We visited New York during Christmas week and had a great time! Anyone that I talked to said New York City is magical during this time of the year, and they were absolutely right! It’s very picturesque, and many times I felt like I was in a Hallmark movie. The virus was peeking during our stay, so Broadway shows were cancelled at this time, but we had a good time doing other activities.
Here’s a run down of things we did that were all kid friendly. (8-year-old friendly)
Things we saw: Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, Macy’s lights show,
Wollerman Rink – Ice skating in Central Park *swoon* was a great experience and the ice was perfect.
Bryant Park – Ice skating and small novelty shops. We did do ice skating, but it was quite slick here and a smaller skate area verse Wollerman Rink.
New York Public Library – This library is very architecturally beautiful. There was a mini museum which had some unique artifacts.
Notable Shopping: American Girl, Lego store-620 5th Ave, Nike-650 5th Avenue
Notable Eating: Loeb Boathouse (Central Park) on the pricier side but the food specifically the crab cakes were so yummy and having lunch with a lake view is so beautiful. I would come here again. Burger & Lobster, Vito’s’ Slices and Ices-Oh my gosh this pizza was perfect! It’s thin crust with no flop! I found this gem by searching One Bite app and I had it twice on our stay. So yummy! lol
Pictures, top left: Wollerman Rink Ice Skating (Central Park), top right: Loeb Boathouse (Central Park), bottom: Lego store
We stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott/New York Manhattan/Midtown West, well that was a mouthful, lol Really nice hotel had laundry and was close to Times Square and not too far from everything else we visited. Next visit I want to be close to Central Park as I would like to pop in daily if time was there. It’s just so beautiful, and I could spend all my time there.
Things I would like to do on our next visit:
Ride the Ferry to Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty
Observation Deck: Here are a couple options; Edge, Summit, Top of the Rock
See a Broadway Show
More tips to plan your NYC trip
• Join a Facebook group, they are mixed with locals and everyone is helpful with any questions you may have. Here are a few groups to check out: nyc travel tips and hacks, everything to do nyc
• Map out your trip using Google My Maps. Here is a great tutorial on how to learn it. How to Plan Your Trip with Google My Maps
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