The Local: Gwynnie Bee’s NYC

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.

The Lights on 5th Avenue Lights on 5th Ave

“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

Union Square Holiday Market Union Square Holiday Market with GB Staffer Lisa

“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 at Bryant Park Ice Skating at Bryant Park with GB Staffers Gio and Adrian

 “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.

The Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall

Radio City

“The Christmas Spectacular is something that everyone should experience at least once!  My husband and I had a wonderful time experiencing this show together for the first time the weekend after Thanksgiving.  One of my favorite parts of the show was the Teddy Bear Ballet to excerpts of “The Nutcracker”.  The bears were just adorable and I loved seeing them dance to this familiar Christmas tune. This was a great start to our Christmas season!”-GB Staffer Maggie
The Christmas Spectacular is running through January 3, 2016 at Radio City Music Hall.

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

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