Whether you live in NY or you visit the city in the colder months, no one can deny that it is a winter wonderland overflowing with magic come this time of year. Christmastime in the city has to be one of my absolute favorite things about living here. The decorations, the store windows, the festive activities…I love it all! The Mr. and I have done a few of the things on this list before, but there are many still waiting to be checked off. Have you done any of these things in NY? If you don’t live in NYC, what special holiday things do you do where you reside?
1. Go in search of the best hot chocolate…I hear City Bakery has one of the best but so far we’ve only tried (and loved) the Max Brenner one at Bryant Park.
2. Check out the trees- Of course I’ve seen the Rockefeller Center one and The Plaza one, but the Mr. has yet to see the Plaza one and neither of us have checked out the one at the Met or The Palace Hotel.
3. Take a walk while it’s snowing
4. Photograph Central Park after a snowstorm
5. Walk over a snow covered Brooklyn bridge
6. I still have yet to go skating here in the city, but I’m determined to make it to at least Bryant Park, Central Park, or Prospect Park this year.
7. Look at store windows (Bergdorfs always has some of the best, in my opinion
8. See the holiday trains in Grand Central
9. Go to Rolf’s (I’ve avoided in the past because it is oh so cliche and touristy but I’ve decided it just has to be done)
10. See the lights in Dyker Heights (we loved them so much last year that we couldn’t wait to go this year)
11. Visit Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science
12. Fondue and wine by the fire at Black Mountain
13. See a tree lighting (our neighborhood is having theirs this weekend)
14. Visit the Veuve Clicquot Pop-Up Champagne Bar
15. Walk around our neighborhood, hot chocolate in hand, to check out the Christmas lights
16. Warm up with the French onion soup at Balthazar
17. Check out used bookstores for old Christmas books and records
18. See a showing of the Nutcracker
19. Spend an afternoon cozied up by the fire at the Bowery Hotel
20. Donate a coat to the New York Cares Coat Drive
21. Get the epic-sounding pot pie at the Nomad Bar (if I can convince Mr. RC that’s truly worth a full $36, which, hello truffle and foie gras, it is!)
22. Head to Camp for s’mores by the fireplace