I should probably admit that this is actually my first holiday season living in NYC. #rookie
With that being said, I do like to think I know what makes for a good date. #girlie
I could tell you to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular show or walk by the window displays at Barneys, but you’ve heard that all before. So instead – whether you’re with your boyfriend, spouse, or even a group of girlfriends – in no particular order, here are my (slightly unlikely):
top 5 holiday date ideas for nyc.
1) brunch at Freemans. No, I’m not talking about the binge-drinking-fest commonly referred to as “brunch.” I’m talking about a cozy meal complete with Stumptown Coffee and some of the best brunch food I’ve had in the city (hello cheesy grits). Hint: there’s a little nook-of-a-corner in the back dining room, perfect to sneak in some Christmas snuggles.
Yes, I did just say “Christmas snuggles.” Owning it.
2) ice skating. Okay okay okay…this is totally the most cliché holiday date in the city. I know. But I just couldn’t leave it off the list! I mean, does it get much cuter than holding hands and falling all over each other while wearing scarves and mittens and beanies??? I think we all know the answer to that.
Find ice skating rinks at Bryant Park, Chelsea Piers, Central Park, and of course – Rockefeller Center.
3) visit a museum. I know what you’re thinking – a museum?! But if you ask me, the holiday season is the perfect opportunity to do something you might not carve out the time to do otherwise, like taking a stroll through one of NYC’s world-renowned museums. Make a fun evening out of it by exploring The MoMA, followed by dinner and drinks.
4) Union Square Park Holiday Market. I was here last weekend and fell. in. love with the hundreds of specialty vendors. There’s everything from jewelry to artwork to food – all appealing enough for mere window shopping. The Market runs daily until December 24. Round out the night by getting hot chocolate or dessert across the street at Max Brenner.
FYI – There are holiday shops/fairs at Bryant Park, Columbus Circle, and Grand Central Terminal as well! Click here for more info.
5) movies & dessert at home. Okay, so maybe this isn’t an NYC “attraction.” But I think I can speak for most ladies here when I say that in the busiest city in the world, there’s nothing like curling up on the couch with good company and a good (holiday-theme optional) movie. Make things even more special by having dessert, like ice cream sundaes or Nutella Hot Chocolate.
(Guys – I’m well aware that many of you don’t “like” dessert, but…just trust me on this one.)
What would your perfect (NYC or not) holiday date look like?