A merry New York Christmas!

As I am SURE you know by now, Christmas/holiday season is my favorite time of year. I spent yesterday wandering around New York with my family doing Christmassy things, and here are some snapshots of the day.

We started at Union Square Park, where they set up a little winter village this time of year with food kiosks and gift booths, usually by local craft artisans and shops in New York. I did some gift shopping, but mostly just ate some stellar mac and cheese and drank glühwein, mulled non-alcoholic wine that tasted like Christmas (I imagine…).

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From there, we walked uptown to a couple of rooftop bars. We first went to Eataly’s birreria, and the whole place was decked out in Christmas decorations. And since it was an extremely hot (for December) 65 degrees out, the rooftop was open! It was so nice. We sipped cocktails and relaxed.

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From there, we went to the rooftop of 230 5th, a hotel on Fifth Ave. The view was amazing.

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Finally, we went to dinner at Virgil’s an amazing barbecue place just off Times Square, and then we got to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, a yearly tradition I can never pass up. This year, the warm weather meant that the crowds were twice as thick and aggressive as usual, so after some gazing and a quick picture or two, we had to leave to retain our sanity. Still, braving the crowds was worth it to see that amazing tree, and watch the light show on the facade of Saks.

I didn’t take too many pictures because I’ve seen it so many times before, but here are some very poor photos of the decorations around Rockefeller Center:

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Nothing like seeing that tree all lit up!


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  • Wow that tree is amazing! New York looks great at Christmas. I spent last weekend in Germany, they really know how to do the holiday. There were Christmas market covering whole cities!

    • Really? That sounds amazing! I love when there are outdoor festive events; it really makes the whole season more fun!

  • I was at the Union Square Market a few weekends ago! It was a bit chillier then so it definitely felt more festive. I’m hoping to get to the Rockefeller tree early next week!