Lotte New York Palace
When we arrive in Grand Central Station, we experience a dramatic pause as we enter, looking at the art, architecture, and people. After absorbing the ambiance, we pass through the main lobby and down to the food courts, which are full of people, holiday parties, and good cheer. We're thinking pizza for lunch and Prova Pizza Bar has some of the best. We share their famous meatballs and split three slices of pizza: four cheese, meatball and onion, and mushroom.
Grand Central Station
Prova pizza and meatballs
After lunch, we stroll through the Holiday Market in Grand Central Station, then head over to the Public Library and Bryant Park.
Grand Central Holiday Market
New York Public Library
In addition to a Holiday Market, Bryant Park has an ice skating rink full of happy skaters (and some tentative ones).
Bryant Park Holiday Market
Ice skating in Bryant Park
And, Santa Claus is making an appearance in the park near the skating.
Santa is here!
Even though the main theme of the park is Christmas, there are people continuing to enjoy their normal activities, including ping pong in the park.
Ping pong in Bryant Park
From Bryant Park, we stroll on 6th Avenue, passing more great decorations along the way, then the fabulous windows at Lord & Taylor, with themes from the Hallmark Channel.
Lord & Taylor
Later, we head down 5th Avenue to Madison Square Park, with the most amazing tree (next to Rockefeller Center), then continue to Washington Square Park and find that the entrance to the park is lit for the season and the park is full of carolers singing Christmas carols. Looking back as we approach Washington Square Park, we see the beautiful bright lights of the Empire State Building celebrating the holidays.
Madison Square Park
Empire State Building candy cane Christmas lighting
Washington Square Park entrance and tree
Carolers and decorations around the park
We've had a full day of exploring the holiday delights of New York.