Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Manhattan for Christmas

We're in New York City a few days before Christmas and first walk from Bryant Park to our hotel, passing a few fabulous decorations along the way.  It's starting to look a lot like Christmas!

 Random sights along the streets

There are two important landmarks that we have to visit soon after our arrival:  Times Square and Rockefeller Center.  We walk through Times Square and gaze in awe (as always) at the brightly-lit billboards surrounding the square and the people from all over the world filling the area.

 Times Square

At Rockefeller Center, the tree is lit and the ice skating rink is full of people enjoying the weather, the crowd, and the season.  Skating stops briefly in the rink, leaving two people on the ice for a proposal (she says yes).  The 2018 tree is a 72-foot (22-meter) Norway Spruce, topped by a 9 foot, 4 inch (2.85 meter) Swarovski Star with 3 million Swarovski crystals on 70 triangular spikes.

Pause in the skating

Rockefeller Center tree, day and night

And, on our way out of Rockefeller Center, we pass the Radio City Music Hall, where the Rockettes are putting on their annual Christmas Spectacular Show.

Radio City Music Hall

We've hit some main sites and are starting to feel at home.  Tomorrow, we'll head out to revisit a few old favorite places (Central Park) and find some new ones to explore.

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