Holidays are times of beauty and wonder, days when the small is made big and the ordinary, extraordinary. Year-round, these special days are celebrated. Holiday House NYC, a seasonal design show located at 2 East 63 Street in Manhattan, is one such place where the magic happens.
In 2008, breast cancer survivor Iris Dankner founded Holiday House NYC to raise money for breast cancer research, using her talents to search for a cure to what could have killed her. Holiday House NYC is an annual design show, benefitting breast cancer research foundations, including Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and, for the first time, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Dozens of designers, many survivors themselves, come together each year to put on the show. Wandering from room to room, visitors can celebrate the Lunar New Year and the Winter Solstice, Halloween and Chanukah. Last year, the Christmas room nearly overwhelmed the viewer with the smell of holiday spice, and the Mother’s Day room glistened with a chandelier, white walls, and a vase of beautiful pink flowers. Each festive and dreamy room transports visitors to a different magical night, from the Oscars to a wedding proposal.
The rooms, though, are not the only things on display. Stunning art collections, from sculpture to photographs, are scattered through out the house, and pop-up stores dot each floor, including a restaurant on the first floor.
This year, newbies and veterans alike come together to put the show together for another season. Designers such as Suzanne Eason (last year’s Halloween designer) and Ally Coulter (last year’s Mother’s Day designer) will be returning again this year, though they’ll be designing for different holidays.
Holiday House NYC runs from October 25 to November 18, from 11 am to 5 pm, and on Tuesdays and Thursday until 8 pm. Tickets are pricey, running $30 for general admission, but proceeds go to breast cancer research. This year, the show will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, a top-rated breast cancer research charity. It is easy to be swept up in the magic, and the benefits of visiting the show last far longer than the few weeks its doors are open.