A cornucopia of holiday delights awaits at American Dream, from high-line fashion to immersive art experiences

by Archana Aithal Rose

Gift your kids the joy of experience this season with a spectacular trip to the biggest indoor theme park in the Western Hemisphere. With more than 30 rides and adrenaline fueled attractions for kids of all ages, Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream spans more than 3 million square feet and features many of Nickelodeon’s most iconic characters, from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Rugrats and PAW Patrol. The immersive experience goes beyond themed rides; this Christmas, expect to get highfives from Santa Spongebob and create some magic at Santa’s Elf workshop.

When the weather outside is frightful, trade the snowy scene for 81-degree temps at the DreamWorks Water Park. Offering a massive selection of water rides (including the world’s largest indoor wave pool and a 14-story water slide) plus luxury cabanas and live music, this aquatic oasis will whisk you away to a land of eternal summer.

Saks Fifth Avenue at American Dream features a curated collection of luxury designerwear, boasting more than 200 high-end brands, from iconic houses like Chloé and Chanel to trendy newcomers like Good American. Located in the destination’s luxury wing and stretching 15,000 square feet, this fashionable mecca o ers top-end fashion, beauty, and homeware. Book a private appointment with a Saks Style Advisor for the ultimate shopping experience!


Stretching 20,000 square feet, Toys R Us is more than just a toy store, it’s a ride through a fantasy world for kids (and adults!) of all ages. In addition to thousands of toys, from vintage favorites to modern must-haves, the iconic mega-store features several interactive play spaces to encourage a child’s sense of wonder, plus a two-story slide and Geo rey’s Café Ice Cream Parlor. Toys R Us will also be hosting many holiday-themed special events throughout December.

When guests walk into Carpaccio, they will feel as they’ve been immediately transported to the cobbled streets of Italy. Featuring owner Tom Billante’s traditional family recipes that have been passed down for generations, the menu uses hyper fresh, top quality ingredients to add an elevated twist on exceptional dishes, ranging from pastas and organic meats to fresh fi sh and salads. The restaurant aims to bring their guests together for interactive, festive meals for the holidays.

Lose yourself in the stunning works of one of history’s most celebrated artists. Glide through 30,000 square feet of space to marvel at the works of Vincent van Gogh at the Beyond Van Gogh immersive experience. Touted as the largest immersive experience in the country, the exhibit uses cutting-edge projection technology set to an original score to bring more than 300 of Van Gogh’s masterpieces to life. Walk through the artist’s famous Irises, browse the scenes of Café Terrace at night, or be engulfed in the famed Starry Night. No fewer than 4 trillion pixels were used to give guests the opportunity to step into the magic. Expect goosebumps aplenty!