Day 1 – 19 Dec 21
We decided to take a trip to NYC because we had vouchers from a previously cancelled flight. I had always wanted to go to NYC at Christmas time. So my daughter Baylee, hubby and I decided to make the trip.
A new joy of travel (insert sarcasm) that I have found is that the airlines can just change your tickets Willy Nilly. We originally had a direct flight from Atlanta to Newark, but instead they switched us to having a layover in Chicago, a very short one, but still added quite a bit of travel time. We left the house at about 2:00 am to fly out of Atlanta at 6:45 am. All things went smoothly thank goodness.
We arrived into Newark at about noon. We took an Uber into the city to our hotel. We arrived to our hotel, the Artezen Hotel, checked in, dropped our bags and headed out for food. We found a quaint little Irish pub right across the street and we were starved, so we stepped right in. Keep in mind the majority of restaurants and coffee shops require ID and proof of vaccination to eat in their establishment in NYC.
Once we had full bellies, we headed down to Battery Park to ride on an open top bus for a city tour. As we walked, we got to see the Charging Bull and Trinity Church.
The bus took us through Times Square and by the One World Trade Center.
We got off the bus in Times Square to explore a little. We tried some confections at Carlo’s bake shop. It was a must try for Baylee.
After a little shopping, we decided to take a different open top bus route back to the hotel area. We went through Times Square again, saw Radio City Music Hall, the Fox Christmas Tree, and Christmas decorations around the city.
We bought the 72 hour pass, so we could hop on or off throughout our stay, but honestly the subway was quicker and easier to use get around.
Day 2 – 20 Dec 21
We started the day with breakfast at Toasties, a sandwich shop right outside the hotel. We had a sandwich and muffin to share. Then we headed over to One World Observatory to be there for our tickets at 10:00am. The 360 degree views were amazing!
When you exit the One World Observatory, you are in the Oculus. We explored a little and then we had lunch In the Oculus at Eataly. We weren’t too hungry so we just shared a pizza and relaxed with some wine.
After a bite to eat we headed to World Trade Center Memorial and Museum for our 1:00pm tickets. The line was really long to buy tickets, so I was glad I had pre-purchased everything. We spent at least 2 hours there.
After the Memorial, we hopped on the subway to Grand Central Station. Then we started walking towards the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. We got to see St Patrick’s Cathedral and more of the city’s Christmas decorations.
The light show at Saks was beautiful and so was the Rockefeller Christmas tree. It all seemed right out of a movie, it was so perfect.
We were scheduled to see the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, but got notified the day before our trip that the rest of the Rockettes shows for this season had been cancelled due to COVID, so we pivoted and did the nighttime bus tour. We rode on the tour, but froze out tushies off. After the tour, we were hungry and really cold so we grabbed Chick-fil-A and an Uber back to the hotel.
Day 3 – 21 Dec 21
We woke up, got sandwiches and a muffin to share at Toasties and headed for Battery Park. We got to see the NY Stock Exchange and its Christmas Tree.
We had a Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island tour at 9:30am. This tour took until 1:05 and we had to leave before exploring much of Ellis Island because I had scheduled our carriage ride through Central Park at 2:00pm.
We hopped on the subway to head towards Central Park. We saw a man that reminded me of a real-life inspector gadget.
We arrived at Central Park just in the nick of time, only to find out our tour company wasn’t going to be showing up until 2:30. There was lack of communication on the tour company’s part, but our tour guide and driver, Nico was very considerate and told us all kinds of interesting facts throughout the park. We had some Christmas music playing and the carriage was really comfy and warm with the blanket!
After the carriage ride, we explored some and went to the Met to take photos on the stairs, another must do for Baylee.
After that we took the subway to the Oculus to find dinner. There we found some more beautiful decorations.
We ate at a food court area, it wasn’t what we really wanted but the food we ate turned out surprisingly delicious. when headed back to the hotel, we got to see the One World Observatory with its Christmas lights lit up.
Day 4 – 22 Dec 21
We woke up and you guessed it, Toasties for breakfast. Then we headed to see the Brooklyn Bridge. I wanted to walk it and go to Dumbo as well, but I just wasn’t sure I wanted to walk that far. First we just walked to the Seaport to see the bridges.
But we had plenty of time and energy, so we decided to walk the Brooklyn Bridge and into Dumbo.
We headed to Dumbo to capture the iconic photo of the Manhattan Bridge though the street and I was lucky enough to get it with no one in the shot.
At the end of the road where the Manhattan Bridge is viewed from Dumbo, there is a park where you can capture both the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.
We grabbed Starbucks and an Uber back to the hotel to check out. We headed over to catch the train to Newark. It took that train to get us to the Amtrak station and then we arrived to Newark International Airport. It took significantly more time than the Uber we took when we arrived on Sunday, but it was about half the cost.
We had a quick lunch at the airport and then caught our plane back to the peach state!
On the taxi and take off and most of the flight to Atlanta we got a beautiful sunset sky.
Nothing like a getaway. Until our next adventure…I want to wish you and yours a truly happy holiday season!