Winter Wonderland in Central Park

Hi friends, welcome back! After living in NYC for over three and a half years, I FINALLY made it to Central Park after a fresh snowfall. We had a false alarm earlier in the week, but Friday morning delivered over five inches of snow throughout the city. I felt like a kid hoping for a snow day, and surprisingly, NYC kids didn’t get their highly anticipated snow day. When I woke up, I immediately looked outside and saw some snow. It didn’t look like much, but I confirmed with the news that Central Park had over five inches… showtime!

I hopped on the relatively empty subway uptown and headed to Rockefeller Center first. The tree is up until January 16th so I was happy to get to see my favorite tree again. I loved how beautiful the tree looked covered in a blanket of snow. The area seemed so empty and calm compared to the chaos before Christmas.


I walked up Fifth Avenue and all the stores had taken down their Christmas decor, I miss it already!

As I approached Central Park, all I could see was WHITE! I took the same path as my Fall Tour and I decided I like the park covered in a fresh snowfall the most. I loved how peaceful and serene this walk was, and I put on my iHeart Christmas radio and made my own White Christmas morning.

First stop, The Pond. I think this is the prettiest spot in the park, and probably the most iconic.

This is my favorite picture of the day πŸ™‚

I continued north and loved seeing the trees and sidewalks covered in snow.

I walked through The Mall under the breath-taking, snow-covered canopy of branches. What a sight!

Bathesda Fountain overlooking The Lake.

Bow Bridge above a thin sheet of ice.

Lastly, Belvedere Castle overlooking Turtle Pond.

I headed out of the park and saw the kids having a blast sledding. Not a bad hill for a city kid!

Coming home I walked by the NYSE tree and it looked so pretty with snow. When I walked by the following day, the tree and decorations had sadly disappeared.

I LOVED walking through Central Park after this snowfall, it was such a dream to see the park covered in white. I’m hoping we get one more snowfall so I can retrace my steps in the northern half of the park. I hope you all enjoyed this beautiful tour and are staying warm where you live πŸ™‚


43 thoughts on “Winter Wonderland in Central Park

  1. The whole city is covered in pretty Lyssy. Glad you got out to explore. Obviously, those who had to drive were not as enthralled. Thanks for sharing. Allan

    1. I’m always amazed how fast they can clear the snow from all of the sidewalks. Someone once told me it doesn’t stay as long because the subway keeps the ground warmer, seems like a legit idea to me haha.

  2. It is really beautiful to see, especially when you know the normal state, it is sure that a fresh layer of fresh snow transforms the landscape. That said I would be happy to go through the winter without snow in Paris, it would be a positive change compared to Toronto. But next winter … why not.

    1. I’m with you, I’d like a pretty snow for Christmas and maybe one other day, and then warm pretty days the rest of the year πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you! I had a very hard time narrowing down my pictures, especially of the Mall πŸ™‚

    1. That’s a good idea, I wonder if it is allowed. I was being very cautious because I was laughing at a video of a family all falling on icy stairs the day before so I figured I might have some bad karma coming my way, but luckily I stayed dry πŸ™‚

  3. I was supposed to be in NYC on Friday and see The Cursed Child for my birthday. That all got cancelled when my daughter tested positive for COVID. I don’t know if I would have made it down in the snow anyway.

    In 1996, when we were living in Valley Stream, I saw snow in the forecast and told my then 5-year-old daughter all I wanted for my birthday was snow. We got 30 inches that day. Snow, my birthday, and NYC happen too frequently.

    1. Happy belated birthday!! What a bummer, I hope you daughter is feeling better!

      Wow 30 inches is hard to picture, you definitely got your birthday wish and now it seems a tradition!

    1. The bridges are very pretty too! It’s hard to take a bad picture in Central Park no matter the season πŸ™‚

  4. What captivating images Lyssy. If I ever make it back to NYC for a third time, I will definitely time it for December/January to hopefully catch the place in winter wonderland mode. You should frame one of those Turtle Pond shots.

    1. It feels like the last three years we’ve only gotten a few major snowstorms so I can’t promise snow, but all that Christmas goodness would definitely make for a good third trip! You’re right, I am dying to put up a shelf to frame our travel pictures. Now that I took down our Christmas decor it seems very empty over here

  5. Wow!!! Are they real pictures?? It’s so magical 🀩 I just feel cold when I look at them lol … what beautiful pictures you took! Thanks for sharing … Lissy in Wonderland πŸ˜‰

    1. Thank you!! They’re some of my favorite pictures πŸ₯° my feet got a little cold because I stepped in a puddle but the pretty surrounding was a good distraction. I was walking in a winter wonderland β„οΈβ˜ƒοΈ

  6. The very first photo deserves a nod for all of the “frosting” on the tiers of the buildings. Beautiful. Also, you should do a photo shoot of Central Park bridges some day. I’m sure there are many worth showing to those of us who don’t live there. In the meantime, Bow Bridge is my favorite (because I couldn’t name another one). That gentle curve is pure elegance.

    1. Thank you! I love that idea, I’ll have to add it to my list. Finding all the bridges sounds like the perfect activity on a sunny spring day. Gaptstow is the name of the other bridge, I had forgotten it’s name too. I did a quick search and the Central Park website said “There are 31 arches and bridges in the Park, plus 14 bridges that carry Park traffic over the four transverse roads” so that would keep me very busy πŸ™‚

  7. Magazine worthy. Those photos are incredible! I also like the bridge photos. Never knew there was a castle so close to Central Park. Thanks so much for sharing your memorable walk.

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words!! The castle is tucked away in the middle of the park, I was quite amazed the first time I saw it.

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