Christmas in New York: The To-Do List

Well it is the most wonderful time of the year and the Fairytale, most definitely is, of New York. Post thanksgiving the city transformed into a winter wonderland and went full throttle with Christmas cheer. Every shop assistant reminds me of Rowan Atkinson’s character in Love Actually and people seem happier than usual (which is a little unsettling, albeit festive).

Whether living in or visiting New York at Christmas it is crucial to make a Christmas checklist. My friend Jeremy and I compiled ours in early November whilst watching Elf for the first time in 2012. It went something like this:

– Ice skating at all possible venues: Wollman Rink Central Park (best Christmas playlist, good vibes and best views of the city/park), Citipond at Bryant Park (free admission – just have to pay to rent skates) and Rockefeller Center (fab for the tree, less fab for the large audience watching you on multiple levels surrounding the rink).

Bryant Park ice skating

Bryant Park ice skating

 

Ice Skating in Central Park

Ice Skating in Central Park

– Fifth Avenue: to see the department stores decorated and their Christmas windows. We visited the unveiling of Henri Bendel’s Holiday window which was themed ‘Deco the Halls’ – an art deco, twenties inspired feel which is always a big hit with me.

Harry Winston, Fifth Avenue

Harry Winston, Fifth Avenue

 

Henri Bendel 'Deco the Halls' window

Henri Bendel ‘Deco the Halls’ window

– Plaza Hotel: to visit Santa. It’s the real one there.

Santa at the Plaza

Santa at the Plaza

– Rockefeller Christmas Tree (best at night).

Rockefeller Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Christmas Tree

– Serendipity for hot (or frozen) chocolate.

– Christmas Markets: Central Park, Bryant Park and Union Square – a great place to buy gifts for the family.

Personalised gifts

Personalised gifts

– Washington Square Park: Christmas Tree Lighting and carolling (a lot of fun).

Washington Square Park tree lighting and carols

Washington Square Park tree lighting and carols

– A Friend-mas get together is essential

Friend-mas

Friend-mas

– Going to watch the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular at Radio City, followed by a ‘Rockette Red Velvet’ cupcake at Magnolia Bakery of course..

Radio City Rockettes

Radio City Rockettes

 

Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

– The allure of Starbucks red cup is unfortunately too hard to fight so that makes the list..

something about the red cups..

something about the red cups..

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