I had this grand idea that somehow New York would empty out around the holiday time (because wouldn’t people want to be around their home at this time of year?), and this grand idea included leaving work late one night, only to meander up 5th Ave to gaze and gawk at all the gorgeous shops all decked out for the holidays. I was severely wrong. Needless to say, I’ve never seen 5th Ave so busy, at all times during the day! But annoying tourists aside, New York in the holidays is magic. That word is so cliché, but that’s all I could feel. Starting with Radio City Music Hall putting up their tree and holiday lights early in November, to the giant Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting after Thanksgiving. Those two things I could count on being up early and gorgeous. But what I didn’t expect was how the rest of the city lit up. All on 6th Ave there were giant red ornaments, nutcrackers, and a giant strand of lights. All the shops on 5th, including Tiffany’s and Saks, had amazing window and light displays for the Holiday season. Bryant Park was completely transformed. Normally a very chill green park, with strangers playing chess or ping-pong together, this was turned into a winter wonderland, complete with an ice skating rink.
The only downside to New York during the holidays was how fast the time went. Everyone at work is gearing up for the end of the year, and preparing for the beginning of the next simultaneously. This season reminded me just how amazing New York can be if you let it, annoying shopping tourists and all.
Hope you had a great holiday season!