THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK CITY

By Irene T., Chief Hospitality Officer at The Welcome Hub

It doesn't matter if you live in New York or if you are a tourist. If you are in the city in December, you instinctively become part of a magical ambience. Everything changes overnight. It feels like a well-orchestrated Christmas tale starts to take place in every corner, in every park. Store windows turn into some of the most storytelling masterpieces. Fifth Avenue is flooded by an ocean of shopping bags. When you go to Central Park you feel like you are in a movie set. Even traffic in New York becomes part of the story.

Christmas Market in Bryant Park at 5th Avenue and 42nd Street 

Yes, that is what happens: in December we are not just residents of New York or tourists. During the Holidays, we all become one thing. As Lauren DeCarlo says:

Who can resist holiday season in New York? Certainly not us (nor millions of tourists, for that matter). It’s when the city is at its buoyant best when everything seems most shimmering and magical. In honor of our favorite time of year, we rounded up the places you’ll want to visit the places you came to visit. So welcome to our city—because this month, it’s your city too.

Plan your month with TimeOut New York magazine's events calendar of the very best activities, including Christmas activities and their picks from theater, the arts, and music. Click here to check out the calendar.

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On the other hand, Christmas can be a very stressful time of year.  For many the Christmas holiday period is a mass of complex social interactions with family or relatives, some of whom you may rather not see. There could well be expectations, or at least perceived expectations, to create a ‘wonderful Christmas’ with presents and perhaps the most important meal of the year. Relax and enjoy. Well, easy!

It's Christmas time. Keep calm and get your hohoho on.

The best way to relax is when we laugh. So, we picked some funny quotes about Christmas to help you out with your Hmmmm moment.

I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included
— Bernard Manning
You know you’re getting old when Santa starts looking younger.
— Robert Paul
Merry Christmas, Nearly Everybody.
— Ogden Nash

Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want and their kids pay for it.
— Richard Lamm

Anyone who believes that men are the equal of women has never seen a man trying to wrap a Christmas present.
— Annonymous
Aren’t we forgetting the true meaning of Christmas? You know... the birth of Santa.
— Bart Simpson

Mary Ellen Mark

Experience The Magic of Christmas in New York as a local. Check out 'The Untouristy Guide to the Holidays in New York', by Lauren DeCarlo.


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This holiday season, New York offers something new to shoppers: in stores as WholeFoods, Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman, Staples, Under Armour, you can find cell phone charging stations. You just plug your mobile in while enjoying shopping. Click here to download the app.


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Santa and his helpers are shopping in New York. It's a lot of fun.


We at The Welcome Hub USA are excited about this end of the year. We have planned and created some very cool new things for you – for instance, a brand-new website with new tours is coming up this end of the year. Another day, when I was chatting with a customer, telling her about our Christmas gifts to our clients, she said: "Wow! Very nice. Santa is coming in November this year."

Yes, our fans and friends will see Santa in November. We hope you all like what we have prepared for your Christmas.

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