Not home alone.
November 30, 2012 9:37 AM Subscribe
My mother and grandmother are finally coming to me
for Christmas. I’m in NYC. Hooray! How do I make it a stress-free yet iconic and fun New York Christmas?
posted by functionequalsform to Travel & Transportation around New York, NY (11 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Note: I’ve lived in New York for 6 years, so I’m pretty versed in the normal “what to do’s/touristy stuff/local haunts.” This is more of a Christmas-specific question, as I’ve never stayed in the city for the holidays.
So, they’re coming up for the 22nd – the 27th of December.
Grandma is 85, has bad knees, loves high-arts and history, is fairly academic and very proper, and is staunchly Methodist. Mom is 55, and the polar opposite—she’s quirky, dislikes going to church, is kind of “meh” on the arts in general, but loves food, haggling in Chinatown, and makes crafty, beaded jewelry. She also has a few health problems. Neither of them drink.
My main question is this: Is the city as empty around Christmas as people say? I’m really trying to avoid crowds.
I’m hoping we’ll do the Macy’s display, the tree, a stroll around Rockefeller Center, and a visit to Tiffany’s on the same day, all of which they’ll both love. Would it be better to do that on Christmas Eve? Or the 23rd?
What about a visit to Chinatown to let Mom haggle? Better and less crowded after Christmas?
What about the Transit Museum for Grandma to check out the antique trains? Before or after Christmas?
What about the Union Square Christmas Village? The 23rd? Christmas Eve? Too busy/lame?
Is going to a Christmas Eve service at Trinity Church a nice affair? Or is it just so packed that my poor grandma is going to have to sit on the steps in the cold? Also, we would get there early, but does anybody know how early you have to be to get in?
Any recommendations for things that are specifically Christmassy and a bit off the radar would be nice too.