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.
30 comments on “New York City at Christmas”
New York is a wonderful place to see Christmas spirit! I especially like Bryant Park and Macy’s windows. The last time I was in NYC over the holidays, SAKS building was really impressive.
NYC is the perfect holiday vacation- the city is so beautiful all dressed up for Christmas!
I’ve always loved the giant christmas tree balls in front of the McGraw Hill Building, but I have to say that the giant christmas lights look more like giant lipsticks in fashion-don’t colors. hope you went into Radio Cit and saw the show. it really is spectacular.
Beautiful captures of the decorations! Lovely to see everyone gearing up towards a festival! Have a wonderful day Marcia 🙂
I keep promising myself that I will visit New York during Christmas. You’re just tempting me more. I love all these decorations, but particularly the Star! Merry Christmas!
I’ve always wanted to visit NYC over the Christmas season – and go skating in Central Park and window shopping and, and…
Hope your holiday is exactly that – a holiday and a happy one.
I would love to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and stay in NYC until New Year’s Eve just to experience the holidays at a city that makes holiday decorations a tourist attraction. Those are all beautifully decked out and how cool to see those huge trees all lit up. Always been a wish to see those window displays too. Merry Christmas, Marcia!
NY does look beautiful during the holiday season… Best wishes for a Happy Holidays too! I missed you!!! 🙂
Thanks, Elizabeth, same to you. Sorry I missed you too, next time.
I now understand a little bit more about the Christmas spirit.
Christmas has different connotations here with the summer heat. It feels mismatched, false in a way. Like we are trying to impose European traditions on a place that won’t accommodate.
How about Christmas in Jamaica?
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I LOVE NYC at Christmas! 5th Ave, Rockefeller Center,Central Park in the snow — wonderful! Merry Christmas, Marcia!
Can you believe that I’ve never seen an in-depth look at Christmas in NYC? I’ve heard about the Rockefeller Center tree and the Macy’s windows, but the other decorations are new to me. It must be so magical! I really must visit there some Christmas season.
When I was at uni in the USA, I often stopped for a few days in NYC. Always festive 🙂
NYC always goes all out for the holidays. Glad you were able to experience it, Sophie.
Yes, you should, Michele! Hope you add it to your travel list.
Thanks, Cathy. Belated Christmas greetings to you too!
NYC’s just a beautiful place to be at Christmas. Glad you’ve seen it.
WOW, this is one amazing house! Thanks for sharing, Narelle.
LOL, sometimes I feel the same about Christmas here. What works up north seems quite out of place here.
We have pine trees here but most people who put up trees, use plastic ones. I prefer to string lights on a few of the trees near our house like we used to do when I was younger.
That would be a fantastic vacation, Mary. You should definitely add it to your travel bucket list. The Thanksgiving Day Parade is amazing — I’ve not been but I’ve been to watch the balloons being blown up the night before the parade. The tree lighting ceremony is a must but only if you like crowds.
I hope you get to do all those things, Leigh. Hope you had a wonderful holiday.
It’s definitely worth a visit, Vera. I always feel like a kid when I see decorations, they’re so beautiful!
Thanks, Arti. I agree, it is lovely to see.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to catch the show. It’s still on my list, maybe next year.
It a magical place, for sure, Jade.
Yes, Saks always has an impressive window. Unfortunately, there were so many people crowded around I couldn’t get good shots.
Oooh, I do see you hit a little bit of the rain, but you still got some great shots! And of things not on the main stretch of 5th Avenue! (Actually, I haven’t even passed a few of those in my foot travels, and I live here!) Happy holidays!
NYC is one place that I have to attend for a Christmas before my life ends. Has to be a magical place.
Thanks, Koren! There was more than a little bit of rain, I was lucky to get the shots I did.
Hope you make it there next time.
Happy New Year!
NYC definitely is a place to visit whether for Christmas or not.
It is a remarkable place.
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