My desire to go to NYC at Christmas time was fueled by numerous movies from my childhood and also my love of Christmas markets and lights. The ladies in my family, six in total, got an Airbnb in Inwood (the only place affordable and big enough to fit us all) for 4 days and explored the city!
NYC Christmas To-Do:
Columbus Circle Holiday Market (and ANY market you can find!) | Motorcoach Christmas Lights Tour | Rockefeller Center | Tinsel Trading Company (they’re currently looking for a new location) | Macy’s
I have to say, Google maps and my limited 2-line Subway travel in Toronto (*eye-roll*) never steered us wrong. The first day was wandering around in Lower Manhattan. We stopped in at Purl Soho, a few vintage shops, Goorin Bros. Hat Shop, and a stop for lunch. Man, I didn’t nearly eat as much as I wanted to on this trip – as I write this today (in April 2017), I still find myself disappointed.
We also made our way to the Brooklyn Bridge to take in the views.
After our walk, we headed to Midtown and Times Square. I was pretty disappointed that F.A.O. Schwarz Toy Store (made famous in my mind for the “chopsticks” scene in Big) was closed as of July 2015. However, there were so many other things to see! Rockefeller Center, Saks, Cartier, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and simply navigating the zoo that is Times Square.
We visited a lot of lights and widow decorations, but we ended up booking a Christmas lights tour which also took us to Grand Central for the weekend. The tour was on a motorcoach and it helped to avoid the crowd. We got to stop a lot and to be honest, the tour stop and Grand Central was worth the cost of the ticket – it was fantastic! Here are photos of many of the store displays we saw in addition to the ones below.
In addition to all the lights and displays, we got to wander around the Upper West/East Side and walked through Central Park.
I really loved the Columbus Circle Holiday Market and I won’t lie, I also loved Turnstyle Underground Market! Mom and I ended up going twice to the Columbus Circle Market and got our very own customer loyalty card at La Sonrisa Empanadas (so good).
On our last day, my Aunt, Mom and I went to Tinsel Trading Company and spent an obscene amount of time in there – it was awesome! We also hopped over to Tender Buttons which is another cute little spot.
I’m also pretty stoked that I got my little pink house, just like Martha Stewart, who did one of her trees in all pink!
NYC was fun at Christmas, but I can’t wait to go in the spring or summer and eat up a storm and stroll through Central Park.