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Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Holidays, New York City | 0 comments

Ice Skating at Wollman Rink

Every year I make a really big fuss about going to the city for Christmas. There is no holiday I love more than Christmas, and nowhere I love more in the world for Christmas than New York. I never get tired of walking down Fifth Avenue in December, taking in all of the lights and store fronts. This year we decided to combine checking out the New York windows with one of my bucket list items, Ice Skating in Central Park.

The first time I ever saw the Rockefeller Center ice skating rink I, like most people, marveled at how impossibly tiny it was. This was the reason I put Rockefeller Center rink or Wollman rink on my bucket list- a lady needs options! The Wollman rink, while of course being smaller than it appears on television, is at least a little bit bigger than the Rockefeller rink.

There was a short line to get into Wollman rink, but the wait was not even close to what I expected. Of course it is a little pricey, but for a weekend, it was not that crowded, and I would totally pay $25.00 to have my New York moment! Hell yeah!

Unfortunately you were not allowed to take pictures on the rink, no cameras or phones allowed, but know that it was everything I imagined. To skate around with my friends, in the heart of New York, and look up to see the Plaza hotel and countless other New York landmark buildings…it was perfect.

Wollman Ice rink has been featured in one of my favorite New York Romantic comedies- Serendipity. After skating, we were riding the Serendipity wave and decided to take the ten minute block walk to the famous coffee shop/restaurant, Serendipity III, which is also featured in the movie. Serendipity III, famous for their frozen hot chocolate drink, has been in business on East 60th Street off Second Avenue since 1954. Some of the most famous people in the world have eaten at Serendipity- Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, Jackie Onassis- I cannot believe it has taken me this long to check it out! When we arrived at Serendipity III (by the way there is no Serendipity I or II, just III) there was a 3 1/2 hour wait to get a table. We just poked our heads inside to see it and then headed to the end of the street to eat at this adorable french restaurant that I love. One day I will eat there, but certainly not on a Saturday in December!

We ended the night in Rockefeller Center, as anyone visiting New York in December must. The streets are a bit crowded, but I am always surprised at how easy it is to cross the plaza and get down to the tree.

If you’ve never been to New York at Christmas time then you must get here! It’s unbelievable.

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