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While some folks might skip town to spend Christmas skiing in the Rockies or laying out in the Caribbean, NYC remains a favorite locale during the Holidays. And for good reason. With Fifth Avenue decorated in all its splendor, unrivaled shopping everywhere you look and New Year's Eve parties galore, it's easy to realize why many people consider NYC the capital of Christmas.
But with so much to see and do, how should you spend the Holidays in and around town? Luckily, the good folks at Tri-State Ford--with their sleek fleet of competitively priced, fuel-efficient cars, trucks and SUVs--know a thing or two about value. That's why they've put together a Holiday cheat sheet, sharing five must-do activities before you close out 2013.
Last Minute Shopping
Rather than battle the masses at Macy's or other department stores, head to Artists and Fleas in the Chelsea Market
to get something authentic for the last few people on your list. Chock full of independent designers, emerging artists and vintage collectors, this old school bazaar lets you put the best of boho Brooklyn under the Christmas tree, from unique jewelry to rare vinyl.
Give yourself a break from all the cooking and entertaining by heading to Rolf's German Restaurant
. Tuck into some schnitzel and spätzle at this Gramercy Park Holiday institution, where a sensory overload of kitschy Christmas decor is all part of the fun.
Toys Aren't Just for Tots
You're probably too mature to ask for a train set this Christmas, but that doesn't mean they don't still inspire child-like wonder. Dig the nostalgic vibes at the New York Botanical Garden, where their annual Holiday Train Show
features fantastic dioramas of the city and the Hudson Valley.
Escape the city for a day and hit the slopes by heading to Windham Mountain Resort
. Located just two hours north of Manhattan in the Catskills, Windham offers classic east coast trails spread over nearly 300 acres of skiable terrain. You'll enjoy easy groomers, fun terrain parks and 1,600 feet of vertical.
New Year's Eve
Save Time Square shenanigans for the masses and skip across the East River to Williamsburg for Brooklyn Bowl's NYE party
. San Diego rockers Delta Spirit will be ringing in 2014 along with DJ duo The Cults. Dig the tunes from the dance floor or the bowling alley, where you can indulge on wings while perfecting your game.