Guest Blog – Christmas in Manhattan

In honor of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree’s annual lighting ceremony which was last week, we have brought back our favorite guest blogger Jenn Smith!  Enjoy 🙂

Christmas in Manhattan

It’s hard to believe that the holiday season will quickly be upon us.  But while many people start envisioning parties, shopping and the merriment of the season, I always have one thing on my mind each December: New York City.  A lifelong dream of mine has been to visit the Big Apple during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, and this year will be no exception.  What exactly is the draw to visit Manhattan during that blustery time of year, you might ask?  Well…

Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center.  I want to lace up the skates and pretend to be Kristi Yamaguchi, if only for a few minutes.  With the magnificent Rockefeller Christmas tree and its thousands of twinkling lights high above me, for a few minutes I want to leave the craziness of New York behind and just be a kid at heart as I twirl and tumble across the rink.  What could be more in the spirit of the holidays than ice skating with loved ones?

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular.  I’ve seen this show on tour, but I want my first foray into the hallowed walls of Radio City Music Hall to be to see The Rockettes in this annual tradition.  By the time I leave, I just know the Scrooge in me will be vanquished and I’ll be high kicking my way down Sixth Avenue and through the rest of the holiday season.

Window Shopping.  Now, window shopping might sound strange, but consider this: Did you know that each year visitor’s guides publish where the best window displays are located?  In late November, Fifth Avenue’s windows become an artistic tribute to the season.  Macy’s, Saks, Lord &Taylor, Bloomingdale’s and more offer fun for the whole family, and I admit that by the end of the day I’d be carrying a few shopping bags away from the experience.

After a few good eats, perhaps a Broadway show and maybe a trip to one of the City’s quintessential tourist stops, it would be time to head home.  But I would leave a very happy little elf, ready for the New Year.

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