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Christmas in New York • Travel Fantasy

December 1, 2015

“Have you been to New York?” People ask me when I tell them I love to travel.
“Yes, of course” I reply. But what I don’t tell them is that it was 13 YEARS AGO!!!

Shame. on. me.

My first trip across the pond as a clueless and innocent 16 year old seems but a distant memory and almost like it didn’t happen. I’ve been dying to go back as a fully fledged adult, but I’m yet to return to this super cool city. However, that can’t stop me from dreaming up a little New York fantasy…


When I was in New York last time it was Thanksgiving. We actually flew home that evening as families across America were tucking into their turkey. As wonderful as it was to watch the Parade and see the first sheet of snow land in New York, I was gutted I didn’t get to see this magical city at Christmas time. With Manhattan being the festive setting of so many amazing Christmas films such as The Miracle on 34th Street, Santa Claus The Movie and Elf, how could you not want to go on a Christmas trip to NYC?

Here is exactly what I would LOVE to get upto in New York at Christmas time…


New York Foodie
First on my New York agenda would be Coffee and a big stack of Pancakes. I had these for breakfast every morning at a café near our hotel. But that was before the blogosphere had been born. Next time I would love to try out some recommendations from New York bloggers, and of course hunt down some foodie venues to share on my own blog.

Other foods on my Foodie agenda would be a Juicy NYC steak (obvs), a slice of New York cheesecake (it would be rude not to) and a super cheesy and giant Pizza slice (or two). Plenty of cakes & cocktails would also be on the list, including a trip to the Magnolia Bakery.

Christmas Shopping
I’d have to hit up all the big department stores just to see the extraordinary Christmas window displays. On my list would be: Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Tiffany & Co (and maybe pop into Tiffany’s to treat myself to a small Christmas gift, like very very small!)

After snapping up some pics of the beautiful displays I would HAVE to go to a New York Christmas market. I think the Columbus Circle Holiday Market (above) looks like the one for me. Just over the road from Central Park this market is apparently a mix of unusual Christmas gifts and delicious local food. Wrap me up in a scarf, hand me a coffee and a pretzel and I’m pretty sure I could spend a whole afternoon walking around this market.

london bankside citizenm lobby

A Stylish Manhattan Hotel
Having recently visited the super sleek London Bankside citizenM hotel (above) I would love to stay in its sister hotel in Manhattan. The London hotel is super stylish yet affordable, which is why I love it, and I’m sure the New York Hotel is just as Fab! It’s located midtown, right near Times Square, which would be perfect for me as I love that lit up area of Manhattan and all its hustle and bustle, and I would definitely be heading to the theatre one evening. Plus, the rooms in this hotel look AWESOME!!


New York Activities
A trip to the top of the Empire State Building is a MUST for my New York Fantasy. My sister and I missed out on this last time due to extensive queues, so I would absolutely love to head back to this famous landmark to make it to the top.

I can’t imagine anything more festive than Ice Skating at the Rockefeller Centre to Christmas music whilst being surrounded by all those twinkling lights, New York buildings and of course the big Rockefeller Christmas Tree. I can already see myself spinning around (and falling down a lot) at this tourist hot spot.

Ever since I saw Carrie take Big on a Horse and Carriage in Season 5 of Sex and the City, I have wanted to do the same. As corny as it may be, I would love to sit upon a carriage, and take a lovely evening trot through the park. I’d have to wrap up warm at Christmas time, but braving that cold air would be worth it to fulfil this little New York fantasy of mine.

Peanuts in jar

How could I go to New York (as an adult this time) and not drink?? That would be very stupid of me. Being just 16 last time meant I lost out on all the fun of cocktailing, live gigs and just general New York boozing. So in my New York fantasty, a whole evening would be dedicated to a Christmas Bar Crawl, preferably on the Lower East Side where I’ve heard about some bars that sound really cool. Santa hats would be on, tinsel attached to my body somehow and I’d be off on a bar hopping adventure. On my ‘To Drink‘ list would be:
A Manhattan in Manhahttan
A Cosmopolitan (for the SATC fan in me)
A hot cider
A Boozy eggnong!
(Not necessaily in that order)

Have you ever been to New York? What would your fantasy trip involve? I’d love to know in the comments below.

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