So, when you hear an “East Coaster” or a “New Yorker” complain about snow, take it with a grain of salt. We are used to snow. But when visiting New York for the first time during the winter season, you should be aware that New Yorkers tend to hibernate during the next few months after Thanksgiving.
Winter is a perfect time to take a short trip out of New York as the weather is usually not as cold as it is in other parts of the country. The tricky thing about winter travel is that many people don’t know what to do when they travel during this season. They understand there are ski resorts and warm destinations but opt for staying home and jogging on the treadmill rather than to venture towards something new and different.
To many, the winter season looks bleak — endless rain that keeps you from going outside, rising heating bills, and not being able to wear your favorite summer outfits. While the weather might not be the best during this time of year, you can find plenty of fun things to do during this cold season.
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Our experiences have taught us there is always something to do!
So if you are looking for some winter fun in NYC, just check out this list of exciting things to do in New York City this winter.
Visit the Rockefeller tree
Christmas trees have been a part of Rockefeller Center since its opening in 1933. That year, a 15 foot Norway spruce was donated by the family of Col. Wilbur C. Ziegler to the center’s newly formed observation deck. The tree stood proudly in the corner of the deck and was enhanced with wood cutouts of Santa Claus and Christmas ornaments. The tree became an excellent decoration for thousands of visitors who visited the Top of the Rock Observation Deck each Christmas season.
The following year, the original tree fell from its spot at the top of the Rock and was replaced by a 17-foot tall artificial tree. This artificial tree complement seasonal displays that surrounded it, such as a 20,000 light display and an ice skating rink that
New Year’s Eve Celebrations
New York City is full of incredible restaurants with unforgettable dishes. On New Year’s Eve, you’ll find hundreds of restaurants offering prix-fixe menus for their patrons. So whether you’re planning a night out on the town with friends or looking for a unique experience for your clients, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to choosing which meal to order.
Whether you’re looking for a memorable meal or a more casual dining experience, there are several options you can explore in New York City. Whether you’re looking to try something new or looking for something fun to do with family and friends, here are some tips that will help you choose from the best restaurants for New Year’s Eve.
Shopping on Fifth Ave
This year’s holiday season has been filled with luxury shopping opportunities. From glittering ornaments to sparkling decorations, there’s no shortage of beautiful pieces to choose from. While some of the items featured may be out of reach for everyday consumers, shopping at luxury stores allows you to experience the high-end shopping experience without emptying your wallet.
Fifth Avenue is full of such offerings, and this year’s shopping season was no different. While many of the items on display were familiar favorites from past holiday seasons, there were several new items on display and a few surprises in store.
Visit Fashion Week
Fashion week is an exciting time. One, because you get to meet so many talented and creative minds. Two, because Fashion Week hosts multiple events in New York City throughout the year, including industry parties and fashion shows. It’s during Fashion Week, where you’ll see the most creative pieces being worn by celebrities and models alike. Fashion Week isn’t just about pretty clothes; it’s also about networking with industry professionals, making new friends, and attending events where you can learn more about the latest trends in fashion.
Go at Winter Jazzfest
The 12th annual Winter Jazzfest in downtown Manhattan has wowed audiences for nearly a decade with its unique blend of music, food, and culture. This year’s event runs from January 25 through February 3, 2009. The five-day festival features performances by more than 650 artists, including headliner Herbie Hancock, along with performances by renowned jazz musicians such as Esperanza Spalding, Damien Rice, and The Roots.
The Winter Jazzfest attracts fans of all ages — even those too young to drive or old enough to drink alcoholic beverages — who enjoy listening to music and learning about the latest developments in jazz culture.
Ice-skate in Bryant Park
The Winter Village at Bryant Park is located beneath Bryant Park on 31st Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. The skating area features a whole group of skaters who perform in shifts throughout the day, from morning through the nighttime. The rink offers free admission, but you must bring your skates or rent a pair from one of the nearby rental shops. The skating area is open year-round, although weather conditions may affect specific periods of the year.
Get off the beaten path and challenge your comfort zones if you visit New York during the winter season. It’s an adventure waiting for you. If you plan to visit New York during “winter,” then the first thing you should do is research the proximity of places that offer alternative activities to stay at home or indoors. There are a ton of things to do in New York that you aren’t even aware of. Have fun!