Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting!

Rockefeller Center
Image by satosphere via Flickr

Hello merry merriers. Tonight is one of NYC’s biggest celebratory events–the bigger-than-life 74-foot tree at Rock Center is all gussied up and will sparkle with a gazillion lights, officially ushering in the Christmas season. I used to work on 54th and Fifth, just a few blocks away from Rock Center. I would watch the anticipation build throughout the day with crowds of children and tourists and, yes, New Yorkers, who would gather to join in the merriment. Some years it was so blustery cold I was amazed they’d hang in there. Not this year!  The weather is cooperating, not too cold, but enough of a chill so that you might want a nip of hot chocolate to warm your tootsies and hearts. Here, some spots for hot cocoa, some near Rock Center, others a bit of a skip, but definitely doable and worth the quick jaunt.

Maison du Chocolat at Rockefeller Center

Max Brenner: Chocolate by the Bald Guy at Bryant Park

Lily O’Brien’s across the street from Bryant Park

Serendiity3 by Bloomies

Happy Holidays to a town that knows how to put on the glitz!

Author: Laurie Bain Wilson

I write about travel, food and lifestyle, for outlets including The Boston Globe and As a contributing writer to, I was the site’s NYC expert and wrote dozens of pieces. I have also written for other publications and websites, including The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Time Out NY For Kids,,, Boston Herald, New England Travel & Life, Woman’s Day, New York Daily News, Parenting and more. I was a travel editor for ten years at a national glossy bridal magazine in NYC where I wrote and edited hundreds of articles that revolved around planning honeymoons and destination weddings. I still write about honeymoons for bridal magazines. And I also collaborated on How to Organize Just About Everything with Peter Walsh; I wrote 80 mini-chapters. I have written several travel guidebooks and a children’s baseball novel, Catcher in the Sky. I also co-authored several Murder, She Wrote novels--they are Manhattans and Murder, Rum and Razors and Three Strikes, You're Dead. If you’d like to check out some of my articles, please visit If you’re on Twitter, please follow me @laurieheather And my linked in profile can be found at

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