A festive Christmas itinerary for New York City

Hg2 offers a truly festive Christmas itinerary to New York City.

Start your day in New York by waking up refreshed and well rested in the luxurious Pierre Hotel. Just across from Central Park, not only is it perfectly placed for the day’s exploring ahead, but if you ask for a ‘Park View’ room, the first thing you’ll see in the morning is a snow-covered Manhattan wonderland.

Next, getting a full belly should be your top priority, and for that it is tough to beat the City Bakery. After all, few things say Christmas spirit like hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows, not a mind their numerous scrumptious hot snacks that will keep you warm embarking out into the wintery New York morning. The bakery is just off Fifth Avenue, so after filling up on goodies, take some time to check out the incredible Christmas window displays at Sachs Fifth Avenue and Lord and Taylor, two of New York’s most iconic department stores. On the way back, take Sixth Avenue and you’ll be able to see Macy’s famous window display on West 34th Street.

After a spot of shopping, continue up Sixth Avenue and head straight into Central Park. You’ll be able to see the ice skating at the Wollman Rink if you take a detour off Center Drive – or get your skates on if you’re feeling energetic!

Continue on through the park until you reach your lunch destination, The Loeb Boathouse, at East 72nd Street and Park Drive North. Situated right next to Central Park’s lake, the view is spectacular and it also has beautiful Christmas decorations and a roaring fire, not to mention delicious food.

When you’ve had your fill of the view and the food, walk back through Central Park via The Mall, passing the Bethesda Fountain – featured in the classically cheesy New York Christmas films Home Alone 2: Lost in New York and Elf!

After you’ve re-charged back at The Pierre, a walk down 5th Avenue will offer a glimpse of the mythical Rockefeller Center Christmas tree (60 Rockefeller Plaza) lit up for the evening in the Plaza. Afterwards, you can avoid the crowds by heading down to Pete’s Tavern on East 18th Street, which is one of the oldest and most festive bars in the city for a drink and some dinner amongst locals.


Jim Tanfield

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