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There’s no place more filled with Christmas cheer than NYC in December.

My friends and I have made a tradition of going there for a weekend every December. It never fails at making me feel all giddy with Christmas spirit, like a kid again. Or like Elf. Which is my favorite Christmas movie of all time.

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Every single building is dressed up with lights and festive seasonal decor.

The streets are overwhelmingly crowded, which would normally drive me crazy, but the people watching there is half the fun.

We learned that with 12 hours in the city, it is impossible to have a plan because there are so many amazing distractions! Just walking around is an event in and of itself. Although we spent the entire bus ride making a list of places we wanted to go to, it all went out the window as we started wandering.

We wove in and out all the way up 5th Ave and Madison Ave looking for Don Draper window shopping and “oohing and aahing” at all the beautiful, sparkly items in all the shops.

We stopped to take obligatory photos of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

We went to Laduree for some amazing macaroons, which were sooo decadent and rich! Absolutely worth the 25 minute wait and the severely overpriced price tag. It’s a Parisian bakery, and New York is the only U.S. location. Go there.

When in the Upper East side… do as Blair and Serena would do.

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Don’t leave the Upper East side without a souvenir.

Then take the subway back to reality (and lower Manhattan) while enjoying seeing Santas everywhere for Santacon 2011.

There’s nothing like NYC to get you in the Christmas spirit.

What’s your must see place during Christmas time? What’s your favorite Christmas movie?

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