The best things to do in New York City this winter

By Fareboom Staff, Tue, Dec 6, 2016

New York seems to sparkle in the winter – and it’s not just because of all the holiday lights. Here are some of the best ways to enjoy the Big Apple in winter 2016-2017:


Iconic attractions for less

It’s off-season, which means less crowds and less time waiting in line at the sites you’ve always wanted to visit.



Holiday ambiance

- Visit the huge, world famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree (and cap off the day with ice skating or going to the “Top of the Rock” –30 Rockefeller Plaza’s 70th-floor observation deck). 

- Admire the stunning, Baroque angel-adorned Christmas tree at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (This writer’s personal NYC holiday “must”).

- Enjoy holiday markets throughout the city.

- Meet (maybe the real) Santa at Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square.  This is where the Santa from the classic movie “A Miracle on 34th Street” worked, and Macy’s continues to bring the holiday magic today, with Santaland, an indoor winter wonderland that leads up to a shared seat and photo op with the Jolly One himself.

- Marvel at the tiny toy trains chugging through the foliage at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Holiday Train Show.

- Ring in the new year in Times Square.  Most locals avoid it (New Yorkers actually aren’t crazy about crowds), but if you’ve always dreamt of doing it, go for it!

- Watch Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown (and other locales) on January 28 and February 5.



Eat, drink…

- NYC Restaurant Week means discounts at hundreds of restaurants every day but Saturday (January 23-February 10, 2017).

- NYC Beer Week includes tastings, festivals, and more (February 24- March 4, 2017).


Take in a show

- Check out one (or many) of the plays, concerts, operas, Broadway shows, and other performances that the city has to offer, like the traditional Radio City Christmas Spectacular, featuring the Rockettes.

- Broadway Week means discounts on a number of participating shows (January 17-February 5).

- Enjoy music and performance festivals of all sorts, including the Winter Jazzfest (January 5-10, 2017).



From dinosaur skeletons to avant-garde artwork, the city’s museums always offer something amazing to see.  Here’s a list to help you find the perfect exhibit.


Good sports

- See a professional basketball, football, or hockey game.



Winter thrills

- Ice skate at Rockefeller Center or Central Parks’ Wollman Rink, or other spots.

- Take a horse-drawn carriage ride in Central Park.

- Join the Coney Island Polar Bear Club for their annual New Year’s Day swim in the bone-chilling waters of the Atlantic Ocean.



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Alysa Salzberg is a writer and trip planner.  She lives in Paris with an eccentric Frenchman, a train-obsessed toddler, and a dog-like cat. Besides them, she loves travel, books, and cookies. You can read about her adventures here, or feel free to stop by and check out her website.


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