With special thanks to our Iris contributors across the pond: Claudine Case, Mary Ora, Ali Clark & Susanna Horsey for their Insider Tips:
Shopping: Dean & Deluca (opening in London early next year) stocks a million delicious treats; either to include in a stocking or to bring a hostess as a gift. McNally Jackson is an iconic bookshop with a coffeeshop too. Also worth visiting is their off-shoot, Goods For The Study, a mecca of beautiful cards, wrapping paper, writing supplies and notebooks. Love Adorned in Nolita is the best jewellery store with the coolest styling. It's on Elizabeth St which is one of the loveliest streets for shopping in New York.
Eating: Rolf's is a classic Christmas spot; hung with a million ornaments it certainly makes for good IG content! The Oyster Bar beneath Grand Central Station is a hidden gem; stop in for oysters, champagne and some chowder and feel glamorous. Bar Fortuna at Casa Apicii is a tiny bar within a library with it's own fireplace. With limited seating, arrive early to nab your spot looking over the dining room downstairs.
Things To Do: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at New York City Ballet in Lincoln Centre is a treat for children and adults alike. Stop to see the beautiful Christmas tree at the Met, then walk across the park to Levain bakery for the best cookie of all time. The NY Botanical Garden Christmas Train Show is special. They do nights where you can have cocktails so make a date out of it. Then of course there are the Christmas windows: Bergdorf's are best, but Bloomingdales, Barneys, Saks Fifth Ave, and Lord & Taylor's all need to be seen too!