Way back at the beginning of December, I had flown into Virginia and a week and a half later, Christian and his mom flew into the US. We met up in New York City. We planned to spend the weekend there before taking the train down to Virginia and spending Christmas and New Years with the rest of the family. This was Christian’s mom first visit to NYC and we were all excited to see the city, especially during the holiday season. I arrived in NYC around lunchtime and dropped off my bag at our hotel, which was located near Times Square. I decided to walk to the holiday markets. One was located in Bryant Park and the other was located in Union Square. Bryant Park had an ice skating rink and if you brought your own ice skates, it was free to use the rink.
I walked down 5th Avenue and back up Madison Avenue to get back to the hotel to meet Christian and his mom.
They arrived and we went searching for a place for dinner. They were pretty tired but we still wanted to walk around to see some of the NYC landmarks lit up at night.
We walked through Times Square, which was very crowded.
Rockefeller Center was also extremely crowded but you have to say that you have visited to see the tree and the ice skating rink.
The following morning, we went to church at Hillsong. This Australian-based church has two locations in NYC, as well as a location in NJ and LA.
After church, we took the subway to Battery Park, to take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. The ferry is free and you pass by the Statue of Liberty and have great views of the Manhattan skyline.
We made a round-trip ride back to Battery Park on the ferry, not even visiting Staten Island. We hopped on the subway again to visit SoHo. We had lunch there and window shopped. Each little neighborhood of Manhattan has different, interesting architectural styles. In SoHo, there are some beautiful, older, ornate buildings with lots of fire escapes.
We headed back to our hotel in the early afternoon because we had planned for afternoon tea at the Palm Court in the Plaza Hotel, which is located right off Central Park. It was the most expensive afternoon tea we have had but the food they served was plentiful. We barely touched the desserts because they had so many different sandwiches to try, as well as the scones. Luckily, we took a doggy bag home with us. It was really tasty and a fun NYC experience!
By this time it was dark and we wanted to see the department stores windows decorated for Christmas. This was the one thing I was super excited about for visiting NYC during the holidays. We found this department store walking tour map, so we could visit each of the stores’ windows. We started at Bloomingdale’s. They had a ice carver in one of the windows and he was carving presents and other holiday items for people to watch.
Saks Fifth Avenue not only had beautiful window displays but they also had a light show on the outside of the building.
By this point, it was time for our main event of the day, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes. It was a really fun show, that I would want to see again if I visited during the holiday season. Christian said he was still jetlagged, so was a bit sleepy during the show, but it kept my attention!
The next morning we decided to continue with our tour of department store window displays. Lord & Taylor had bakery-themed windows with gingerbread men and sweet treats.
Our last department store was Macys, which had a Peanuts themed display. We went inside, where there were more decorations. Christian even wrote a letter to Santa!
From Macys, we headed back down to the direction of SoHo and then back up through Greenwich Village and the Meatpacking District to the High Line. The High Line is a park located on an elevated section of unused NYC subway tracks. We walked the entire length of the High Line, which ended near Hudson Yard.
We took the subway back to Times Square. Christian’s mom wanted a bit of time to rest before we needed to board the train for VA. Christian and I made one last loop on Fifth Avenue and Rockefeller Center before meeting up with his mom and catching the train. The time in NYC went by fast but I think we were able to see quite a bit and give his mom a taste of NYC. Maybe she will decide she wants to visit again and see more!