When I think about New York, I think about Christmas: the entire city transforms into a fairy-tale, with the gigantic Christmas tree from the Rockefeller Centre, the ice rink in Central Park, the fairy lights, the different Christmas markets. Add snow to it and everything becomes magical under the big fluffy snowflakes.
I have always wished to go to New York before the winter holidays, to feel the festive atmosphere and to do my Christmas shopping there. And with the cheap flights between London and New York I can shoot two birds with one stone: buy presents for my dear ones and also feel the magic of Christmas in this amazing metropolis (also hope for the weather to delight me with snow, as we almost never have a white Christmas in London).
I can imagine walking on the Fifth Avenue, admiring all the beautiful decorated Christmas window displays and enter each department store to search for special gifts. Did you know that some of the department stores in New York recreate in their window displays classic Christmas tales, with moving elements?
This year for example, Saks Fifth Avenue has chosen a very delicious theme for their window display, including colourful lollipops and cotton candy, animating “The Nutcracker sweet” alongside its six windows from the Fifth Avenue. Macy’s on the other is displaying a touching “Believe” theme, centred around Santa Clause and his workshop, to inspire watchers to have faith in the magic of Christmas. Barneys theme is “Love, Peace and Joy”, where different famous artists have reinterpreted these concepts in their own creative ways.
The Christmas Markets in New York can’t be missed also. Borrowing the idea of a German Christmas market, the Union Square Holiday Market awaits its visitors with mulled wine, warm cider, hot chocolate and a huge selection of artisan crafts. You can buy here unique handmade gifts, from artwork to home goods, gourmet treats or winter scarves, hats and gloves.
Did you know that even if with the falling of the pound due to the unfortunate Brexit, it is still cheaper to do your Christmas shopping in New York rather than in London? The Post Office Travel Money together with the researchers from Cheapflights have created a great Christmas Shopping Brand Guide comparing prices of different brands in both London and New York, finding out that on average it’s 43% cheaper to shop in the Big Apple.
Disclaimer: Please note that this is a sponsored post for which I received financial compensation. However, all the comments and opinions in this article are my own.