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  • Writer's pictureChristina Hammoud

NY | First time seeing snow!!!!

I’ve always dreamed of visiting New York during the holidays, and this year, my dream finally came true! As a Miamian, experiencing the city’s winter wonderland and seeing snow for the first time was beyond magical. Let me take you through the highlights of our trip, filled with holiday cheer, iconic sights, and a few unexpected surprises!

From the moment we arrived in New York, I was in awe. The city was decked out in festive lights, decorations, and holiday displays. Our first stop was Rockefeller Center to see the famous Christmas tree. The towering tree, adorned with sparkling lights and ornaments, was a sight to behold. Ice skaters glided gracefully on the rink below, and the entire scene felt like a postcard come to life. Plus, we had dinner with some family at the Rockefeller Center, which was like the cherry on top of a holiday sundae!

Then, it happened—the first snowfall of the season! Watching snowflakes gently fall from the sky was a moment I’ll never forget. We walked through Central Park as it transformed into a winter wonderland, with a blanket of snow covering the trees and paths. It felt like we were in a scene from a holiday movie, and I couldn’t stop smiling. My inner child was doing happy dances!

We made sure to hit all the must-see tourist spots. Times Square was as bright and bustling as ever, and we took in the dazzling lights and energy of the city. We also visited the Empire State Building, where the views of the city were breathtaking. Strolling down Fifth Avenue, we admired the beautifully decorated store windows and soaked in the holiday atmosphere. It was pure magic!

As the snow started to melt, I quickly realized I had made a rookie mistake with my footwear. My UGG boots were no match for the slushy streets, and soon enough, water seeped in, soaking my feet. To make matters worse, I ended up getting very sick from the cold and wet conditions. It was a bit of a setback, but my boyfriend was determined to make sure our trip remained special.

Despite my unfortunate mishap, my boyfriend went above and beyond to make our trip magical. He found a cozy café where we warmed up with hot chocolate and watched the snow fall outside. He even bought me a new pair of waterproof boots, ensuring I could continue exploring the city comfortably. His thoughtfulness and care made me feel so loved and turned the trip around.

We visited the charming holiday markets at Bryant Park and Union Square, where we shopped for unique gifts and enjoyed festive treats. We also caught a Broadway show, which was a dazzling highlight of our trip. The talent and energy on stage were incredible, and it was a perfect way to immerse ourselves in the city’s vibrant culture.

Our New York holiday adventure, despite a few hiccups, was everything I hoped for and more. Seeing snow for the first time, exploring iconic landmarks, and experiencing the magic of the holidays in the city made it an unforgettable trip. My boyfriend’s efforts to ensure I had a wonderful time, even when things didn’t go as planned, made it even more special.

If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting New York during the holidays, I can’t recommend it enough. The city’s festive spirit, stunning sights, and the joy of a winter wonderland are truly magical. Until next time, keep exploring and making memories that last a lifetime!

Happy holidays!


Christina Hammoud


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