I’m so excited that the holidays are almost here. I’ll be traveling home next week for Thanksgiving and the week after that, I’ll be traveling somewhere with family for a festive trip (more to come on that soon), and then in a few weeks I’ll be traveling home for Christmas! While I’m so excited to spend all of this time with family and at home, I’m realizing that my time during the Christmas season in New York City is going to be short-lived.
In October, Anthony and I began making a bucket-list of things to do in NYC during Christmastime and when we realized how many weekends we have available during this season, we knew we needed to start checking off activities on our list ASAP. On Saturday night, we decided to go to Bryant Park to see the ice rink and the winter village that they put up every year.
Another activity on our seasonal bucket-list was dinner and/or drinks at Sierra by Bierra. If you remember my blog post from last year (click here to read), it’s this beautifully decorated restaurant and bar. Each season, they change the decor and menu to fit a specific theme. While we were on our way to Bryant Park, I suggested we get off the PATH a stop early to check out the decorations and theme that the restaurant has this season.
This season, it’s called Serra Alpina – described on their website as, “Inspired by a “winter greenhouse” in the Italian mountains, the winter edition of our rooftop restaurant is replete with a brand-new look and menu, including a cozy, mountain-inspired atmosphere, an extensive cider and winter cocktail menu, vino libero wines, and seasonal plates infused with Italian tradition…” (You can read more about the restaurant and this years theme here!). In my opinion, I think the decorations last year were prettier, but the menu this season is much better.
After enjoying a 21+ apple cider drink, we went to Bryant Park to experience the winter wonderland that they set up. We walked around looking at all of the gourmet food trucks, locally-owned gift shops, and watched some of the ice skaters. (I’m already planning to go back and ice skate ASAP!). It was such a festive night, and definitely got us both in the holiday spirit.
It was also an inexpensive date night. I think in total, we spent $40 (so, $20/person which is definitely budget-friendly for a night out in New York City!).
If you want to see more of our fun night out, I vlogged it and put it on my YouTube channel! I would love if you would subscribe and give my videos a “thumbs up!” I’ll definitely be more active both on my blog and YouTube channel now that my favorite time of year is here!
As always, thanks for reading!
Keep your eyes out for my gift guides coming soon! 🙂