Silver Bells, Silver Bells...'s Christmas time in the city.

We made our annual Christmas trek into Manhattan to enjoy all the excitement the city brings to the holiday. There are too many "musts" to fit into one day, but here is our list for this year!

#1 Time Square Church Christmas Play

balcony seats

This is our favorite church to visit when in NYC. Times Square Church is located in an old Broadway theater in the heart of Times Square. Its pastor, David Wilkerson, braved the meanest streets of New York thirty years ago to tell desperate and drug crazed youth that there was a better way. His message of Christ transformed the life of the notorious gang leader Nicki Cruz. Both of their stories were made famous in the book and then movie called "The Cross and the Switchblade" starring Pat Boone and Erik Estrada. I highly recommend the book and movie.

Times Square Church's Christmas productions are always top notch. This year was "Christmas Around the World". Admission is free but you need to get there a couple hours early to reserve your seats, they go fast!

#2 Times Square

#3 Rockafeller Christmas Tree

Just a short walk north is the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. It was as beautiful as ever!

#4 FAO Schwartz
And a few more blocks north is my favorite toy store. It was a treat to get to show EJ it for the first time. The classics are always there as well as some new and innovated toys.
front door service

is it alive Grandpa?

checking out the baby dolls

can't leave without seeing the teddy bears

#5 Central Park
Nativity Scene

#6 Union Square Christmas Market

A car ride south down Park Avenue, past Grand Central Station and the Empire State Building, brings you to a German style Christmas market on the edge of Union Square. This was a first for us and we enjoyed it. The vendors sold handcrafted items from around the world and there were some tasty desserts and drinks to try.

teas and spices

warmed up with the hot chocolate

#7 Venieros

Christmas or not, we always end our time in the city with a stop at this amazing pasticceria and cafe on E. 11th Street. We usually get a slice of rum cake or cannoli and coffee in the cafe but this year we got a box of delicious pastries to go. It was difficult waiting till we got home to sample the desserts, but, as always, it was totally worth the wait. Thank you Juliet for introducing us to this little gem so many years ago!

Next year is Radio City Music Hall to see the Rockettes!

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