I just got back from a wonderful, whirl wind of a trip to visit the very festive, NYC! This was a bucket list trip for me and it did not disappoint!
Some of our trip was expected but many stops were a surprise and blew all of my expectations out of the water (looking at you window displays and Theatre of Dreams!). Keep reading to find out my top five festive spots!
5. St. Cloud Roof Top Bar
Located on the 17th floor of the Knickerbocker, this roof top location is an astounding bird’s eye view of Times Square! The roof is draped in lights and trees but thats all a shadow of the bright lights of Times Square. As an added perk, the New Year’s ball is up on display which is a fun sight to see. Definitely a great spot to grab a drink!
4. Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center
I am guessing this is probably the biggest tourist destination during December in NYC. Well, it did not disappoint! That thing is HUGE. Plus, it stays lit all day, so no matter when you go, you can see it in its glory. Be sure to walk around the entire block though because there are other beautiful sights to see!
3. Bergdorf Goodman’s Window Displays
For those of you that don’t know, window displays in NYC are a big deal. They originally were used to showcase new clothing to potential shoppers but now have been transformed into pieces of art and a major source of free, holiday entertainment. Each store has a different theme and experience so if you’ve seen one, you definitely have not seen them all!
Bergdorf’s was my favorite! The giant window displays were packed with decor. These were some of my favorites:
Here is a great guide to all of the NYC window displays this year: https://www.tripsavvy.com/holiday-windows-at-nyc-department-stores-1612956
2. Bryant Park Christmas Market
I was blown away by the offerings in this festive location. Ice skate, grab a beer, shop, or enjoy lots of sweets in this Christmas market. I can personally recommend the chocolate croissants and old fashioned donuts but the champagne, duck fat fries, s’mores waffles, and cookie dough all looked fantastic!
1. Saks Fifth Avenue: “Theatre of Dreams”
I did not know that this existed so I had zero expectations but it was SO fantastic! The front (several stories) of the store are decorated with lights that are in sync with Christmas music. It gave me goosebumps to see something so festive, in a major city, and to realize that it has been going on for almost 100 years!
(the show starts at 7 minutes 🙂
What are you favorite Christmas spots in NYC?