I've definitely reached a bit of an age where family holidays are becoming a little bit few and far between ('What do you mean it's just you and dad?!) There are rarely any more 3am-alarm-rushes to the airport, frantic shared suitcase packing and even less Kevin McCallister moments (thankfully). However, this December things were a little different. With thanks to Virgin Holidays, Mama P's birthday and a few days where we all had free calendars- we were able to hot foot it to the Big Apple for a bit of Christmassy fun, in the city that constantly feels like you're in a film, especially at Christmas time...



With it being my dads first time to the city we were determined to pack in as much as humanly possible (with big help from City Mapper, a bossy Liv and a bit of preplanning)- and managed to tick off everything from the tourist must-sees to scarpering around the West Village to point out Bob Dylan's previous haunts. So, with that, I thought I'd pop together a bit of a mini festive themed 'guide' to seeing the city over the weekend at Christmas!

Staying: The Redbury


One of my top spots in New York to stay is around Broadway, and The Redbury comfortably falls into one of the most convenient locations for easy access to some of the cities favourite spots- making it a top pick on our trip this year. Decked out with an interior inspired by the Big Apple's vast arts and music culture, each room boasts a heavenly bed, plenty of space (for a boutique hotel)- and access to the hotels delicious Italian restaurant, Marta- not bad for a flying visit!

29 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

Seeing: Central Park at night


Even if you just fancy poking your nose into the hotels dotted around the border of the park (~cough~ The Plaza for ultimate Kevin M feels ~cough~), paying a visit to the Park in the evening is a sure fire way to feel festive in the city. Whether you're going after a slap up at Sara Beth's , taking a night time stroll- or even getting a guided tour- there's plenty of notable Christmas film spots to keep your eyes peeled for too- and you can certainly tick off Pigeon Lady circa Home Alone 2 and Elf (sans Central Park Rangers)...

The Rockerfeller Centre:

This is a little bit of a no brainer, but I couldn't not mention a visit to one of my favourite spots in the city, the Rockefeller Centre. At Christmas this spot is known for it's infamous Christmas tree and ice rink (pre note: the rink is serious $$$) but it's worth hopping by to admire it and catch a glance at the skaters. It's nearly always busy this time of year- but Top of the Rock boasts some of the best views of the city, so I'd definitely recommend that if you fancy some birds-eye-goodness too. Additionally, this spot is pretty close to all of the best department stores too- so if you want to seriously get your Will Ferrell on, I'd pop that in too!

Eating: The River Cafe


If you're heading to New York for a special occasion, I can seriously recommend making a booking at the exceptionally beautiful The River Cafe over in DUMBO. With views stretching across the whole of Manhattan, and a brunch and breakfast menu including everything from the most insane chocolate pancakes (with gold bits, GOLD BITS, homemade omelettes and plenty of other surprises- it's definitely a meal to remember (and a pretty amazing one at that too).

1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Balthazaar:

I'm not sure any visit to NYC is complete without a visit to Balthazar. Although admittedly it can be a little touristy (hey, I'm a tourist!) there's a reason why it's so well loved- and whether you're heading in for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner or even a coffee- it's a pretty wonderful experience, especially at this time of year.

80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

Magnolia Bakery:

Whilst wandering around the West Village, we made the obligatory stop at the Magnolia Bakery to sample some of their festive treats and warm up a little from the cold. Picking our their chocolate flourless cake and brownies (and admiring their Egg Nog cupcakes from afar)- it's the perfect Bradshaw-inspired spot to defrost and a definite one to tick off.

401 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014



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I've definitely reached a bit of an age where family holidays are becoming a little bit few and far between ('What do you mean it's just you and dad?!) There are rarely any more 3am-alarm-rushes to the airport, frantic shared suitcase packing and even less Kevin McCallister moments (thankfully). However, this December things were a little different. With thanks to Virgin Holidays, Mama P's birthday and a few days where we all had free calendars- we were able to hot foot it to the Big Apple for a bit of Christmassy fun, in the city that constantly feels like you're in a film, especially at Christmas time...



With it being my dads first time to the city we were determined to pack in as much as humanly possible (with big help from City Mapper, a bossy Liv and a bit of preplanning)- and managed to tick off everything from the tourist must-sees to scarpering around the West Village to point out Bob Dylan's previous haunts. So, with that, I thought I'd pop together a bit of a mini festive themed 'guide' to seeing the city over the weekend at Christmas!

Staying: The Redbury


One of my top spots in New York to stay is around Broadway, and The Redbury comfortably falls into one of the most convenient locations for easy access to some of the cities favourite spots- making it a top pick on our trip this year. Decked out with an interior inspired by the Big Apple's vast arts and music culture, each room boasts a heavenly bed, plenty of space (for a boutique hotel)- and access to the hotels delicious Italian restaurant, Marta- not bad for a flying visit!

29 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

Seeing: Central Park at night


Even if you just fancy poking your nose into the hotels dotted around the border of the park (~cough~ The Plaza for ultimate Kevin M feels ~cough~), paying a visit to the Park in the evening is a sure fire way to feel festive in the city. Whether you're going after a slap up at Sara Beth's , taking a night time stroll- or even getting a guided tour- there's plenty of notable Christmas film spots to keep your eyes peeled for too- and you can certainly tick off Pigeon Lady circa Home Alone 2 and Elf (sans Central Park Rangers)...

The Rockerfeller Centre:

This is a little bit of a no brainer, but I couldn't not mention a visit to one of my favourite spots in the city, the Rockefeller Centre. At Christmas this spot is known for it's infamous Christmas tree and ice rink (pre note: the rink is serious $$$) but it's worth hopping by to admire it and catch a glance at the skaters. It's nearly always busy this time of year- but Top of the Rock boasts some of the best views of the city, so I'd definitely recommend that if you fancy some birds-eye-goodness too. Additionally, this spot is pretty close to all of the best department stores too- so if you want to seriously get your Will Ferrell on, I'd pop that in too!

Eating: The River Cafe


If you're heading to New York for a special occasion, I can seriously recommend making a booking at the exceptionally beautiful The River Cafe over in DUMBO. With views stretching across the whole of Manhattan, and a brunch and breakfast menu including everything from the most insane chocolate pancakes (with gold bits, GOLD BITS, homemade omelettes and plenty of other surprises- it's definitely a meal to remember (and a pretty amazing one at that too).

1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Balthazaar:

I'm not sure any visit to NYC is complete without a visit to Balthazar. Although admittedly it can be a little touristy (hey, I'm a tourist!) there's a reason why it's so well loved- and whether you're heading in for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner or even a coffee- it's a pretty wonderful experience, especially at this time of year.

80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

Magnolia Bakery:

Whilst wandering around the West Village, we made the obligatory stop at the Magnolia Bakery to sample some of their festive treats and warm up a little from the cold. Picking our their chocolate flourless cake and brownies (and admiring their Egg Nog cupcakes from afar)- it's the perfect Bradshaw-inspired spot to defrost and a definite one to tick off.

401 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014



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35 comments:

  1. I went to New York in October and I fell in love with it! This post makes me want to go back asap, it would be so magical at Christmas! x

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  2. Oh wow, Christmas in NY is absolutely festive! I love it. x

    www.ashrealasitgets.blogspot.com

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  3. Ah I want to go to New York so bad around Christmas time!
    http://www.thoughtsinstyle.com/

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  4. Ahhh I love Balthazar too!! I know there's one in London but there's something special about being in the New York one!

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  5. This looks so great! I love New York; never been there during Christmas though.
    www.mishii.co.uk

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  6. I would LOVE to go to New York for Christmas! <3

    moremindfulyou.blogspot.com

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  7. Such a lovely post. New York is THE City. Happy Holidays!

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  8. Manhattan / whole NYC is magical during the most wonderful time of the year!;)NIKA

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  9. This is making me want to go to New York even more now!
    Simplly Me Xx
    https://simpllyme.wordpress.com/

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  10. This is such a dream of mine! You're so lucky, hopefully I'll be able to go during Christmas someday! :)
    x Kenzie // Kenzieblogslife.blogspot.com

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  11. I have not been to NYC in years! I want to go back so bad!

    Laila from Townhouse Palette

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  12. A Christmas in New York would be incredible!
    Thank you for the guide too!

    Belle in Black and White

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  13. Love this little holiday guide! New York is the best during the holidays!
    xx Alyssa
    VISIONS OF NYC // @alyszsa

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  14. New York looks wonderful at Christmas! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  15. New York at Christmas is what made my husband and I make the move across the pond! It's been wonderful here, and although we only got our Christmas tree last night (I'm usually in the 1st of December camp), getting our tree off the sidewalk, in the snow, and walking it home is possibly one of my favourite NYC memories so far! You came at a perfect time of year :)

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  16. New York at Christmas is something i'd LOVE to do, like many others, I'd totally be running about seeing all the sites from Home Alone 2 and Elf (two of my favourite christmas films ;)
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  17. I've always wanted to go visit NYC during Christmas and this post made that desire even more real :)

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  18. Such beautiful pictures! I would love to visit New York at any time of year, but especially during the festive season. xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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  19. Great photos! :)

    www.evdaily.blogspot.com

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  20. I'd love to go to New York during Christmas season!

    Mireia from TGL
    https://thegoldlipstick.com/

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  21. I'm off to NYC in a few weeks and am SO looking forward to it now! Great post :)

    Fatima - www.fatima-writes.blogspot.co.uk

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  22. New York is one of my favourite places in the world, and at Christmas it's made even better! Your photos are stunning and I wish I could be there now, the decorations and lights and atmosphere is always so festive and empowering!

    The River Cafe and that bakery sound incredible and Top of the Rock is definitely high on my list of things to do!

    JosieVictoriaa // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

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  23. Oh my God, as if I didn't want to go to NYC at Christmas enough already! Definitely on my 2017 bucket list!

    Made In The 1990s

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  24. wow, it looks absolutely amazing! so so festive! merry christmas xxx

    cristynottingham.blogspot.co.uk

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  25. I always feel like new york at christmas is the epitome of festive - sounds/looks perfect!

    Lucy | Forever September

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  26. These pictures are gorgeous! This would be my dream to have Christmas in America :)


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  27. It looks like you had a lovely trip! I've noted down the food places for my next trip to NYC!x

    Lynnsay x
    www.sartorialscot.com

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  28. I would love to go to New York around Christmas, it looks so magical! x

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    www.abeautyromance.com

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  29. So jealous - New York at Christmas is just THE BEST. P.S. Loved the cameo from your Dad on the vlog! x
    Sophie Cliff

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  30. wow! this really gives all the Home Alone feels! :) looks so fun http://sarahinwonderlust.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/planet-vandy.html

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  31. New york at Christmas is probably so amazing
    xo
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  32. Okay so New York at Christmas is on my list, this looks bloomin' incredible and the decorations! It's so festive!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

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  33. New York at Christmas is at the top of my holiday dreams! hope you had an amazing time :)

    Rose and Weston x

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  34. Just got back from NY for the Thanksgiving holidays. Heading back next year for Christmas! Such a beautiful city !!

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