For me, it is true what they say, there really is no place like home for the holidays. since I wasn’t able to make it home this year, spending the season in NYC was a nice alternative and truly festive. Just walking around you feel the holiday spirit with the extravagant holiday window displays, the beautiful snowflake on 5th avenue, the Christmas shops at Columbus Circle, Bryant Park, and Union Square, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular performance, holiday wreaths on all of the windows at Bergdorf Goodman, and of course the Rockefeller and Plaza Hotel Christmas trees. All of these left me feeling the holiday spirit, especially because my mom and the camera man came for a visit and explored all of the holiday sights with me, both for a few days. I captured so many moments on film and am happy to share some of them with you all, including some other delights around the city with my visitors. P.s. you can find the navy Isabelle peacoat with gold buttons as well as the purple and white check scarf I am wearing in most of the photos at Club Monaco if you are interested. Cheers to the last post of 2012! Wishing you all a very colorful and wonderful 2013 *

Starting off with brunch at my favorite spot for breakfast and brunch, Le Pain Quotidien.

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Walking the scenic route to the Central Park Boathouse and Bethesda Fountain.

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A very cozy fireplace and heart warming holiday decor at the Central Park Boathouse.

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Admiring the Central Park ice rink on our way back to 5th avenue from the boathouse.GMy camera man enjoying some delicious hot apple cider.IMG_2489Enjoying all of the little Christmas shops at Columbus Circle.

IMG_2042One of the many delicious choices within the shops for a bite to eat.

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The stunning stars at Columbus Circle that change colors.IMG_2225IMG_2227White twinkle lights outside Columbus Circle.IMG_2230The stunning Christmas tree display at the Plaza Hotel.IMG_2011Mom and I enjoying the tree.GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA????????????????????Giant wreaths on the windows outside the Plaza Hotel. ????????????????????

By night…

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Stunning window displays at Bergdorf Goodman.IMG_2697IMG_2699

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A winter wonderland inside Bergdorf Goodman. IMG_2200GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA????????????????????Holiday wreaths at Bergdorf Goodman.

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….and of course, Henri Bendel’s display right next door.

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The stunning and heart warming snowflake on 5th avenue, by night.

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Miniature, yet realistic and charming windows at Tiffany & Co.????????????????????????????????????????Bvglari breath-taking displayIMG_2701Fendi’s glistening belts.IMG_2717Cartier and Versace…always amazing.IMG_2721

The best part about Cartier’s display? Look who it is! The famous black cats from the stunning commercial on the top and on the side of the building.

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Brilliant and bright twinkle lights (diamonds) at Harry Winston. ????????????????????Holiday bears at FAO Schwarz, bringing me back to my childhood. ????????????????????Thoroughly enjoying myself at the most amazing toy store in the world.

IMG_2694The Peninsula Hotel decked out in holiday spirit. IMG_2713Well, of course the next stop is… the always enchanting Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, that will always remind me of Buddy the Elf, my favorite Christmas movie. IMG_2134“Wow, that’s a big one.” – Buddy the ElfIMG_2133Mom and I having a great time admiring the tree. It was so special having her visit this time of the year.

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAThe tree, just as stunning during the day.

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Of course I had to take her to the famous Magnolia Bakery. We didn’t have time to go to the original location in Greenwich Village, but the one at Rockefeller Center worked just fine.GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAIMG_2129We had to go with a red velvet cupcake to split in honor of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular we were about to see…IMG_2126…which was truly, truly amazing. An absolute must see if you are visiting NYC during the holiday season. IMG_2234My favorite part of the show. A tour bus going through all of Manhattan, it 100% looks as though you are riding on a bus through the city. Simply amazing. IMG_2257IMG_2287Nutcrackers always bring somewhat of a majestic feeling to this time of the year. IMG_2209Oversized ornaments across from the Radio City music hall. IMG_2849Bryant Park ice skating fun.IMG_2775The Christmas shops at Bryant Park. IMG_2804The Bryant Park Grille all dolled up in holiday spirit. IMG_2808The beautiful blue and white twinkle lights on the Bryant Park tree by night.

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The incredibly charming windows at Lord & TaylorIMG_1824IMG_1825…and of course, the entrance to my apartment all dressed up in holiday cheer with 24 hour bells playing Christmas music that brightnen my day after a long day at work. IMG_2066

The camera man and I enjoying the fun holiday photo opportunity.

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I hope you have all enjoyed some of the photos that make me happy as I remember this past holiday season. Cheers to a happy and colorful 2013! I’ll see you next year!

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