Back in NYC, Christmas is once again in the air. The coffee shops I love to frequent have added yummy seasonal treats to their menu, window displays are decked out with fake snow and giant bows, and ,of course, one can’t forget the pop-up Christmas tree lots every street corner.
As always there’s plenty to do but below are my 3 favorite things to do around Christmastime in New York.
Go to the Zoo
Winter and the zoo don’t often go together but Central Park , and the Central Park Zoo by extension, always seemed more attractive to me during this time of year. It’s not super crowded so there’s plenty of space to really experience your surroundings and get a closer look at things. For the kids, there’s also Winterfest, where guest can participate in a variety of activities like animal encounters, 4-D movies, and arts and crafts.
Tour 5th Avenue
A day spent at the zoo is best followed up with a little walk down 5th avenue. Keep walking along the park and eventually you’ll make it to the lux shops. If, like me , you can’t afford to shop, you can still have fun looking at all the window displays.
Some of the stores really go all out to create winter wonderland scenes-there’s fake snowstorms, life –sized polar bears, and fancy gift boxes floating in midair.
It’s almost easy to over look the thousand-dollar merchandise sharing the window too.
Visit Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller center is one of the places to be during the winter months. In addition to the usual sights, the plaza leading up to the ice rink is lined with life sized angels and is always packed with people viewing the light show.
Every few minutes, the entire side of the Saks department store facing the plaza turns into a giant film projector and displays a short animation and light show. It changes annually, so this is one attraction to visit over and over.
Then , of course, there is the 80 foot Christmas tree.
Rockefeller Center is also home to a very famous ice skating rink. I never actually had the chance to try skating here (my tendency to fall over and crippling student budget made this pretty hard) but it’s definitely on my wish list. Until then, I get my fix by watching the masses skate under the tree.
The sight alone makes it feel as if you’re living in a post card.
If you guys have been to NYC during the Holidays, which sites would you recommend?