New York

Columbus Circle | Central Park | Times Square | Little Italy | Rockefeller Center | Brooklyn Bridge

Christmas in NYC:
The locations mentioned don’t even graze the surface of all the amazing things we were able to experience in the city.

Columbus Circle Holiday Market

IMG_2411The Columbus Circle Holiday Market, located right outside of Central Park, is the perfect place to enjoy some local bites or accomplish some unique holiday shopping. We spontaneously walked to the Market from The Juilliard School (the friend we stayed with is a dance student there), & are so thankful that we did! Also, right across the street you can see Holiday Under the Stars at the Time Warner Center. Here, twelve 14-foot (illuminated, color changing) stars hang from the ceiling & are choreographed to different Christmas tunes. High energy, hustle-bustle, Christmas vibes. Great experience!

Highlight gifts include:
  • Handmade wooden puzzles
  • Artisan chocolates and truffles
  • Jewelry from local makers
  • Christmas tree ornaments galore

Central Park

IMG_2410Go to New York. Visit Central Park. Every single time. No matter the season, this national historic landmark is always a pleasant place to take a walk, throw a frisbee, & enjoy the beauty of Manhattan while escaping the city high-rises. The best part? Covering 843 acres, there’s no one way to get to Central Park, making it a convenient retreat for locals & tourists from all parts of the city.

Times Square

FullSizeRenderOkay, Times Square. I have been to NYC many times in my life & have always viewed Times Square as the “cool place,” “iconic subway stop,” “face of New York.” But now, as a 22 year old, BLAH. Take me to the artsy coffee shops where I can have some personal space (my bubble).  But for those who love bright lights, cramped quarters, costume-wearing men & commercial intersections, Times Square is for you! Sarcasm aside… Broadway – I do love Broadway shows-  Mamma Mia!, Wicked, Aladdin, Les Miserables can all be seen here!

Little Italy

IMG_2474Pizza! Little Italy ironically happened to be our refuge from the pouring rain (so lucky). We stumbled into Toby’s Public House, soaking wet, & ordered a pizza – half margherita, half del mac. OMG it was delicious. While in New York we pretty much ate the famous street vendor pizza at least once a day but this blew that out of the water (a strange saying meaning that this pizza tasted way better)

IMG_2700Was there anything else besides pizza? Yes. The friendliest people, the brightest colors, & the largest puddles. Oh, & SoHo is right around the corner! So make sure to do some shopping.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

FullSizeRenderThe “movie-esk” Christmas in New York. The Rink at Rockefeller Center was the one expensive thing I really wanted to splurge on while in the city. Unfortunately, the Pretty Little Liars cast had rented out the rink for a private event when we went to rent skates (& we had to catch a bus in 3 hours). But guess what? Just standing next to this giant (literally massive) live tree was enough for me to feel the magic. & at that moment everything seemed perfect.

Brooklyn Bridge

FullSizeRenderBeautiful views of Brooklyn as you leave the city & beautiful views of Manhattan when you turn around to head back. Besides the most spectacular views of the East River, Freedom Tower, & both skylines, this bridge is known for quite an amazing history.  Completed in 1883, this hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge is one of the oldest types of either kind in the United States. The Brooklyn Bridge experience is definitely worth a brisk walk.