There is still a lot to do and see in January – Christmas is over, but winter in New York is still magical.
The Winter Village in Bryant Park is the largest Christmas market in New York and the most popular, especially because of the ice rink, the beautifully decorated Christmas tree, and its indescribable location in the middle of the skyscrapers. A day at the winter market will definitely sweeten a cold January day in New York and if it is still snowing, the Winter Wonderland is perfect.
It’s really nice in the evening when everything is lit and you can even see the top of the Empire State Building.
Art & culture spot in Midtown
The Radio City Music Hall is a prestigious concert and events hall on Sixth Avenue and can be recognized from afar by the eye-catching exterior lighting. Concerts and events take place here all year round, such as the popular Radio City Christmas spectacle with the Rockettes. It’s the most famous Christmas show to be seen in New York!
Landmark in Midtown
Also in January, you can see the world-famous Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. You usually have time until the end of the first week of January – there is no exact date for dismantling for 2022.
Broadway Week is an event that takes place twice a year in the Big Apple.
The event celebrates the New York theater scene with a very special promotion: 2-for-1 tickets, i.e. cheap Broadway tickets that save you half as much! A similar offer, where you also get a 50% discount, is also available for off-Broadway shows! Off-Broadway Week usually takes place shortly after Broadway Week.
New York Broadway Week takes place twice a year – once in summer and once in winter. The next savings campaign will take place in summer 2020 (usually September). Broadway Week, as well as Off-Broadway Week, both run for more than a week. In fact, the offers are valid for almost two weeks! Over time, the event gained so much popularity that, luckily for us, it was extended.
Event in Greenwich Village
Off-Broadway Week is celebrated twice a year. Along with Broadway Week and Restaurant Week, Off-Broadway Week is one of the most anticipated events in New York. That’s because of the great offer: tickets at half price! With the low tickets, the aim is to enable more people to see a play and to get them excited about it.
Off-Broadway Week takes place once in summer and once in winter. So just like Broadway Week, it’s not just a week, but a little less than two! The tickets can be bought two weeks in advance. You should definitely mark this in your calendars.
Boat tour in Chelsea
We are huge fans of the New York dinner cruises. Its warm, jazzy music is playing and there is delicious food (and drinks). And during the entire cruise, you will see wintry New York with its impressive and growing skyline.
These are our recommendations for dinner cruises, brunch cruises, lunch cruises, and jazz cruises in NYC during the wintertime.
Structure in Dumbo
The Brooklyn Bridge is an official city landmark that you shouldn’t miss out on, even in winter. Be sure to walk over the impressive bridge and enjoy the unique view over the East River to Brooklyn in the clear winter air. And while you’re on the bridge, you can just walk to Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The cold wind can make it really icy on the Brooklyn Bridge in winter. So it’s best to try your luck on a few warm rays of sunshine on the bridge at lunchtime.
Park in Midtown
Central Park should not be missing on any Things to Do in the New York winter list! The city’s green lung is transformed into a true winter wonderland in the cold season. It is therefore also a popular destination for New Yorkers. Stroll through the park under snow-covered trees and let yourself be enchanted by the play of lights on the frozen water in the evening.
The famous “Wollman Rink” ice rink is located here from late October to April. You probably know her from numerous Hollywood productions. The ice rink in Central Park is definitely worth a trip, regardless of whether you want to skate or just enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Rooftop bar in the Meatpacking District
As you probably already know, for me, going to one of the rooftop bars is one of the best things to do in New York in January. Even in winter, the season is not over yet, because with radiant heaters, free blankets, and warm rooftop lounges you can make yourself comfortable there even in icy temperatures.
At 230 Fifth near the Flatiron Building, you can even sit in a heated igloo and enjoy a breathtaking view of the skyline – how cool is that.
For more tips, check out our article on The Best Rooftop Bars in New York During Fall and Winter.
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