Holiday pop-up bars are becoming as much a Yuletide tradition as tricking out the tree.

Baby, it's cold outside, so there's no better time to warm up by the bar—especially if it's a holiday-themed pop-up. These cozy watering holes happen when an existing spot goes beyond the tinsel garland to transform into a full-on wintry scene. 

Greg Boehm launched his first Miracle pop-up at his New York City bar Mace in 2014. The quirky concept has attracted throngs, thanks to its over-the-top Christmas decor and North Pole–inspired drinks, like a gingerbread old-fashioned served over an actual snowball. Boehm has since partnered with other bar owners to bring Miracle to dozens of cities, from Cincinnati and Denver to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Athens, Greece. Now, that's what we call making spirits bright. 

Garden District Washington D.C.
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Garden District in Washington, D.C., turns into a Christmas beer garden with twinkling lights, a tree lot, and eggnog shots.

spiked hot chocolate
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Through February, Atlanta's Yebo Beach Haus morphs into the lodge-inspired Yebo Ski Haus with faux-fur throws and spiked hot chocolate next to roaring fire pits.