It’s the most wonderful time of the year in New York City!
I always say how much December is my favorite time here. The city just lights up and it’s bustling all the time. There’s such a magical feeling just being a part of the crowd and getting your fill of holiday joy. Each year, I like go see all the sights both old and new.
Here’s what made my good list this year…
1. Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
This is my favorite every single season. I always make an attempt to see the actual lighting of the tree but still haven’t made it in time. Perhaps, next year?! Either way, it’s a stunning place to visit. Plus, there’s just something about ice skating under that huge tree.
2. Stars by Stella Artois
Definitely my favorite pop-up installation this season. Stella created a starry night room that you can interact with followed by some drinks in the party room. The perfect way to kickoff the season!
3. Winter Village at Bryant Park
Free ice skating? Sign me up! Each year I drop by several times for some hot cider, chocolate and some wintery drinks at Celsius. Last time Andy and I went, he found the largest triple chocolate cookie and polished it off as we shopped the holiday market.
4. Holiday Windows
This one is kind of an obvious, but my favorite this year has to be Lord & Taylor’s display. Outside of the store, there’s a magical tunnels of lights, and I always deliberately walk through whenever I’m in the area. Just because, sparkly! Also, a favorite is the Saks Fifth Avenue winter themed spectacular. Just watching the musical animation will leave you 10x happier, even if you’re the grinch.
Check out last year’s windows tour, HERE.
5. Union Square Holiday Market
The market that has it all. Get your Christmas tree shopping done here while browsing for gifts. There’s also a section just for food and drink vendors with tables under heat lamps. Get some hot chocolate and gluhwein/mulled wine (non-alcoholic)!
Some runner-ups include the Christmas tree at South Street Seaport, the Pier 1 Holiday Pop-up Book, and Hot Chocolate at City Bakery.
What are your favorite holiday activities? Hope you have a great one!
Wearing: J. Crew scarf, Zara jacket & skinnies, Kenneth Cole boots