Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Destination: Christmas in New York City


There is something magical about New York City during the holiday season. The buildings are decorated with thousands of tiny lights, the sidewalks are lined with Christmas tree vendors, and delicate snow falls on the streets, cars, and people. I like to count the days of Chanukah by checking the windows in all of my neighborhood stores because as the days of Chanukah pass the holiday spirit grows.

Since there is so much to experience over the holidays in NYC so I put together a little guide for you. If you ever get the opportunity to be in New York in December, I urge you not to miss the chance.

Christmas in New York City guide:

Drinks at Rolfs: This place is one of my girlfriend’s all time favorites. The entire restaurant is decorated like the inside of a Christmas tree. If this doesn’t get you in the festive spirit, nothing will.

Rockettes {Christmas Spectacular} at Radio City Music Hall: They do the same show every year and some families never miss it. It was a good mix story lines, kick lines, and 3D glasses. Gman and I went because we got free tickets, but if you have small children this is something they will truly enjoy.

Roasted chestnuts from a street vendor: Just eat some.

Chinese food for Christmas Day dinner: Just like the classic movie, A Christmas Story, having Christmas dinner in Chinatown is very popular in NYC. It’s the only bustling place in the city on Christmas Day, reservations are recommended. Try the specialty duck dinner at Peking Duck House. It includes the whole animal, just like the movie.

Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral: Even if you aren’t religious this is a worthwhile, soul touching experience. But there is a waiting list to attend midnight mass, so start checking in July for instructions.

Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center: I try to avoid crowds at all costs, especially the type of crowd you might imagine was at a Justin Bieber concert, but you have to see it once. It might be bigger than the National tree in D.C. and all of the lights are really impressive.

Holiday shopping in Union Square: Pick up presents for your loved ones from NYC artists and artisans.

Ice Skating in Central Park: Of all the ice skating choices, this is the best one – being in the park feels more romantic. Plus, I feel like I’m being watching in a fish bowl at Rockefeller Center.

Dress up for a throwback cocktail at the Campbell Apartment: This little hide-a-way in Grand Central Station is one of my favorite secret spots. The apartment used to be the private office for John W. Campbell back in the 1920s. It fell into disrepair and then was boarded up. It was rediscovered recently, in the 90s or 2000s so it remains a secluded oasis.

Don’t forget to check out the windows at Barney’s, Bergdorf Goodman’s, Bloomingdales and Saks {and 5th Avenue in general}. It’s one of my absolute favorite things to do during the holidays. They are so well designed and really innovative, especially at Barney’s. Last year the windows were Andy Warhol themed.

the Campbell Apartment

our tree!

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