The Adventure Starts Here: Christmas in NYC

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas in NYC

On Friday, Chris took the day off from work and we headed into NYC.  We took Noah in last year around this same time and had so much fun, so we wanted to do it again and make it an annual tradition.  We made good time until we got into the actual city, and then the estimated arrival on the GPS is a bunch of baloney... driving in NYC is not fun.  We finally found a reasonably priced parking garage on 44th street and immediately started walking up 5th Avenue to FAO Schwarz (on 59th street).  

Chris was excited to go to FAO Schwarz so he could do the piano (from the movie Big) with Noah.  As soon as we walked into the store, I saw Jimmy Fallon!  I stopped as he walked by and said to Chris, "Oh my god, that's Jimmy Fallon".  He was walking carrying his daughter, Winnie, and I'm sure he heard me, but he didn't even glance and kept walking.  He was just leaving the store, with his wife (I think).  While it would have been cool to get a picture with him, I totally get why he would want to just have a day with his family.  It must be so hard to not be able to go anywhere without people recognizing and stopping you... especially with your kids around!

Anyway, back to why we came.  We went upstairs and were surprised and relieved that the line for the piano was non-existant.  Chris and Noah took their coats and shoes off and started making music. I acted as photographer and videographer :)

We then moved onto the Lego area, checked out the car and train displays, and even got to try out this fake snow product. I was impressed that Noah wasn't upset when we didn't buy him something from the store.  Since you can find most things cheaper on Amazon, we just made note of anything we thought looked cool instead of buying it there.  

Normally, we are super prepared when we go on our little adventures and scout out restaurants beforehand.  We didn't do that this time, and there really weren't that many kid friendly options around FAO Schwarz.  We walked a few blocks south and thankfully found an Au Bon Pain that wasn't too crowded.  Noah was super picky when we were in Toronto, so I came prepared this time.  I brought him an english muffin and some snacks, so I just got him a fruit cup and some chips and he was happy :)  On a side note, I'm curious how people who live in NYC with babies/toddlers do it on a regular basis!  I feel like none of the bathrooms have changing tables... I had to change a poopy diaper with Noah in his stroller!  I am impressed and want to know all their secrets!  

^^^ he stole my cookie!

After lunch, it was time to check out all the Christmas decorations!  We walked down by Radio City Music Hall on the way to the Rockefeller Tree.  We saw some of Noah's favorites... toy soldiers and trains!

But honestly, Noah was more into the pigeons!  He loved pointing at them and chasing them around.  

Finally we were at the tree.  Chris and I both wanted to recreate a few shots that we got with Noah last year.  Chris wanted one in front of the drummer statue and I wanted one in front of the ice skating rink.  As we were taking pictures of each other in front of the tree, a super kind woman came over and asked if we'd like her to take a picture of the three of us.  She said she had the day off and was going around offering to do this for everyone she saw as her "kind deed of the day".  I thought that was so cool of her to do!  We saw her again when we were leaving Rockefeller Center and she was dancing with one of the Salvation Army volunteers... it looked like she was having a really fun day!

^^^ so bummed Noah wasn't looking!

Originally, we planned to go to Grand Central Station because we heard they were having a train exhibit.  But as we were walking there from the tree, Noah fell asleep in his stroller while eating a cracker!  It was around 2:15 at this point, so definitely past his normal nap time.  We decided to let him sleep and instead go back to our car and head home.  He ended up sleeping the whole car ride home and woke up as we pulled into the driveway.  Couldn't have planned that better!  We had another fantastic day in NYC.  Maybe next year we will do the train exhibit instead of FAO Schwarz... who knows!


  1. So jealous! I love NYC at Christmas time! How cool that you saw Jimmy Fallon! If you've never been to the Carnegie Deli you must check it out. Perfect place to warm up in the winter with a cup of soup!

  2. Such a fun little trip! We went to NYC when I was really little and the only thing I remember from the visit was FAO Schwarz :) I'm dying to visit there over Christmas time - it just seems so magical!

  3. NYC decor is so much fun! I love the tree and how the city just lights up! The piano at FAO is fantastic!

  4. Jealous! I love NYC and especially at Christmas! Looks like ya'll had fun. :) Stopping by from link up.

  5. NYC at Christmas time looks amazing! I would love to go there one day. I would also love (but hate) to go to Times Square for NYE. It looks like it would be fun but I've heard so many horror stories of how long you have to wait around that I think I might just stick to the comforts of my own couch :)


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