I have a confession, I love Christmas and everything that comes with this holiday event – Christmas carols, cooking, visiting family, eating and shopping. For me, the season starts with a girl’s getaway trip, usually in November, to do some early Christmas shopping, hang out with my best peeps and catch up on everyone’s news. Our top place to shop til we drop is NYC, the mecca of Christmas shopping. Christmas markets, museum shops, exquisite chocolate boutiques, how can a girl resist? Here’s our recommended plan of attack for a fun shopping weekend in New York:
The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park – Fêtes de Noël
Bryant Park, Sixth Ave. at 42nd St.; 866-221-5157.
November 5, 2010 – January 2, 2011
Lexington Ave. at 42nd St.; 212-340-2583.
November 15-December 24, 2010
Holiday Market at Columbus Circle
Central Park: Columbus Circle, Central Park (59th Street and 8th Avenue).; 212-529-9262.
December 1 – December 24, 2010
Holiday Market at Union Square
14th St. at Broadway; 212-529-9262.
November 19 – December 24, 2010
We love shopping at museum stores for unique, one of kind Christmas presents, and sometimes we even manage a visit in the museum!
Our favorite find: The Metropolitan Museum’s high heel ornaments, these sweet little spikes are based on actual shoes from the collection at the Museum’s Costume Institute.
Our favorite find: Spherical Ice Tray Set This unique ice tray molds two 2″-diameter ice spheres, and is an eye-catching alternative to traditional ice cubes. Set of two. After all, that’s all we need in December, more ice…right?!
Our favorite find: BuckeyBalls! Everybody’s talking about it…I don’t know what I love more – BuckeyBalls, or the warning label on how NOT to use this cool new “toy”!
A Chocolate Christmas
We all know that Christmas tis the season for chocolate, and during the holidays I often have visions of bonbons dancing in my head. If you’re a chocoholic (and, let’s face it, who can resist a little bit of sweet decadence?), you’ll find it hard to tear yourself away from these sweet shops.
This store carries the only kind of mice I like, chocolate mice, mm, mm, good! Also not to be missed is the wonderfully dark and velvety hot chocolate, do not leave the store without buying one.
Alison Nelson’s Chocolate Bar opened in the West Village in 2002 and offers premium chocolates from many of the top chocolate makers in New York City. Chocolate Bar’s signature items include spicy brownies, peanut butter & jelly truffle, spicy hot chocolate and a salty pretzel retro bar.
Christmas window displays at NYC department stores surpass all others: Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor, Saks, Macy’s, Barneys and Bergdorf Goodman are guaranteed to make even the grumpiest of Scrooges feel a little joyful.
If you pick just one to go inside, make it Macy’s (151 West 34th St) – we love its ten floors of gift potentials and the pedestrian mall on Herald Square.