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Published on November 30th, 2018 | by Remy Cuesta

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Holiday Cheer with NYC Holiday Popups

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Nothing screams the holiday literally, like a good holiday popup and New York City will have a few going on this season. Below are a few with some details on when and where to join when they open!

Donner & Blitzen’s Reindeer Lounge at The Springs

Donner & Blitzen’s Reindeer Lounge can be found this year at The Springs in Greenpoint, Brooklyn after first popping up at No Malice Palace last year. The lounge serves up holiday treata like the Fondue You See What I See, The Office Party Cookie Plate, Fried S’mores, and more. Be sure to look out for holiday programming with DJs on the weekends and Ugly Sweater Parties every night. Open from November 30th – December 30th at 224 Franklin Street in Brooklyn. We managed to check things out and can tell you the drinks are as tasty as they are festive. Website

FREEHOLD Winter Lodge

FREEHOLD Winter Lodge is a fully enclosed indoor/outdoor heated courtyard and penthouse lodge space decked with festive lights, a massive Christmas tree, fireplace, blankets and pillows to create this winter wonderland. Perfect for a cozy date, private dinner with friends, or holiday party for up to 200 people, FREEHOLD Winter Lodge will get you in the holiday spirit! Open now through January 15th at 45 S. 3rd Street in Brooklyn. Website

North Williamsburg Pole at Clinton Hall

Clinton Hall’s courtyard at the POD BK Hotel will be dubbed the North Williamsburg Pole complete with a giant LED lit Christmas tree decked with beer can ornaments, faux snow, reindeers and more. There will be random appearances by Santa and his elves throughout December and guests will be invited to indulge in DIY s’more making, Egg Nog cheesecake pops, roasted chestnuts and spiked hot chocolate. Candy cane shot-skis will come with a chance to win a ski-weekend or summer camp adventure courtesy of Club Getaway. This pop up will be open from 12/11 – 2/11 at Clinton Hall Williamsburg’s Courtyard (247 Metropolitan Ave in Brooklyn

Haven Ski Chalet at The Sanctuary Hotel

Haven Rooftop at The Sanctuary Hotel has transformed into a winter wonderland in the sky, called Haven Ski Chalet. This heated, all-season Midtown rooftop is lit in white lights with holiday décor throughout and even has faux snow machines to add to the ambiance. Cocktails including the Toasted Almond, Peppermint Cream, Ginger Toddy and Shot Skis will be served up alongside chocolate fondue to keep guests warm, no matter what the weather’s like outside. Open now through the end of January at 132 W. 47th Street. www.havenrooftop.com

Helliday Inn at The Skinny

The Skinny will take a twisted approach to the norm, boasting an anti-holiday themed pop up this year. The flashy, if not down right tacky, décor, unique cocktail and food menu offerings and the programming meant to interact and engage all help to thread the line between the absurd, self indulgent commercialization the holidays have become and the desire to still embrace it. Ornate Christmas lights and decorations cram every square inch from floor to ceiling, Santa’s Reindeer heads line red painted walls and living room vignettes complete with fireplaces provide the perfect backdrop for a Hangry Santa’s workshop. Santa’s Wheel of Misfortune, provides customers with the opportunity to pay for chance to spin and win or in most cases lose. A miserable Santa will be on premises nightly, and there will be nights with piano playing to accompany customers dirty Christmas caroling along with drag and burlesque shows throughout the week, Krampus Karaoke and Trivia. Don’t be surprised to see a tarot card reader dressed at Jacob Marley, stumble in on “Sleigh and Lay” speeding dating or “Goodfellas Christmas” 50’s-70’s music dress up on any given night. Helliday Inn is open now through January 31st at 174 Orchard St https://www.theskinny-nyc.com

Let us know which ones you might be checking out this year!

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