Wintertime Things to Do in New York

New York City’s winters are enchanting and full of magic, Check out our list of the top holiday activities and attractions if you’re seeking wintertime things to do in New York.

During the holiday season, the city is one of the top tourist attractions in the globe, where you can enjoy stunning department store window decorations, live music and performances on the street, wonderful shopping, outdoor ice skating, seasonal festivals, and much more. Perhaps you’ll even witness a spectacular snowstorm.

wintertime things to do in New York

Visit Rockefeller Center to go ice skating

You have a few options to pick from if you want to participate in the well-liked winter activity in New York City:

One of the most famous venues in the world to skate is at the Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center, which may be the most emblematic winter activity in New York City.

Heat up with a cup of hot cocoa at any of the neighboring coffee shops or cafes after a few laps around the rink; we recommend Rock Center Cafe due to its excellent rink views.

Take a photo with the iconic tree in Rockefeller Square for your holiday cards, explore the museum, and climb to the top of the structure for panoramic views of the New York City skyline in the winter.

Head to the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park for free admission for ice skating every day through January if you’d prefer to dodge the difficult-to-navigate throngs that are sure to be at Rockefeller Center. You can rent high-quality skates, have them sharpened, take lessons there, and use the bag checks and lockers as well. After that, stop at Celsius for a snack and festive drinks to rewarm yourself.

Go skating at Wollman Rink in Central Park for a scenic backdrop and a handy position near a number of activities, such as…

  • Museum of Modern Art
  • American Natural History Museum
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art

          and more…

Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center

Even if you’re not into skating, Rockefeller Center Plaza is still worth visiting for its famous Christmas tree scene. Each year, candidates from all around the nation are carefully chosen to become the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree; this internationally renowned tree is the best of the best.

Just after Thanksgiving, the lights are turned on, and the tree is on display for the full month. If only to catch a glimpse of this tree, Rockefeller Center is worthwhile.

Enjoy Times Square on New Year’s Eve

There is a reason why the Times Square ball drop is so famous; it is a ton of fun. It’s a long, long day waiting outside in the cold, but it might be all worth it if you plan it right. If you’re going, be sure to read these recommendations for New Year’s Eve in Times Square.

Experience a World-Class Museum

Want to experience some culture while you’re in New York? Visit one of the best museums in New York City. Explore everything odd at Ripley’s Believe It or Not, whether you want to go on the somber 9/11 Tribute Center tour! You’re sure to find a museum that appeals to your interests, whether you’re interested in art, history, or wish to visit a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece (the Guggenheim Museum).

The Guggenheim Museum, the stunning modernist structure with its renowned “corkscrew” interior structure, which hosts a number of pieces by impressionist artists, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art are some of our top  recommendations for a more typical museum visit.

Visit Yankee Stadium

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the storied Yankee Stadium to get a feel for everyday life in New York.

You’ll discover some of the fascinating history that makes the stadium so wonderful (at least in the hearts of Yankee fans). Photographers should take advantage of the chance to capture the field, dugout, and other specialty locations, as well as Yankee artifacts and exhibitions. Enjoy the off-season by playing your favorite baseball games!

Winter Jazz Festival

What was once a single-day occasion has grown into a comprehensive annual celebration. Jazzfest is an unparalleled celebration of the history and culture of all things jazz, featuring some of the best established and upcoming jazz musicians. Check out the schedule for this year and prepare yourself for a week of soothing sounds.

The Under the Radar Festival

One of the most thrilling ways to take in New York City’s renowned theater scene is to attend the Under the Radar Festival at The Public Theater. Over a dozen different comedy troupes from around the world play during the annual event.

These shows offer top-notch cultural entertainment for a lot less than you would pay to watch a Broadway production. Visit their website for the most recent details.

Run-Up to Empire State Building

If increasing your exercise routine was one of your New Year’s intentions, consider attending the annual Empire State Building Run-Up for a completely different and extremely difficult workout (ESBRU).

Even though it is only a quarter-mile away, reaching the 86th level in a sprint is no little task. Visitors can climb the elevator to the top in under a minute, while the swiftest runners can complete all 86 stories in ten minutes. Get in shape now for this activity.

For more information and available dates, see their website. Visit the Empire State Building another day to enjoy the stunning Art Deco interiors and external vistas if you want to explore it but don’t want to run.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

For both tourists and locals, seeing the Radio City Christmas Spectacular is a must-do experience when in New York City. Even for those who have already seen the show, it is always a little something new each year, making it an enjoyable ritual.

The finest way to get in the holiday spirit, it features nutcrackers, dancing animals, flying presents, incredible special effects, and the legendary Rockettes®! Missing the show? Take a tour inside Radio City Music Hall to see the show’s backstage areas.

Although admission to this event requires a separate ticket, Go City® card holders have access to discounted Radio City Stage Door Tour tickets.

Consider saving money on attraction admission

There you have it, then. Our list of a few wintertime activities in New York includes holiday celebrations as well as other wintertime events in December and January.

Go City offers regular entry to a few of these attractions. Select as you go from a variety of top attractions to save money on combined entry compared to purchasing tickets at the door. View all New York passes, activities, and costs.

Be aware that some of these attractions may have winter events that require separate tickets and are not included in the Go City® pass. We really hope you’re going to include a few of these enjoyable activities in your winter holiday plans.


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