Valentine’s Day may come across as gimmicky to some because of difficult-to-get restaurant reservations, pushy product marketing, and a sea of pink and red stuffed animals and treats. However, for many, it’s an opportunity to celebrate love. This time around, skip the crowds and sneak in an intimate evening with your loved one.

Another delightful staycation has opened our eyes to yet more facets of this multilayered city—and this one felt especially merry and bright. Although there are enough festive wintertime happenings to fill every December day, here’s an itinerary you may choose to follow if you find yourself downtown for a short-and-sweet 24 hours.