Ice Skating at Bryant Park, 42nd street (between 5th and 6th Avenue)
You may have clocked by now that I am a festive fan. I love all things Christmassy – deck the halls all year round in my opinion. So what could be more festive than skating. And not only skating, but skating on the Bryant Park ice rink, which ticks every seasonal box. Imagine mulled apple cider (complete with a whole cinnamon stick), festive music (I wish these pictures had accompanying sound) and being surrounded by world-famous skyscrapers whilst you flail around on the ice. This is 100% a Christmas must. In fact Bryant Park is one of my favourite New York places in the summer too – it is right behind the New York library (think Carrie’s wedding plans or Dennis Quaid saving his son from apocalyptic weather). The activity is actually free but renting the skates costs $19 per person.
Union Square Christmas Market
This is yet another all-year round activity that comes into its own in December. As you probably remember from my New York posts earlier this year, spending a morning strolling round the Union Square market is a must for me when I visit the city. Stacked with hundred’s of things worthy of appearing inside a stocking on December 25th – yet again my plans are foiled by US Airways and their sly baggage requirements. Alas, here are a little selection of things that I wish I could have nabbed for the return journey. Guess we will have to go back again next year with an empty suitcase!
The East Village
This may seem like a fairly non-descript activity and certainly was not appropriate on our first day when water fell from the sky for nearly a solid 24 hours. But when you strike gold on the New York winter-weather-roulette and have a crisp day, cold enough to require gloves, but with a clear sky and bright sunshine – what could be better than walking around the blocks of the East Village? There is something worthy of a photo on every street corner and broken up with regular intervals for hot chocolate and cakes, this is my ultimate way to spend (no money) and a Christmassy day in New York.