The following is a post to from Patrick Mackaronis. Patrick is the Director of Business Development for New York City-based social network Brabble. In this post, Patrick speaks about touring New York City’s Christmas decorations in one day. Patrick can be best reached on Twitter at @patty__mack.
See the Empire State Building, Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Rockefeller Center, Saks 5th Ave, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Midtown Manhattan at Christmas.
With Thanksgiving Weekend and its sales having ended on Sunday November 28, 2010, and with the world famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree scheduled to be lit on Tuesday November 30, 2010, many New York inhabitants and tourists want to tour the Christmas windows of Manhattan’s famous stores, and it is possible to see almost all of the most famous Christmas decorations in only one day.
Holiday Windows of Macy’s and Lord & Taylor
The majority of the most famed window decorations are in Midtown Manhattan, so the route to take is in this area.
Begin at Macy’s department store on 34th Street. Due to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the vast and crowded department store prepares their seasonal windows among the earliest of Manhattan’s department stores.
Walk from Macy’s to 5th Avenue. Walking up 5th Avenue, on the left side of the street, one will first see the Christmas windows that are traditionally the most beloved by New Yorkers, the windows of Lord & Taylor.
The Christmas windows of Lord & Taylor are different every year, but the display usually features miniature figures and settings designed to represent scenes of theme connected to Christmas.
The New York Public Library, Bryant Park Christmas Market and ice Skating Rink, and Views of the Empire State Building
Continue to walk along the left side of the street to 42nd Street, where one passes the New York Public Library. With the exterior of the library being repaired, decorations may be slight, but traditionally, the large lion statues outside the impressive building are each adorned with some seasonal decoration.
At the corner of the library, turn left to enter Bryant Park behind the library. The park hosts a Christmas Market that is reminiscent of the Christmas markets that are famous in Germany. Fresh dipped chocolate covered fruit and other food treats are sold, and a variety of crafts and goods are all available for purchase.
If one looks beyond the central Christmas tree in the market, one has an impressive view of the Empire State Building which is often lit in holiday colors during the festive season.
The park also provides another of Manhattan’s winter skating rinks.
Times Square and Times Square’s New Year’s Eve Ball
Continue through the park, and walk to Times Square, the bright lights of which cause the area to always appear as if it is lit for Christmas.
Depending on which point of the holiday season one passes through Times Square, one can catch a glimpse of the famed New Year’s Eve Ball already in place to ring in the next year.
Children may enjoy entering the Toys ‘R’ Us store in Times Square to have a ride on the Ferris Wheel made of toys.
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, Saks 5th Avenue, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral
When done exploring Times Square, return to 5th Avenue along 48th Street. One will pass some of the inventive 6th Ave Christmas decoration and the entrance to radio City Music Hall on route. Rockefeller Center will be approached from the side, and once having seen the Christmas tree and ice skating rink, walk through Rockefeller Plaza to 5th Avenue.
Directly across the street is the decorated Saks 5th Avenue. Cross the street, and walk along to right side of the street to the very near St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Cartier, Henri Bendel, Tiffany & Co, Bergdorf Goodman, and Central Park
Continue to walk up 5th Avenue to see the seasonal decorations of Cartier, Henri Bendel, Tiffany & Co, Bergdorf Goodman, and a variety of other buildings.
The Fendi Christmas cream and iridescent lights, which are designed to resemble melting frost and snow, are particularly impressive, but many of both the small and large buildings outdo themselves with creative or glittering displays.
At 57th Street a huge glowing snowflake hangs suspended over the cross roads, and at the entrance to Central Park, a Hanukkah Menorah stands tall.
The famed New York toy shop, F.A.O. Schwarz is directly across from Central Park.
57th Street and the Avenue of the Americas
It is also worth walking along 57th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, where it is possible to see candy canes, cut from foliage, hanging from the architectural trimmings of one office building, and if one proceeds to walk down 6th Avenue, many of the larger business buildings put up striking decorations.