Christmas is quickly approaching, and that means New York City has dressed itself in colorful lights and extravagant ornaments. As tradition dictates, tourists and locals will don their winter coats to catch a glimpse of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree or the holiday windows created by New York City’s largest department stores.
These decorations are certainly beautiful, but few are as gaudy, ornamented and over-the-top (in the best way possible) as the displays put on by the following 10 places. Get in the holiday spirit this season by paying a visit:
If there was a competition that awarded the “most ostentatiously decorated restaurants,” Rolf’s would easily take home the highest honor. The German eatery, located in Gramercy Park at 22nd Street and 3rd Avenue, is noted for its ambitious Christmas display, which incorporates thousands of lights, ornaments and a variety of festive garlands.TimeOut, which describes the interior as “Santa Claus’s opium dream,” notes that the installation process takes about a month to complete. This year, it will be on view until May — so there’s plenty of time to step into this trippy winter wonderland that also happens to serve schnitzel.