Nobody does Christmas quite like the Americans and nowhere does Christmas quite like New York. From the famous Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Centre to the department store windows and lights on Fifth Avenue, there’s something for everyone here in New York and these are my highlights.
With only 24 hours to explore I was quickly showered and out of the hotel, it was already dark so I decided to head up to the top of Fifth Avenue by the Plaza Hotel and walk down from there. The Christmas windows at upmarket department store Bergdorf Goodman are always worth a look and this year definitely didn’t disappoint.
Tiffany’s as always is a sparkling affair with shimmering lights designed to look like diamonds hanging down the sides of its building.
Other stores worthy of a mention are Salvatore Ferragamo and Cartier with its giant red ribbon tied around the outside of the shop.
Just off Fifth is the pretty entrance to the Peninsula Hotel all decked out in classic style decorations.
Fifth Avenue is always a busy place but around the Rockefeller Centre it was literally heaving, there were thousands of people there, and they were there for two reasons.
The famous Christmas tree in Rockefeller Plaza is, I have to say, quite spectacular, and enormous. Lit with thousands of coloured lights its setting above the ice rink is just perfect and gives the whole area a real Christmas feel.
The second reason there are such huge crowds is back on Fifth Avenue. Saks department store always puts on a good show with its Christmas windows and this year was no exception. The windows display the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
The best bit for me though was the lights show that runs about every 10 minutes. The whole of the front of Saks lights up and is set to music, it was amazing to watch and I can’t say I’ve seen anything else like it anywhere I’ve been. Check out the videos of the lights display on my Youtube channel
After all the crowds of Fifth Avenue I’d had enough and decided to call it a night, but there was more to see tomorrow. After a good sleep I was up and about quite early and went out looking for more Christmas magic in the city.
In Bryant Park behind the public library there’s a Christmas market with a free ice skating rink and another beautiful tree.
My final stop was the Time Warner Centre up on Columbus Circle and its Christmas lights display. The atrium area of the shopping mall is filled with large hanging stars that change colour in time to some set pieces of music.
I’m a big fan of New York at any time of the year but for me at Christmas it has an almost magical feel to it. I hope you’ve enjoyed my little jaunt around some of New York’s amazing Christmas decorations.