I was born in Brooklyn, went to school on Staten Island, and then lived in Manhattan before moving to Los Angeles. If there is any moment during the year I get home sick in LA, it’s during the holidays. I obviously miss my family, but i find myself constantly comparing LA and NY during this time of year:
Los Angles does not typically feel as festive as New York during the holidays. For starters it is usually around 70 degrees and I associate X-mas with things like snow and sledding, so LA will never feels wintery. Here a few things I wish Los Angeles would adopt from New York during the holiday season.
Decor Overload: There are decorations at a few spots in LA, but nothing like the windows in Manhattan’s Department stores, Rockefeller Center, and huge displays in many buildings. It’s like Santa Claus barfed all over New York City. Both Rodeo and Melrose could step up their game.
Christmas Activities: While The Grove in Los Angeles does feature a tree and you can ice skate downtown it does not measure up to being able to go ice skating under the tree at Rockefeller Center. In NY you can also take a horse-drawn carriage ride to view the city lights. Add hot pretzels, chestnuts and hot chocolate off the street vendors and it’s like Christmas on steroids.
Holiday Shows: I got to see “The Radio City Christmas Spectacular” for the first time this year. It’s a yearly tradition for many family’s and for some reason I just put it off for many years, lol. While the show remains consistent every year with Santa’s galore and the iconic Rockets, they do update a few features; This year it featured Snow Flake Drones that flew throughout the theater. LA, add a friggin’ show!
Oh well.. Maybe next year! I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year celebration!