K+J’s Magical Romantic Christmas in New York

I was going to do a daily post while we are on our Christmas vacation, but I don’t have my computer with me and posting from my iPad or phone is pretty much impossible. Instead, I will put up all my pictures in albums on Facebook, so if we are friends, go look there.

I will however share my carefully crafted plan. Neither Hubby nor I have ever been to NYC before. We aren’t planning to do all the things you are “supposed” to do though – only Christmas-related things. I got all my inspiration from the movies I grew up loving. Home Alone 2, Miracle on 34th Street, When Harry Met Sally, Serendipity, more recently Elf, etc. I did basic Google research too. Then, as I like to do, I made a dedicated Pinterest board with photographic inspiration.

Here’s the final list of Things We Want to Do:

K+J’s Magical Romantic Christmas in New York Checklist

1. horse drawn carriage ride through Central Park

2. see tree at Rockefeller Center

3. skating in Central Park’s Wollman Rink

4. stay at a hotel near the park

5. The Nutcracker on Christmas Eve

6. romantic dinner at a fancy restaurant


7. breakfast at a coffee shop

8. Radio City Christmas Spectacular

9. see Santa at Macy’s

10. shopping (and drinking cider) at the Union Market

11. Window shopping on Fifth Avenue/Times Square

12. Serendipity


13. Earl of Sandwich


14. Alice statue


15. Grand Central Terminal Laser Light Show


16. Empire state building


Daily Itinerary:
Tuesday, December 22
-shopping/walking around 5th Ave and Times Square
-check out Grand Central Terminal
-check into hotel – Hilton Times Square
-shopping at Union Square
-dinner at Carmine’s (10pm reservation)

Wednesday, December 23 – Christmas Eve Eve
-Macy’s Santaland
-breakfast at a coffee shopping/street watching
-Empire State Building
-lunch at Earl of Sandwich
-Radio City Christmas Spectacular – 10pm

Thursday, December 24 – Christmas Eve
-The Nutcracker 2pm
-dinner at Gallaghers Steakhouse (6:45pm reservation)
-Rockefeller center

Friday, December 25 – Christmas Day
-carriage ride in Central Park
-skating at Wollman’s Rink
-dinner at Buca di Beppo (5pm reservation)

Saturday, December 26 – Boxing Day
-check out
-Alice in Wonderland Sculpture

Once all my shit is organized when I get home, I’ll update with how it all panned out. Merry Christmas.

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