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Top 5: Winter Holiday Edition

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On the last day of classes, The Pulse did give to you five awesome ways to ring in some holiday cheer before you head home for Winter Break. Enjoy these pop-up shops, lights, sights, and more around campus while you can!

Seven million Swarovski crystals, 150 NYC landmarks made of natural materials, three days of The Nutcracker, and more await you in this winter holiday edition of Top 5 Things to Do around Pace. Go forth and spread cheer!


Shopping at Union Square Holiday Market
Through December 24 │ Weekdays 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.; Saturdays 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.; Sundays 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. │ Union Square
If you’re lost in your studies during finals, maybe it’s time to take a break and get lost in rows and rows of unique vendor stands instead. From Dead Sea body and bath products for mom to decorative prints to spruce up your dorm, there’s something for everyone on your list (even gifts for your beloved family cat) at the classic Union Square Holiday Market. Click here for more information.

Lights in Dyker Heights
5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. for Best Lights │ Between 11th Avenue to 13th Avenue and from 83rd Street to 86th Street in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn
In 1986, one woman decorated her home for the holidays. Flash many, many lights forward to today, and what you’ll find in Dyker Heights is a shiny neighborhood tradition that attracts more than 100,000 visitors each December. Venture to Brooklyn on your own or book A Slice of Brooklyn tour to see how these spirited neighbors out-do each other year after year. Click here for more information.

New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
Through January 18 │ New York Botanical Garden at 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY │ Times Vary
Can you pick out Pace University in a miniature scale New York City, made entirely out of bark, leaves, and other natural materials? This year's Holiday Train Show features 3,000 square feet of additional exhibition space, with dozens of new trains, bridges, and tracks, plus a short behind-the-scenes film and a stunning finale of light and sound. Discounted tickets this the Holiday Train Show and other classic NYC shows are available through Goldstar. Click here for more information.

Volunteer with New York Cares
Group projects, individual projects, and reoccurring commitment opportunities bound through New York Cares. Register to become a volunteer, attend an orientation session, and get started doing meaningful work to help your fellow NYC neighbors this holiday season. Looking for a quick way to do some good? Their Coat Drive and Winter Wishes are in full swing. Click here to find the New York Cares volunteering opportunity that’s right for you.

Fifth Avenue’s Wowing Windows
Fifth Avenue, between 34th Street and 61st Street
Nothing quite compares to the glittering Swarovski crystal atop the tree at Rockefeller Center. Except perhaps the other 7,000,000 ones that are currently shining bright in Bergdord Goodman’s holiday window this year. Soak up the sparkles, the ice at Barney’s, the Peanuts at Macy’s and more along a two-mile stretch of windows that are sure to wow you. Click here for more information.


Shopping at Croton Artisans Holiday Boutique
Saturday, December 12–Sunday, December 13 │ 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. │ 1 Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Music, treats, and hand-crafted gifts are back in Croton this holiday season. Meet the Croton Artisans while checking off names on your shopping list. This year’s new guest artisans will offer hand-cut glass wall art, vintage kimono scarves, collages, paintings, nature-inspired ceramics, honey and beeswax products, hand-turned wood work, dream catchers, and more. Click here for more information.

Lights at North Kensiko
Through January 2 │ 5:30 p.m.–11:00 p.m. │ 19–25 North Kensico Avenue, White Plains, NY 10604
Finals got you so stressed you just want to go for a peaceful drive? We hear you. And we want you to hear some music as you drive down North Kenisko Avenue and see the computer-controlled light show. Tune your FM radio to 107.7 and watch the houses dance and twinkle to your favorite songs. Click here for more information.

The Nutcracker
Friday, December 18–Sunday, December 20 │ Times Vary by Show │ 98 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606
What would Winter be without the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Land of Sweets, toy soldiers, and the Mouse King? The Westchester Ballet Company's production of the classic holiday tale The Nutcracker is bringing spectacular scenery and costumes, classic choreography, and special stage effects to the Westchester County Center. Click here for more information.

Volunteer with Volunteer New York
From gift wrapping in Ossining to food pantry preparation and distribution in Tarrytown, Volunteer New York has plenty of opportunities around Westchester to spread joy this holiday season through volunteering. Click here to see which organizations are in need of your helping hands!

Westchester Winter Wonderland
Through January 3 │ 5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. │ Kensico Dam Plaza at One Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla, NY 10595
Appropriately named, the Westchester Winter Wonderland boasts Candy Cane Lane, unlimited ice skating, rides, shopping, and more at Kenisco Dam each night, all for a mere $15. Pick out the perfect presents for your friends and family and soak up the magic of winter while it lasts. Click here for more information.