The fall was marked by several sunny mornings and it was at its colorful best at Central Park. There was such glamor in the colors that the eyes forget to blink; the crisp cool air made the fallen leaves rustle to a synchronous rhythm.
As a few weeks passed by, it was time for the flora to hibernate after their glorious spring bloom and the spectacular fall shedding of leaves. One form of beauty gave way to another with another beautiful season between, as fall began to make way for winter – the holiday season, baby!
Tourists and flashy lights are nothing new to New York City’s ever-vibrant holiday season. Watching the city that never sleeps during the holidays is delightful. Pathways and sidewalks dotted with lighted Christmas trees, holiday window displays conveying little Christmas tales across Fifth Avenue made even the long walks under freezing temperatures a pleasurable experience.
A snowless December on the East coast was probably not great for many ski lovers and ski resorts who are still looking forward to the first flakes of the winter. But those who were affected by the fury of last winter would appreciate a few extra snowless days, which have been gifted so far. The tourists certainly enjoyed the sun and shopping in the holiday markets that were set up in every other corner of the city – Union Square, Bryant Park, Grand Central were among the big ones.
Bryant Park in mid-Manhattan morphed into a major holiday market with its ice skating rink at one end and the Celsius restaurant overlooking the rink on the other, not to mention the beautiful Christmas tree that made the visit to the park ever so bright. Another must-see was the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. A tree like this brightly lit 74-footer has been put up every year since 1933. Walking closer to the tree braving the crowds is always a challenge, but worth the adventure.