December Bucket List: Holiday Edition

December 7, 2017

Cheap Christmas Activities, Christmas in NYC
Photo by Toa Heftiba

Since this December's challenge is to have more fun, I wanted to sit down and create a list of exciting activities that we can do this season. Making time for ourselves and time to have fun can be really hard around the holidays. There's so much travel, you probably have a long list of errands to run, you might have finals or you're trying to finish multiple projects at work. That's why I believe in scheduling fun time. But how can you schedule time to relax or enjoy your hood if you don't know what things to do. That's why I've put together this list of activities to do this December. I like to think of it as my guide to having fun. And since saving money is really fun, I separated this bucket list into three different price-points: free activities, under $50 activities, and splurge experiences. I hope this list saves you some time in figuring out what you want to do this holiday season. If you're feeling fancy, I created this cute holiday bucket list print out that you can write your list on. And be sure to leave a comment letting me know what's on your December bucket list! I'd love to add more expereiences to my list!


  • Grab hot chocolate to sip while walking around the city to look at chritsmas lights, see the window displays on 5th Avenue and see the Rockefeller tree
  • Go to all the nyc pop-up exhibitions: Yankee Candle, Festival of Life, Sea of Light
  • Walk around Central Park
  • Have a holiday movie marathon 
  • Go to Dyker Heights in Brooklyn to see the famous lights displays
  • Volunteer with a new organization (I'm using the app DEED to find opportunities)
  • Check out the store Story in NYC - this store has a rotating theme every few weeks! Right now the theme is Home for the Holidays. I love!!

  • Go to eataly and visit the rooftop bar/restuarant
  • Visit each of these 15 festive rooftop bars
  • Go to a "hidden restaurant" aka a speakeasy but in the form of a restaurant instead of a bar. 
  • Have a holiday craft day
  • Have a baking party
  • Get dolled up and go to a a swanky jazz club, speakeasy or piano bar
  • See a chrsitmas movie in theaters - the Nitehawk is a special exerpeince or see It's A Wonderful Life at IFC
  • Get tickets for the NY Botanical Gardens 21+ holiday train show bar cart night!
  • Grab a drink at Rolfs
  • Have a cocktails at Mace during the Miracle on Ninth Street pop-up
  • Go on a date in a YURT

  • Go to the opera
  • See the Rockefeller Christmas Spectaccular
  • Have breakfast at Tiffany's... because this is literally possible now. This can be under $50 if you order something small, but I want the full experience.
  • See the Nutcracker
  • Go on a holiday brunch cruise
  • Host a christmas brunch
  • Go to Chritmas High Tea
  • Go Christmas shopping for a family in need. Make a basket of food and purchase gift cards - *this can be under $10 if you split the price between multiple people. I did this every year with my Church while I was growing up. It's really fun and a nice way to bring joy to a family.


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