christmas in New York CityDo you find that some years you feel so much more festive than others? Last year was our first holiday season living in New York City, and while it was lovely, the build up to and actual Christmas in New York City were oddly, well, un-festive. I think it’s because we had not long moved into our first apartment (with all of our belongings still on a ship coming across the Atlantic!), so things were kinda off kilter. Then, there was the weather. I might have recently gained my green card (wahooo!) but you can’t take the Britishness out of this Brit – I still love to talk about the weather! You see, I actually love it when it’s cold in December. After all, if there’s one month in the year when it feels nice to get all wrapped up and be cozy, it’s December – right?! Last year, it was so mild during Christmas in New York City that I was literally doing last-minute Christmas shopping in shorts and a t-shirt. If I wanted that kinda craziness I would have flown to Sydney for the holidays. Ummm, no thanks! This year, however, it’s allll different. We are feeling so settled and happy in our new apartment and the weather couldn’t be more festive or seasonally apt if it tried: cold, crisp and, as of yesterday, snowy! I’ve been snapping some on-the-go iPhone pictures of festive Christmas in New York City scenes that made me smile recently and rounded them up into a fun photo diary after the jump. Happy Holidays, friends!

christmas in New York CityThe Union Square Christmas market looks super adorable and classically festive (if you dodge the crowds!).christmas in New York CityYou can’t beat a living wreath for the quintessential sight and scent of Christmas decor. Love!christmas in New York CityThe Rockefeller Christmas Tree never fails to delight. I normally avoid midtown at all costs but this month I’ve been walking by for a quick glimpse of the Tree at any given chance!christmas in New York CityRed ribbons and twinkling fairy lights adorn many a lamppost and tree during Christmas in New York City. Add in freshly fallen snow and it couldn’t be more festive if it tried!christmas in New York CityDid I mention how charmed I am by the Christmas Tree stands that line the sidewalks every few blocks? Carrying your tree back to your apartment feels like a Christmas fairytale TBH!christmas in New York CityDrinking mulled wine at the Smorgasburg in Brooklyn is a sure fire way to enjoy Christmas shopping! Brunch at Cafe Clover with their delicious menu and festive decor had me feeling all Christmasy, too. Have you ever visited or lived in NYC during the holidays? What do you like about the city at this time of year? Perhaps there’s something in your city that you love during Christmas, too? Happy Holidays, friends!christmas in New York City// Photography by Will Taylor


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. Jessica Chain Reply

    Always wanted to live in NY! Looks like a dream in these pictures! xo

  2. Thanks for sharing these. I never get tired of the city dressed up for the holidays either. Have you been to the winter village at Bryant Park yet?

  3. Love all the pictures Will, they are so cute, and they really shows the personality of the photographer ! ?

  4. With all your gorgeous design work, I sometimes forget what an amazingly talented photographer you are. Always an inspiration.

  5. ugh your photos are gorgeous as always ! The one with the wreath killed me with its beauty! And I agree. Some years are more magical than others depending on where you are spending the holidays!


  6. Love New York in the snow – the city takes on an air of calmness – would love to be there one Christmas. It’s foggy back here on the coast in south east England

    • @Josh – If it’s anything like last year then you’re likely to have some snow! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you. Merry Christmas, J!

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Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.