A New York City Christmas!

A New York City Christmas!

Even though I did not actually spend Christmas in New York City, I did spend a lot of time there leading up until Christmas. It seems no matter how much time you have in NYC, it’s never enough!

I felt especially blessed to share the holiday experience with my family. I was lucky enough to see Tiffany’s lit up as a gift box and their gigantic crystal light display illuminating the streets. Radio City always know how to do it up right with wooden soldiers that go alongside the famous sign as they tip over every few minutes!

Of course my yearly favorite was Rockefeller Center where people lined the surrounding streets shoulder to shoulder trying to get a glimpse of the humongous tree. But the crowd was well worth it! The tree at Rock Center was just breathtaking! It’s really an experience you would not want to miss if you are in the area.

The windows all the way down 5th Avenue were adorned with different scenes, one more beautiful than the nest. I think no matter what street you walked down from Times Square up to Central Park you were able to be taken in by the city lights! It’s makes me sad to see the Christmas season come to an end, but I do look forward to the Christmas lights in New York City every year!

AMC Dine In Theatres at AMC Menlo Park 12

AMC Dine-In Theatres at Menlo Park 12

AMC Dine-In Theatres at AMC Menlo Park 12

Beginning December 15th you can watch a movie and dine in luxury! In my past blog I wrote about the Dine In experience at the Fork and Screen, the movie theater designed for everyone. This time I experienced AMC Cinema Suites, special theatres for the 21+ crowd! AMC Menlo Park has 4 suites like this. They feature
Premium, upscale in-theatre dining- Reserved seating in luxury recliners- Extensive menu options such as Lobster Ravioli and Bleu Cheese Chips. I personally ordered the Tenderloin Steak Tips and can’t even begin to tell you how delicious they were!
You can enjoy your appetizers, dinner and/or dessert on the unique swivel tables via seat

service! Just a press of the red button and your waiter will appear with your favorite drink (I enjoyed the Mango smoothie), speciality popcorn, or whatever you choose to order! By the end of the movie your check will be delivered and that’s a wrap!

The only problem I see going to the AMC Cinema Suites it that is it SO comfortable, it was sad to see the movie come to an end. I cannot wait to go back again!

The AMC Dine-In Menlo Park 12 also features the Fork and Screen in 8 of the theaters for:
casual in-theater tabletop dining,
upgraded reserved seating,a wonderful menu including crab rangoon dip (delicious) and many other great choices.
Guests must be at least 18, or accompanied by a parent or guardian at least 21.

See you soon at the AMC Dine-In Theater Menlo Park 12! If you would like “buy one ticket get one free” or Free dessert or appetizer with the purchase of an entree, please follow my blog and post a comment with your email so I can get in touch with you!
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AMC Dine In Theatre

AMC Dine-In Theatres

Until a few weeks ago, I never even knew that a theater like this existed. Imagine the concept of dinner and a movie? Not a foreign concept, right? But, at AMC Dine-In Theatres you can have both under one roof, or should I say, under one movie theater roof?

My family and I have been lucky enough to preview two different AMC Dine-In Theatres. It’s very nice, but does take a little bit of getting used to on everyone’s part.

First of all, the seats are numbered and your number appears on your movie ticket. I’m not sure how I feel about this because I love to choose my own seat at the movies. At the preview we were able to sit where we wanted to, so it was not an issue as of yet.

Let me explain how the theater works. The two we visited did it differently with pricing systems, so I guess you have to check the individual location to see how they do it. At Essex Greene, the ticket price is $2o, but that includes $10 towards your food. At the AMC Bridgewater, it’s a $10 ticket plus $10 towards your food and beverage purchase during non-peak hours, so it’s a $20 ticket total, and $15 towards your food and beverage purchase during peak hours, so it’s a $25 ticket total. For Menlo Park, the ticket pricing will be the same as Essex Green. For more information on the pricing and the theatres, please visit:


Once you are seated into a very comfy seat, you can check your menu. There is a little waiter light/ button that you push for service. The waiter comes and takes your order and delivers it before or during the movie (depending on when you place your order). This was actually less disruptive than you would think because there are many less seats in the new theaters. There are only 4 seats per row and 3 sections to each row.
There is also no concession stand, so every item is delivered to your seat, including popcorn served in a giant bowl, big soda glasses (with no lids) as well as refills!
The concession stand has been replaced by a bar for before and after movie “fun”. Once again, not sure I am a fan of “drinking” at the movies. There is a special theater for age 21 and above where drinks are served throughout the movie.

As the film comes to an end you are presented with you bill. This I was not thrilled with because if you are involved with the ending of the movie you really do not want to be bothered worrying about getting the bill paid.
As a whole I enjoyed the AMC Dine-In Theater. It was fun and different. I personally like to chat during dinner, so it would not be my choice every time I went to a movie. I did however like how you could get a cup of coffee! (But, no refill?)


The screening includes a free appetizer with the purchase of an entree!
Don’t forget to follow my blog for more fun! 🙂 If you are a follower of my blog and would like a reserved seat, held with your name, just email me at elgeorgia@aol.com with your name, date and movie you would like to see. I have a 10 tickets! 🙂 Enjoy!!

Turtle Back Zoo Holiday Lights!

Turtle Back Zoo

Holiday Light Spectacular!

When December rolls around, I am always in awe of all of the Christmas lights that glow everywhere I go. I especially like going to places that have light displays. This year we tried something new. I visited Essex County’s Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, NJ with my family.

We have visited the zoo many times, but never for the holiday lights. We were so surprised as we drove into the parking lot to see the zoo illuminated by thousands of beautiful lights. As we approached the entrance my family and I were greeted by Frosty the Snowman! Christmas music was everywhere. It was very welcoming and we could not wait to get inside and check out all the displays.

We were pleasantly surprised to find out that the zoo was not only a feast for the eyes, but many of the animals were there as well! We were able to view the wolves, monkeys, a cow, pig, chickens, and many more animals. We also spotted many lights that were animal shaped! My favorites were the elephants and giraffe lights. My daughter loved the peacock lights! We each had our favorite.My son liked ALL of them!

After our chilly walk was over, my children enjoyed a ride on the Merry Christmas Go Round and then we warmed up with some nice hot cocoa. Oh, yes, I almost forgot: Santa was there! What a perk! Lights, Zoo Animals, Merry Go Round, Hot Cocoa and Santa- What else could you really ask for to make the night more perfect? By the way, the admission is free. but the zoo is collecting non-perishables as donations. What a great idea!

Disney Live! Mickey’s Magic Show

Disney Live!
Mickey’s Magic


Being a Disney fan, I could not wait to see Disney Live! Mickey’s Magic Show! Although, I was a little worried since it was not our regular “Disney On Ice”, I really did not know what to expect. Would it be boring without skating and non-stop music? Would my children be entertained with magic tricks? It was a first for our family.

Within minutes of the show beginning, I knew we would not be disappointed. There was a wealth of characters. The regulars were there, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy, but there were SO many more!

My personal favorite, Cinderella was there. My daughter watched in awe as the Fairy Godmother “Bibbidibobbidibooed”, and the pumpkin was magically changed into Cinderella’s magic coach!

Of course the Queen of Hearts was there with Alice in Wonderland, as well as Snow White. I loved the Sorcerer Mickey sequence with all of the magical dancing brooms! The magicians did a wonderful job keeping us entertained with tricks and illusions galore.

One highlight was watching Princess Jasmine being raised into the air! Wonderful illusion!
The audience loved it, and so did I! By the way, music filled the air with one favorite Disney tune following the next! If Disney Live! Mickey’s Magic Show! is coming to a town near you, I would not miss it. Everyone needs a little “Magic”.