By Ella Riley-Adams
Starting mid-November, New York is chockablock with holiday spirit. We’re lucky to have sparkling lights all year round (hello, Times Square!), but they kick into high gear when the temperature drops. As you’re girding your loins to overdose on elves and egg nog, we’ve got a few date ideas to bring you good cheer.
Bryant Park Ice Skating is free, but only if you happen to own your own ice skates. Otherwise, it’s $14.00 for skate rental. We hope the price isn’t a deterrent, though, because it’s hard not to love such a central, festive, family-friendly spot. The park hosted a tree lighting ceremony this week, so you’ll be skating under a large shining evergreen.
Even if your date isn’t up for the old tiny-blades-on-slippery-ice activity, you two can browse Bryant Park holiday vendors or have a drink at Celsius, the park’s rink side restaurant.
Columbus Circle Holiday Market The holiday season tends to go hand-in-hand with chaotic consumption, so in lieu of running for Macy’s or Bloomies, we prefer a more leisurely stroll through a local holiday market. Columbus Circle’s is easy to get to and offers a variety of fun gifts, from pretzels to puppets. Invite your MeetMoi intro here and you’ll get to joyously multitask: find the perfect bar of soap for your mother while getting to know a charming new person.
Wythe Hotel Brooklyn Book a dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Reynard’s, or just go for drinks. Either way, make sure you take a trip to the roof of the building to get a twinkly view of Brooklyn and Manhattan. Yes, those lights are there all year round, but it’s worth appreciating them anew. In the frosty air at the holidays, they’re tiny beacons of warmth and comfort.
SantaCon Self-described as “charitable mayhem,” SantaCon is a ridiculous event that involves thousands of people dressed up as Santa Claus. They then proceed to lurch from bar to bar until many are stumbling on their beards and/or stealing candy from children. However, it’s a fun opportunity to meet new festive people and will certainly be a date you remember forever. It’s also for a good cause: last year, Santa raised $10,000.00 for Toys for Tots. If your MeetMoi intro is ready to don the red suit and jingle bells, respond to SantaCon’s Facebook event and then gather on December 15.