Monday, January 2, 2012

Christmas in NYC

My sister, Bethany, lives in New York City.  The Tuesday before Christmas we went up to the city for a short visit and Beth came home with us to celebrate the holidays.  She was a great tour guide and we got to see most of the fun Christmas things the city has to offer.  Here is our trip in photos...

Our travels began with an hour drive to Trenton and an hour train ride to Penn Station

We walked to West Village and went to lunch at The Meatball Shop.  What a cute restaurant!  We chose what kind of meatball we wanted, the sauce, and if we wanted a sandwich or noodles.  We wrote our preferences with a dry erase marker on our menus and the waitress took our orders.  The interior was decorated with old pictures, rustic fixtures, and mason jars with flowers on the table.  Overall, great lunch spot to visit.    

 A HUGE Barnes and Noble for a bathroom break
 Walking, walking, walking...
 The largest department store in the world!  

 The window displays were interesting...a little bit too new age for me.  I liked traditional looking  window displays at Lord and Taylor much better.

We traveled to the 8th floor on old wooden escalators to see Santa.  The waiting line was set up like a train and then you entered a wintery wonderland.

When we got to the end of the displays, we went into a little gingerbread house with Santa to get our picture taken.  They even took a shot with my camera.  Christmas card photo next year?  Hilarious!  Marty promptly asked Santa for a motorcycle and he said he would try his best to make Marty's Christmas wishes come true.  

We walked and walked some more and stopped to see Bryant park and did some shopping at local Holiday markets.  Last stop was Rockefeller center to see the tree and ice skaters.    

We ended our visit by having dinner at a local brewery, and walked through Times Square on our way back to catch a train at Penn Station.  It was a long day, but a great visit and way to start our Christmas vacation :) 


Marty Cates said...

I didn't get the motorcycle

Ashley said...

What a fun way to enjoy the holiday season!