The Books and the City New York Christmas Guide! by Alice
Today, we’ve published a cracking new edition of the Melissa Hill bestselling novel, A Gift to Remember so to celebrate, we thought we’d compile a New York Christmas Guide – because nobody does romance quite like Melissa Hill and nowhere does Christmas quite like New York!
Of course, we all know the typical things you’re supposed to do – ice skating at the Rockefeller Centre, ogling the 5th Avenue window displays, seeing the Empire State Building lit up red and green – but I’ve taken a look at the slightly lesser known side of New York at Christmas.
Union Square Holiday Market
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to a Christmas market. The internationally renowned Union Square Holiday Market may not exactly be a well-kept NYC secret, but you are bound to find something unique among its many stalls. It’s open from 16th November to 24th December every day of the week. Look out for the Artisan Pledge symbol, which promises that what you’re buying is 100% handmade in New York from recycled, reused or vintage items and is organic and fairtrade.
Sledding in the City
If you’re lucky, you may be able to take advantage of the wintery weather in New York this year and go sledding in one of the many local parks. Central Park (pictured) is obviously a favourite for sledding, but Prospect Park in Brooklyn is also a fantastic location and will probably be less busy. And don’t worry about trying to squeeze a sled into your suitcase. Most toy stores in the city sell inexpensive sleds so you can join the fun at a moment’s notice.
As the sun begins to set, it’s time to head over the bridge into Brooklyn to see the famous Dyker Heights Christmas lights.
This is no official, council-organised light show. Dyker Heights is merely an ordinary Brooklyn neighbourhood that tends to go a bit crazy when it comes to Christmas decorations! The residents claim it’s not a competition, but it is clear that every house is aiming to outshine the rest, making this neighbourhood the perfect destination for a moonlight (or Christmas light) stroll.
While you’re in Brooklyn, you should visit Jane’s Carousel, a beautifully restored merry-go-round from 1922 situated on the waterfront of Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighbourhood. It is surrounded by a glass structure, so there is no need to worry about the cold and there is nothing to obscure the beautiful views of the snowy skyline.
And then it’s back into Manhattan for glamorous rooftop cocktails, which are possible even in freezing Christmas temperatures thanks to the Empire Hotel’s retractable glass roof. Sip a cocktail at one of the two terrace bars, relax by the working fireplace and bask in the glow of the hotel’s iconic neon sign, which has been up since 1923.
Did I miss anything? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter with #AGifttoRemember.
Of course, you don’t need to fly over the Atlantic to experience a New York Christmas. Just curl up with A Gift to Remember and let Melissa Hill, the queen of escapism, take you there.
Darcy Archer works in a small bookstore in Manhattan. A daydream believer, she refuses to settle for anything less than being swept off her feet by the perfect man…literally.
One day, when cycling to work, Darcy accidentally crashes into a sharply dressed gentleman walking his dog. He is knocked out cold, rushed to hospital and the poor pup gets left behind.
Wracked with guilt, Darcy takes the dog and makes plans to reunite him with owner, Aidan. As she discovers the mysterious stranger’s world of books, travel, adventure and all the wonderful things she’s ever dreamt about, Darcy builds a picture of this man and wonders if he could be THE ONE…
But does fantasy match reality? What happens when Prince Charming wakes up? Will Aidan be the happy ever after she’s always imagined?