Hello from Ireland! I’m home for Christmas but I’m not ready to leave New York behind on the blog just yet. I have one more Christmas in New York post to share for 2016. I say this year because it was only as I got into to doing these posts that I realised how many more places I wanted to include. So who knows… Maybe I’ll re-invent this little series in another way next year.
For now, the next stop on my Christmas in New York tour is Madison Square Park. I know I’ve already included The Bryant Park Christmas market in my series, but in this post I’m talking about the quieter parks away from the crazy Christmas crowds. New York has so many parks and none of them let this time of year go unmarked. Bryant Park and Union Square are probably the most famous Christmas Parks – Bryant Park has it’s Winter Village (market) and ice rink and Union Square has it’s market. But the other have something to offer too…
Photos by Claire Petersen
In reality, the market parks can get very crowded, but Madison Square Park and Washington Square Park are always super quiet, peaceful and are always decked out at this time of year. Then there is the mothership – Central Park. Well Central Park just has everything. It has a Christmas Market (at Columbus Circle), it’s own ice rink and a lot of performers singing and playing Christmas tunes, which creates a fab atmosphere. It even has it’s own Central Park Santa and you’ll see horses and carriages all decorated for the festive season. They’re all super fun and have something unique offer, so be sure to step outside the typical Christmas areas to take in the less touristy, but still festive parks of NYC.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my Christmas in New York series. I’m sad to see it end, but if the next goes as fast as the last, next Christmas will be here before we know it.
I hope you’re having a fabulous Christmas week,