This time of year does not feel complete without a trip to NYC. It’s our favorite way to get into the holiday spirit. There is something so magical about being in the city during the Christmas season. Jon has been looking at flights every night since November 1st. I don’t think we will be able to squeeze it in this year, but we’ve been reminiscing about the beautiful sites and sounds of NYC.
Where to Stay in NYC
We have stayed at a few different places over the years. Last year we stayed in the heart of Times Square at Mela. Of course, this was a little more pricey but very convenient to a lot of the action. We also highly recommend Pod 51. The rooms are so tiny but trendy. I loved the whole vibe of this hotel and the location.
Bryant Park Winter Village
This place is very busy, but it’ll get you in the holiday spirit. You can ice skate for free, browse at the holiday shops and drink hot chocolate in this winter wonderland. Jon and I purchased an NYC ornament for our travel tree at Bryant Park. The whole area just screams Christmas.
Coffee on 5th Ave
You must check out Ralph’s Coffee upstairs at the Ralph Lauren Store right on 5th Ave. This place is very insta-worthy with fantastic views of 5th Ave down below. The Lattes and muffins were hard to beat too. Other coffee shops in NYC I want to check out include Two Hands, Happy Bones, and Sweatshop.
Have Egg Nog in the City
Last year we found the cutest Christmas themed bar called Miracle on 9th street. The waiters were decked out in elf suits, Christmas music was blaring, and presents were hanging from the ceiling. We snacked on Santa’s cookies while drinking eggnog and hot apple cider out of Christmas themed mugs. However, I read this Christmas bar closed down this year. Other Christmas themed bars to check out include Rolf’s, Pete’s Tavern and Baita.
Boathouse at Central Park
Central Park is full of fun stuff to do. We always visit the sites from scenes in Home Alone 2, have a hot chocolate while watching the ice skaters and visit The Plaza Hotel. This past year we stumbled upon The Boathouse. The Boathouse is located right on the lake in Central Park. It is a lively restaurant and bar with lovely views. We were lucky enough to grab a seat at the bar and enjoyed their famous Irish coffees while watching the snow fall on the lake.
Visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum
This museum isn’t Christmas related, but it’s must-see in NYC. If anything, you will leave here with more gratitude and love for our country. Jon and I went a few years ago when it first opened. Let me tell you, it’s incredible. It’s modern, innovated and very moving. Bring your tissues; you will need them.
Get Cozy at the Knickerbocker Rooftop
You can find this trendy hotel near Time Square. Last December we had the rooftop to ourselves. They have several lounging areas with blankets and heaters and unbelievable views of Time Square. I think we visited this place 3x in 48 hours.
Wine and Dine in Little Italy
Little Italy is one of my favorite districts in NYC. I love the feel of this quaint little street. Find a small table in one of their mom and pop restaurants, and you will not be disappointed. It’s usually a tight squeeze while eating, but a very cozy atmosphere. The food is authentic, and the wine is affordable. I would fly in for the day just to eat somewhere in Little Italy.
Travel Essentials for NYC
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- Thermal Neck Warmer
- Beanie with Matching Scarf
- Sweater for Layering
- Essential Oils for Immunity
- Travel Face Mask for Hydration
- Travel Toiletry Kit
After writing this post, I wish we were headed to the big apple this year. Instead, we are heading tropical (which will be nice too). A few other things on my NYC bucket list include watching the Hip Hop Nutcracker, having a cocktail in an igloo, visit City Winery, have brunch and dancing at Beauty & Essex, sip on prosecco at the Champagne Bar at The Plaza Hotel and have pizza somewhere!
After visiting NYC several times, I have yet to have a slice of NYC pizza. Crazy, I know. Let me know your favorite place to get pizza in the city or other must-see sites in the comments below. Hope this post puts everyone in the holiday spirit and longing for a trip to NYC. Until next time, Cheers!