A Magical Experience – New York City at Christmas

New York City is magical—-especially at Christmas time! Options are too numerous to visit within a short visit, but we attempted many during a three day stay. Even the hustle and bustle of NYC makes it feel like Christmas. We bundled up to stay warm against the cold and ventured out to take advantage of the opportunities the City has to offer.

The Rockettes’ Christmas Spectacular is a must-see for me in addition to the year-round musicals and plays. Yes, as some pointed out to us, the presentation may seem cheesy, but it makes me smile with the songs and story. Santa’s 3-D trip throughout Radio City Music Hall is full of excitement and color. The carefully choreographed dances of the Rockettes are amazing to watch. The Biblical Christmas Story, complete with real camels, sheep, and donkeys always brings tears to my eyes.

Rockefeller Center is another must see for tourists and residents alike. The magnificent tree towers over the area and provides light with its meticulously decorated limbs. The angels playing their horns light the entrance to the tree and the ice rink anchors the area for those inclined to get their blood flowing.

Magic fills the air around Manhattan as visitors stop and gaze at beautifully adorned windows for the famous-named stores. Saks Fifth Avenue impresses with its lights and music presentation that can be heard for blocks. Whether you are shopping or simply taking in the views, NYC has something to pique your interest. For example, the child in everyone urges a visit to FAO Schwartz.

One area that we discovered this year is the Bryant Park Winter Village. As we walked through the shops, we were reminded of European Christmas markets. Products of all sorts were available in the area. Christmas ornaments, chopstick baskets, clothing, jewelry, and so much more. Every glass booth had a different theme and products. Of course, wherever there is shopping, there must be food to keep up your strength. We started the day with a savory spinach pastry while trying to be healthy. After visiting a few of the stalls and smelling the tempting aromas, we gave in and bought apple cider donuts. (I told myself that the apple cider made them healthy.) The Village also features an ice skating rink and opportunities for curling which is a sport in which players slide rocks on ice toward the target. We enjoyed watching all the activities—as we drank coffee and munched on our snacks.

My husband and I enjoyed our brief visit which put us in the Christmas spirit. It’s never too late to book a trip for yourself—either this year or plan ahead for a future one.

Candace Ahlfinger has loved traveling since she was little and has always been on the go whenever possible. Now she is retired and gets to do what she loves best… TRAVEL! Whether it’s traveling with her wonderful husband, or our children and grandchildren, traveling is a great experience that enriches her life. Because she always enjoys reading and hearing about others’ travel experiences, she wants to share her travels with the Ellis DownHome readers. 


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