Christmas with Jason Brooks: part one

Posted on December 6, 2017 by Laurence King Publishing

Best-selling LKP author and illustrator extraordinaire Jason Brooks shares his top tips for festive things to do in three of the world's most exciting capitals. First up, the city that never sleeps…NEW YORK!


Store Windows on 5th Avenue and Christmas Lights


New York glitters after dark all year round, but at Christmas time the creative and spectacular windows of Tiffany, Bergdorf Goodman, Barney's et al provide an especially dazzling show.

For my book, New York Sketchbook, I focused on the famous Radio City Music Hall Christmas tree because I particularly love the facade's vintage neon typography.  The seasonal windows may not be to everyone's taste but it's hard to deny that they provide an incredibly atmospheric backdrop and epitomise the spirit of Christmas in the city.

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The atmosphere of the West Village


I find the feeling in this part of old New York evocative and special at any time of day and in any season, but at Christmas with the glow of decorations in windows – and if you are lucky, snow on the ground – this is a wonderful place to explore, do some shopping, perhaps at APC or BookMarc and warm up in its corner cafés and restaurants. My favourite dining spots are Sant Ambroeus, Tartine and the Minetta Tavern, but there are many more to discover.

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Ice Skating in Central Park

This is one of those once-in-a-lifetime checklist things to do at least once. The location of the Wolman rink at the foot of the towering skyscrapers on 59th Street is extraordinary, and a turn on the ice here is something you will never forget.

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Fragrance from Le Labo

Christmas is about gifts and atmospheric fragrance so perhaps a personalised fragrance from the original Le Labo store on Elisabeth Street might be just the thing for someone in your life?

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Decoupage from John Derian

Another great shop for presents is John Derian, situated from 6 to 10 East 2nd Street. What home wouldn't be made just a bit nicer by one of his key trays or paperweights?


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Jason's latest book New York Sketchbook makes the perfect present and is available to purchase now from – use the code CHRISTMAS17 at checkout to claim your 35% discount on the cover price.



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