The Iconic Tree Event is the Kick-Off for the Holiday Season in New York. The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is lit for the first time with live and taped performances. This event happens the week after Thanksgiving (November 30th this year), and it is watched by thousands of people on the sidewalks for the event, and broadcast live across the globe.

Everybody believes Xmas is magical in New York. How can we not think that? We keep watching these movies where everything is beautiful and perfectly snowed; where the villains become compassionate and generous, people fall in love, and problems get solved just because it is Xmas….

You hear Xmas carols and see Santa Claus at every corner of the city; and off course, there is always a “real” Santa” among them who helps the poor orphan girl or the misunderstood lovers to get together…

Ohh and let’s not forget the lovers ice skating in Central park or in front of The Rockefeller Center…

Let me tell you the reality…. First of all the decorations are not that spectacular.

The Rockefeller tree? Well it is a gigantic tree, but besides its Swarovski crystal star, it has nothing exceptional. I didn’t see one Santa, or heard one carol… the only thing I saw was tourists…

I love the city, don’t get me wrong but you don’t really feel the Holiday spirit. It is true that most of the New Yorkers who celebrate Xmas leave to join their family, so the city is left among tourists who fascinated by every light, take pictures of everything….

Result, lots of traffic and annoying people…

Most of the restaurants are closed on Xmas Eve, so if you didn’t plan to cook your only option is to order delivery… and as most of the restaurants are celebrating Xmas…. Only Asian food restaurants work.

The night of December 24th, all the Chinese restaurants have a record of deliveries… I guess they should thank Jesus ;)

So voila, if you want to enjoy New York don’t go during the Holidays…. Everything is overpriced and not worth it.

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