Sunday, December 9, 2012

Christmas in New York City

This is Nathan filling in for Ali. My dad travels to New York regularly, so we thought it would be fun to meet up with him and my mom there this time. And as a special treat they brought Claire (our niece) along with them.
 We got in late Thursday night, but first thing Friday morning we hopped in a cab down to Macy's on 34 St. to visit Santaland. We were all blown away by how well it was done. 

 Because we got there before the crowds, Claire got to spend about 5 minutes with Santa. This Santa was legit! 

 After Santaland we walked around the store and looked at some of their great window displays.

 The huge tree at Rockefeller Center. Apparently trees don't grow that large in the wild, so people actually donate them from their front yards. Crazy.

 Of course we had to stop by FAO Schwarz, and that large gorilla was right there to greet Ali. He only costs $1500! Then Ali and Claire jumped over to the Big piano to play some tunes.

 We didn't have much time to squeeze everything in on Friday, but my mom found a one hour version of the Nutcracker. Perfect!

 The main reason for the whole trip, however, was to see Elf. My uncle Bob actually wrote the theatrical version of this musical on Broadway (adaptation from the movie). We were all surprised to see that Santa was played by Newman from Seinfeld!

Rockefeller at night and more window displays.

Tao restaurant. Awesome shabu shabu and a great atmosphere. Thanks Dad!
We stopped by the Museum of Natural History to see what they had there and found this awesome origami tree. On our way back to the hotel we found this great little Christmas market in Central Park. Everything was too pricey for us, but look at my pretty wife! Merry Christmas city to visit, but too big for this Chicago boy!