The setting of one of my favorite Christmas tunes (who doesn’t love Fairytale of New York?!), favorite Christmas film (hello Miracle on 34th Street) and dressed up in more lights and sparkle than you can imagine, New York is guaranteed to reinvigorate your festive spirit.
But, where to start? As a New York newbie, I hit up the sites everyone wants to tick of their New York wish list.
Ice-Skating in Central Park
You simply can’t get more Christmassy than this. Surrounded by the dazzling heights of New York’s most fabulous buildings, gliding around this ice-rink listening to xmas tunes can be a bit surreal.
We’ve all seen it in the movies so being there for real, on Christmas day is something else. Head down at night to admire the twinkling lights and wrap up against the frosty winter chill.
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American Girl Place
This place is crazy at any time of year, but Christmas is mental. Parents rush around manically trying to secure one of the ludicrously priced creepy dolls – many made in their child’s own image. To top off the creep factor, there is also a doll hair salon, doll hospital and doll changing rooms. So weird and oh so U-S-A.
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Christmas Dinner at Ellen’s Stardust Diner
This place left me speechless. One of New York’s first 1950s themed restaurants, this place is no shrinking violet. Adding to the assault of neon regalia is the singing waiting staff. Yes you heard right, SINGING. I love anything musical and being serenaded over my Christmas burger was my idea of heaven.
Every now and again the music will start and one of the waiters will pounce onto a table or roam around the diners, crooning and warbling to their heart’s content.
Everyone who works here has moved to the ‘Big Apple’, with dreams of stardom, Ellen’s gives them a place to hone their talents and money to fund theatre training and acting classes.
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The Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall
Another stop on the Christmas Day itinerary was a visit to the Radio City Music Hall to watch the world-famous Rockettes in action. Every year the Radio City Christmas Spectacular smacks its audience round the face with Christmas cheer. The Rockettes are American’s most iconic dance troupe and attract over 2 million viewers to the show every year. You simply can’t miss out.
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A Trip up the Rockefeller Centre
After checking out Rockefeller’s iconic Christmas tree, head to the ‘Top of the Rock’ for the best views in New York. Skip out on heading up the Empire State, from the Rockefeller you can see the Empire State in all its glory. Just make sure you have a good head for heights…
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New York is rightly famous for its shopping. For British visitors, make the most of the bargains and pick up some perfect Christmas presents. For the best bargains head to Century 21, close to Ground Zero.
Pretend you’re rich and swan around the iconic stores like Tiffany’s, Macy’s and Barney’s. They all put on amazing Christmas displays with festive windows to die for!
Have you been to New York for Christmas? What did you get up to? Do you have any exciting Christmas plans this year? Let me know via social media or in the comments below.