On the second trip in November 2008, we tried to experience the various neighbourhoods, touring Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Soho, Tribecca, Chinatown, Little Italy, Union Square, Gramercy Park and the Upper East Side. We were there right before the U.S. Thanksgiving, just in time to see the big Christmas tree arrive on a truck at Rockefeller Center.
The giant, glowing crystal lizard hanging above Bvlgari Jewelry could be seen from blocks away, while the oversized Christmas balls and strings of LED lights at 50th street were delightfully whimsical. In one store, a Christmas tree was formed from a series of white pumps with bright red soles.
Walking through the Diamond and Jewelry district along 47th Avenue between 5th and 6th Streets was quite the experience. It was like passing a sports arena before a big game and being cajoled by ticket scalpers. In front of every shop was a hawker calling out, "Diamonds! Who wants diamonds? Who's got diamonds?".
walking tour on the internet taking you from one to the next. It all starts at Macy's, whose windows prominently feature scenes from the classic holiday movie that made them famous—Miracle on 34th Street and its message that you have to "Believe".
short film set to a jazzy score. It stars Minnie Mouse, who dreams that she is front row during a fashion show, watching her Disney friends such as Goofy, Cruella De Ville, Daisy Duck and Snow White strut the catwalk dressed in designer duds. Slightly disturbingly tall, thin versions of Minnie and Mickey also are in the show. Not quite sure this is setting the right message for young girls, but lets go with it. Animated cameos are made by celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Lady Gaga, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista and other names in the fashion industry.
holiday market was set up in Bryant Park with rows of shops filled with quirky gift ideas such as microwavable stuffed animals called "Hot Hugs" and objects such as clocks or wallets made from vinyl records.
New York City certainly knows how to celebrate the Christmas season. This is a really magical time to visit.