The Toy Insider hosted the seventh annual HoliDAY of Play event on Thursday, September 20, and unveiled its expert picks for the best kids’ toys and gifts in its 13th annual holiday gift guide. More than 150 members of the press had a chance to get a first look at the hottest toys of the season, and also met face-to-face with some of the top companies in the toy industry to get hands-on experience with the best toys on the market.

Guests were treated to delicious snacks and holiday-themed cocktails during this exclusive three-hour event with beautiful views of the Empire State Building from the Manhattan Penthouse. HoliDAY of Play guests were among the first to see the Toy Insider’s highly anticipated Hot 20 list of the hottest holiday toys, as well as its STEM 10 and Top Tech 12 toy selections.

Click here to see The Toy Insider’s full holiday gift guide.