November 27, 2013
New York City: the perfect Christmas shopping destination
It may be hard to believe, but the festive season is once again just around the corner. This means it’s time to start thinking about your Christmas shopping, and for seasonal retail therapy, New York City is hard to beat. The run-up to December 25 is the perfect time to take a bite out of the Big Apple. The metropolis takes on a completely different look and feel ahead of the celebrations, with huge Christmas trees on display, singers serenading shoppers, festive window displays dazzling shoppers and more. It’s impossible not to be swept along by the buzz of the city’s streets.
To get the most from your trip, combine your shopping with plenty of sightseeing. For example, why not invest in some Circle Line Sightseeing tour tickets? These boat trips (coupon here) are a great way to see the city’s waterfront parks, famous bridges and skyline.
When you’re ready to start spending, Macy’s in Herald Square is the place to go. The world’s largest department store, it stocks virtually everything you could imagine. I like going there to people watch too. While you’re there, you can also check out the impressive Santaland. This festive scene includes everything from Christmas trees and toy trains to Santa himself.
Of course, it’s not only Macy’s that gets into the Christmas spirit. Boutiques and department stores throughout the city make an effort to dress up at this time of year. Some of the best window shopping can be found along Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue.
It’s also worth battling through the crowds to get a glimpse of the big tree at the Rockefeller Center Plaza. It now boasts 30,000 lights and is a true spectacle. To see it at its best, head there after dark. There is also an ice rink in the plaza if you fancy testing your skating skills.
Another must-try in the city can be found at the FAO Schwartz toy store. It boasts a giant floor piano, which is great for kids and adults alike. To avoid long queues, it’s best to get there when the store opens, preferably on weekdays rather than Saturdays or Sundays.
While you’re in town, you might also want to catch a festive show. For example, Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular is a real extravaganza and is ideal for families. Another favorite is St John the Divine’s Winter Solstice.
Whatever you do in New York City leading up to December 25, you’re bound to have a great time. Just make sure you have plenty of spare room in your suitcase to fit all those gifts in!
Originally from Canada, Charlotte Spencer has lived in New York and now very much considers it home.
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