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Make it a city escape to remember
While the rest of the country may be in hibernation mode, New York comes to life more than ever during winter, making it an ideal time for visitors to experience this white-hot city’s long list of things to do. A wintertime urban adventure affords travelers a city that abounds with festivals and cultural events, fewer crowds and a destination where snow is an experience, not an inconvenience, thanks to the city’s top-notch winter maintenance.
Here are 15 fun things to do during your next NYC winter getaway.
Skate Around Bryant Park Winter Village
An evening at The Winter Village at Bryant Park is a favorite New York winter activity. You can ice skate under the city lights on Bryant Park’s 17,000 square-foot outdoor ice rink.
In addition, there are several eateries to grab a bite, such as The Lodge, a rink-side pop-up restaurant, complete with an indoor beer garden.
Once you’ve satisfied your appetite, shop through the holiday kiosks for souvenirs or holiday gifts.
Grab a Cup of the Best Hot Chocolate in the City
Head to Jaques Torres Chocolates in DUMBO for arguably the best hot chocolate in the city. Try a Chocolate Making Experience class, where you’ll learn some of the basics of chocolate making and then sample your handiwork.
Browse the New York City Holidays Markets
Lace up your walking shoes for a day spent perusing the city’s pop-up holiday markets, and knock out your holiday shopping. Find local artisans at popular locations like:
- Columbus Circle
- Astoria’s Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden
- Union Square
Sample Varietals at a Winter Wine Tasting Class
Sign up for a wine tasting class at Brooklyn Winery, and harness your inner wine connoisseur. Explore the unique art of urban winemaking, wine and cheese pairings, blind wine tastings and more.
Shop in SOHO
If you’re still searching for the perfect gift, don’t worry. You’re just a short subway ride to the SOHO neighborhood, home to some of the best holiday sales in the city. From discount specialty shops to well-known brand-name stores, there’s plenty to explore.
Get Tickets to the Rockettes
Get tickets to see the Rockettes at their annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular for a festive evening filled with holiday cheer. With lots of high kicks and Christmas sparkle, it’s a fun performance with everything from Santa Claus to a live nativity scene.
Cozy up with a Bowl of Ramen
Find a reprieve from the elements indoors and enjoy a warm and soothing bowl of ramen at Ippudo, one of the best noodle houses in New York City. There are locations in Midtown, East Village and Hell’s Kitchen.
Stay Warm Inside a Speakeasy
In addition to holiday activities, there are also exciting events and festivals to check out throughout the winter season.
Winter Jazz Fest
Each January, Winter JazzFest hosts the genre’s top talent over several nights. Its signature two-night Greenwich Village marathon brings jazz veterans and plenty of up-and-comers to showcase their skills in an array of cozy downtown venues.
New York Restaurant Week
When: Late January to Early February
Treat your tastebuds to some of New York’s top restaurants at a fraction of the usual cost. The three-course prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus are a perfect opportunity to try some of the hottest spots around the city.
Chinese New Year
Get ready for one of the best New York City annual winter events: the Chinese New Year. Watch in awe as the city transforms into a showcase of Eastern traditions, such as dragon dances, vibrant floats and delicious authentic Chinese foods. While you’re there, head to Chinatown for the annual Lunar New Year parade and festival.
Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Watch live as more than 3,000 best-in-class dogs compete in this historic New York City mainstay event. Since 1877, dedicated dog owners put all they have into training their four-legged friends in the hope of snagging the coveted “Best in Show” title. This annual festival represents hundreds of breeds and varieties and is known worldwide.
New York City Fashion Week
New York City Fashion Week proves that the Big Apple has style. While the big shows aren’t open to the general public, some designer shows and events are available for you to attend. So pull out your catwalk-worthy looks, and get a front-row seat to discover the season’s hottest trends.
The Orchid Show
When: Mid-February to Mid-April
The New York Botanical Garden explodes into a tropical floral extravaganza for the annual Orchid Show. Bid-farewell to winter by taking in thousands of blooms on display at this gorgeous Bronx indoor garden. Don’t forget to stop by the shop before you leave for your own New York City orchid.
Patrick’s Day Parade
When: St. Patrick’s Day (March 17)
The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a can’t-miss winter event, where you can join more than two million onlookers for this annual spectacle. Watch as a sea of green marches up Fifth Avenue in celebration of the patron saint of Ireland.
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