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All About (Christmas) Eve


December 24

8:30 A.M.
Chanel No. 5 Eau de Parfum, 3.4 oz., $110
Macy’s Herald Square
151 W. 34th St., nr. Broadway 212-695-4400
Hours: 12/23, 7–10; 12/24, 7–6
Commando Tip: Arrive as early as possible, use the Broadway doors, and stick to the main floor.

9:15 A.M.
Cashmere Gloves, $43, Scarf, $86, and Hat, $43
Lord & Taylor
424 Fifth Ave., at 38th St. 212-391-3344
Hours: 12/23, 9–11; 12/24, 7–6
Commando Tip: As at Macy’s, don’t venture above the main floor—or you may never get back down.

11:15 A.M.
V.Smile Tv Learning System from V-Tech, $59.99
Toys ’r’ Us Times Square
1514 Broadway, at 44th St. 646-366-8800
Hours: 12/23, 9–11; 12/24, 9–6
Commando Tip: Don’t get distracted by the carousel, go directly to the escalators.

12:30 P.M.
Rabitos Chocolate-Dipped Fig Bonbons, $8.99 for nine pieces
Whole Foods Market
250 Seventh Ave., nr. 24th St. 212-924-5969
Hours: 12/23, 8–11; 12/24, 7–7
Commando Tip: It’s bound to be packed, but those checkout referees will keep the lines moving. Use this opportunity to pick up some lunch for yourself.

1:15 P.M.
Krups Twelve-Cup Coffee Machine, $125
Bed, Bath & Beyond
620 Sixth Ave., at 18th St. 212- 255-3550
Hours: 12/23, 8–11; 12/24, 8–6
Commando Tip: Go online beforehand to choose a product. Call the store to have it put on hold for you.

2:10 P.M.
Cressi-Sub Matrix Mask, $73.95, Cleo Fins, $26.95, and Sigma Snorkel, $34
Paragon Sports
867 Broadway, nr. 18th St.; 212-255-8036
Hours: 12/23, 9–9; 12/24, 9–7
Commando Tip: Wear nonslip shoes: Elevators are for the physically challenged, so the steep central stairs are the only way to move from floor to floor.

3:18 P.M.
Dean Harris Earrings, $450–$495
Jeffrey New York
449 W. 14th St., nr. Washington St. 212-206-1272
Hours: 12/23, 10–9; 12/24, 10–6
Commando Tip: Call on the way over for an appointment. Once there, they’ll rush you through.

4:05 P.M.
Votivo Candle, $26
57 Prince St., at Lafayette St. 212-965-9394
Hours: 12/23, 10:30–10:30; 12/24, 10–8
Commando Tip: The Soho branch will be the least crowded of this mini-chain’s four Manhattan stores.

4:55 P.M.
Fourteen-Karat Gold Barbell Cuff Links, $175
Doyle & Doyle
189 Orchard St., nr. Houston St. 212-677-9991
Hours: 12/23, 1–8; 12/24, 1–8 Commando tip: The staff will keep the store open as long as you want to shop.

5:45 P.M.
Voy Electric Bicycle, $449.99
139 Flatbush Ave., nr. Atlantic Ave., Downtown Brooklyn; 718-290-1109
Hours: 12/23, 8–11; 12/24, 7–6
Commando Tip: From the Lower East Side, take the M train to Pacific Street (allow half an hour for the trip). Bikes are on the second floor, toward the back.

6:58 P.M.
Archos Av420 Pocket Video Recorder, $500
J&R Computer World
15 Park Row, across from City Hall Park; 212-238-9000
Hours: 12/23, 8:30–8; 12/24, 8:30–7
Commando Tip: Each department at J&R has its own entrance. The two side doors have the least traffic. Enter via one of those.

9:20 P.M.
Wrapping Paper, about $5; Bows, about $2
Duane Reade
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Commando Tip: There are 40 24-hour Duane Reade stores in Manhattan. Scout yours in advance.

11:59 P.M.
A Six-Pack of Paulaner Hefe-Weizen, $12.89, or Anchor Steam, $10.89
Local Deli or Bleecker Farm
272 Bleecker St., at Morton St.; 212-229-1587
Hours: Around the clock, and they deliver!
Commando Tip: As a last resort, raid the local deli for six-packs of premium beer. If you don’t give them as gifts, you’ll need them after a day like this.


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