MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM NEW YORK!

Must see, Chrismas decorations, significant places and more! 

New York is one of the most fun and beautiful cities in the world! The whole city is prepared for the winter holidays, and the stunning activities abound with Christmas decorations, holiday lights, and famous window displays. Here's my list of top things to do and see in NYC during the winter holiday time! (All seen in 3 hours right before catching flight to London)

1) First stop- Times Square

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No New York visit is completed without visiting marvelous Times Square!

Even though it's winter outside, you can always meet hot cowboys and spicy women! They're not afraid of the winter!


2) Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree - Gigantic Christmas decorations and lights in midtown Manhattan, ice rink

Location: 1251 Sixth Avenue, near Rockefeller Plaza in NYC

Traditional Christmas Tree at the Rockefeller Center:

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The world-famous ice rink at the Rockefeller Center: 

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Chances are you’ll be waiting in line for a while, but at least you’ll have a delightful view!
World-renowned Olympic medalists such as Michelle Kwon and Kristi Yamaguchi have performed here!

This skating rink is located right underneath the Christmas tree and the bronze gilded statue of Prometheus.

In front of the Christmas tree, there's an alley decorated with the wire-sculpted angel figures. Each herald angel holds six-foot-long brass trumpet:

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Toy soldier at Rockefeller Center :

 
 Giant toy soldier at Rockefeller Center.

Giant toy soldier at Rockefeller Center.

 Christmas tree right next to the Rockefeller Center

Christmas tree right next to the Rockefeller Center

 
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3) 5th Avenue Holiday Window Displays - Saks Fifth Avenue

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Saks Fifth Avenue

 Holiday window display at Saks Fifth Avenue

Holiday window display at Saks Fifth Avenue

Fans of Disney movies will love Saks Fifth Avenue's holiday window display. If you are in town for the tree lighting at Rockefeller Center, stop by the windows at Saks, too.
It's located right across the street from the Rockefeller Center promenade, right next to the traditional Christmas tree. It's the most famous shopping window displays. It might be challenging to walk there, but the experience is unforgettable.  

This year, Saks is teaming up with Disney for a "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" theme to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the film. Fans of Disney will love it!

Saks Fifth Avenue is not the only one. Go and see Bergdorf Goodman Windows, Macy's (Midtown West), Barneys (Lenox Hill), Bloomingdale's (Upper East Side) and Bergdorf Goodman (Midtown West).


4)  Strolling along 5th avenue from the Rockefeller Center towards Central Park

Take a stroll along 5th avenue from the Rockefeller Center towards Central Park. You'll see beautifully decorated buildings and displays. Go shopping to the world's premier brands like Tiffany & Co, Trump Building, Tommy Hilfiger, Harry Winston and many more. 

 

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5) Hanukkah Menorah

Location: Fifth Avenue and West 59th Street, across the street from The Plaza hotel

 Photo: Courtesy of the Lubavitch Youth Organization

Photo: Courtesy of the Lubavitch Youth Organization

World’s largest Hanukkah Menorah- answer to the giant Rockefeller Center. It’s a 32-foot-high, gold-colored, 4,000-pound steel structure at Grand Army Plaza

What is Hanukkah?

Chanukah is the Jewish wintertime “festival of lights,”. It lasts eight-days and is celebrated at home, by lighting the menorah (each night one additional candle is added to the number from the previous night), special prayers and fried foods.

The Hebrew word Hanukkah means “dedication,” and is thus named because it celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple. 


6) The one from the movies: Wollman Rink in Central Park

 Photo: gonytours.com

Photo: gonytours.com

Central Park has two ice skating rinks – one on the east side near Central Park Zoo (Wollman Rink) and one mid-park between 106th and 108th street (Lasker Rink). 
This huge, crowded American ice-rink is the most famous Park in the world.
View a beautiful city skyline while you skate in the most iconic park in NYC!


7) Columbus Circle Holiday Market

Location: entrance to Central Park, at 59th street and Central Park West. 

 Photo: timeout.com

Photo: timeout.com

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This a cute, hipstery bazaar is located right next to the Central Park in the Columbus Circle. It's known as one of the most elegant and beautiful places for holiday shopping.
It features handmade, jewelry, home goods and delicious eats from local artisans and designers.


8) And catch a train to the airport!

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What are your favourite places in New York to see in December?

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