The holidays are in full swing as of today – Happy Halloween! I can hardly believe we are on the backswing of the year already, but honestly – it’s my absolute favorite! I am so excited to have Kimberly from Party of Five Blog here today talking about NYC during the holiday season. Dane and I are actually headed to NYC around Christmas this year and I absolutely cannot wait! Kimberly’s 5 Must-Dos In NYC This Holiday Season have me practically giddy with excitement and I hope you all feel the same way 🙂
5 Must-Dos In NYC This Holiday Season
When the temperatures drop and your scarf becomes a “must- have” item in your bag, you know that the magical holiday season is about to begin in New York City. Beginning in November and going all the way to January, that twinkly feeling is in the air and makes even the most serious grown-up feel as giddy as a small child. Although I’m a transplant, (classic Texas girl-moves to NYC- falls in love with a handsome NYPD officer- and here we are three kids later-sort of story) I have lived in and around the city for over ten years. Every holiday season we make a point to grab a hot cocoa and play holiday tourist. Whether you’re a seasoned city- traveler or you’re heading in for your first holiday experience, here are five favorite “Must Dos” for the holiday season!
5 Must-Dos In NYC This Holiday Season
I’ve included some classic stops, as well as some new sights to see.
Long before you see the shops, you’ll smell the scent of warm cinnamon and vanilla from food vendors like Momofuku Milk Bar and Waffles and Dinges. Set up like an “Old World” Christmas market, you will literally find everything from antique maps to locally sourced jams to hand-sewn baby clothes. Equipped with amenities like a warming station and live music, this is a shopping experience like no other. Situated right in the middle of lively Union Square, you’ll find something for everyone on your list. (Open November 15 to December 24)
PHOTO USED WITH PERMISSION FROM @PIXOFNYC
PHOTO USED WITH PERMISSION FROM HAZEL VILLAGE
Whether you want to ice skate under the enormous tree or just do incredible people watching, this is the classic spot. Not only does it really feel like the movies, it’s the perfect stop over after the holiday windows of Fifth Avenue. Fun Fact: After the holidays the tree is turned into lumber, stamped as Rockefeller Center tree wood and used for Habitat for Humanity Homes. How awesome is that?
Go for an incredible stroll above Manhattan. The Highline is a crossroads of urban innovation and creativity. I must say, this 1.45 mile elevated green space is one of my favorite spots in the city. Everything from the different types of architecture to the rotating exhibition of art makes this a unique destination. With eleven entrances along Manhattan’s Westside, you can choose the one most convenient for you.
Don’t miss the sundeck with lounge chairs and a stellar view or the 10th Avenue Square and Overlook. An app was designed especially for the experience explaining art installations, gardens, and architecture. Oh, and make sure you’re paying attention because some fancy apartment owners leave their windows open… just so you can see in. Yes, you read that right!
Quite a different way to go see Christmas lights. From the glamour of The Standard Hotel to the history of this railway over 100 years ago, the Highline is a must-see.
Lobster rolls, almond croissants, donuts, dumplings, cheese & charcuterie, and even pasta are on display in this European style food hall. Designed for a quick gourmet bite, you can grab a snack or lunch and still eat ridiculously great food. Seriously, I’m not sure why this is, but with eight zillion restaurants in New York, it’s hard to find something quick near Central Park. This is our answer! Make sure you head down to the basement of the beautifully decorated Plaza Hotel to enjoy Todd English’s Food Hall. Oh my goodness, it’s good.
Finally, let’s head over to Brooklyn where all the cool kids are hanging out these days. At Brooklyn Bridge Park, you’ll find a sleek waterfront shopping and eating destination. Try out the baked goods at Ample Hills Creamery or the pizza at Fornino’s. Enjoy expansive views and snap some great pics! Top off your visit with a ride on the gorgeous antique Jane’s Carousel. Just a sidenote: we got engaged right by the horses, so I’m pretty partial to this beautiful spot!
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