It's Christmastime in the City

I have been dying to go to New York City in December for the longest time. It's been on my bucket list of things to do. I didn't get a chance to go last year as I didn't make it in time. This year, I wanted to go, but didn't make it on a Saturday before Christmas like I had planned. The week before Christmas Eve, I found out I would get Christmas Eve off. I didn't think much about going to New York until the Tuesday before Christmas Eve. I woke up in the morning, very sad I hadn't made it to New York. As I was thinking about it, I realized I could go on Christmas Eve. New York City is four hours away, I could make it there in a day and a half. So, the more I kept thinking, the more I kept planning. As I thought about my day trip, I realized I could go Wednesday night and spend the night if I found a hotel for a decent price. To my amazement, I found a hotel for a ridiculously cheap price. That solidified my decision in choosing to go to NYC for a mini trip.

I booked my hotel and booked my bus ticket and became very excited about my next adventure. I scoured Pinterest to see what recommendations were out there for what to do in New York for Christmas. I found one pin to be very helpful in what I wanted to do and accomplish for my short trip. I had seven hours to cram in all NYC Christmas festivities.

First Skate at Rockefeller Center The perfect time to go ice skating at Rockefeller Center is during their first skate session which is at 7:00 in the morning. Yes, it's early - but oh so worth it. Not very many people attend that early in the morning so the ice is not packed. Ice skating at Rockefeller Center is pricy, but worth it. With the first skate session, your skates are included. The only bad thing about my session was the weather was very warm, so the ice was melting. I was determined not to fall in the very watery rink - and I managed to stay standing! Victory!

Macy's on 34th Street If you love Christmas movies, Miracle on 34th Street has to be a favorite! This Macy's is where the famous Santaland exists. I had wanted to visit Santa, but the wait was very long for 8:30 AM. The inside of Macy's was absolutely gorgeous. The decorations at Macy's is exquisite. The windows outside of Macy's were Peanuts themed. That was not very new to me, as Boston's Macy's has Peanuts-themed windows as well.

Fifth Avenue (from Rockefeller Center to Central Park) According to The Traveling Chic's blog post, walking down Fifth Avenue from Rockefeller to Central Park was something you must do! I am very glad I walked down Fifth Avenue. Saks Fifth Ave was beautifully decorated, as were other buildings along the way.

Saint Patrick's Cathedral One of the most famous Cathedral's in NYC, I had to pop in to see if the inside was decorated. St. Patrick's had a Christmas tree and two nativity scenes. The building itself is gorgeous, so the extra decorations made it even more special!

Avenue of the Americas Avenue of the Americas {{ aka Sixth Avenue }} was my favorite street to walk down. All the trees are decorated with lights, Radio City Music Hall had a gorgeous tree atop its marquee and there were various statues along the way.

Grand Central Terminal Okay, Grand Central Terminal is not decked out with Christmas decorations, but it's a really cool place to go check out. They have some wreaths hanging on the windows. My favorite thing to see is the iconic clock.

New York Public Library I didn't go inside the New York Public Library during this trip. However, the lions outside of the library are wearing Christmas wreaths. Adorable, no?

Times Square I'm adding Times Square only because its not a far walk from these places and everyone should stop by Times Square.

Overall, I had a great time fitting all I could see in 7 hours before taking off to Boston! Have you been to New York City for Christmas? What are your favorite things to see?