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A Holiday Ramble in NYC with the Hartshorns-What Will YOU visit?

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Holiday RambleEvery December the family makes a trip to NYC to see the lights and holiday decor it’s not a walk so much as a holiday ramble- we never quite know where it will take us!

Glittering Midtown

We start at Bergdorf Goodman, have a fabulous lunch overlooking Central Park, check out the jewelry. We then stroll down 5th Avenue to Rockefeller Center to view the tree. This year’s tree is over 95 feet tall with more than 50,000 lights on it as well as a stunning Swarofsky star. The tree is estimated to be more than 90 years old and comes from Oneonta, NY. The best news is- when the tree comes down on January 7th all that beautiful wood will be turned into lumber for Habitat for Humanity.

Making Time for Inspiration

We also try to fit in a service at Saint Thomas Church at 5th and 53rd. They are famous for their boys’ choir.   I especially like their mini-service of Lessons and Carols which at 45 minutes would be much more do-able for those families with little ones. It is really a beautiful experience for all ages. It’s also a way to add true meaning to the holidays. Read about all the services offered at St Thomas’ here.

Downtown Chic

This year we are adding a trip to Brookfield Place  to the holiday ramble. It’s an ultra-luxe shopping destination just across from the WTC site in lower Manhattan. The center feayure stores like Babesta, Le Olivier Floral and Paul Smith. We plan to go late afternoon on a Friday. There is an ice skating rink on the waterfront. Food food there is  an amazing chef-driven food court  Hudson Eats , as well as the fantastique Le District. Le District is a French-centric food hall located on the 1st floor. We’ll let the kids run wild in the food court while we enjoy cocktails and small plates at Le District’s bistro “Le Bar”. Joyeux Noël!

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