Photography can be such a wonderful method of safekeeping memories from the Holiday Season. It's hard to argue that New York City doesn't offer a treasure trove of subjects to feast one's lens upon. Look through some New Yorker's holiday photo albums and you're liable to catch sight of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree or any one of a number of Salvation Army Santas ringing their bells on a Manhattan street corner. Heck, these are merely a small number of the many holiday offerings to be found in the Big Apple. Sometimes I wish I had a photo of one of my childhood experiences. That is, sitting on Santa's lap at Macy's screaming Bloody Murder! Hey! Call me slow but I guess I didn't catch on to the concept that a kid's supposed to enjoy a visit with the old fat guy with the giant white beard. Aaaaaaah, that's what fond Christmas memories are made of. Although I'm not sure a terrified 5 year old really counts as a wonderful memory. LOL.
Anyhow, New York City is chock full 'o great fun that comes to life during the seasonal months.
There are millions upon millions of local folk as well as visitors from near and far who'll testify to that. 'and when we mention millions, we're not talking about the total sum, but rather tens of millions each and every season. If you should be struggling to understand why then here's a quick listing of some of the many spots, avenues and locales within NYC that really get into the Holiday Spirit. A list one should explore with camera in hand.
- Rink at Rockefeller Center: An item which during the warmer months is actually a restaurant.
- Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree: That famous attraction the lighting of which is a big, BIG item in the city. Adorned with upwards of 30,000 lights and miles of wiring this gem also features the Swarovski crystal star atop its body.
- Herald Angels and Toy Soldiers at Rockefeller. All about the plaza will be found these sculptured visual treats.
- Giant Red Balls Fountain (for lack of a better description): Found in front of 1251 Avenue of the Americas diagonally across from Radio City Music Hall.
- The giant Unicef 12 foot Baccarat snowflake hanging over traffic at 57th Street and 5th Avenue.
- Holiday Fairs/Markets as of this writing existing at Grand Central Terminal, Columbus Circle, Union Square Park, Bryant Park, South Street Seaport and more.
- Numerous Christmas/Holiday trees found throughout the city. Each one with a lighting ceremony of their own. Some of which include:
- Lincoln Plaza tree across from Lincoln Center on the upper west side.
- Bryant Park Tree found in midtown Manhattan along 40-42nd Streets and between 5th and 6th Avenues. Usually the tree would be behind the famous NYC Public Library.
- Wall Street/NYSE Tree in front of the New York Stock Exchange.
- Chorus Tree at South Street Seaport which is usually accompanied by a singing troupe during the holidays.
- 'and some of the others would be the one in front of the arch at Washington Square Park, Madison Square Park, Union Square Park and countless other parks with much smaller trees found throughout the city.
- Radio City Music Hall's Christmas Spectacular featuring not one but plenty of Santas alongside the world renowned Rockettes.
- In addtion to all the above are the many Department Store Windows at spots such as Gimbels, Saks 5th Avenue, Macy's, Barney's, Lord and Taylors amongst others as well as one of a number of building fronts found along 5th and 6th avenues.
So you see? New York City takes its Christmas celebrating mighty seriously. So when you head out into the streets of this great metropolis always remember to have your camera handy and a sharp eye to look out for all the decorations great and small. Merry Christmas Folks!