Columbus Circle Holiday Market
I particularly like walking through the food stalls in the market, smelling the great aromas and watching people enjoying their snacks or meals. The even have a duck stand!
Wonderful-smelling and popular food stalls
We spot a few items of interest, but are not ready to buy yet, there are many more markets to visit before we purchase. We stroll from the market into Central Park and walk through the park to 5th Avenue, passing the ice skating rink, full of people enjoying the balmy winter day. There are numerous options for a ride in the park, the New York experience (especially in Central Park) often includes horse-drawn carriages, pedicabs, and bicycle carriages, but we continue on foot.
Ice skating rink
Rides through Central Park
Views of/from the park
From the rink, we walk past a half-frozen pond, complete with ice rescue ladders for those who might walk on the thin ice. The message is clear: skate in the skating rink!
Continuing through the park, stay off the thin ice!
We exit Central Park at the southeast corner at the Plaza Hotel and the fountain filled with Christmas trees in Grand Army Plaza. How beautiful, a fountain of live Christmas trees!
Plaza Hotel and tree-filled fountain
Continuing down 5th Avenue, we pass the truly elegant windows of Bergdorf Goodman (founded in 1899, now with two stores across the street from each other) with themes of New York museums, followed by the sparkles of Tiffany's flagship store. We are truly on 5th Avenue!
A little further down 5th Avenue, we pass (and enter) Henri Bendel and Cartier, with more great windows and, in Cartier, automated cats sledding down a slope.
Stopping inside for a picture
Cartier skiing cats
Our last stop on 5th Avenue is Saint Patrick's Cathedral, seat of the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York. Mass is just starting and the cathedral is packed with worshipers and tourists sharing this incredible place. We are drawn inside by the incredible sounds of the organ as we approach the cathedral.
St. Patrick's Cathedral
We turn off 5th Avenue at Saks/Rockefeller Center and continue on our way toward Grand Central Station (next blog)