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Have guests in for the holidays? Not sure what to do with them? Here are five yuletide activities that will get everyone into the holiday spirit and bring you hosting points to boot.

  1. The NYC Christmas Lights Tour
    Take your guests walking in a winter wonderland this season by participating in the nightly NYC Christmas Lights Tour brought to you by OnBoard ($49.99/person). The tour will take you to see the lights at Lincoln Center, Columbus Circle, Bryant Park, 30 Rock, The Time Warner Center, and past some fabulous window displays along 5th Avenue (e.g. Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Sacks Fifth Avenue. For reservations call:  212-852-4821. If you want to take the tour yourself, let your iPhone be your guide and follow the itinerary above.
  2. Christmas Eve Caroling at the Washington Square Park Arch
    Your guests can join you in perfect harmony beneath the iconic Washington Square Park Arch at the annual Christmas Eve Caroling event brought to you by the Washington Square Association. At 5pm on December 24th, carolers will gather before the magnificent 45-foot spruce tree, which has been iced with thousands of holiday lights. The Rob Susman Brass Quartet will lead you in song, and free songbooks will be available, in case you are rusty on your holiday classics.
  3. The Gaits High Line Soundscape 2016
    Meet your guests below the High Line, at Gansevoort Street Plaza, at 5pm on Wednesday, December 21st to celebrate the winter solstice in syncopated time. Your happy footsteps will be set to music, transforming the movements of the crowd into a whimsical symphony of sound as you make your way down the Highline, ending on West 30th Street. Download the Gaits IPhone application in advance of the walk and bring a portable speaker if you have one. Make sure to get there by 5:30pm in order to participate.
  4. The Holiday Train Show at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
    Your guests will thank you for unlocking their inner (or outer) children at the Holiday Train Show at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Old-fashioned model trains dart through fabulous recreations of iconic New York City landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, and a wild and wonderful Coney Island. The show is open now through January 17, 2017.
  5. The Dyker Heights Christmas Lights
    Are your guests thirsting for even more holiday sparkle? Take them to Dyker Heights, Brooklyn to experience the spectacular array of holiday decorations that grace some of the borough’s best architecture. Dyker Heights is the holy grail of suburban lighting displays and is the subject of a 2000 PBS documentary (and a 2001 mockumenary by Conan O’Brien). Several companies offer guided tours including the A Slice of Brooklyn bus tour. If you decide to go without a tour, we would suggest leaving your car since parking is impossible. We suggest going from 5-9pm between now and New Year’s Day. Lights are most spectacular on the weekends when crowds are at their thickest.