Best Things to Do in Winter in New York City

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Best Things to Do in Winter in New York City
From ice skating to watching a spectacular show, there are lots of things to do in NYC this winter
Winter in New York is a magical time of year and there are so many things visitors can do, from ice skating to gazing at the amazing shop window displays.

Some cities suit a season and winter is when New York comes into its own, as visitors are blown away by the magical experience that awaits them.

There are lots of New York attractions you can enjoy during winter for holidaymakers who head to the Big Apple during this time of year; with ice skating in Central Park, visiting the Empire State Building for a snowy view of the city and checking out the magnificent holiday windows all being popular activities.

Here we take you through some of the top things visitors can do during winter in NYC.


Go to the top of the Empire State Building


Empire State Building


Millions of visitors from all over the world get Empire State Building tickets and marvel at the spectacular views over the New York City skyline from its 86th floor and 102nd floor observatories.

That is why the Empire State Building is a great place to head to during the winter months, as visitors get a spectacular snowy view over New York and a birds-eye-view of attractions like the Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park.

The building soars 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan, has 102 floors and takes visitors 1,860 steps to go from street level to the 102nd floor, which is why the views are so special.

Heading to the attraction this winter will be extra special, as 2016 marks the Empire State’s 85th birthday and on the way up to the top visitors can see exhibitions on how the building was erected.

So, whether you are in the city for a week or a day, no visit to NYC is fully complete until you visit the Empire State Building, as it is not only one of the Big Apple’s most recognisable attractions, but is considered the “world’s most famous building”.

Observatory opening hours: 8:00am - 2:00am.


Visit the Museum of Modern Art

New York’s art collections really are an embarrassment of riches, with works from Monet and Picasso making up just some of the fascinating pieces you could see.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) should certainly be high up on your bucket list, as it is one of New York’s most-visited attractions.

Founded in 1929, MoMA is the foremost museum of modern art in the world and its huge permanent collection is famed for reflecting the vitality, complexity and unfolding patterns of modern and contemporary art.

Winter is a great time to visit the museum as visitors can see the famous Alfred H. Barr Painting and Sculpture Galleries exhibition on the fifth floor, which looks at topics such as individual stylistic movements, artists, and themes, including Post-Impressionism, Cubism, the work of Henri Matisse and Claude Monet’s Water Lilies.

In the New Year MoMA will be presenting a major new performance commission by Alexandra Bachzetsis called Massacre: Variations on a Theme.

On the topic of museums, you should also really try and visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. With skip-the-line tickets you don’t have to queue up for hours and can instantly get access to some of the world’s most famous pieces of art.


Go to a concert at Carnegie Hall


Carnegie Hall


Of course, no winter visit would be complete without going to a show or concert, and the Carnegie Hall welcomes the very best classical music artists in the world as well as well-known dancers, authors, social crusaders, and other world figures to its stages.

For the past 125 years, New York City's Carnegie Hall has set the international standard for excellence in performance and today its three stages welcome many acclaimed artists and composers.


Inside Carnegie Hall


It is a real experience to see a show at this iconic venue and this winter there are a whole host of popular musicians and other performers heading to the hall.

In November the well-known comedian Tracy Morgan will be performing on the Perelman Stage and the 6th Annual Christmas in New York show will begin, which welcomes the American Festival Choir and the Denver and the Mile High Orchestra. In December there will be performances from the New York String Orchestra and a number of other shows.


Wrap up and walk to the New York Botanical Garden


New York Botanical Garden


The New York Botanical Garden is surrounded by 250 acres of Bronx Park and there are a variety of wintery walks visitors can do.

The attraction has a number of events planned for the winter months, such as its Holiday Train Show, a beloved New York City tradition which is now in its 25th year. The show, running from 19 November – 16th January, will this year welcome the Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster, which will sit alongside over 150 replicas of New York buildings that are all made out of plant parts and enlivened by large-scale model trains.

Winter visitors to the gardens are in for another treat, as there will also be an art exhibition called Redoute to Warhol: Bunny Mellon’s Botanical Art on display. The exhibition will be showcasing masterworks from one of the world’s great private libraries devoted to the plant world.


Take in the Christmas window displays


Christmas window displays in New York


A great reason to stroll through Fifth Avenue is to see all the spectacular window displays of New York’s department stores.

Macy's is always regarded as having one of the best Christmas window displays in the city and usually each of its Broadway-facing windows host a wintery display.

Other department stores that are well-known for boasting amazing window displays in the build up to Christmas include Bloomingdale's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor to name a few.

Of course, whilst you are in the area you will want to do a spot of shopping as well!


Don’t miss the Radio City Christmas Spectacular


Radio City Christmas Spectacular


One of the oldest Christmas traditions for New Yorkers is the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and holidaymakers should really try to visit this enchanting Broadway show.

It has been wowing audiences for more than 80 years and this year the show will be running from 11th November- 2nd January.

One of the highlights of Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular is the Rockettes, twirling across the stage in their eye-catching glittering sequins.

To find out more about getting tickets to this incredible show, click here.


Go ice skating


Ice skating at Central Park


Going ice skating in New York in the winter is a must-do activity and although there are lots of places where you can go skating, there is one place that is head and shoulders above the rest.

Ice skating at Central Park is that place. Visitors can follow in the footsteps of their favourite actors or actresses at the Wollman Ice Rink as it has featured in numerous movies and TV shows, which is mainly down to its superb setting. Films the rink has featured in include Serendipity, Home Alone 2, Limitless and The Other Woman.

By day skaters can see NYC’s skyline, or the twinkling lights of the city by night. Ice skating here remains hugely popular with New Yorkers and holidaymakers alike, so be sure to book your tickets in advance.

Image Credit: Jeff_Goldberg-Esto, Carnegie Hall, Empire State Building, Johnny Tran (Shutterstock), Jim, the Photographer, Ralph Daily, Tomás Fano.


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