The older I get, the more excited I am about weird things like painting crown molding or getting a new electric toothbrush. Recently I have really become really excited about Christmas tree decor. I guess 37 years later and the thrill of Santa coming to town or getting presents has passed. So now home decor has taken its place each December.
So yeah, I really like seeing Christmas trees. And as luck would have it we just got back from a quick weekend trip to New York City where there is definitely no shortage of trees. Manhattan is an adventure all on its own, but during the holidays the magic is elevated to a whole new level. During this trip we stumbled across so many great trees and luckily the entire family was pretty excited and cooperated long enough to stop and take a photo each time.
In no particular order here are the top five trees we found in New York:
1. Rockefeller Center Tree – obviously. this one needs no introduction. It is the most famous tree of all time and rightfully so. It is huge and beautiful. Right in the middle Rockafeller Center, you won’t be alone when you get there. We went on a Friday night and even in the rain we still had to push past other tourists to get a photo. Lights are on from 5:30 to 11:30 each night. But while you are here you can do some shopping (FAO Shwartz, Anthropologie were our two stops), or go ice skating. Walk one block over and watch the light show on the side of the Saks Fifth Avenue building. It runs every 15 minutes and this year it was set to Frozen music. Pretty impressive but again it was so crowed on December 13 so I would suggest avoiding the weekend and going on cold Monday or Tuesday evening closer the first week of December. Midtown Manhattan between 5th and 6th Avenues
2. Winterland Tree in the Seaport District – We found this tree near our hotel in downtown Seaport/Finanical District. Will and I both decided we actually liked this tree better than Rockafeller center, but that is because Will hates crowds and I am a sucker for all white lights on a tree. It even has some steps/platforms around it to step up and take a photo. Follow this tree to Pier 17 and you will find the Winterland rooftop ice skating rink which is open only from Dec 16-20th. And although we have met our medical deductible for the year, we decided not to break any bones so we didn’t do any ice skating this trip. But if we had, this would of been a fun spot. Seaport, at the corner of Fulton St and Pearl St.