- Santa Claus is the patron saint of New York City! He is based on St. Nikolas of Myra who lived during the fourth century. He is the world’s most popular non-Biblical saint, and artists have portrayed him more than any other saint, except Mary.
- The first official Rockefeller Tree was unveiled in December 1933 in its famous spot at Rockefeller Plaza, and the lighting ceremony was broadcast nationwide over NBC Radio. The tree was 50 feet tall!
- Speaking of the Rockefeller Tree, to find that perfect, awe-inspiring tree each year, Rockefeller Center conducts aerial searches by helicopter!
- On December 23, 1823 the poem A Visit from St. Nicholas, better known today as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas was first published in the New York Sentinel with no author listed. Eventually, Major Henry Livingston, Jr. Moore claimed authorship over the children’s poem.
- The modern image of Santa Claus is attributed to the Dutch and New York City. The idea of Santa began to take over America when the Dutch immigrants came to New York and celebrated his feast day.
- CBS, headquartered in New York, initially hated "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and almost didn't release the classic Christmas special.
Christmas time in New York City is one of the most magical places to be! People come from all over and visit this time of year to partake in the classic New York traditions such as visiting the Rockefeller Tree, ice skating in Bryant Park, or even attending the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. We at Urban Oyster love history. So we went back through the history of Christmas in New York and found some interesting facts you may not have known. Check out our list below of fun New York Christmas facts!
Here at Urban Oyster we love a good beer, which is why we have tours dedicated to them. This holiday season, we’re highlighting four beers that we think would be great for any occasion this time of year! From Brooklyn Winter Ale, to Port Brewing Santa’s Little Helper, read on to learn about these delicious picks.
Brooklyn Winter Ale
Compliments of Brooklyn Brewery, this Scottish-Ale style beer is perfect to pair with any robust winter meal. With an array of malts including Scottish Floor-malted Maris Otter, English crystal malts, Belgian Aromatic malt, American roasted malts, and American oats, it’s sure to make you feel warm and cozy on any winter night. Stop by Brooklyn Brewery today to pick up this seasonal treat. For more information, click here.
BrewDog Cocoa Psycho
Don’t be intimidated by the name because this Imperial Russian Stout has a whirl of chocolate, coffee, and dark malts and hops to please the taste buds. This bittersweet stout is even said to rival a Faberge Egg in opulence. Visit the Breukelen Bier Merchants for growler fills to go, or in-house pints and half pints while this selection is still on tap! For more information, click here.
Applewood Naked Flock Draft Cider
Yes, we know, not a beer but we love cider too and tis the season to enjoy fermented apples! Available at retailers, such as Good Beer, this hard cider is said to be “for people who crave unique flavor and are on the hunt for quality," according to maker Jonathan Hull. Also available in original and pumpkin, the Draft Cider is a drier style. Fermented with Belgian Trappist Ale yeast, it is even smoothed over with organic Maple syrup. Visit your local retailer today to try this delicious cider. For more information, click here.
Port Brewing Santa’s Little Helper
Tis the season! This annually released beer packs quite the punch. The roast scented Imperial Stout combines with dark chocolate and multi-grain bread notes to create a bold malt aroma. The taste of coffee and chocolate create a delicious intensity, while hints of pine and cherry add flavorful accents. Whether on Santa’s naughty or nice list, treat yourself to this tasty pick! For more information, click here.
Book Program: Phyllis Lambert, "Building Seagram"
Tuesday, December 10th 6:30pm
Join Phyllis Lambert as she discusses her book “Building Seagram,” about the historic Seagram building that rises over New York’s Park Avenue. The building was commissioned by Lambert’s father, Samuel Bronfman, who was the founder of the Canadian distillery Seagram. For more information, click here.
Easy Entertaining Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 11th, 7:00 pm
Join Haven’s Kitchen as they show you how to host a stress-free holiday party! You’ll learn how to make things like large batch cocktails and bite sized foods that you can prepare before the party. This class is not only hands-on, but also delicious! For more, click here.
No Office Holiday Party
Thursday, December 12th, 7:30 pm
Join Brokelyn, The Skint, and greenpointers as they present the 3rd annual No Office Holiday Party. Just because you don’t have an office, doesn’t mean you can’t attend a holiday party. The holiday affair will include karaoke, a photo booth, a DJ, food, a raffle, and much more! For more information, click here.
Winter Solstice Feast
Friday, December 13th, 6:30 pm
On Friday, come and enjoy Ecostation’s annual celebration and fundraiser for the Bushwick Farmers’ Market, Farm-In-The-Sky, and the Bushwick Campus Farm & Greenhouse. Come out and support a local non-profit, while enjoying delicious foods, live music, and local spirits! For more information, click here.
Tired of giving the same gifts every year? Here at Urban Oyster, we've done our research about cool gifts for this coming holiday season, so you don’t have to. From stationary, to sweets, even tours around the city, we have you covered for everyone on your gift list. Plus the gifts will help to support local small businesses, so you can give a great gift that really keeps on giving!
Satisfy someone’s sweet tooth this holiday season with a Stack of Sweetness from One Girl Cookies. This delicious gift includes three tea cookie gift boxes filled with one classic, one chocolate, and one holiday happy hour collection! You don’t even need to worry about gift-wrapping as each box comes individually wrapped and tied together with a bow! For more information, click here.
Do you know someone who still prefers a paper and pen to a computer? Bowne & Co. Stationers recreate the authentic look and feel of stationary with 19th century letterpresses. From notepad sets, and travel journals, to coasters and card sets, these great personal gifts, with a touch of history, are perfect for anyone. For more information about these stationary gifts, click here.
A Ted & Honey’s gift card is perfect for any foodie in your life. Described as a sanctuary for food lovers, Ted & Honey uses all local products to create mouth-watering dishes. Not only is Ted & Honey a gourmet market with specialties such as canned sauces and pickled fruits and vegetables, but at dinner time the café also transforms into a restaurant. To purchase a gift card for this multi-dimensional café, please click here.
Finally, for the beer lover in your life, Brooklyn Brewery has a ton of great items like glassware, t-shirts, hats and more to outfit your favorite craft beer drinker. You could also get them a Urban Oyster Gift Certificate for one of our Beer Tours so they can model their new schwag at the brewery itself. ( Inside Info: UO is about to launch a new Beer tour in 2014) Here is a link to Brooklyn Brewery's Store and to buy gift certificates to our beer, or foodie, tours you can Click Here.