Christmas Time In The (New York) City

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
Luke 2:14

We are welcoming Katy back to the blog today…as we continue to live vicariously through her fun trip last weekend!

Here she is…

We’re back in New York City!  Thanks for taking the time to read my post on Wednesday!  I hope you were able to catch a little of the Christmas spirit that is in NYC at this time of year! I’ve taken you down Fifth Avenue and shown you some of the windows there, so today, let’s just roam around other parts of New York City!

And maybe we can catch The Rockettes while we are en route!

Everywhere you look, there are gigantic Christmas trees!  This one was in the public library! 

This guy was even decked out for Christmas! 

As you can see in front of Macy’s on 34th Street, there were people everywhere!! 

They had a Peanuts theme in honor of the 50th anniversary of “It’s a Charlie Brown Christmas!”

 The Santa Snoopys were the cutest!

As you walked around, the windows progressively walked you through the movie…including Lucy’s well-known psychiatric booth!

The Charlie Brown Christmas tree!

“That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown!”

Macy’s side windows were a “Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus” theme from the 1897 publication of the New York Sun.

 “Yes, Virginia” has sparked letter writing campaigns at Macy’s across the nation!

Here you can see some of the characters reading the publication’s response to her question “Is there a Santa Claus?”

Central Park was just a few blocks from the hotel, where festive carriages were waiting!  

My nephew, Hunter and me ice skating at Wollman Rink in Central Park.  This was taken about 2 minutes before I fell and came home with a nice elbow bruise as a souvenir!  
And of course I had to make my way over to The Plaza Hotel, where the wreaths are gigantic…

…and the tree stands in all of its glory!

 So beautiful!

The lights at Rockefeller Center were so festive!

Now on to my favorite part of the trip…The Radio City Christmas Spectacular!

This was my first time seeing The Rockettes!

Everything inside of Radio City Music Hall ushers in Christmas…even the chandelier that resembles a Christmas tree!

It’s almost showtime!

The iconic toy solider dance…they must put in hours upon hours of practicing this routine…it was flawless!

One of the last scenes is a live nativity…complete with sheep, donkeys, and even a camel!  They read scripture and performed “Hark the Herald Angels Sing!”…such a powerful moment!  One of the lines in the show was “the greatest gift is not the one you go looking for, it’s the one that finds you”, and how true is that!  The greatest gift ever given, Jesus, came to earth to seek and save us, the lost and sinful world.

 Giant wreath at the New York Stock Exchange 

Yummy nutella and strawberry waffle from Wafels and Dinges at Bryant Park…it was as delicious at it looks!

Bergdorf Goodman partnered with Swarovski this year for their holiday windows and the theme was “Brilliant”!

Fun fact: the ball that drops on New Years Eve in Times Square is made of Swarovski crystal, so you can imagine the bling in these windows!

I had heard all about looking at Christmas windows in NYC, but didn’t understand the hype until I made this trip!

This was definitely one of my favorite trips!  How about you…have you been to NYC at Christmas time?   What was your favorite memory?

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  1. Kim says:

    Thank you, Katy! NYC looks to be amazing at Christmas time. I’m so thankful for the live nativity at the end of the show – and reading God’s word and singing a hymn is so unexpected for NYC. I see hope everywhere that our country isn’t as bad off as the media makes it out to be. God’s remnant streams through every city. Praise God! I’m glad you had such a nice trip, Katy. What a wonderful experience, and I’m so glad you shared it with us!

    • katyewatters says:

      Thank you, Kim!! It was such a powerful ending to a wonderful show! And what you said is so very true…many times as I was walking around the city, I was singing to myself and to God “You’re the God of this city, you’re the king of these people…” by Chris Tomlin. He is so much bigger than I even know, and he rules over all! Thanks for your sweet comments on both posts! I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!!


    • Kim, such encouraging remarks! I have seen the Christmas Spectacular 2 times in NYC and 2 other times in Atlanta and Birmingham! The Nativity is the highlight! Katy did two beautiful blogs on her trip! She is super talented and we are blessed to have her as our chosen daughter! Happy Saturday!

  2. Great trip recap! Thank you, Katy, and I hope your elbow is okay now. My sil broke his, ice-skating with his little sister. :/ I’ve never been to NYC for the holiday extravaganza, but you sure make it look enticing! Merry Christmas!

  3. Loved revisiting New York in this wonderful post, the Snoopy windows look really great, think that’s a movie we headed to see during the holidays!! One of my favourite memories is the Christmas Spectacular, so impressive and the Nativity scene was just the peak of an incredible show. I hope we see it again sometime!

  4. Maria Cheney says:

    I am adding this trip to my bucket list! You have described everything so eloquently, I want to go there right now! Sorry about your elbow, but what a memory of skating in Central Park! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  5. What a wonderful post! I have been to NYC many times and Christmas is my favorite. People always ask me what we do when we go and they don’t understand how we just walk around and enjoy all of the windows and decoration! The Radio City Christmas spectacular is another of our favorite activities. We always love the live nativity at the end. It is truly moving! Our favorite little treat to eat is Waffles and Dinges! We could have been right along with you on this trip! You did a great job sharing all of this as I never want to fool with the camera!

  6. Another fabulous tour of New York! Katy did an amazing job at capturing the beauty of the season. I really need to take my kids in to the city during the holidays. We usually avoid it due to the crowds but we only live an hour away and there is so much to see! Thanks for taking us on a tour – and thanks for linking up again! Enjoy your weekend!

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