On My Way to Christmas in New York

empireIt’s official: I’m on my way to New York City. I have my seat on the bus and I’m settling in for my twelve-hour journey. The weather forecast is calling for a high of 17 degrees Celsius tomorrow. I was looking for Christmastime in NYC and instead I’m bussing it to springtime in the Big Apple. At least there will still be Christmas decorations.

This may be my last trip to New York in a while, so I’d like to cross off some items from the list of things I’ve always wanted to do in the city but have failed at getting to on my previous trips.To make the most of my thirteen hours there, I’ve drafted up a really tight schedule of what I’d like to do, and they are:

  • a walking tour of the holiday window displays at Barneys, Bloomingdale’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Tiffany & Co., Henri Bendel, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor and Macy’s
  • visiting the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Centre
  • making my ritual trip to FAO Schwarz where I may pick up a gift for my niece (it’s become a bit of a tradition for me, though I doubt she realizes — she’s turning three in January)
  • getting my picture taken with Santa at Macy’s
  • going up the Empire State Building (I’ve been wanting to do this since my first trip in 2009. I’m prone to procrastination…)
  • dropping into the MoMA for a very quick walk through (highlighted by viewing my favourite Van Gogh painting, Starry Night)
  • catching the 1pm showing of The Nutcracker
  • visiting the winter village at Bryant Park on my way to the bus stop

You can check out a map of the sights I’ll be seeing by clicking here.

I hope this works! I even brought some energy drinks with me just to make it through the whirlwind of a day that I’ll be facing tomorrow. In the meanwhile, I have a thermos of coffee, my laptop and some movies, and a couple of novels to keep me company. I sure as hell hope I get some sleep on this bus tonight, though. I don’t think zombie-walking throughout New York is appropriate at this time of year.

I want to be bright-eyed and awake for my one day in the city, however I have a feeling that as soon as I step foot off that bus this won’t be an issue.

To give you some New York-themed Yuletide humour, here’s a clip of Jimmy Fallon’s Pros and Cons: Christmas in New York. He mentions a lot of the things I’ll be doing, and even takes a jab at Toronto’s mayor in the process. Two birds, one stone.

New York, Imma coming!!

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