The Forever classic at Rockefeller Center
Lotte New York Palace
The light show at Saks Fifth Avenue
Radio City Music Hall at 50th and 6th
Hands down, there is no better place to be at Christmastime than New York. It’s like being in a living snow globe— holiday music wafting from every corner; more beautifully decorated trees than you can count, and store windows that will literally blow your mind (and wallet!).
Below, a few of my fave Christmas “date” ideas (Romantic, friends, or family!), by neighborhood!
1) Uptown: Last night, we took Nolan to see two of our fave trees; one being the classic Rockefeller Center one, complete with the Saks holiday light display (which brings us to tears literally every year!); the other being the Lotte New York Palace courtyard tree. The former is an obvious must see— make sure you go on a weekday morning or afternoon… we went around 3:30 and the crowds were really not that bad! The latter, the Lotte NY Palace tree, is a lesser known spot— it was literally just us and a few cute couples taking pics. It’s in a private courtyard right off of Madison Ave… you can walk right in and see the tree up close and get awesome pics with little to no disturbance (hmmm as I’m writing this I’m thinking this may be our spot for next years xmas card pic!)…
Another photogenic and fun spot to visit is the corner of 50th and 6th ave, right outside Radio City Music Hall. Even if you’re skipping the Christmas show, the giant red ornaments are right on the corner, with fountains and a nice area to sit around with a cup of cocoa and a snack (Nolan loved throwing pennies into the fountain, making “weesh” <3).
2) Midtown: the Winter Shops at Bryant Park, complete with skating rink, and plenty of food vendors, is a NYC must around the holidays. We went a few weeks ago on a Saturday, and even though it was really crowded, it totally put us in the holiday spirit!
3) Meatpacking: Another fave spot to visit around the holidays is Gansevoort Market down in the Meatpacking district. Grab a quick bite amid adorable holiday decor, or head to Bubby’s Highline or the Standard Grill, then grab drinks at the Biergarten and go skating at the ice rink at the Standard Hotel!
4) Madison Square Park: take in the tree & decor and hit up Shake Shack all at the same time! The iconic Flatiron building is right across the street as well— perf for a holiday pic!
If you live in the area or plan on visiting, try and plan a festive date— and let the holiday spirit fill you with cheer!