We’ve been thrilled to virtually tour the country with you this year with our blog series: The Local. While we usually select one great Gwynnie Bee member to show off her hometown, we thought that with the holidays approaching we would take on the task of highlighting our home base of New York City! The Big Apple is a must-visit all year round, but we think we do the holidays extra-well here. A few GB staffers gave you the inside scoop into their must-see NYC locations, specifically for this festive season.
“My coworker, Amy, and I drove down 5th Avenue to enjoy all of the holiday lights and sparkly decor. I snapped this photo of Saks, which was one of my favorite displays. Due to the unseasonably warm weather, it was very crowded, but wonderful to see so many New Yorkers feeling festive and cheery together. These brilliant lights never fail to impress me!” -GB Staffer Melissa
“The Union Square Holiday Market is an NYC holiday tradition I never miss! It pops up right around Thanksgiving and is open through Christmas Eve. Local artisans and small businesses, man booths surrounding the park. It’s the perfect place to walk around with a friend, sip some hot cocoa, and find a unique gift for someone in your life. I always buy a family member of mine a carved ornament from one of the booths there. And did I mention the Wafels & Dinges cart?” –GB Staffer Lisa
The market can be found in Union Square Park from November 19 – December 24, 2015 ( closed on Thanksgiving).
Monday – Friday: 11am-9pm, Saturday: 10am-9pm, and Sunday: 11am – 8pm
“Ice skating was fun! Gio (left) and I (right) went with another co-worker and they brought friends from out of town. We were all at different levels of skating ability with Gio being the best. We all formed a big chain and skated through everyone. The rink was packed with so many different kinds of people. When people would fall, strangers would stop to help each other up. It was beautiful.” –GB Staffer Adrian (with fellow GB Staffer Gio)
Open Friday, October 30, 2015 through Sunday, March 6, 2016. Hours: 8am-10pm, 7 days/week.
Thanks for joining us! Have you spent time in NYC in the holiday season? Comment below and let us know your can’t-miss spots to celebrate everything merry and bright. Check out other hotspots around the country loved by our members here.