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Christmas In New York

Updated on March 6, 2014

There is nothing like spending some time in this wonderful place!

No matter how many times I travel to New York City, I still feel like a kid. There is nothing like NYC in my eyes. The hustle, bustle, lights, people and smells. If you have never traveled to NYC at Christmas time you have to do it at least once. This lens is a small, and I mean small journey to NYC at Christmas time. I could never include everything to do but these are some of my favorites. Hope you enjoy your virtual tour of NYC at Christmastime!

Rockefeller Center - A must do while your there!

Rockerfellar Center Christmas Tree 2010
Rockerfellar Center Christmas Tree 2010

You already know that this is a must do when in NYC. You cannot go to NYC at Christmas time and not go see the awesome, gigantic Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. While you are there you may even see a proposal or two, that happens alot there it seems on the ice skating rink. I've seen a couple myself! How romantic!

This year the tree lighting is on November 30th. Be sure to check it out on tv or in person.

The Lighting of the Tree - Listent to the people in this video. One says "was it worth it" and the other says "it was worth standing here since 4:00".

Get your I Love New York Gifts on Amazon - Who doesn't love NY?

Toys R Us in Times Square - For the kids and the kids at heart!

If you are a kid or a big kid at heart, you have to visit the Toys R Us in Times Square. Can you believe that there is a 60 foot ferris wheel inside? Yes, I said inside!!! It is amazing. It is a sensory overload, your eyes don't know whether or not to look up, down, left or right. Inside you will also see a life size T-rex dinosaur and lots of awesome lego displays. A lego display of the Empire State Building and tons of others are sure to amaze you! Oh, and don't forget to go to the candy section.....YUMMY!!

John's Pizzeria - Times Square - When its cold outside you have to stop in...

Yummy John's Pizza
Yummy John's Pizza

As your nose gets red and your bones are chilled from walking the street be sure to warm up at John's Pizzeria in Times Square. There is usually a wait, so be prepared for that, and you may even have to wait out in the cold for some time before you get in....but once you are in it is sure to delight your senses and warm you up. I'm not sure I can say it was the best pizza I had, but it was great!! The atmosphere is great, fun and casual. We went before New Years and it was stil decorated for Christmas. It added to the nice atmosphere. The service was quick, especially considering how crowded it was. But, not necessarily the friendliest. We had the mozzerella triangles...they were ok, nothing extroidinary. The pizza was delicious, crispy, not too doughy, the cheese was great and good sauce too. I would definatley return. I was actually shocked at the amount we spent....was expecting to pay alot since everything is so expensive in the city. But, our total bill was $28 - not at all bad for a Manhattan lunch! We just got the traditional pie, mozzerella triangles and 2 sodas. I thought it was a great value for the atmosphere and the food was delicious!

John's Pizzeria - Times Square - No Slices!!

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Christmas inside John'sJohn's from the outside, be prepared to wait!More Christmas inside.stretchy cheese trianglesA traditional pizza....YUMMO!Mozzerella Triangles at John's
Christmas inside John's
Christmas inside John's
John's from the outside, be prepared to wait!
John's from the outside, be prepared to wait!
More Christmas inside.
More Christmas inside.
stretchy cheese triangles
stretchy cheese triangles
A traditional pizza....YUMMO!
A traditional pizza....YUMMO!
Mozzerella Triangles at John's
Mozzerella Triangles at John's

On the streets - Your eyes won't know where to look

The streets are filled with vendors, lights, characters and tons of people. If you go after Christmas you may even see them setting up for New Year's Eve. Of course the streets may also be filled with snow, or slush. After all it is December in New York City, you have to expect there may be snow. I think it just adds to the magic of it all, but make sure you wear the right kind of shoes for walking through that slush!

NYC at Chistmas - Do you think it is worth it?

Ok, ok, so going to NYC during Christmas time is a bit of an ordeal. It is crowded and cold.

But, is it worth it??

Absolutely, there is nothing like NYC at Christmastime

Absolutely, there is nothing like NYC at Christmastime

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    • Cara 4 years ago

      I would love to visit New York at Christmastime.

    • Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      Definitely. I do miss the hustle and bustle sometimes and the shop windows at Christmas and so much more. Spent many a holiday season in "The City" until about 6 years ago when we moved "upstate" to central New York. Do not miss the daily commutes, though.

    • Mahogany LM 5 years ago

      Sometimes you have no choice - family :)

    • JoshK47 5 years ago

      I haven't been in years - but it certainly is wonderful to see now and again!

    • Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I can imagine it's just wonderful - chilly but wonderful.

    • whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      Totally!! The vibe there on Christmas is incredible!

    • Zut Moon 5 years ago

      Yep ... Been there years ago ... need to revsit

    • Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I've never been to NYC for Christmas but it sure looks amazing

    No way, I would never go there during that time of year!

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      • victoriahaneveer 4 years ago

        For me, there are other places I would prefer to be. I have visited New York and it was interesting but once was enough.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        hard answer as both answers go drastically one way or the other, I suppose I would prefer to stay around my community but I would like to visit NYC during the holidays.

      • Serj 5 years ago

        I really don't care where it is, if it's cold outside then I'd rather be inside. I'd go to NYC during late spring/early summer. Been there once and it is almost a whole new world there.

      • kab 5 years ago from Upstate, NY

        I've been to NY at Christmas a few times. While Christmas in NYC is special, I much prefer, NYC after it calms the hell down.

      • Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

        I might be in the minority, but I don't like NYC anytime! Too crowded and dark from the buildings blocking the sun. I like my sunshine:)

      Radio City Rockettes - In case you missed it...

      Here is a video of the NYC Rockettes in the 2012 Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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          Cara 4 years ago

          Maybe one day I will get to visit New York.

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          Oneshotvariety LM 5 years ago

          New York is my favorite place to spend Christmas. Great lesn!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          We just got back from NYC about a month ago and we ate at John's Pizzeria!

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          bernie74 lm 5 years ago

          I so want to see A Christmas in New York! It has been a dream of mine for many years. It is also one of my Husbands and mine future plans..

          Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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          Chazz 5 years ago from New York

          Didn't make the trip this year and missed it. Will have to plan ahead for 2012. Could use a shot of NYC holiday adrenaline come December. (Wouldn't mind watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons being inflated the night before the big kick off to the holiday season again either) Blessings from a Native New Yawkah!

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          Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

          New York City at Christmastime. Sounds fabulous!

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          Ruthi 5 years ago

          I've never been to NYC but would love to visit and Christmastime seems a good time to go.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          enjoyed my visit to your lens tonight, earned a squidlike from this reader.

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          JoshK47 5 years ago

          I definitely need to go back! Great lens - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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          poutine 5 years ago

          Would love to go eventually.....

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          Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

          I have only been to New York in the summer, but I imagine with all the Christmas themed activities and decorations it must be amazing to be there. Happy Thanksgiving.

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          whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

          Now I feel nostalgic.. NYC never ceases to amaze me.

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          Serj 5 years ago

          Nice Lens!!!! I'd really like some of that NY pizza! Nice job!

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          savenlives 5 years ago

          @Gerald McConway: I agree, for us it is so close and like a mini-vacation. So much to do and see! Thanks for stopping by!

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          Gerald McConway 5 years ago

          Spent Christmas in NY a few years back for the first time and it was incredible. A great place for couples to do something different if they want to get away from the norm for a few days around the holiday season.

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          Yummy. That pizza looked so good. I think it would be fun to go to NYC during Christmas