North America Travel

Christmas time in New York City

Xmas NYC-3074Traveling to New York City is never a bad thing, especially not around Christmas time. This time of year is magical anywhere, but I had never experienced it in New York  before. The City That Never Sleeps lights up even more than it does normally. Being only here only for two nights, I had to make the most of it: I had a  few scarce moments of free time to catch a glimpse of the Most Wonderful Time of the Year in NYC,  so join me for a few very festive snaps of the Big Apple. 


My first strop was Grand Central Terminal, around the corner from my hotel. Though tempted to get on a train to go on an adventure, I managed to contain myself and I walked around for a bit just to feel the atmosphere.

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The big central clock confronted me that there’s always somewhere to rush to and made me realise that yet another year is gone.

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Walking onwards to 5th Avenue, Christmas commerce really kicked off. Some shops really went out of their way to let us know it’s December… There was no denying…

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Even inconspicuous plants were decorated.

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The next day, I walked past Rockefeller Plaza on my way to an appointment.

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It was an unbelievable 18 degrees Celsius, so the ice rink added the much-needed wintry atmosphere, because it felt like spring.

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People were ice skating in their tees under the watchful eye of these fellas.

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You can always count on Swarovski to add a little sparkle to the atmosphere.

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It was quite a pretty sight.

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Saks couldn’t stay behind of course and had people queueing just to take pictures of their shop windows.

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I couldn’t resist taking a cheeky Christmas Selfie at a beautiful tree I ran into.

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This is the tree in all its glory

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It was one of the prettiest I saw (surrounded by white croppy plants, that reminded me of cauliflower and I thought they were quite funny).

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My trip was a bit of a whistle-stop tour, but well worth it.

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Maybe it was for the better I hardly had free time, because I must admit; all the sparkles, festive lights and discounts did exactly what they’re designed for: they made me a want to spend. Luckily, I prepared for this, and I was happy when two much-anticipated packages were delivered to my hotel room, both of which I will soon write about more.

So since we are in festive spirits, I’m curious to hear what your favourite cities are during the Christmas season!


  • Reply
    mukul chand
    19 December 2015 at 16:18

    Great Post

  • Reply
    Little Miss Traveller
    19 December 2015 at 16:55

    Hope it still looks festive in early January when I go

    • Reply
      Tall Wife
      19 December 2015 at 17:05

      Yeah, don’t know when they take the decorations off, it surely looks festive! Would be nice if you could enjoy that in January just to hang on to Christmas for a bit longer. 🙂

  • Reply
    27 December 2015 at 15:03

    We spent Christmas in NYC a few years ago and it was wonderful! Every bit as magical as you describe. Glad you were able to take in some city scenes during your work trip. Can’t wait to hear more about your purchases!

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      Tall Wife
      29 December 2015 at 13:34

      yeah, I was happy to see NYC during the festive period once! 🙂 I’ll write more about the boxes soon: need to (have husband) take some piccies! 🙂

  • Reply
    27 December 2015 at 23:18

    Yes I’m excited to see what is in those boxes too! Don’t keep us waiting too long.😊

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