November 11, 2022

Putting the Ho-Ho-Ho Into Your Hoboken and NYC Holiday

It’s the perfect time of year to have an eggnog and plan for a holiday getaway - the metaphorical tinsel that adds that extra sparkle to your festivities. And what better place is there to add that extra shine than New York City?

There is a reason Christmas movies like Miracle on 34th Street are filmed in Manhattan - it is the most iconic place to go to make magical holiday memories and fun family traditions.

If you’re looking to add something special to your holiday, book a trip to Dharma Home Suites Hoboken at Novia - just 15 minutes from Manhattan - to participate in the many iconic traditions as seen on television and in films - from tree l ighting ceremonies to SantaCon - there is something for everyone to keep up that holiday spirit!
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MAIN STREET POPS HOLIDAY ARTISAN MARKET

Looking to do some Holiday shopping? For the first three Sundays in December, you can get artisanal food, jewelry, home goods, art, fashion, and a whole lot more at the Main Street Pops Holiday Artisan Market. Literally just a walk around the corner from Dharma Home Suites Hoboken at Novia, you can shop, listen to live music, create craft projects, and join in on other holiday themed activities.

Date: December 4, 11, and 18, 2022
Time(s): 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Place: Under 14th Street Viaduct, 1401 Adams Street, Hoboken, NJ
Price: Free



What is a holiday without singing? Each year, the Hoboken Historical Museum carries on the age-old tradition of caroling by gathering a band of neighbors to stroll and raise their voices in celebration of the season. They supply copies of sheet music for popular Christmas carols, and even if you’re not a strong singer, you are still welcome. Meet at the Hoboken Historical Museum at 6:30 pm where they will share lyrics and sheet music and have a quick warm-up. After that, you'll head out at 7:00 pm to sing at welcoming stoops.

Date: December 21, 2022
Time(s): 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Place: Hoboken Historical Museum
Price: Free


If you’re looking for something more “adult” to do for the holidays, look no further than Hoboken’s SantaCon pub crawl, where participants dress up like Santa and hit the bars to spread good cheer. Tickets get you the best drink specials, no cover to five of Hoboken's hottest bars, and reduced admission to all other participating bars.

Date: December 17, 2022
Time(s): 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Place: Check-in at The Shannon
Price: $19.99
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Kick off your holiday season by going to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade started in 1924 with Macy’s employees marching in vibrant costumes, live animals from the Central Park Zoo, and a Santa that was enthroned on the Macy's balcony where he was then crowned "King of the Kiddies”. It has grown to be a Thanksgiving Day tradition and the event that ushers in the holiday season.

Giant balloons such as Smokey the Bear and Astronaut Snoopy have replaced the live animals of the 1920s, and performances from pop sensations, marching bands, and dance troupes from around the nation have been added to the festivities. This year there will be performances from Gloria Estefan and family, Jordin Sparks, and Ziggy Marley. Click here for the full line up.

Date(s): November 24, 2022
Times: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Place: Click for Parade Route.
Price: Free


Every year, Radio City Music Hall is transformed into a winter wonderland with song, dance, ice skating, the Rockettes, and live animals! This 90 minute show has been a Christmas tradition in New York since it first started in 1933.

In addition to the two numbers from the original show - the Rockette’s “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers," and "The Living Nativity" - today’s Spectacular features over 140 performers singing and dancing to your favorite holiday songs and an appearance from a flying Santa Claus!

If you’re looking to elevate the experience, you can buy tickets to the Roxy Suite Reception where your tickets come with a buffet, open bar, and personal “Christmas Concierge” to escort you to your premium seats.

Date(s): November 18, 2022 - January , 2023
Times: Multiple shows available daily
Place: 1260 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020
Price: Show only: $56.00 - $241.00



This famous ballet has it all: music by Tchaikovsky, choreography by Balanchine, 90 dancers, 62 musicians, 40 stagehands and more than 125 children. The New York City Ballet uses crystal-adorned costumes and larger-than-life props to transform their venue into the fantastical world of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, which tells the tale of a young girl’s Christmas toy coming to life to battle the evil Mouse King.

Date(s): November 5, 2022 - December 31, 2022
Times: Wednesday-Thursday 7:00 PM, Fridays 8:00 PM, Saturdays 2:00 & 8:00PM, and Sunday 5:00 PM..
Place: 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023
Price: $90.00 - $285.00


Every year, Rockefeller Center places the largest tree they can find to decorate and display throughout the holiday season. (Last year's tree was a 79 foot tall Norway Spruce that weighed 12 tons, and was approximately 85 years old.)

This year’s chosen tree is scheduled to arrive on November 12th. It will be decorated with over 50,000 multi-colored LED lights and topped with a three dimensional Swarovski star that weighs approximately 900 pounds and is covered in three million crystals. The tree is lit all season for the public to enjoy, but for an extra special treat, go on November 30 to see the tree lighting ceremony, which includes live performances from top singers and bands, along with the Rockettes.

Date(s): November 30, 2022
Place: Rockefeller Center
Price: Free


Celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah ​with art-making and ​an exploration of striking Hanukkah menorahs in the galleries of the ​Jewish Museum. Depict your discoveries through drawing, spend family time collaborating on a giant light construction, and fuse everyday materials to design a holiday sculpture.

Reservations are recommended. Click here for admission tickets and select a time slot on December 18 between 11:00 am and 3:15 pm.

Date(s): December 18, 2022
Times: 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Place: The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave &, E 92nd St, New York, 10128
Price: Free with Museum Admission


Take a tour of some of the most lavishly decorated Christmas homes in the state. The Christmas houses of Dyker Heights in Brooklyn draw in people from all over the world with their breathtaking light displays and larger-than-life Santa Clauses and snowmen. People start decorating the week after Thanksgiving, but the best time to go is from mid-December until January 1st.

You can take the subway from the city and meander through the neighborhood to gaze at the twinkling lights and lawn decorations on your own, or you can buy a ticket for a tour that will take you on a climate-controlled bus filled with holiday music. The bus will pick up and drop-off at Bryant Park’s Winter Village, just blocks from Rockefeller Center’s famous Christmas tree.

From there, you will be chaperoned by a native Brooklynite that knows the best path and will talk to you about the history of the annual tradition and show you all the houses displaying thousands of lights, reindeer, toy soldiers, life-size cartoon characters, and nativity scenes.

Date(s): December 1, 2022 - December 30, 2022
Times: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM (approximately)
Place: Pick up/Drop off at Bryant Park (Exact location disclosed at time of purchase.)
Price: Free to wander the neighborhood &
$75.00 for the Guided Bus
If these events aren’t enough to satisfy the urge for holiday cheer, you can book Dharma Novia at Hoboken and use our fully equipped kitchen to bake up some Christmas cookies and gingerbread men or fry up some latkes and donuts. Take them with you while you check out the world famous window displays that line the stores throughout the city, but especially along 5th Avenue. From Saks 5th Avenue to Bergdof Goodman - even if you don’t buy a thing, it’s worth the trip to see these fantastical holiday tableaus.

Whether you stay local in Hoboken or take advantage of everything NYC has to offer, you can create an unforgettable holiday adventure. All of these events and activities can add up to one magical, awe-inspiring getaway that can keep your holiday cheer filled up way past the traditional season.