New York In December

New York In December

New York in December, this was the perfect way for Jack and I to step foot into the states for the very first time. A lot of people asked me why we had chosen to go in December considering it would be so cold. I honestly couldn’t of think of a better time to go! Every time in the past when we have spoken about going to New York I have always said lets go at Christmas time. The idea of seeing New York lit up in full festive glory especially considering Christmas is my favourite time of year seemed the best way to start our festive break.

We booked our trip in May and proceeded to spend the next few months planning how we would spend our week making sure we made the most of our time. We both wanted to experience New York to the fullest. Before we booked our trip, we spoke to several people about whether the New York Passes were worth the pretty penny they cost. I can honestly say they were one of the best things we purchased beforehand, allowing us access to over 90 New York attractions alongside discount coupons to several large New York stores such as Macy’s and Dylan’s Candy Bar. We didn’t stop there, we also booked tickets to see a New York Knicks Basketball game at Madison Square Garden and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory on Broadway in Times Square.

Upon arriving in The Big Apple, it was like a whirlwind from the moment we stepped off the plane. We were pleasantly surprised at how quickly we made it through airport customs and collected our luggage. We flew into Newark rather than JFK as we had been told beforehand if you flew into JFK you would be waiting a while. We knew the moment we stepped off the plane we had made the right choice, before we realised we were in our Uber on the way to our hotel.  We opted for a micro-hotel rather than a traditional hotel, called The Arlo Soho based in Lower Manhattan. For us, we found it the perfect base to explore.

Although we were tired from all the travel and the time difference we were determined to begin exploring the city. Our first stop was New York’s iconic Times Square. There is nothing quite like it the atmosphere was incredible and very different to the hustle and bustle of London; of course being in Times Square we couldn’t not take a cheeky trip into M&M’s World where we proceeding to buy over $20 of candy choosing a variety of flavours that are not available to us back home. My favourite were the Caramel M&M’s!

I’m not going to lie we hit a lot of tourist spots over our weeks stay but we did find some hidden gems along the way. One of the perks of going in the festive season was the Christmas Markets at Union Square I would thoroughly recommend heading over if you are visiting in December. Make sure you try a No Chew Hot Chocolate I think it was one of the best hot chocolates I have ever had, definitely worth the $5 price tag. Fifth Avenue is perfect for people watching and a nice stroll. Don’t forget to pop into Tiffany’s and Trump Tower along the way, the Christmas Trees in both are also very impressive and talking of Christmas Decorations, you can also find Giant Christmas Decorations throughout Fifth Avenue. New York most certainly doesn’t do things by halves!


Wall Street Christmas Tree

I was pleasantly surprised by how interesting I found some of the attractions; funnily enough they happened to be Jacks picks. Go figure! The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum was fascinating and before I knew it we had already been wondering around for three hours before we realized we were about to miss the next boat to go out to Elise Island to see The Statue of Liberty. It was bitterly cold that day as the temperature had plummeted to -11 but that didn’t stop us as we heading out to see the lady herself; it was worth the cold weather.

Even though Grand Central Terminal is very busy it is also incredibly magical. It’s worth going just to get a picture from the second-level balcony, but if you have more time check out The Grand Central Food Hall, I guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised. We ended up back at Grand Central twice, once to see the grand hall and the second time we got especially early to check out the Food Hall, it’s filled with a variety of different cuisine meaning no one goes hungry and everything is delicious. This was the perfect way to start our day!

Top of The Rock has one of the best views of New York where you can see the Empire State Building and the entire downtown skyline. Saying this, each represents a different view over New York. It’s more than worth the effort to visit both. Don’t forget at Christmas you can also go Ice Skating at the Rockefeller Centre!


Although it was sensitive and emotional place to visit the 9/11 Museum and The Memorial Fountains are a beautiful tribute to all the families that suffered and the incredible grounds represents such strength shown by all involved in the day’s events including the police, fire fighters and the general public of New York.


One World Trade Centre

Whilst planning our trip we kind of divided up who planned what, I worked out of the difference places we both wanted to visit and Jack researched and organised difference places for us to indulge. I actually think it worked out perfectly; one of my favourite places we ended up at was called Bubby’s based in Tribeca. I decided we couldn’t go all the way to America without trying American Style Pancakes and I can safely say they did not disappoint, to be fair me and Jack could of shared one of these stacks but our eyes were most certainly bigger than our belly’s when ordering.


Southern Fried Chicken & Bacon Pancakes with Maple Syrup


Caramelized Banana & Walnuts with Maple Syrup

We had a variety of weather during our stay; we were rather surprised at how massively the temperature and climate varied. The coldest day was -11 but on our last day it was 10 degrees and we were strolling around central park in comfy jumpers and lightweight coats. I actually found New York quite hard to pack for, going away in December to a location where we knew shorts and a swimsuit wouldn’t be the ideal attire.

I must say over our weeks stay in December nothing disappointed, we would love to revisit New York some day maybe in the Spring Time. For now I can live vicariously through my photographs!

Next: Top Ten Things To Do In New York



  1. August 22, 2018 / 10:36 am

    How lovely is New York in December! This is actually on my all time travel wishlist. Seeing films like Home Alone and Friends where they make Christmas in the city look so dreamy! Hopefully one day, I’ll be able to tick it off my list. I love the picture from the Empire State Building. Looks stunning! x

    • Jennie Braisher
      August 22, 2018 / 10:39 am

      Check out my full itinerary post!! This is only a glimpse into what we got up to while in New York. I am so glad we took the plunge!! Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to subscribe if you wish to hear more xx

  2. loudoestravel
    September 16, 2018 / 2:54 am

    You really have some great posts about New York, I think December would be a fabulous time to visit, although I think I’d want it to snow, just a little 😊

    Louise Grace

    • September 16, 2018 / 8:51 am

      It snowed the first two days we were there! 😉 You’ll love it in December!!

  3. November 6, 2018 / 12:07 pm

    I have never been to New York City, but I really want to. It’s a sad trip to plan though as I was suppose to go with my dad, but he passed away. After reading you post I know I need to do this trip soon. I can’t this year, but next year for the holidays may be possible. It would be so cool to see the city all done up for the holidays.

    I do agree with the other commenters, I would want a bit of snow too!

    • November 6, 2018 / 12:31 pm

      I think visiting is a nice tribute to your dad 😊 We loved our visit and would love to visit again soon. We actually did get snow the first two days we visited. We had all sorts of weather throughout our stay but luckily no rain!

  4. November 6, 2018 / 12:10 pm

    Many years ago my family and I did Christmas in Manhattan. We were there for Christmas eve, Christmas day and all the way through to New Years Day. It was an absolutely amazing experience. Remember to wear comfortable shoes as there is so much walking to get done.

    • November 6, 2018 / 1:04 pm

      Yes good shoes are 100% needed. After our week of sight seeing I think our feet were happy for a rest once we arrived back home in the UK. So glad we decided to go at Christmas time. I bet the atmosphere Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day was pretty amazing also! A little jealous not going to lie. We would love to visit again, maybe in the Spring next time

  5. November 6, 2018 / 1:12 pm

    Hopefully one of these days we can go and visit New York City and see what it has to offer. Going during Christmas would be wonderful to see the decorations.

  6. November 6, 2018 / 1:59 pm

    Hey there, a native New Yorker here. Since you have gotten all that touristy stuff out of the way, the next time you come our way, stop by the outter boroughs! You could see iconic places right here in Brooklyn as well as Queens. Our whole city has tons of history and amazing food! Want the best Asian cuisines? Go to Flushing in Queens. Want the best pizza, well of course you have to hit up Brooklyn! What about Italian food? Well you have the Bronx and even Staten Island for that! Glad that you had enjoyed your trip!

    • November 6, 2018 / 2:03 pm

      Thank for the tips! This is only a glimpse of what we got up too. I have a full New York Guide on my blog also. We loved Brooklyn, was actually one of our fave places 😊 We would love to head back again so I’ll bear your suggestions in mind 😊

  7. November 6, 2018 / 2:41 pm

    I loooove NYC in December. Christmastime is such a magical time of year. The city is gorgeous at other points of the year as well but there’s just something about the holiday season! So glad you had such an amazing time!

    • November 6, 2018 / 2:59 pm

      We did and has only encouraged us to the fact we want to visit for of the states!!

  8. November 6, 2018 / 4:46 pm

    December is the perfect time to watch the world’s most famous ball drop at midnight Rockefeller Center (Rockettes at Radio City, Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, Ice Skating) or near Central Park for more iconic Ice Skating. All is lovely.

  9. soonjoo
    November 6, 2018 / 6:02 pm

    My favorite place! I’ve been to New York many times for business trip so I don’t get to enjoy trip and explore New York. Would love to visit in December for Christmas. Looks you had amazing time!

    • November 6, 2018 / 6:56 pm

      We loved it. This post is only a glimpse of what we got up to. I have a full 7-day New York Post also! 😊 We would love to go back and continue to do more exploring

  10. November 6, 2018 / 6:41 pm

    I love New York City but have never been there at Christmas time! This is on my bucket list for a birthday trip (12/14!) Thanks for sharing all the great things to do! Looks magical!

  11. November 6, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    I love NYC in the fall- I’ve never been in December before- I’d love to take the kidst o explore all the holiday magic!

  12. theyogachickmaria
    November 6, 2018 / 8:23 pm

    Great article. I visited NY in February. It was freezing but we visited many of the same places that you did.

  13. Nicole Anderson
    November 6, 2018 / 10:26 pm

    There is no doubt there is just so much to see in this iconic city that never sleeps. Love your planned approach to maximize your time there and I agree that Christmas time is a great time to visit. Lovely photos also.

  14. Krish
    November 7, 2018 / 12:17 am

    Beautiful post..a wonderful insight into New York in December…thank you for sharing your wonderful experience and the lovely pics..

    • November 7, 2018 / 8:50 am

      We have used this method since in both Rome and Paris and has actually worked out so well. I think Geo Map is going to be my go to when it comes to organising city breaks from now on!

  15. paleobythepenny
    November 7, 2018 / 1:10 am

    What lovely pictures! It makes me want to take a road trip and go visit again—especially during the holidays! I hope you enjoyed your time!

    • November 7, 2018 / 8:51 am

      We did. Makes me sad to think that this time last year we were still in the process of planning our trip. Now it’s been and gone. More adventures to now plan!

  16. Karen
    November 7, 2018 / 5:33 am

    Ive always said when I finally go to NYC i want it to be in December. It just looks so beautiful

    • November 7, 2018 / 8:53 am

      It was! Completely recommend heading over in December

  17. November 7, 2018 / 9:49 am

    New York is in my travel bucket list but not sure I can survive in December having live in a tropical country. But I guess the new year eve in Time Square would be amazing!

    • November 7, 2018 / 10:23 am

      It was cold, much colder than England but as you are walking around so much and going in and out of places you don’t notice the cold as much as you may think!

  18. November 7, 2018 / 2:38 pm

    OMG even though I was just in NYC, this makes me want to come to come back in December for some winter city fun!

    • November 7, 2018 / 2:47 pm

      I hope you had an amazing time! We would love to go back in the Spring!

  19. November 7, 2018 / 5:38 pm

    I’ve never thought about visiting New York around Christmas time. It was certainly magical in Home Alone 2 and I’m sure it would be just as magical today. Thanks for the new point of view.

  20. November 7, 2018 / 8:35 pm

    I have never been to NYC during the holiday months. It would be nice to see all the festive decorations and check out events too. Definitely very cold though!

  21. November 8, 2018 / 3:08 am

    New York is simply the BEST at the holidays. I love going, but Christmas is so cool. I think I have done everything you have suggested.

  22. November 8, 2018 / 11:13 pm

    New York is a lovely city, and it seems you made the most of your time there! I moved from the U.S. to Prague last February, and I’m looking forward to visiting London soon.

  23. November 9, 2018 / 3:21 am

    these are very pretty photographs of NY

  24. briebrieblooms
    November 9, 2018 / 4:23 am

    So beautiful! Fall in New York is gorgeous and I’d love to visit with my daughters.

  25. November 19, 2018 / 2:09 am

    I’ve always wanted to go to New York in December and you make it seem so magical! I want to go even more now!

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