Christmas decorations start going up on stores, office buildings and private homes in New York City right after Thanksgiving. The decorations are sometimes simple, sometimes elaborate. No matter, they put a smile on my face and help me get into the spirit of the season. I’m sure they do the same for others, which is why there are usually scores of people milling around.
Each Christmas, this building on 6th Avenue near 50th Street decorates with these large red balls but every year when I see them, it feels like the first time (at least to me). A little Christmas magic, perhaps?
The day after I took this photo, I noticed the wheels on the train were moving and steam was coming from the engine. It was absolutely the coolest thing to see. Even cooler, was seeing the way the kids were reacting.
The Swarovski Star has adorned the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree for the last nine years. This year’s star is comprised of 25,000 crystals and 1,000,000 facets, measures 9 1/2 feet in diameter and is 1 1/2 feet deep. It weighs 550 pounds.
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has been part of New York City’s Christmas celebration since 1933. The tree, measuring between 70 and 100 feet, is usually Norway Spruce and is donated. Trees have come from Upstate New York, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey and Ottawa. It takes approximately 30,000 lights to decorate. LED lights have been used since 2007. The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting is broadcast live on NBC around the end of November. The tree stays up until January 6th, then is recycled.
Bryant Park celebrates Christmas in a big way with free skating, a tree, and stores selling a variety of handcrafted gift items. The stores stay open until Christmas Eve. Christmas stores can be found at several locations around the city including Grand Central and Lincoln Square.
Each year, Macy’s department store in Herald Square features two window displays — one from The Miracle on 34th Street and a second that is chosen for that year. This year, the inspiration came from Virginia O’Hanlon’s 1897 letter to the New York Sun and the editorial response that was titled, Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.
In addition to Macy’s, Saks, Bloomingdale’s, Cartier, Gucci, etc., also have beautiful Christmas decorations. If you’re in New York this Christmas or anytime before the first week in January, I hope you’ll check them out.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!
This is my submission to Travel Photo Thursday, which is organized by Nancie at Budget Travelers Sandbox. Be sure to head over and check out more photos from locations around the world.