- Rolf's German Restaurant is known for its over-the-top Christmas decorations.
- By December, lines wrap around the block, and the place gets packed with locals and tourists.
- They spend $60,000 on lights and ornaments.
When it comes to getting in the Christmas spirit, no one does it quite like Rolf's German Restaurant in New York City's Gramercy Park.
The otherwise quiet restaurant and bar is a spectacle during the holidays. Thousands of sparkling ornaments, icicles, lights, and dolls dangle above customers as they sip spiked hot apple cider and mulled wine.
Business Insider spoke to restaurant manager Suhal Uddin in 2015 to get the scoop behind Rolf's tradition of over-the-top Christmas decorations. He estimated that there are about 15,000 ornaments and 100,000 lights hung up inside. It all costs the restaurant between $60,000 and $65,000 each year.
We had to check out the decorations for ourselves.
The Christmas decorations usually start going up during the last week of September.
Over the following six weeks, six men work overnight, five nights a week, to complete the ornate decorating process.
By November 1, it's complete. At Rolf's, the holiday season begins well before Thanksgiving.
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