November 30, 2016

What To Do in NYC in December

I've never been into touristy things, and when I lived in New York, the last thing I wanted was to look like a tourist, but when it comes to Christmas festivities, the cliché—I'd argue "classic"—are the best. The Rockefeller tree lighting is tonight, so in honor of that, I put together a brief post for #JingleBlogs Day 2 with my favorite places to go and things to do in Manhattan during Christmastime. Please enjoy some iPhone-quality photos with this little roundup ;)

I don't have a photo of the Union Square Holiday Market, so here's a pic of me as a college fetus freshman. Fun fact: my mom used this on 2014's Christmas cards without my knowledge.

+ Union Square Holiday Market 
Unfortunately, I don't have any photos to share (was not a huge picture taker before my blogging days), but it's truly perfect. So festive and cozy, which is weird considering the location (ugh... Union Square). I used to make myself take a different route home from class so that I wouldn't pass it and be tempted to spend time I didn't have wandering through all the booths of yummy treats and unique products. 

+ Rockefeller Center
I went to the lighting my freshmen year of college (only my second time ever!), but there were a lot of protests going on in the City at the time, so access was really restricted. We ended up watching the lighting on a screen, sandwiched on 50th between the Anthropologie and the J.Crew, with hundreds of our closest friends. We could see the lights and hear the event because it was quite literally down the street and around the corner, but we couldn't get any closer because so many roads were barricaded. Was it still worth it? Yes. And we got to see the tree in person a few days later. If you've never seen it in person, just go. It's free and really beautiful. 

+ Christmas Village at Bryant Park
I love Bryant Park. I love the location, I love the way it's set up.... The only City park that I love more is Central. They set up a big ice skating rink every year, as you may know. See those little, lighted triangular dome-type things in the background? Those are Christmas Village booths manned by vendors selling all sort of fun things the likes of the Union Square Holiday Market. 

+ The City Bakery 
During the month of December, the City Bakery hosts their Hot Chocolate Festival and features a different flavor of hot chocolate every day. If that's not enough to convince you to stop in for a steaming cup topped off with a homemade marshmallow, I don't know what is. Pictured above is the chili pepper hot chocolate, if you're wondering. 

+ Radio City 
And finally... go see the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular at Radio City at least once in your life. 

What's your favorite thing to do in the City (or in your city!) during Christmastime?


  1. Definitely the Rockettes, but also see the Nutcracker at Lincoln Center!

    1. Yes! I've never actually seen the Nutcracker, but I really want to!


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