I had always dreamt of spending Christmas in New York thanks to films like Home Alone, Miracle on 34th street and obviously Elf.
My best friends and I went for Christmas 2014 and had THE MOST fantastic time.
Yes is it exactly like the movies only better because the food is real!
I thought I would share some of my highlights.
So here is my list of things you absolutely have to do when visiting New York:
- The Shopping!
DUH – Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Barneys, Victoria Secret, Michael Korz, Louis Vuitton, MAC & the Hershey shop.Before I visited New York I always used the term ‘shop until I drop’ I now realise I was an amateur. There are so many beautiful shops and not enough time.
- Top of the Rock
Firstly the most iconic Christmas tree is located out front (remember the scene from Home alone when he is reunited with his mum?). Secondly If you want amazing views of the whole city including the Empire State building and central park then I would recommend this. Its also open on Christmas day!! If you ask locals then they will advise that this is the best day to do this because it a little quieter than usual. We got some amazing pictures and saw some breathtaking views – did someone say selfie stick?
- Dinner at the Russian Tea Rooms
This was so delicious and luxurious – I looked everywhere to try and get a traditional roast dinner however it was impossible. I am so glad I didn’t manage to find one though as this place was incredible! The food was so good and the moody lighting and chilled atmosphere was just what we needed after a busy day of sightseeing. Be sure to dress up a little – we saw one women in a full evening gown complete with silk gloves up to the elbow and pearls on her neck. Very Glam.
- Take a boat to see the lady liberty
To be honest the day we chose to go it rained really heavily ALL day. This put us off taking the open ferry and we paid for a more private tour boat (There are people selling tickets near the Ferry) Tickets cost around $25 each and a much warmer experience. Did I mention that there were tables/chairs and a bar on board too! #win
- 230 fifth rooftop bar
Grab yourself a complimentary robe, sit close to a heater and enjoy the view of the empire state building in all its glory whilst enjoying drinks with friends. I would recommend the hot raspberry cider – it was yummy!
- Check out all the beautiful shop displays inside & out!
You don’t need to spend money to appreciate the shops at Christmas time. The displays were so beautiful and we were in awe at the Tiffany window displays – grab yourself a Danish and a coffee and lap up that cli·ché moment.
- Spend Christmas eve in an Irish pub – with new Irish friends and sing ‘fairytale of New York’ at the top of your lungs. LOL
This made my day. It was Christmas eve in an Irish bar with a new group of Irish friends, singing and dancing the night away with my best friends having such a great holiday and then they drop ‘Fairytale of New York’ and right then another Cli-Ché (possibly my favourite one ever). Everyone got involved everyone was up dancing and laughing it was amazing.
- Take a walk through Central Park
We couldn’t have picked a better day (it had finally stopped raining) and was a bright clear sunny winters day. Just Beautiful.
- The 911 memorial.
‘A tribute to the past and a place of hope for the future’
We couldn’t go to New York and not take a moment out to remember those who lost their lives tragically on 9th September 2011. The atmosphere is heavy with emotion and you may shed a tear or two but it was nice to just stop and have a think for a few moments.The architecture is stunning and the waterfalls are a lovely tribute.
- Times Square
What a place! There is ALWAYS something going on. The streets are lined with people selling things, people performing and people dressed up as some pretty cool characters (be careful they will charge you for taking pictures). To escape the hustle and bustle of it all grab yourself a cocktail and some food from Bubba gumps (you get to keep the cute glasses too) and enjoy the views of times square out of the window.
Have you been to New York? If so what where your highlights.
If you are thinking of going has this post been helpful?
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