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travel + what to do in NYC during the holiday season



9 days until Christmas! I never used to be a big fan of New York City, but in the past year it has actually quite grown on me. From visiting my little many times over the summer, to the recent career trek I went on with my college earlier this week, I've begun to really like the city. Monday and Tuesday I pulled into Grand Central at 6:30 and 7:30 am, respectively, and I absolutely fell in love with NYC in the morning. So much better than when it's too crowded! It did help that it's been unseasonably warm the past couple of days...I love chillier weather but dear Lord when it's freezing and walking around the city, it's miserable

That being said, if y'all have the chance, you must go to New York for the holiday season. Yes tourists are flooding the streets, but everyone is so happy and it's just so pretty! There are definitely some must-see spots to visit during the holiday season.

Rockefeller Center This is a no-brainer. I took the picture shown above yesterday morning (at a lovely 7:45 am) and I think it says it all. HOW PERFECT IS IT? It was great going early because it was me and three other people taking pictures of the tree, instead of the usual hundreds crowding around. If you're looking for the ideal NYC Christmas picture, head to Rock Center. There's also the ice-skating rink and really good shopping around the area.

Rockettes I haven't seen the Christmas show at Radio City since I was eleven, but if you're in town it's an easy festive go-to. The show is always a great time, and it's the perfect Midtown location.

Bryant Park's Winter Village I walked past Bryant Park on Monday but I didn't actually go into this "Winter Village." Right behind the New York Public Library is a huge pop-up ice skating rink, lounge & bar, restaurant, and boutique shopping area just for the holiday season. Also a super easy location to get to!

Times Square This is more applicable when it get's closer to New Year's Eve, but Times Square is a lot of fun if you're really into a lot of people. There is so much going on that it's hard to stay focused, but Times Square is one of the classic NY sites. I actually went to Times Square quite a lot earlier this week, and again, it's much better the earlier you go. I've never seen the ball drop live, however...don't really think I'm up for that. 

Window Shopping Not one event, but still interesting all the same. NYC shops go all-out for the holiday season. Check out Tiffany's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales...basically you could walk Madison and Fifth and see really cool Christmas decorations.

I'll be heading back into New York City next Tuesday to do Christmas-themed things with my little. Can't wait!

Hannah
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