Sisters’ Trip to New York City – Part 2

I love Christmas. It’s my favorite time of the year, by a smidgen over springtime and tulips. With my move to Texas this year, I was worried about getting into the Christmas spirit because I figured there wouldn’t be any snow or freezing temps here beforehand (little did I know there wouldn’t be much to speak of in the Midwest either). So on a whim, I asked my sister if she was interested in doing a girls’ weekend to New York City the first weekend in December. I have been to NYC a handful of times, at least twice during the holiday season, and it is my favorite place to be before Christmas. There are so many decorations and shows and of course, the famous Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Much to my surprise, Amber said yes! So away we went and what a wonderful, fun weekend it was.

We each flew to Chicago from our respective homes and then headed to NYC. It’s only fitting that on my first flight flying with Amber, the woman sitting next to me would pass out mid-flight. That is the first time a medical emergency has ever happened on a flight I was on. Instinct had me looking to Amber for help but luckily, there was a doctor sitting ahead of us so he was able to assist. Amber was off the hook for this one. The women came to after a few minutes and we made it to NYC without further incident.

Yay! We landed! Amber’s first time to NYC!

After checking into our hotel, we set out to explore. Our first stop? The Christmas tree. It was very pretty but not as big as it has been in the past.     

After checking out the tree, we headed to the Top of the Rock to check out the views. It was a great way to see the city and to get a perspective on how big it really is. The city goes on for as far as the eye can see. It was a great way to start our trip. 

Central Park    

St. Patrick’s Cathedral through a small gap on top of Rockefeller Center.

Empire State Building hiding in the background.

The photo below is bad but the Statue of Liberty is the tiny thing out in the distance. 

She’s a true big-city tourist (just don’t tell Alexys you saw this photo). Dinner our first night. She’s such a lightweight. She didn’t finish half of that drink. 🙃  
Time Square reminding us that NYE is near  

      

The first night, we went to the Rockette’s Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.  

About the time the photos below were taken, I was questioning the decision to go to this show. We got to Radio City Music Hall about 40 minutes before the show started. They were just starting to line people up and told us which way to walk to line up. Little did we know that we would have to walk and walk and walk and walk some more to find the back of the line. I’ve never seen anything like it. The back of the line was at least 3 blocks from the entrance to RCMH. I couldn’t believe it! No one else could either. They had to delay starting the show by about 10 minutes because people were not inside yet. Luckily we made it just in time but remember to get there early if you ever go to this show.   

The inside of Radio Music Hall after getting inside and finding our seats.   

I went into this show very skeptical. I didn’t know what to expect but the expectations I had weren’t very high. I have to say – we were very, very pleasantly surprised. Amber and I both loved it! It was a great show.   

They had a full nativity scene at one point in the show. Why is this significant? Mostly because the nativity included LIVE camels, donkeys and sheep. How the heck do they get those animals into Manhattan? To top it off, there was really loud music playing on stage while the animals were there but not one reacted. How? I’m still amazed!

We went and checked out the tree again after the Christmas Spectacular. It was about midnight. Note all of the people still skating. It is indeed the city that never sleeps.     

On the walk back to our hotel, we came upon the lights and music display at Saks just as it started. It was awesome and I was very happy. Time with my sister and so much Christmas everywhere we turned. It doesn’t get much better than that!

  

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