Christmas in New York

Christmas in New York: made famous by a family that forgot their kid, an adult elf, a miracle on 34th Street and a few Meg Ryan movies. The allure of Times Square, Central Park and the Rockefeller became too much for me over December 2017, so I found myself whooshing past the exit doors at JFK International Airport and into the freezing night.

We were in the city from 14-22 December and luckily, enjoyed the remnants of crunchy winter snow - a far cry from our sizzling temperatures back home. Over the next couple of days, the parks turned white, but not so much to slow us down as we moved around town, taking everything in.

The feature Christmas display is obviously the huge tree planted within the Rockefeller Centre, and standing in front of it, I was transported back to all of those iconic Christmas shows I’ve loved over the years.

Christmas in New York: Worth it or not?

Beautiful sculptures for enjoying Christmas in New York

Up at the observation deck, we spotted a gorgeous Christmas tree in the courtyard of a building only a stone's throw away. We decided to investigate and, a short stroll later, we found ourselves in front of The New York Palace Hotel - very well-known for its Christmas decorations, according to my trusted Instagram followers.

The tree at the entrance of The New York Palace Hotel

Christmas in New York: Wreaths galore

A Christmas tree to enjoy at the hotel

The front of the The New York Palace Hotel in New York

Our hotel was close to Bryant Park, which transforms into a winter wonderland and Christmas market during the festive season, complete with a very large Christmas tree, ice-skating rink and beautiful stalls selling festive food and gifts. Naturally, it became a regular pitstop for us, and we self-armed with plenty of things to bring back.

Lovely trees, adorned with baubles and lights

Ice-skating is a staple activity over Christmastime in New York

Hot mulled wine and other Christmastime treats are sold from the stalls at Bryant Park

Tourists flocking to enjoy Christmas in New York

Behind Bryant Park is the New York State Library. Wow, what a stunning building! Proving Christmas in New York is the perfect time to turn normally mundane buildings into a sight to behold.

CEO and Head Designer of My Christmas, Nicole Kelleher

Finally, for the shopaholics among us, we made some time to drop-by all of the shopping and retail displays. For those who want the whole, sparkly low-down, I've got a separate blog post on Macy's at Christmas Time (complete with pictures galore).

Instead, here are my favourite snapshots of Saks 5th Avenue at Christmas - their window display told the story of Snow White (with a trapped Evil Queen), and the ground-floor display was the epitome of classic Christmas elegance, Breakfast at Tiffany’s style.

In our final few days enjoying Christmas in New York, it warmed up slightly (to a whopping 10*C one day!), melting the snow and topping off the star on a wondrous trip to a city twinkling with lights, laughter and good spirit.

The Snow White themed window display

Saks 5th Avenue is a beautiful experience for shopping and meandering about

Christmas in New York: Inside the stores

Doing a bit of shopping around town in New York

Finally, a few final photos of some of the street scenes seen as we pounded the pavement for 8 days.

Streetscapes covered with a light dusting of Christmas snow

Beautiful garlands climbing up the walls

Radio City in New York City at Christmas

The Empire State Building, all lit up

Garlands and wreath: The perfect My Christmas staple

Hi Rudolph, doing a great job there!

The Tommy Hilfiger Store in New York

Cat-themed Christmas in New York

Building front and streetscapes were a sight to see

Christmas in New York: The high-rises

A solider blowing his trumpet in the city centre

Bergdorf Goodman in New York City

Giant baubles for giant people

Have you been to New York at Christmas? Have you ever wanted to go? Let me know your favourite New York Christmas displays for my next trip, and if you’re wanting to bring a little magic of a New York Christmas into your own home, look through our extensive catalogue of decorations. We’re the Southern Hemisphere’s Christmas specialists!