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Christmas in New York CIty

New York City in December is a magical place to be. Though I'm from Jersey, on a good day I'm only about 25 minutes away from the city, and I end up there pretty frequently.

This past Saturday, we decided to make it into an all day event since we were already going to be out at CitiField (<---home of the METS) for the Ugly Sweater Run. Not that my ass runs-but Janine & Brian from www.travelrunlive.com did. I was supposed to volunteer at the event to kill time since I would already be there anyway for moral support. I registered almost two months in advance, and then a few days before, I received an email saying that they overbooked volunteers. More time for beer & photos anyway-their loss :)

 After the race was over, it was off to NYC. We hit up one of my favorite restaurants, Beccos. If you're a fan of Italian food, it's a must. They have three different homemade pastas on special everyday with unlimited refills, plus antipasta. The $25 wine list helps also.

Next, it was a walk uptown to Le Parker Meridien Hotel, to checkout their annual Gingerbread Extravaganza. This unique event benefits City Harvest, which is an amazing charity that feeds the hungry in NYC. The exhibit is free to view. You can vote for your favorite for $1, which also enters you to win a five night stay at the legendary five star hotel.

 Our next stop was the Minus 5 Ice Bar, located inside the Hilton Times Square hotel. We're no strangers to ice bars-we wanted to see how it compared to the amazing one in Quebec's Hotel de Glace (to read about that adventure, CLICK HERE). What a disappointment. They make you leave all electronics outside (locked in their on-site lockers). Why? Because they want you to spend $20 per photo on their pictures, which in my opinion is criminal. This is on TOP of paying a $20 admission fee. You also have the option of spending $45 which includes two drinks (otherwise drinks are $15 each inside). Your admission fee does include the use of their winter parkas and gloves. In Hotel de Glace, not only do they allow photos, they ENCOURAGE them. This is definitely my first and last time here. You can view the photos online (with their watermark of course). In protest of their bullshit policy, I am not posting the three photos that they took. So there.

Our final stop for the day was to see the world famous tree at Rockafeller Center. It's crowded. It looks exactly the same every single year. But it's tradition.

 There's lots of other stuff to do in NYC in December-everything from ice skating to horse & carriage rides through Central Park to shopping and checking out the amazing store fronts. Looking for recommendations? Feel free to email me-or leave a comment!

I'd also like to take a minute to wish my readers a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy & Healthy New Years! I can't wait to see all of the craziness that 2015 brings!

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