Visiting the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center

Before Covid-19, thousands of people would rush nightly to see the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center. Due to travel restrictions, the place is full of New Yorkers and locals, window shopping and enjoying the views of the tree from different angles. Unlike other years where people are squeezing and pushing through crowds, this year it was mellow. Everyone was able to take the perfect picture with the massive Christmas tree behind them. 

After viewing the tree at Rockefeller center we started walking down 5th avenue. At Pulitzer Fountain we enjoyed a sweet display of ice skating penguins and a dancing cheetah. A child was so excited to see it and wanted to jump in and touch it. On the inside, I was that kid as well. Once we had enough of “The Fifth Season” installation we walked across the street to enjoy all the window displays. It’s not often that we are in the city and the last time I enjoyed being here was when we started Long Path section one.

NYC Window Displays

Have you ever been in the city in the winter just to see all the holiday displays? It truly is magical! Over the years fewer stores have participated but you can still see displays at:

  • Bergdorf Goodman
  • Bloomingdales
  • Macy’s 
  • Saks fifth avenue 
  • Lord and Taylor 
  • Tiffany and Co

One of the best displays has to be the wool cats display at Bergdorf Goodman. I am a cat lover so I can be a little prejudice but it was purrrfection. I was with a guy that walks 20mph so I didn’t get to slow down and enjoy everything but for that display he stopped and looked. Every cat, every mouse, every hole and detail was too cute! If I could I would love to live in that display! 

After enjoying Fifth avenue window displays we walked to Bryant Park. Here you can also enjoy a variety of shops and an ice skating rink. They also have a nice size Christmas tree which you can take a picture in front of. 

All of a sudden, it started raining cats and dogs. We went to CVS and purchased an umbrella which was seven dollars but it was used for the night. Eventually the rain stopped and the walk through Times Square was smooth. There were a few holiday  displays that put a smile on my face as I speed walked after Nihad. Okay, I basically ran. 

At the end, we turned back around and went to see the Christmas tree at Rockefeller center again. We watched the Saks Fifth Avenue light show, walked to our car and drove home. While life hasn’t been the same since Covid-19 started, you can still add a little magic and light into it by walking through our city. 

3 Responses

  1. I remember when I was little my mom took me to the old Brandeis building to look at their window display and then we went to the top floor to see Santa and more displays there. It was something and it left me with the greatest memory. I wish it was still around for my grandchildren to see.

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