During this most recent trip back to New York, I didn’t manage to see the giant Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. I never saw a single holiday window display, and I didn’t go ice skating in Central Park. Frankly, I never even went to Central Park.
Sacrilege, I know.
I love New York around the holidays, don’t get me wrong. Just not the usual “New York at Christmas” that most visitors search out. In my old age, it’s a lot more mosh pit than I care to embrace.
When my family came to celebrate the holidays in Manhattan two years ago, Mr. M & I donned Santa hats and attempted to lead a 9-person holiday sightseeing expedition up Fifth Avenue. We ended up caught on the corner of 50th St like inept salmon flopping upstream, literally unable to move forward among the sheer volume of other visitors.
I cursed far too freely for a civilian in peacetime and probably should’ve been stripped of my Santa hat. No bueno.
But I promise I’m not the complete and utter Grinch that I seem to be.
It’s impossible not to love New York around the holidays. But it’s also a lot easier when passing over the city’s iconic landmarks in favor of more anonymous sparkle.
Not all of Manhattan’s most notable spots were off-limits…
… but I got more than my fill of festive festivus without searching them out!
The wintery weather helped to put me in the holiday mood, too!
I even caught myself finding signs of Christmas in unusual spots…
If you have one shot to see New York City around the holidays, don’t let me talk you out of visiting the must-sees! There’s a reason why they’re so darn popular.
But remember to take some time to go off-roading on your city tour. You never know what little treasures you’ll uncover along the way.