5 NYC Holiday Pop Ups Truly Worth the Visit

Yes, this is a bit late. Yes, Christmas is in two days. But even for the ultimate procrastinators, some holiday success can still be accomplished, even if its a bit late. Before 2015 officially says goodbye, you can still make it to some of the best holiday pop ups happening around the city right now.

1.Target Wonderland. I got the esteemed privilege to attend the press opening of the Target Wonderland pop up, located all month on the west side of NYC. Feeling like a kid in a candy store, (which was clearly the intent behind the design process), I went from watching a portrait of myself come to fruition on a life size Etch a Sketch, to reverting to my 6 year old in a giant ball pit. The 16,000 Square Foot space, which feels like a board game come to life includes not only a playground of fun, but also an easy way to shop for fun, holiday favorites from Target. Upon entering the pop up, you receive a digital key card that can be used to scan coveted items, make a wish list, and even pay for them. Your gifts emerge from an appropriate Chimney and Santa display. What more could you want out of a Holiday event?

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2. Lands End. For the first time, Lands End opened a holiday pop up on Fifth avenue, also marking the brands first quasi location in New York City. The massive layout creates a homey, comfy atmosphere immediately upon entering, from a holiday inspired fireplace, to a hot chocolate bar, fake ski lift, and gorgeous, regal tree. A bedroom complete with wood decor, cozy, flannel comforters, and pjs seems right out of… well.. a lands end catalog, making it virtually impossible to leave without holiday spirit. And a gift or two, or three. The best part of this pop up is you have plenty of time. The shop will stay open through January 31st. 650 Fifth Avenue.

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3. The Elephant Pants pop up in Columbus Circle. The Elephant Pants have developed a following from passionate fans and bloggers all across social media, and for good reason. The brand, born from a 2013 trip to Thailand, is known for its comfort and wearability, which includes flowy, harem style pants, shirts, and more, inspired by authentic Thai designs, and colors. More importantly, $1-4 of each item sold is donated back to the African Wildlife Foundation with the intent to end elephant poaching. At the Columbus Circle holiday Market. Through Dec 24th. 

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4. Try the World. Subscription boxes were one of the biggest trends of 2015, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. With thousands to pick from, it can be difficult to decide, but if you’re a lover of food and travel, then there’s really only one option; to ‘Try the World‘. Guaranteed to satiate any gourmet foodie, the Try the World subscription box delivers a taste of Paris, Italy, Spain, and much more right to your front door. Now, for the first time, the company has branched out into a brick and mortar where they will be hosting a pop up all month through Dec 31.  Their trademark Tiffany green color fills the 800 square foot space, from their signature boxes displayed everywhere, to the brick wall that encompasses the space. Customers can not only peruse gourmet samples, and various themed boxes from Argentina, Turkey, Japan, and more but for the first time, purchase them as well. There is even a holiday themed box especially curated by best selling cookbook author and food critic David Rosengarten. Located at 118 Orchard through Dec. 

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5. Frends pop up LES. Uber chic and trendy headphones line, Frends has taken up shop over on Orchard Street, at least for the time being. Their pop up, located at the 2 year old Ehvonnae boutique features limited edition collections from Swarovski, D&G, and more and remains open through Dec 27th. More info here.

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