I love to shop. I know, I know, what woman doesn’t, right? It’s more than the simple act of purchasing things, though. I really enjoy going up and down aisles, looking at the new items that appear each season. I like being able to find gifts that would be just perfect for its recipient. I revel in finding the new in old treasures. I love being able to peruse through little shops, seeing others’ creativity and ingenuity. I appreciate seeing styles and colors that are usually different from my preference, and finding inspiration for future projects.
This week I was able to do all of this, added with a little sightseeing. My husband and I visited Bryant Park in NYC for their yearly Winter Village at Bryant Park.
Every winter, the park hosts an ice skating rink, a carousel, a restaurant and bar, lounges, and holiday shops. Everything just screams the holidays, and it is an enjoyable time for young and old.
I spent most of our time in the park walking up and down the holiday shops. There are more than 125 boutique styled shops that line the park, decorated with garland and lights galore, turning the park into a winter wonderland. The shops are run by tons of small businesses with amazing things to purchase for yourself and to finish up your Christmas shopping.
Needless to say, I was in heaven. My husband and I have made it a point to try to visit Bryant Park ever Christmas season, and we have an enjoyable night every time. Here is a look at the beautiful Winter Village! (Forgive the quality of the photos, I took them all on my phone, with mitten covered fingers.) There were a couple of stands that stood out to Jay and I, and we even made a purchase or two. Some of the photos feature Lucy and Leo, a cute children’s boutique filled with organic, homemade items made right in NY; Naughty and Nice, which sells paintings of old images with creative and funny touches; beautiful paintings of NYC by Yvoni (we bought a beautiful print of hers!), and Brooklyn Made Store, which sells great modern prints of the “Big Apple”. Besides these cute shops I mentioned, you can also find food stands, cider lines, handmade souvenirs, and more.
Bryant Park around this time of year is really a great time for anyone to visit. If not for the shops, go for the food, ice skating, or even for a ride on the carousel! I love going a little off the beaten path when it comes to Christmastime in the city, steering away from the extremely crowded Rockefeller Center and the bustling Times Square. Do you have any NYC holiday traditions or locations you make a point of doing every year? Share the love and let us know!