If you've never been to New York City during Christmastime, you're missing out on something really special. The lights, the hustle and bustle, the crispness in the air, the sound of Christmas music floating through the air, it really is the most wonderful time of the year, and especially in New York City.

It's been a few years since I visited New York City, but I'm planning to take a bus trip in early December with my family and it feels like the days are forever away. Almost the same feeling as when I was a kid and knew Christmas was coming, but the days and weeks until the big day seemed to drag on for an eternity.

If you get the chance to go to New York City and experience Christmastime, do it. You don't need a lot of money to check out the sights. As a matter of fact, when my husband and I went, we bought a hot dog from a vendor, a slice of pizza and some hot coca and spent under $20 the day we visited. Instead of shopping, we spent our day walking around and marveling at the wonder of the city and I think just being free to walk around and not stressing over spending money made our visit perfect. Our last stop before returning home was Rockefeller Center to watch as the huge Christmas tree was lit.

I don't even have words to describe the feelings I had as I watched the massive tree be lit while crowds of people stood by, and others ice skated in the rink below. I felt like I was in every movie set in New York City that I've ever seen and the memory will stick with me forever.

The Rockefeller Christmas tree is a tradition that's been carried on for over 80 years and this year, the tree will come from right here in Upstate, New York!

Oneonta is home to the tree that will grace Rockefeller Center this Christmastime. According to NBC New York, the tree will be cut on November 11th, and transported to New York City on November 12th where it will be adorned with over 50,000 sparkling lights. You'll be able to see the tree until January 7th, after which is will be turned into lumber for Habitat For Humanity's use.

[via NBC New York]