Christmas Shopping in New York City

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Christmas Shopping in New York City

Christmas in NYC – Photos credits: Adriel O. Socrates

The countdown to Christmas has already begun, and it’s time to get shopping!

A trip to New York City is ideal at this time, as it has lots of stores and markets and a huge range of potential gifts available to shoppers.

A day trip to the city is therefore recommended. You can get there by train with Amtrak, or by bus or car, also.

To minimise stress, you can even, these days, book one of many fabulous dayuse hotels of DayBreakHotels, and spend an hour or two resting after a morning shopping spree, before continuing in the afternoon.

It’s also a great opportunity for a nap, if you need one.

Then, it’s back to the task at hand. After all, New York is home to:

Macy’s

This legendary department store has been featured in many a movie, not least of all the classic ‘Miracle on 24th Street’. It is a landmark, and a mammoth one, being the entire length of a city block as well as ten stories high!

You could spend days here but, given an afternoon, make sure to get a floor plan, ideally in advance, and have some idea of what you want to look for. The toy store area is, of course, unmissable – it transforms into a gigantic ‘Santaland’ for the entirety of the festive season.

Macy’s – Photo credits: Duncan Currier

Bloomingdale’s

Get to fill one – or more – of their iconic brown shopping bags, at the reasonable priced but still high end Bloomingdale’s. Situated between 59th and Lexington, it’s the chain’s flagship store and is an impressive place to shop as well as dine in. Get the right subway exit, and you can enter the store without having to brace the winter weather, also!

Saks Fifth Avenue

Again, this is a store with designer brands, but at more amenable prices. Book a facial, get a makeover, or even have a tattoo in the store’s renowned salon, if you feel like it, too.

Barney’s

Situated on Madison Avenue, Barney’s is another designer mecca, with clothes and accessories by Prada, Saint Laurent, and Gucci, amongst others, all on offer, but for a price!

There are also some fabulous markets on in NYC in the run up to the holidays. These include the Columbus Circle Holiday Market, which is set in beautiful Central Park; the Union Square Holiday Markets; and the Grand Central Holiday Fair, which is the only market of this season that is indoors – a major plus in the cold, and possibly even snowy, weather.

Columbus Circle Holiday Market – Photo credits: Charley Lhasa

Wherever you choose to do your shopping, New York definitely has it all. The hardest part of your trip won’t be finding lots of great gifts, but deciding which ones to buy!


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