5 Shopping Musts for Groups Exploring NYC This Holiday Season

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Shopping local is all the rage this holiday season, and what better way for groups to experience New York than exploring a combination of the city’s iconic and lesser-known holiday shopping spots?

NYC & Company, the city’s official destination marketing organization, put together a list of this year’s top shopping spots, and here are five musts that meeting planners can incorporate into a gift-getting offsite in the Big Apple.

Macy’s Window Display

As the first department store to feature holiday displays, Macy’s continues its almost 150-year tradition in its Herald Square window concept. “The Perfect Gift Brings People Together” concept spans the store’s six themed windows and celebrates family and tradition through interactive technology. From now until Jan. 1, Macy’s Herald Square is also offering its first-ever pop-up location in the lobby of the Grand Hyatt New York.

Saks Fifth Avenue’s Theatrical Light Show

For the first time, Saks Fifth Avenue will light up its 10-story store with a theatrical light show displaying scene’s from Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in all 14 windows. The “Once Upon a Holiday” window celebration honors the movie’s 80th anniversary, and also includes fairytale gowns designed by Alberta Ferretti, Naeem Khan, Monique Lhuillier and Marchesa for a new-era Snow White (on view until Jan. 2).

Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Curated Gifts

A trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art can also include a shopping spree, finding gift’s from the museum’s curated gift guide. Everything from coasters depicting Central Park to an early-renaissance ring can spark the interests of attendees on a wide variety of budgets.

The Traveling Holiday Handmade Cavalcade

Artisan markets abound in New York, including the Holiday Handmade Cavalcade organized by members of the NY Handmade Collective. The 60-plus vendors are traveling together to Chelsea Market, a Manhattan pop-up location, Brooklyn Heights and Williamsburg to suit groups meeting in a various neighborhoods.

Female Designers Showcase

Refinery Hotel welcomes 20 women-run small businesses to showcase their goods in the La Femme Young & Able Pop-Up. From now until Dec. 31, attendees will be able to check out works from more than 100 female designers in fashion, jewelry, ceramics, beauty and stationary.

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