20 Things to do this Winter in NYC

By Sara Jacobson

Just because the temperature is dropping, doesn’t mean you need to stay in this winter! There are many activities indoors and outdoors to enjoy in New York City this season. Whether you want to bundle up and enjoy fun outdoor activities, or stay warm with indoor entertainment, there is so much to take in from the city that never sleeps. Take advantage of all that there is to explore this winter in New York. Here is a guide of activities to check out!


  1. Winter Jam – January 28, 2018 there is a free event in Central Park, 14 E. 60th Street New York, NY 10024 from 11 am- 3pm . Winter Jam brings a day of frozen fun to the Big Apple! A few featured activities include live Ice Sculpting, Ice Bowling, Flag Football, Fit Fun on the Run, and fun team sports. https://urbanmatter.com/new-york/ny-event/central-park-winter-jam/
  2. Gulliver’s Gate –  Stay warm indoors by leaving the “land of large” and enter an amazing new experience, located at Times Square. Gulliver’s Gate is an interactive and immersive world of miniatures that will ignite your imagination and challenge your perspective. With miniature replicas of cities from across the globe, designed by artist native to the city, get a closer look at some of the world’s greatest sights from such a unique perspective. https://gulliversgate.com
  3. Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center– Experience one of New York City’s classic traditions of skating around the beautifully lit Rockefeller rink. Open daily from 8:30 am- 12 am and ranging in price from $25-$35 for general admission. Take advantage of this holiday favorite while you can! https://therinkatrockcenter.com
  4. Food Bank for New York City– Give back this holiday season by volunteering at the food bank. Find a location and time that works best for you and a group of friends by signing up at foodbanknyc.org.
  5. The Jewish Museum– With a variety of exhibitions such as their current featured exhibit, “Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress, from the Collection of the the Israel Museum , Jerusalem” alongside many more special events on their calendar, the Jewish Museum, located at 109 5th Ave at 92nd St New York, NY 10128 is an interesting way to discover the intersection of art and Jewish culture. Stop by for a day of culture as well as delicious food at the restaurant, Russ and Daughters, located downstairs featuring Eastern European cuisine.  http://thejewishmuseum.org
  6. Bryant Park Winter Village  Take a break from studying at Midtown’s very own winter wonderland on the corner of 42nd and 5th Ave. Enjoy Bryant Park this winter with the festive shops, and The Rink, which is New York City’s only free admissions ice skating rink (there is a fee to rent skates).  
  7. Silver Lake Park– The beautiful park in Staten Island has a free weekly run open to the community every Tuesday 7 pm- 8 pm. This active opportunity gives you a chance to meet new people, challenge yourself physically, and get involved in the community.
  8. Queens County Farm Museum–  Open 10 am- 5 pm, This site includes historic farm buildings, a greenhouse complex, livestock, farm vehicles, planting fields, an orchard and herb garden. This tranquil rustic environment provides the opportunity to leave the hectic daily pace behind for an enjoyable visit to an interactive museum and hands on farm without actually leaving the City. http://www.queensfarm.org
  9. Hudson River Foliage Cruise – While NYC’s many trees are turning colors this is the perfect opportunity to cruise through the historic Hudson Valley and admire the spectacular foliage. There are a few cruise options available with gorgeous routes ranging in 3-6 hour trips. There are many discounted ticket options online!
  10. Winter Jazz fest– From January 5-10, 2018 New York City will be hosting winter Jazz fest, which features some of the best established and arising jazz artists. This event is lively and a great way to celebrate the history and culture of jazz with performances in various venues surrounding Greenwich Village and Lower Manhattan. http://www.winterjazzfest.com
  11. The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers– This impressive golf destination, offers the unique opportunity to drive, chip and putt on a scenic Hudson River pier. This large range also offers a full-service teaching academy for anyone interested in taking lessons.
  12. New York Botanical Garden – This iconic living museum is admired for its diverse landscape and extensive collections and gardens. This season, they will be featuring a special exhibit “Holiday Train Show” from November 22, 2017 – January 15, 2018, which will be spotlighting Midtown’s soaring skyscrapers recreated with bark, leaves, and other natural materials.
  13. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – On Thursday, November 23 between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm come enjoy the all American celebration of Thanksgiving with balloons, huge floats, live performances, and much more during Macy’s extravagant annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. We all grew up watching it, now take part of the festivities in person!
  14. 260 Sample SalesThis venue hosts sample sales for top brands in NYC. From November 20th-22, 2017, they will be hosting The Mont Blanc Sample Sale, located at 260 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001. Keep an eye out for more designers and events they will be hosting on their website as they have different designers weekly.
  15. One World Observatory – Enjoy the beautiful view of New York City’s skyline from up above with tours and outlooks on floors as high as 102 of One World Trade Center.
  16. New York Holiday Markets and Christmas Lights Tour – Do some holiday shopping on this 4-hour walking tour of New York’s seasonal holiday markets. Explore the local art, crafts, and see the festive lights and department store window displays. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from December 1st – December 23rd.
  17. Paley Center for Media – Come here to learn about the impact of television, radio, and other digital technologies on society and culture. In addition to a public library containing over 160,000 TV and radio shows and commercials, the center hosts occasional screenings of classic episodes and films.
  18. Steep Rock Bouldering – If you are looking for some adventure and excitement this is the place for you. What better way to get active than to go rock climbing to get that surge of adrenaline you’re looking for.
  19. Textile Art Center Whether you are a beginner or a professional, come learn to weave, crochet, knit, and so much more at the diverse and hands on courses offered at the Textile Art Center. Many courses are offered and are often two day packages ranging in price from $85- $300. These classes teach you many skills and you get to keep your pieces of work!
  20. Painting Lounge – With four locations and a variety of workshops, go enjoy a night out of fun and creativity at the Painting Lounge. great destination to check. Whichever workshop you participate in you are guaranteed to come home with a masterpiece of your own to show off.


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