how much the ‘City of Light’ shines extra brightly during the holidays, and it is truly magical. Walk down the Champs-Élysées to see the beautiful Arc de Triomphe and the trees all lit up. Then head to the twinkling Eiffel Tower, and if you’re lucky it will start to snow. It’s an ideal winter wonderland!” —Lisa Perry


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