What You'll Get
A Christmas tree provides more than shelter for gifts—it's a convenient hanger for light strings and a shady respite from its own harsh glow. Feast amid a forest of them with today's Groupon. For $12, you get one admission (a $25 value) to "Holidays at the Mansion" at Renaissance Mansion on 39th Street. Reservations are required.
Though it's usually closed to the public during December, the Renaissance Mansion will be throwing open its French doors and this Groupon is good on certain days throughout December and January, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a festive holiday-themed buffet (see the fine print for blackout dates). The menu changes each day, but a spread of five salads, four entrees, two potato dishes, and a dessert will fuel any impromptu eating contests with overly boastful Supreme Court justices. Once you've washed it all down with water, or hot cider (soft , the sprawling estate is yours to explore. As you wander beneath the beamed ceilings, waltz across the formal dining room, and melodramatically throw snifters of brandy into any of the various fireplaces, you'll pass 13 magnificently decorated Christmas trees whose colorful lights glint off the surrounding mahogany wood, Tiffany glass, and silver chandeliers. Renaissance Mansion can also set up parties of 14 or more in a private dining area so that no one on your Viking longboat feels left out.
CityVoter named the Renaissance Mansion third-best venue in 2008.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jan 7, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 8 add'l as gifts. Reservation required. Not valid 12/1, 12/4, 12/5, 12/8, 12/11, 12/12, 12/17, 12/23, 12/25, 12/31, or 1/1. No cash back. Tax and gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.