Since we've moved from New York City, I've been most upset about not being in the city for Christmas this year. Knowing this, we decided to book a weekend in December to take in the magic of the city. I've also had a few friends lucky enough to visit during this magical time of year and they've all reached out asking for our recommendations. I figured it would make sense to just share our favorites for the holidays in New York City.
1. Bryant Park - There's a beautiful tree all decked out, an ice skating rink and tons of great shopping. We always walk around enough to work up an appetite for Waffles & Dinges.
2. South end of Central Park - This is the most touristy part of the park, but when it's colder outside, I stick to the south end. You can visit the skating rink here or the Columbus Circle holiday market. If you're lucky, you'll get a little bit of snow.
3. Serendipity 3 - Because everyone should visit here once and get the frozen hot chocolate at a table upstairs.
4. Coffee + Morning Stroll in the Village - I love strolling the blocks in Greenwich Village to take in the beautiful decorations on the brownstones. This would also work in many neighborhoods in Brooklyn and the Upper West Side (if you head to the UWS, go to Levain Bakery and get a chocolate chip cookie.)
5. The Lodge at Gallow Green - Some of my favorite city memories are from this rooftop. In the Summer, it's a beautiful rooftop covered in greenery, but in the winter, they transform it to resemble a ski lodge and it's so beautiful. If you're staying in Midtown, it's definitely not far either.
6. 5th Ave Windows & THE Tree - This is the main drag that is always busy, but the windows are spectacular. Saks 5th Ave does a light show that is magical no matter how old you are. Plus, you just can't visit NYC at Christmastime and not see the tree at Rockefeller Plaza. The Top of the Rock is my favorite view of the city too if you've never been.
7. Get a good view of the Chrysler Building - It's a built in year round Christmas tree. It's my favorite building in NYC because of the history and the fact that the top of the building looks just like a lit up tree all year round. You can get a good view near Grand Central Station plus then you can stop there for some Juniors Cheesecake or banana pudding from Magnolia Bakery.
8. Get out of Manhattan and see some of the greatest light displays in the 5 boroughs. If you are flying in or out of LGA or JFK, you will be in Queens and maybe you should consider a detour to 166th Street & 23rd Ave for the most magical Christmas house. It has won competitions on TV multiple times. It's worth the trek. You could also take the train to Dyker Heights to walk around a neighborhood filled with old mansions that go all out for Christmas.
9. Another adventure out of Manhattan is the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. They do a holiday train show every year that is just amazing. They create all the the NY landmarks with plants and lights.
10. Last, but not least, enjoy the spirit. There is something magical about New York City and if you forget to stop and take it in, you will definitely be missing out. That may sound cheesy, but after giving that city four of my Christmases, I can't stress how real it is. There's nothing like it.
We are going to check out some new places this year like Rolff's and maybe take in a new show. I also plan to revisit our old neighborhood and enjoy some of our favorite restaurants. Did I miss any of your favorites? Let me know or follow along on our Instagram account to see photos of our adventures this year.