I’m not going to lie, Christmas in New York is second to none! It’s my first time being here for it and I’m just in my element. It’s definitely something everyone should experience at least once. I feel that as you get older, the Christmas hype dies down a little…but these past few weeks have made me more excited than ever! I’m actually going home to Ireland for Christmas at the end of this week (My Mom would never forgive me if I didn’t, ha) so I’m lucky that I get best of both worlds. Christmas is quite a big thing in my house, so I’m really looking forward to being at home with family. But in the meantime….I’m making the most of every single second here in New York. There is LOTS to do! Here is a look at some of my favourites places to see/go:
1. Rockerfeller Centre
Visiting the Rockerfeller Centre is probably the most touristy thing you can do here during Christmas, but there’s something so special about the atmosphere that surrounds it. I love going there in the evenings and watching the ice-skaters and of course, the famous Rockerfeller Tree makes the perfect backdrop
2. Fifth Avenue
I spent most of this past weekend doing some Christmas Shopping on Fifth Avenue (feel free to check out my Gift Ideas post incase you’re still looking) and although it is SO crazy busy, it made me feel like I was right bang in the middle of a Christmas movie. The big department stores are just magical at this time of year. I’ve never seen such extravagant window displays! My favourites are at Saks & Bergdorf Goodman’s – definitely worth a look. Oh and be sure to check out Tiffany’s -I can’t help but smile every time I pass by.
New Yorker’s are spoilt for choice when it comes to outdoor Ice-skating rinks at this time of year. The most popular ones are definitely at Bryant Park (perfect view of the Empire State Building), Central Park and of course, at the Rockerfeller Centre. My advice is to go at off-peak times because it gets VERY busy!
4. Bryant Park Christmas Market
This is one of my favourite places to go in the evenings. As well as the beautiful ice-skating rink, there is also about 100 different booths selling everything from macaroons to jewellery to dog-clothes. It’s so cute there! If you go, I definitely recommend getting a crepe & a hot apple cider under the big heaters. Perfection!
5. Hot Chocolate at Max Brenner
Ok, so this isn’t something you can just do at Christmas, but I had to include it because I had the best Hot Chocolate EVER there a few weeks ago. Plus it’s so festive in there at the moment! If you’ve been following my @retroflame Instagram for a while, you’ll know that I’m a slight (ok a huge) hot-chocolate addict. I’m obsessed! And this hot chocolate gets my full approval. Oh and they have chocolate pizza there too, just incase you need any more persuading :)
I know a lot of these are quite typical things to do during the holidays, but it’s my first Christmas in New York…so I’m giving myself full permission to be a proper tourist for a few weeks. I literally just don’t want this time of year to be over! Saying that though, I’m super excited to fly home to Ireland this week. Stay tuned for a post at the end of theis week all about the things I’m most looking forward to doing while I’m home. In the meantime, you’ll find me in front of my laptop doing LOTS of last-minute online shopping. Will I ever learn!?
Hope you’ve all had a nice start to the week!