Holiday Bucket List- Holiday Decor in NYC

Rockefeller Center in New York City


There's still plenty of time left in the season to embrace the holiday spirit and of course we're here to help give you some fun ideas!  If you missed the earlier features on our Holiday Bucket List, click below to check them out->

As we make our way to number 3 on the Bucket List it's important to remember that one of the most quintessential expressions of the holiday season are the decorations.  And Rockefeller Center in New York City takes holiday decor to new heights.  

This past weekend, we did not let the rain impede on our plans to visit the Big Apple. With thousands of people doing the same, we knew finding a parking spot would be nearly impossible around this time of year.  So we parked in Queens and rode the F Train into Rockefeller Center Saturday evening. 

One of the first must-see holiday displays in NYC are The Giant Red Ornaments in Fountain Plaza at 1251 Avenue of the Americas (sixth avenue).  The bright and shiny ornaments definitely sets the cheerful mood of the season. 

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Just a block or so down over at Saks Fifth Avenue, we stopped to check out the LED light show on the flagship store's facade displaying its "Snowflake Spectacular."  The two minute show repeats every seven to eight minutes, adding more cheer to city's holiday theme.

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And if you simply turn around, you are looking straight at New York City's iconic Christmas Tree, a world-wide symbol of the holiday season. The tree will stay lit and decorated this year until January 7th 2015.  The Norway Spruce Christmas tree stands 85-ft tall and weighs around 13-tons. Decorated in 45,000 LED lights, with a 9 1/2 foot wide Swarovski Star, it's no wonder why thousands of people venture to NYC  every year to see this beautiful display in person. And right next to it is the Rockefeller Center Ice Rink, where you can rent skates and ice skate around the tree.

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To finish off our NYC holiday adventure, we made our last stop at FAO Schwartz, the legendary toy store.  This is one of those places that words alone cannot express how awesome it actually is; you simply have to see it for yourself.  Aside from the huge selection of toys and candy, it is the overall shopping experience that attracts people of all ages to FAO Schwartz year-round.

There is endless to see and do in New York during the holidays. Simply walking along the streets adorned in lights and decor can liven up anyone's holiday spirits. NYC is just one of those annual trips that we will never get sick of!


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Kristy Albano & Matt Pickering                                                      

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