German Restaurant in NYC Transforms Into Christmas Wonderland

Kirstin Fawcett
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Rolf's German Restaurant in New York City's Gramercy Park neighborhood has one of the city’s most over-the-top holiday decoration displays—but visitors have to step inside to see it. As Business Insider reports, the restaurant spends between $60,000 and $65,000 each year to festoon the tiny eatery's interior with twinkling lights, baubles, and garlands.

Approximately 15,000 ornaments, 100,000 lights, and 800 figurines hang from the ceiling, walls, and bar, Rolf’s manager, Suhal Uddin, tells Business Insider. The restaurant begins its extravagant decoration process in late September, and after several weeks of sleepless nights, workers typically finish the festive project by November 1.

The restaurant is inundated with reservation requests during the holiday season. Rest assured: This year, Rolf’s decorations will stay up until the end of May, giving you plenty of time to wait for the crowds to die down and check them out in person.

Check out pictures of Rolf’s over-the-top Christmas display below.

[h/t Business Insider]