The Best Things to Do this Winter in New York

After a warm December, cold winter weather has finally arrived. That’s no reason to hibernate though. Here are our favorite activities to do this winter in New York: everything from Broadway shows to skating in the parks!

After a warm fall, cold weather has finally arrived. That’s no reason to hibernate, though.

Here are our favorite activities this winter in New York!

Enjoy the Winter Weather

If it isn’t too cold, why not enjoy some time outside of your NYC home? Explore Central Park on cross-country skis or snow shoes, or grab your sled and hit the hills. Check out Mommy Poppins for the best sledding hills.

Love ice skating? Show off at Rockefeller Center, Central Park, or Bryant Park rinks. On cold days, skate inside at Chelsea Piers. For something different, stop by The Standard, High Line, for skating, snacks, hot toddies, hot cocoa, and more.

Don’t miss Winter Jam, a free sports festival held in Central Park on January 23. Enjoy the Lake Placid Snow Field, learn to ski and snowboard, go sledding, and more.

Bryant Park’s Winter Carnival runs February 5th through the 6th. Enjoy everything from the Winter Brew House to a Summer Themed Skate Night to Frozen Fingers Ping Pong!

On February 13, stop by Central Park’s Ice Festival, where you can see live ice carving, participate in an Instagram photo challenge, and dance during a Silent Disco.

After you’re thoroughly chilled, warm up at City Bakery’s annual Hot Chocolate Festival. Each day brings a different flavor of cocoa during this fun event, running February 1 to 29.

Winter in New York: Ice Skating in Central Park

Image Source: Flickr/chrisjtse

Get Cultured

Winter in New York is a great time to watch a show, attend a festival, or see an exhibit.

Head to Broadway to catch Jennifer Hudson in The Color Purple, Al Pacino in China Doll, Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf in Misery, or see the all new Fiddler on the Roof. Plus, get half price tickets to select shows during Broadway Week, which ends February 5.

Browse the Outsider Art Fair, January 21 to 24, to view works from self-taught artists.

Enjoy films from around the globe, as well as special jubilee programming, during the 25th annual New York Jewish Film Festival (January 13 to 26).

Take in a beautiful view, sip wine, and savor live jazz during the Top of the Rock Winter Starlight Music Series (February 10, 14, 17, and 24).

Love jazz? Head to Lincoln Center to listen to singer Cécile McLorin Salvant’s Valentine’s Day-inspired performance, February 12 to 14.

Winter in New York: See a Play on Broadway

Image Source: Flickr/Mihai Bojin

More Winter New York Activities

Attend the Annual Winter Antiques Show January 22–31 at the Park Avenue Armory. View and purchase pieces showcased by over 70 exhibitors.

Have you caught Star Wars fever? Watch The Force Awakens for the second (or third) time, then check out “Star Wars and the Power of Costume: The Exhibition” at Discovery Times Square.

Find a new favorite during Winter Restaurant Week, held January 18 to February 5. You’ll enjoy a 3 courses for only $25 (lunch) or $38 (dinner).

Have a laugh at the Upright Citizens Brigade East Village during “What I Did for Love,” Saturdays in January and February. UCB’s improvisers will use tales from an audience members’ love life to inspire fun stories of romantic love and loss.

Love wine? Head to the NYC Winter Wine Festival on February 6. This fun event features 250 wines, light hors d’oeuvres, and live jazz at PlayStation Theater.

On February 14, celebrate the year of the monkey during the Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Festival. You and your family will have tons of fun watching the colorful floats, marching bands, dancers, and more go by!

Main Image Source: Flickr/Anthony Quintano


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