Holiday Date Night
RZ & I have a Christmas tradition that began during our first Christmas as boyfriend & girlfriend: Holiday Date Night in New York City. Holiday-season Manhattan is absolutely magical from the Lord & Taylor windows to the Fifth Avenue star & everything in between. I have adored admiring the holiday cheer since I was kid; it's even more special to share it with the man I love. Holiday Date Night 2011 was hotly anticipated because we would enjoy it as newlyweds.
Our newlywed Holiday Date Night started out like every other one with the holiday windows at Macy's at 34th Street. My favorite window was the spinning bucket of champagne:
Next up, Lord & Taylor, always my vote for best holiday windows. Check out this snowy scene:
Bryant Park is festive during the holidays with ice skating & shopping. We always pose by their icy blue tree &, well, thank goodness (more on that later):
Dylan's Candy Bar hosted a pop-up shop this year & I couldn't resist taking a peek at the candyland. Is this candy Christmas tree not a candy-lover's dream come true?!
We never forget to pay homage to my husband's Filipino heritage with a swing by the Philippines Center's gorgeous holiday display of parols (p.s. I still want one):
We strolled up Fifth Avenue, passing Santa, Grinch, Reindeer & Snowmen. No, not decorations- walking, talking Santa & crew (only in NYC)! The Rockefeller Christmas Tree was crazy crowded & we decided to come back after dinner. First, we saw Cartier, tied up with a holiday red bow:
Time to eat, drink & be merry! We enjoyed a delicious, traditional steakhouse dinner at one our favorites, Wolfgang's Steakhouse. Bonus: we met Wolfgang:
Stuffed & happy, we made our way back to Rockefeller Center, only to find this disheartening sight:
Sad but true: Lights out at Rockefeller Center at 11:30pm. In the city that never sleeps! BOO!!
But hey, we wouldn't let one little glitch ruin our newlywed Holiday Date Night. Just a few blocks away, we found more holiday cheer. A bright, happy Christmas light strand put smiles back on our faces:
More holiday smiles at the biggest, merriest Christmas ornaments:
Our newlywed Holiday Date Night was so fun & so special. I will remember it forever as the year of no lights at Rock Center!
Photos by Koru Kate