I love Christmas.
The anticipation of the big day always lifts my spirits. I especially love walking through Central London and wowing at the beautifully decorated windows in the huge department stores or heading down the cobbled streets of Covent Garden and Carnaby Street where you are guaranteed to see a fantastic display of lights and decorations.
London definitely does Christmas well.
This year, however, was going to be a very different celebration. My son had just turned 18 months old and was understanding more as each day passed, i couldn’t wait to see his face on Christmas morning as he opened up his presents in excitement shouting out his new favourite word ‘WOW’. As this was also going to be our first Christmas in New York, we wanted to take advantage of all the wonderment that the City had to offer.
I wanted to see how the window displays here compared to those in London and as we walked along 5th Avenue, we weren’t disappointed. From Cartier, to Tiffanys, and the infamous Saks, the buildings were enveloped in giant
red bows and sparkling lights.
The windows were filled with whimsical figurines that danced along to music, drawing in crowds of people desperately trying to catch a glimpse and of course take a selfie.
We continued to walk along 5th until we reached Rockerfeller Centre where we arrived to hundreds of people gathered around what was probably the biggest Christmas tree i’ve ever seen. Typically, Leo had fallen asleep ten minutes earlier so our hopes of a family photo had been scuppered, we decided to take a few pictures where we could and make our way out of the crowds. Not an easy task with a stroller, luckily Leo was still fast asleep and blissfully unaware.
There were so many other places we wanted to visit, but they couldn’t all be done in a day. This vast City definitely has a lot to offer if you want to get your Christmas vibes on. For markets, you could head to Bryant Park Winter Village or Union Square Market where you will find rows and rows of stalls filled with all sorts of festive treats. Bryant Park and Rockerfeller Centre also offer ice skating, and if you head up to Central Park you will also find a huge rink right in the centre.
Of course, there are some sights in the City that you may not have heard of, you’d be surprised at what else you come across when walking through the streets of New York.
I think the last picture says it all, wherever your happiest moments come from at this time of year, we are all in pursuit of some kind of magic at Christmas. I know i am. xx