I challenge you to find a city that is more fun to visit around Christmas than New York City. I’ve gone there every Christmas for as long as I can remember, and this year is no different. Our day trip was postponed due to a winter weather advisory on Saturday, but Mike and I had a perfect day in the city on Sunday!
We took the train into Penn Station, which is the perfect starting point for a holiday trip into NYC because it’s almost directly across the street from the Macy’s of Christmas fame. So that was our first stop! We strolled past the windows telling little Virginia O’Hanlon’s story and this year’s big display entitled “Dream…and Believe.”
From there, we kept walking up 6th Avenue until we hit Rockefeller Center.. and the tree!
Next up was Magnolia Bakery. I’ve been there once before (last spring.. and I saw Chris Parnell while walking there! Lazy Sunday, anyone?), but I was not about to pass up the opportunity to try another delicious cupcake (this time, from the bakery’s Avenue of the Americas location). Mike and I split a gingerbread cupcake.. so good!
It was way past lunchtime by that point, so we headed to Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square (Mike’s choice). Look who was waiting for me in the bathroom ;) The Hard Rock does not mess around with their decor!
After lunch, we headed to Bryant Park to check out The Winter Village: a beautiful tree, ice skating, and more than 125 boutique-like shops. We spent a good half hour watching all the people on the ice. There was one little boy that fell down at least 20 times while we watched. His jacket was a completely different color by the time the skate session was over, but he clearly had the most fun out of anyone on the ice that afternoon. This picture gives you an idea of how most of the people out there were “skating” though (aka falling and/or pulling themselves along using the wall). People watching is SO entertaining.
We took another tree pic (because that’s what December NYC trips are for!) and decided to check out Celsius.
Definitely one of the coolest restaurants I’ve been in. We found a spot at the bar and ordered some yummy hot drinks. I ordered the Snowcap: Absolut vanilla, kahlua hazelnut, hot chocolate, whipped cream, chocolate shavings. Seriously delicious.
Next stop: FAO Schwarz! We channeled Big, watching kids jump around on the Big Piano (although I would’ve preferred to be jumping around myself) and paying a visit to Zoltar for a reading.
By then, it was dark outside and it was time for our second trip to Rockefeller Center. The tree is absolutely gorgeous at night with all the lights glowing. We also wanted to watch the light show on the Saks Fifth Avenue building across the street.
It was a very normal Christmas-y day in the city, but there are few days that make me happier.
I LOVE Christmas in NYC!
Have you been to NYC around Christmas? Favorite part?
Does your city do anything fun for Christmas?
I’m hoping we can get into Philly to do some Christmas-y things soon!