Lifestyle

3 weeks ago

Christmas in New York

New York is one of our favourite cities at Christmas, so we have selected a few top things to do in New York.

Empire State Building We visited just before sunset so we could capture day to night. We booked express passes which were worth their weight in gold. This allowed us to jump the queues and were treated like VIPs. Book Here  

Rockefeller Centre If you want to go Ice Skating this is one you must book in advance as it gets very busy. If you aren't skating try and go either early morning of late evening to avoid the crowds. Book Here

St Patricks Cathedral Who would have thought a massive cathedral right in the heart of 5th avenue. Such an impressive building and certainly worth seeing.

Grand Central Station If you are like us and love American movies, the likes of Superman feature this impressive building. One of the most picturesque stations, certainly beats Kings Cross. Don't forget to look up at the impressive ceiling and whoever you are meeting it has to be under the clock. Don't forget to hunt out the little brass post box that's still in action and been polished to an inch of its life. 

Statue of Liberty Visiting the Statue of Liberty is a must do. It's certainly worth you booking tickets which allow you to go up to the Pedestal or the Crown. The Crown tickets sell out months in advance so if you know you want to go, book before you travel. If you are visiting at Christmas, wrap up warm it gets cold on the ferry and the island. Book here 

Central Park We were so lucky with the weather when we walked around Central Park. It was certainly cold however in the spots of sun it could actually be quite deceiving. There are many restaurants and coffee spots in the park and even a Zoo. It’s very easy to forget you are in the centre of New York while walking in Central Park, so if you like walking its certainly very romantic, especially if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the streets, there is even an ice rink which is not quite as busy as the Rockefeller one. The perfect was to go round the park is of course by Horse and Carriage there was lots of availability and a deal can be done so there was no need to book when you get there early in the morning. 

Trump Tower Not a lot to see in here unless you like gold,  however it was obviously worth a browse or if you want a Starbucks however the queue may be shorter on a street corner.

Blue Bottle Coffee For all you coffee lovers out there, if you haven’t had a Blue Bottle Coffee YOU NEED TO. You can thank us later!!

Saks Fifth Avenue Saks put out a pretty impressive light show in the evenings over Christmas and it runs every 15 mins. It’s very easy to forget where you are and think you are in Disney World while standing watching the building with every other tourist in New York city. However, it’s a must it will take your breath away. Also the window displays are just stunning.   

The Plaza Hotel If you’re looking to splash out a little head for a drink in the Plaza hotel, The Palm Court is the perfect setting for a few cocktails after a busy day rushing around the City. Book here