December 23, 2016 - Easy Outfits, Packing Lists, Style

Christmas in New York, Packing List + Outfits

Hey pretties! My family and I are back from our four-day weekend in NYC and it was even more magical than I had imagined.  This was a bucket list trip that we’ve been planning to do for many years.  Our kids are getting older and not so much into gifts anymore so we decided this experience would be part of their Christmas gift this year.

We stayed in mid-town Manhattan, close to everything, and met up with my niece and her husband who were also visiting NYC while we were there.  That made it even more special!  Here’s how we spent our four day weekend in NYC.

What We Did:

Day One

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We arrived late Friday afternoon and hit the ground running, literally!  Craig and I scored tickets to the taping of Seth Myers’ New Year’s Eve Special at the last minute.  So we had to quickly eat lunch at a pizzeria near our hotel since we had to be in line by 4:45 for the taping.  We Texans were shocked by the cold weather on our walk to the restaurant but it was SO warm once we were inside!  All restaurants, stores and museums in NYC were very warm, keep that in mind when packing, you’ll need lots of layers.

The Seth Myers’ taping was a very cool experience.  The most disappointing part was that almost everything was pre-recorded so the only thing we got to watch live was his monologue and an interview with Leslie Jones, who was absolutely hilarious, especially when the cameras weren’t rolling!  After the show, Seth came into the audience and answered questions for a few minutes, which was really cool. Craig got to ask him about the Steelers chances of making it to the Super Bowl (they’re both huge fans).

Immediately after we left NBC Studios, we walked outside to Rockefeller Plaza and met up with my niece and her husband who had picked our kids up from the hotel.  We had dinner at an Italian restaurant at 30 Rock and then our whole group headed to see the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular.  If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.  The production quality was amazing and the show was highly entertaining!  Totally worth it.

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Day Two – the SNOW DAY!
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The next morning we woke up to a fresh coating of snow in the city!  Like a bunch of little kids, we threw on our coats and boots and headed out to explore. Our first stop was the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.  Then we headed to Central Park to have a snowball fight, just like on the movie Elf!

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After playing in the snow for awhile, we headed back to the hotel to get ready for a tour of NBC Studios.  Again, I definitely recommend it.  We are HUGE fans of SNL and because we were there on a Saturday, got to watch a little of the rehearsal which was a real treat.  The tour also includes the Tonight Show studio, some of the news studios and gives a behind the scenes look at what goes into the production of the shows.

After the NBC Studio tour, we went to lunch and regrouped before heading back to our hotel.  Our oldest and youngest kids quickly fell asleep.  Craig, our middle daughter Aubrey and I headed to the Upper West Side to meet the cutie in this picture, one of the members of Team GYPO, Nicole.

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She’s been working behind the scenes on everything from helping me with social media to her latest project, working on our product development!  She’s the sweetest person and I felt like we already knew each other even though this was the first time we’ve met in person.  We had the most amazingly delicious, ooey gooey cookies in the world from Levain Bakery.

After meeting with Nicole, we headed over to check out Chelsea Market – a lively indoor market of restaurants, food and specialty stores and handicrafts.  We had planned to do more that night but were exhausted so instead headed back to our hotel and ordered pizza and of course, watched SNL.  🙂

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Day Three

Since so much of our time up until this point had been scheduled out, we slept in on day three and had a late brunch at a diner near the hotel.  After eating, we headed to Grand Central Terminal to ride the subway to the 9/11 Memorial. (Note:  our son refused to get in this picture with us!)

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We got an Uber and headed to Chinatown and Little Italy for awhile before ending up in Times Square.

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Times Square was as hustling and bustling as I had imagined.  The set up for NYE was already starting to happen so it was pretty cool to get to see that.

We walked around Broadway for awhile, regretting not getting tickets to any shows, before heading to 5th Avenue to check out the store window displays.  It was cold and windy so we didn’t spend too much time but Saks was definitely the most impressive!

Day Four

On our final day, we had booked a Statue of Liberty tour but we weren’t sure we’d have enough time to make it there and back before our flight.  Plus it was cold and windy and none of us were keen on riding the Staten Island Ferry in those conditions. So we opted to visit the American Museum of Natural History instead.  Good call!  It was fascinating and something the whole family enjoyed, even our hard to please college student son.  The dioramas are truly impressive.

After a few (very hot!) hours in the museum, we walked across the street to cool down in Central Park before heading to the airport for our flight home.

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NYC Four Day Weekend Packing List

What I Packed:

Packing for this trip was pretty hard.  It was mostly cold but our temps ranged from mid-20’s during the day to upper 50’s.  It also snowed but quickly turned to rain.  So we ran the gamut as far as weather went.  There were two must have’s for this trip – comfortable waterproof footwear and light layers.  We did A LOT of walking and the streets were sloppy most of the time.  The stores, restaurants and museums were all very hot inside, so light removable layers were a must.

I pretty much stuck to the script and only packed pieces from the GYPO Winter Style Challenge and then mixed and matched them every day into casual outfits for most activities and slightly dressier versions for shows and dinner.

Tip:  Pin this post, even if you don’t have a trip planned to NYC in the near future, it makes a good packing list for Chicago or any other cold weather city you may visit!  

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The Pieces

Tops:

Bottoms:

Outerwear:

Footwear:

Accessories:

The Outfits

Outfit 1

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Outfit 2

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Outfit 3

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Outfit 4

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Outfit 5

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Outfit 6

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 It’s Your Turn:  Have you been to NYC at Christmas?  If so, add your packing tips to the comments!

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12 Comments

  • kathy

    We were there last November with our 18 yr. old daughter. It was only my second visit there, but we just loved it! We also went to see the Rockettes Holiday show and Aladdin. It was amazing!
    I’m so glad you all got to go. What a great idea to go as a family!

    • That sounds very exciting to do with your 18 year old daughter. Did she love NYC?

      • Yes, she loved it! It was her dream to go. I hope we can take her back again!

  • Shawn Suarez

    We were also in NYC last weekend! Loved every minute of it, cold and all! Wish I would’ve run in to you! This was our 2nd trip and we saw 3 Broadway shows- Holiday Inn, Kinky Boots and Beautiful ( all excellent!) did a dinner river cruise and tons of walking! It’s truly a magical time at Christmas! Glad you enjoyed your trip!

  • Fanny

    Did you have any under armor on for warmth too?

  • Sewfrench

    We are here currently for the https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/96877ce91bd82532a3bce439ec78c34da436cd81dcb057ffe226f131439ab88f.jpg week!
    Walked 10 miles yesterday which included the length of Central Park! I haven’t worn anything except my black riding boots. They are waterproofed and go with everything from skinny black jeans to my sequin mini skirt I will wear to Christmas Eve services tonight. We love NYC and come fairly regularly. It’s all about eating out, theatre, live music and walking!

  • Deanna Debrecht

    I love NYC at Christmas time! But as a woman who is currently suffering hot flashes, I find the HEAT in hotels, stores and restaurants almost unbearable! Lots of folks recommend base layers or thermals, but then I can’t strip down enough indoors, so instead I layer my Uniqlo ultra lightweight down jacket under my heavier coat and keep my indoor outfit lighter (a short sleeve tee or lightweight blouse as first layer). I can remove both jackets when indoors, but when outside in the cold, the double layer keeps me nice and toasty. Also, the $5 pashminas sold on street corners all over the city make great souvenirs/gifts!

  • juli Stever

    I was in NYC for the first time 3 weeks ago with 20 teenagers! (School trip) We went to MSG for a Knicks game, tour and Jingle ball! Also saw the Rockets and Aladdin. I loved both but the kids really enjoyed Aladdin. Would love to return next year during the holidays! My favorite wardrobe tips? Knee high (flat) boots for comfort, style and warmth and my down vest for an extra layer under my leather jacket and also served as my coat on a warmer afternoon (we had some beautiful winter weather). I carried a cross body bag to stash all the layers that rotated on and off in a day. Glad to hear I’m not the only one that was roasting in the NBC building and the museum. Seriously thought I might be having my first hot flash in line at the Empire State Building! 🙂 And no worries if you lose a glove along the way, the friendly vendors outside of Central Park will have your fingers toasty warm again for just a few bucks. 😉 Thanks for the tips!