Monday, November 12, 2012

Christmas 2012

I couldn't be more excited for this year's holiday season. We get to see Caroline next week for Thanksgiving. And, then a couple of weeks later, we will surprise the kids with a trip to NYC. Picking them up from school on a Friday.....driving to LAX.....and flying overnight to the mecca of all holiday fun......New York City. We'll stay 3 nights and then fly back late on Tuesday.
We have many things planned, but I want to cover everything.
Here are some initial stops:
Circle Line Tour (to get a broad picture of the island, see the Statue of Liberty, etc)
FAO Schwartz
Rockefeller Center
Central Park
Serendipity for hot chocolate
Ice Skating
Tea for Lainey and Mom at the Plaza
Empire State Building or Top of the Rock
Other ideas? 
This will be the majority of Christmas from us.  We're on a tight budget, but I know we can make it memorable.  And, I love that the kids have no idea.  They'll each get their own carry on suitcase (no fee to fly with those!) when we pick them up from school.  We are still debating as to when to tell them.
When we pick them up?
At the airport?
At the gate?
Would love some input!

I am beyond excited to have my sweet family in the city for 4 days of fun and exploring. 
It's what we do best!


Allyson and Dave said...

When are you going to NYC? I will be there Dec. 7-9. We are going to see the Rockettes and don't forget the 911 memorial. Those tickets are free!

Pam Bowers said...

That sounds like so much fun!

donatelli98 said...

Definitely the 911 memorial ... Are you going to see a broadway show? You can get discount tickets in Times Square. I think you have the rest of the highlights covered.

starnes family said...

December 7-12. With travel days. We will be there at the same time, Allyson!

aunt caroline said...

Don't tell them until you get back.

Carter may figure it out, by Dumb and Dumber will need a little help.

Unknown said...

Lol at Caroline! Okay, like just start driving to the airport after school and when Carter asks where you're going....tell them then. SO EXCITED!!

donatelli98 said...

I love Aunt Caroline's comment!! What about the American Girl Store?

Jo said...

That is so cool! You have great things on the list, I would still add the M&M store on TS. I'm so excited for you/them!

Monica said...


Dee Stephens said...

TOTALLY fun!! I've been 2xs that weekend in December.
Word of advice, make reservations early for things. It's SLAMMED in the city that weekend!!
Ice skating will be a huge wait but worth it.
I would totally do a ride through Central Park in a carriage.
The 9/11 memorial would be something to see, but it's far away and not sure the kids will 'get' it. With limited time I would say skip it this trip, but that's just me.
YAY!YAY!YAY! Can I join?? LOL!!

Lauren W said...

E-mail or call me if you need advice. I LOVE NYC. I used to live there and I plan trips for folks all the time. My advice from just reading your blog is don't think you can just pop in Serendipity for HC. The wait is ridiculous. And the food is way over priced and not that good. Go just for dessert (which is wonderful. And still over priced) and make your reservations way in advance. You may have to make them 2-3 weeks out.

Lauren W said...

Oh, I have so much more. The second I published the comment I thought of more. Lunch at the American Girl Store would be fun for you and Lainey. I think everyone would enjoy the museum of Natural History. You can go on a "Night at the Museum" tour to see things from the movie. FAO Schwartz is completely scaled back so know that going in. They shut down half the store a few years ago. The Toys R Us store in Times Square is wonderful and has a ferris wheel in the middle. I would definitely get half priced tickets to see a show from TKTS. But get there early to get the best seats. Mary Poppins is awesome and even Blake and Carter would like it. They also have a Broadway musical of "Elf" but only at Christmas so that would be awesome too. Magnolia Bakery has a new midtown location so a cupcake from there is always fun. ESB over Dome of the Rock for sure. Grand Central Station is decorated beautifully at Christmas. Chelsea Piers is a blast. The kids would love it! Google it and you'll see. Also, South Street Seaport is a lot of fun and gives you great views of the Brooklyn Bridge. I could go on and on.

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You MUST visit Santa at Macy's. It's not your average Santa's an experience. I think we went three times when we were there two years ago and it's free unless you decide to purchase pics.

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