New York City is an exciting place to be, whatever the weather. What with Times Square, Bryant Park, the Rockefeller Center, Central Park and more, the Big Apple is just as exciting in winter as it is in the warmer months. If it’s chilly outside, visit The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) or head to the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Head to Broadway to enjoy the latest show, take in a concert or the latest films or dine on the finest cuisine in the city’s restaurants. There are also plenty of outdoor activities available. Scroll below to find out things to do in winter in New York City, USA, including sledding and snowshoeing, carnivals, music festivals, the Statue of Liberty and so much more.
1. Head to the Winter Carnival at Bryant Park
The Winter Carnival at Bryant Park was previously held over a weekend, but has been extended to nine days. It’s a time to dress warmly and embrace the cold weather while enjoying a variety of attractions and events. Among the attractions on offer is a Silent Disco, an Ice Ball, free curling and skating lessons, an outdoor Winter Brew House, a doggie meet-up event and a cozy warming lodge.
Winter Carnival at Bryant Park
Address: Bryant Park, New York City, USA
Website: Winter Carnival at Bryant Park
2. Don't miss out on Winter Jazzfest
The Ladybugs at NY Hot Jazz Fest Stage at Winter Jazzfest 2015 We had an absolute blast last January at our Hot Jazz...Posted by New York Hot Jazz Festival on Thursday, 7 January 2016
Held from January 4 to 12, New York’s Winter Jazzfest is a must for fans of the music genre. With a huge line-up of performers, the Winter Jazzfest also supports gender equality, social and racial justice and immigrant rights, all important topics in today’s world. Each socially engaged artist of the jazz event shares musical messages, standing in line with #metoo, #blacklivesmatter and #wehavevoice. They address all the issues threatening the jazz music community and the world.
Address: New York City, USA
Website: Winter Jazzfest
3. Stroll in snowy Central Park
Wrap up warm and get away from the bustling city streets this year. Head to the Central Park winter wonderland. Experience the hush in the air as snow falls and coats the park in a dazzling white scene. Here you can enjoy cross-country skiing, sledding and snowshoeing, right in the heart of the city. There’s also Lasker Rink and Wollman Rink if you are in the mood for ice-skating. Take a trip to Central Park Zoo to visit the snow leopards, penguins, sea lions and seals. Take the kids for a ride on the famous Carousel, with its 57 horses and calliope music.
Address: New York City, USA
Website: Central Park
Enjoy a four-hour tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island this winter. Start off by catching the ferry to Liberty Island where you can enter the statue and head up to the observation decks. Experience an incredible view across New York City. Get back on the ferry and head to Ellis Island, where you can learn about the history of immigration to America between the years 1892 and 1954. The Great Hall of the Immigration Museum has many interesting exhibits to view.
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Guided Monument Tour NYC
Duration: 3 to 5 hours
5. Shop ‘til you drop at the Grand Central Holiday Fair
The Grand Central Holiday Fair is now open through December 24! 🎁 Come to Vanderbilt Hall to shop thousands of one-of-a-kind gifts from 40 artisan vendors. #gctholidayfairPosted by Grand Central Terminal on Monday, 12 November 2018
Running from Monday, November 12, 2018 to Monday, December 24, 2018, the Grand Central Holiday Fair is a one-stop, magical shopping experience. 40 talented and unique artisans will feature a range of American-made, handmade products made with locally-sourced materials and often with a socially-conscious business model behind them. The fair will occupy half of Vanderbilt Hall, selling clothing for everyone, accessories, home goods and art work.
Grand Central Holiday Fair
Address: Grand Central Terminal, 89 E 42nd Street, New York, USA
Website: Grand Central Holiday Fair
6. Enjoy the festive activities at Brookfield Place
Brookfield Place is the perfect spot to enjoy all the holiday traditions, great shows and shopping for your loved ones. Between November 30 and December 2, enjoy “The Nutcracker” in the Winter Garden. Experience the glowing lanterns, activated by your special wish for the holidays. Funds raised will benefit a Brooklyn-based non-profit organization. Gaze at the fashions on the Designer Runway from November 19 to January 4. Enjoy free ice-skating on the Brookfield Place waterfront and the dulcet tones of the Dickens Carolers. No family trip would be complete without a visit to Santa.
Address: 230 Vesey St, New York, USA
Tel. No.: +1 (212) 978-1673
Website: Brookfield Place
The Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden is fun for the whole family. Located in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, model trains run past more than 175 New York City landmarks, all surrounded by natural materials. The G-scale locomotives can be seen passing the Rockefeller Center, Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and the One World Trade Center.
New York Botanical Garden Admission Ticket
Duration: 2 hours
See in the New Year in the most iconic way possible by witnessing the Times Square Ball Drop. Your Ball Drop Pass experience includes admission to parties held in Times Square and its surrounds, free drinks, free food and a live DJ at each party.
New Year’s Eve Times Square Ball Drop Indoor Viewing Party
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
The perfect addition to a winter vacation in New York City is ice skating at The Rink at Rockefeller Center. A mix of locals and visitors twirl away the night or day on the ice at the base of midtown Manhattan’s iconic Christmas tree. The atmosphere is perfect when enjoying a Christmas vacation in New York City. If you get chilly, you can then enjoy a hot chocolate or coffee at a nearby cafe.
NY Christmas Rocketts, Rockefeller Center and Holiday windows
Duration: 3 hours
With more shopping in mind, enjoy a tour that takes you to the major markets in New York City. The tour also includes a visit to the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, festive displays in Union Square and the wonders of Fifth Avenue. Take in the Bryant Park Christmas Market and get a view of the beautifully decorated St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
NYC Holiday Sights and Markets Tour
Enjoy all the winter activities in New York City this year
Whether looking for entertainment, original gifts to buy or wishing to ice skate or snowshoe, New York City is the perfect winter destination.
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