Visit a Hotel:
Hotels deck the lobby and the exteriors, making for an enjoyable holiday visit. I recommend spending time at an iconic New York Property such as the Plaza or the New York Palace. The Plaza is home to the famous Eloise suite, and located on Central Park South near many other holiday sights. If you are not staying, pay a visit to Palm Court for afternoon tea or a brunch, or visit the famous food court on the lower level for some amazing frozen yogurt.
The New York Palace, of Gossip Girl Game, is also a great place to visit with its tall trees in the courtyard and decorated lobby. Grab a drink in the newly renovated lobby to take a break from the chilly December air!
Department Store Windows:
This is always one of my personal favorites to see each year. I recommend starting at Saks Fifth Avenue on 49th and 5th, and strolling up 5th Avenue past all the decorated boutiques- Cartier is always a classic and my favorite! Stroll up 5th Avenue to 58th St and take in the amazing Bergdorf Goodman windows- they are the talk of the town each year.
Continue your stroll across 60th street to Madison Avenue to see the always avant-garde Barney’s windows. End your holiday window tour at Bloomingdales on 59th St and Lexington Avenue. The entire facade will be covered in white lights, you cannot miss it!
These holiday markets are not as grand as those across Europe, however, New York does have a few of its own markets that open during the season. The Bryant Park market is a great option and can be visited while seeing the tree. The stands are filled with artisan made jewelry, hot chocolate vendors, and other, often, handmade gifts. There is a small market in Vanderbilt Hall of Grand Central Station, and the popular market filled with red and white stripe stands that opens in Union Square.
You can make the most of your visit to New York during the holiday season. There is not a shortage of sites to be seen. If you are feeling very festive, grab your friend and go ice skating at Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, or the beautiful Wollman Rink in Central Park.
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