Who wouldn’t WannaGo to NYC during the holidays?

New York City is a pretty magical place to begin with, but even more so during the holiday season. People from all over the world come to see the city adorned with festive decorations and the store windows full of beautiful Christmas themed arrangements. The overall demeanor of the city changes a bit during this time as people pause to appreciate the bright lights and slow their pace to accommodate all different types of holiday traditions.

On a cold morning in December you’ll find me hanging my hat and scarf at Ludlow Coffee Supply on the Lower East Side. They make a delicious bourbon vanilla latte that will warm you right up on the chilliest of days. This is the perfect place to spend a morning chatting, catching up with friends and discussing plans for the holidays. I’ve added this particular cafe to my “Coffee Spots” list, which you can check out on the WannaGo app.

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After coffee it’s time to do a little shopping. I really enjoy checking out the Union Square holiday Market, which features unique gifts crafted by local artists. They also have live music and a craft studio for kids. This is somewhere my friends and I like to shop when we can’t quite figure out what to buy someone as a gift. The eclectic selection means there is something for everyone! (Plus, they also have great food and drinks).

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I’m not sure it’s appropriate to visit NYC in the winter without going ice skating. I love heading over to Bryant Park for this reason, and if you’re not a fan of going ice skating you can sit inside and watch from Public Fare. Aside from being a gorgeous space it also provides refuge from the cold, which is important on some of NYC’s more frigid days.

The Bryant Park ice skating rink is a great place to make memories with family members during the day or even to bring a date at night. Seeing people glide around together, falling, helping each other up, laughing and smiling is what this season is all about and it’s all a part of the holiday magic in NYC.

I don’t know about you, but I’m always in need of a delicious, hot beverage post ice skating. One of my favorite things to do is sit inside a cafe, sip on something yummy, and people watch. The matcha hot chocolate and mocha from Chalait (also on my WannaGo list) are some of my go to drinks this winter. Sometimes they look too pretty to drink!

I’ve typically worked up an appetite by this time, and Oficina 1M is a great spot for brunch. Located in the middle of adorable SoHo, its cozy atmosphere serves as the perfect haven from the cold. The food and service are out of this world and they seem to always have something new up their sleeves for guests to try. This spot is a favorite when my friends and I are in the mood for some good comfort food. You can check Oficina out on my “Best Brunches” WannaGo list, but below is a sneak peek.

The wonderful thing about NYC, whether you’re visiting or you live there, is that new places are constantly popping up all over the city. At times it can be difficult to keep up! I often use my WannaGo app to remember specific spots I’d like to try and those I’d recommend to others. After all, the holiday season can be chaotic in an already busy, bustling city, so any small tool can be incredibly useful!

Wishing you all a warm, happy holiday season!

By Melissa Male of melissamale.com