Something that stays constant on my personal wish list from when I was a kid, is to celebrate Christmas in New York, and why I haven’t gone ahead and planned to make it possible till now is really inexcusable.
There is so much about New York City which has always appealed to me. Maybe because I see it as a city that remains significant in so many ways, or because I live in a place where there is more hesitance to embrace diversity as they do in the Big Apple than there is willingness, or perhaps because city life is in my blood and the pulse of it beats strongest in New York. From the little things to everything, no one and everyone, Brooklyn and Staten Island, the Bronx to Manhattan, it is the place of extraordinary grandeur and class, the financial and cultural capital of the world, a creative hub which shines like a homing beacon for artists and connoisseurs alike. Splendour and magnificence in every form is available at every turn and tilt of the head, and where especially at Christmastime the world is truly shown why it is such an iconic city that towers over the rest.
I keep mentally adding to the wish to visit itself, and the things I would do (and force my family to do) when we finally make it there some December is going to take more than a month to accomplish for sure.
I can’t list them all (because really, the list is miles long,) but here are a few special places I would be and things I would do in the run up to Christmas in the Big Apple.
Le Parker Meridien’s Gingerbread Extravaganza
The Nutcracker – New York City Ballet
Christmas Carols at Washington Square Park
Holiday Train Show at New York Botanical Garden
New York City Public Library
Christmas Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center
City Streets, Fifth and Central Park
The Plaza (But, naturally)
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Anne is a fiction writer and blogger, and a former hotelier living in the sprawling coastal city of Karachi, Pakistan, with her husband, two kids and a pet fish. A city girl at heart, she likes her coffee strong, books always within arm’s reach, perfumes by the boatload, music of the old school variety, beaches sans the crowds, cozy cafes early in the mornings, and intimate encounters with Jack Daniels on Saturday nights.