City Sidewalks, Busy Sidewalks…of NYC

“All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the Lord”
Isaiah 66:2a

One of my favorite trips to take is New York City at Christmas!  It didn’t work out for Butch and me to go this year, but our chosen daughter, Katy went and I was able to experience it through her eyes and camera lens!  I have asked her to share all about her trip with us today!

So here’s Katy…

I’ve always loved Christmas carols and I am “that girl” that admittedly starts listening to holiday stations on Pandora several weeks before Thanksgiving.  But the words “City sidewalks, busy sidewalks” took on a whole new meaning for me this past weekend!  I (along with several thousand of my “closest” friends) went to New York City for a few days for the experience I had only seen in photos!

A few things probably come to mind when you think NYC at Christmas…the Rockefeller tree, ice skating in Central Park, breathtaking window displays, and the ever-so-popular Rockettes…all of which I was able to do in four short days!  It truly was a magical experience and I am excited that Pam asked me to share these few days with you!  The weather was perfect, although not very Christmas-y…it was in the 60’s!  But, I walked more miles than I could’ve imagined and it was worth every step!

Come with me…let’s take a walk down Fifth Avenue in New York City!

The iconic Rockefeller tree!  It truly is magical…

…even in the daytime!

Ice skating in front of the tree!  The line was wrapped completely around the block!

These larger-than-life drummers stood on the corners around the tree.

You talk about stop-you-in-your-tracks!  Saks Fifth Avenue had the most magical store front display! 

At night, the light show would start every few minutes…the Christmas spirit was alive and well on Fifth Avenue!

The window displays were themed “A Winter Palace”.
Think: adult version of “Frozen”!

The Icy Eiffel Tower

There was a sea of people (including me) “ooh-ing” and aah-ing” at these displays!

The Great Barrier Reef

A look at Saks from underneath the tree at Rockefeller Center!

I wish the pictures could do it justice!  Amazing!

And then there’s that Tiffany blue…

Who can stand in front of windows at Tiffany’s and not think Audrey Hepburn?!
The window displays were small, but the diamonds certainly weren’t!

I had to snap this photo of the deer with antlers and chandeliers…it’s everyday living at Tiffany’s!

Lord & Taylor’s window theme was “Our Favorite Things”.  This was the Advent calendar mansion that had opening doors revealing different winter scenes!

The Sweet Shoppe
I’m with you, Lord & Taylor…I love sweets too!

Animated gingerbread men carrying a gingerbread house

 I think I stopped and watched this cuckoo clock for ten minutes…it was beautiful!

I’ve never seen such detail! 

The window displays brought out the kid in me…I could’ve stopped and gazed in for hours!

On Sunday, I ventured up to the east side of Central Park…and found Laudree…THE place for macarons!

How can you possibly make a decision between such pretty desserts?!
Endless options of flavors!

I am not sure what the “perfect” macaron is supposed to look or taste like, but I think this is it!  Delicious!!

And the windows were beautiful there, too!

Standing on the Brooklyn Bridge!

Thanks for taking the time to read all about my trip to NYC!  But there’s more…and I will be sharing the rest with you on Friday!

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  1. Kim says:

    How fun, Katy! Thanks for sharing your trip. You got some great pictures! I’ve never been to NYC at Christmas, so going “through your post” is magical!

  2. Ron says:

    I was there two weeks ago, and yes it was magical. There is no place like NYC at Christmas. I will be featuring this post for SYS next week……

  3. AnnMarie says:

    How beautiful it all is! It has been many years since I have been to NY City at Christmas and I remember it being magnificent. There was a blizzard while we were there which we got caught outside in with no taxi’s in sight! The memory stops there but I would like to go back at this time of year again.

  4. Jann Olson says:

    Stunning! I hope to see it in person some day. We travel quite a bit and can not believe we have never made it to NY! Tiffany’s, and sweet shoppes, absolutely wonderful! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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