This is the time of year that’s truly my favorite in New York City. I love Christmastime and nothing beats the spirit and magic of the season in New York. The other day I was watching the Today Show and got completely nostalgic when I saw that the ice skating rink had opened in Rockefeller Center.
My fleeting blues inspired this blog post about all my favorite things for couples to see, do, and drink in New York during Christmastime.
There’s a spirit to New York City unlike anywhere else and you’ll feel that energy and enthusiasm by grabbing a front-row seat at the New York City Marathon. Thousands upon thousands of people line the streets in every borough cheering on all the runners. It’s such a special memory to make. This year, the marathon takes place on Sunday, November 1. Send special wishes to my good friend, Tanya, who is running her very first New York City Marathon this year. Girl, you’re going to KILL it!
Thanksgiving Day Parade
Later that month, catch the Thanksgiving Day Parade live. Experience the HUGE balloons in person. They’ll blow your mind.
The Tree at Rockefeller Center
Well, this just speaks for itself, doesn’t it? Magical is the only word that comes to mind that describes the sensation you’ll feel facing the sky-high tree that shines brightly over midtown Manhattan, gazing first at the shimmering angels which line the plaza. No need for a mistletoe here. The ambiance is enough to make you lock lips with your love.
The 5th Avenue shops pull out all the stops for the holiday season and have some of the most well-decorated storefronts in the world.
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Just walk in.
Bryant Park Christmas Market
Opening Oct. 30, the Bryant Park Christmas Market (this is what I call it), is a must-visit attraction. Grab a cup of hot chocolate, shop with local vendors for a new Christmas ornament, and take a picture under the Christmas tree. It’s the perfect place for a romantic evening with your one and only.
Twirl your partner on the ice in one of four skating destinations. Most people know about ice skating in Rockefeller Center, but I’ve got a few more options where you may find that same Christmas feel without the line. Try the ice rink in Central Park, Bryant Park, or next to the Standard Hotel. Grab my girl, Ashley, for an skating lesson or two.
Can you say Christmas in New York without thinking about a carriage ride in Central Park? I didn’t think so. Romance, check!
Neuhaus at 500 Madison Avenue
This is the best hot chocolate in the city, I promise.
Rock Center Cafe
This restaurant has a panoramic view of the Rockefeller ice rink. Watch the skaters dance on the ice while staying all warm and cozy. One year I even saw a proposal happen! Then the couple came into the restaurant to celebrate. Nothing gets you into the Christmas spirit like when love is in the air.
I'll never forget the feeling of Christmastime in New York City. Sometimes it was simply relaxing while writing at my neighborhood coffee shop, Sweet Leaf, that was just as enjoyable.
Are you planning your romantic getaway to New York for the holiday season yet? Send me a message if you have any questions. Talking about New York is one of my favorite things to do.