Christmas 2023: There’s No Place Like NYC

by Anthony Losanno
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It’s been almost a decade since I lived in New York City, but the magic that comes with Christmas in the city never seems to fade. We spent a day Christmas-ing yesterday. This included checking out store windows, enjoying a Christmas tea service (more here), the tree at Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, and seeing the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall.

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My Favorite: Bergdorf Goodman’s Windows

All of the major department stores deck out their windows for the holidays. We checked out the displays from Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bergdorf Goodman. My favorite this year was Bergdorf Goodman for its dazzling and shimmery presentation.

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Everything was glistening and dazzling.

Saks Fifth Avenue Christmas

Saks and Christian Dior had a pretty impressive light show set to music.

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Rockefeller Center Tree: Timeless NYC

The display of a huge Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center just hit 90 years of being a must-do tradition when visiting New York City. An estimated 125 million people visit the tree each season.

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The Best Christmas of All with Norm Lewis

The concierge at the Thompson Central Park New York hooked us up with two tickets to a concert at Carnegie Hall. The Best Christmas of All with Norm Lewis was a great holiday treat. We had awesome seats and thoroughly enjoyed the show.

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A special guest: Karine Jean-Pierre, came out to read Twas the Night Before Christmas (which is celebrating its 200th birthday). The show the night before had a special guest appearance from Vanessa Williams. Santa also made an appearance for a sing-a-long.

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Other Decorations

Everywhere you turn in New York, you’ll find lights, displays, and never-ending crowds.

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Radio City Music Hall (home to the Rockettes)

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More holiday decor

Anthony’s Take: If you have never experienced the magic of New York City at Christmas, I urge you to plan a visit. There is nothing like the city at Christmas time (even though the crowded streets are something I could do without).

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