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Fun Things to do in NYC in the Winter

New York City is an exciting place to visit no matter what time of year you choose to go. So, bundle or curl up and enjoy the many fun winter activities in NYC. Whether you're willing to brave the colder weather or dodge it with some indoor activities, New York City has something to keep everyone smiling. We've got you covered with a list of our top things to do in NYC in winter. Whatever the choice, Liberty Cruise NYC can take you on a cozy winter tour by some of the best sights in New York Harbor. When your sightseeing cruise is through, explore some of these other fun winter must-does in NYC:

Enjoy Outdoor Winter Activities in NYC

Celebrate Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is one of the most exciting and unique celebrations in New York City. If you're in the city during February or on some years, January, stop by Chinatown for plenty of decorations and festivities. While the biggest celebration occurs on the day of the Lunar New Year, Chinatown is festive for most of February. Join the festivities to see dragon dancers, firecrackers, and sample delicious Chinese food. If your trip falls during Chinese New Year, the festival is a must do in NYC winter activity.

Go Ice Skating

A trip to the skating rink is one of the classic winter dates. NYC couples have plenty of rinks to choose from. You can visit Rockefeller Center or Central Park for skating rentals and lessons. It's not just for couples! The whole family can have fun in the winter weather at one of the best places to visit in NYC in winter.

Other Outdoor Winter Activities in NYC:

  • Sledding in Morningside Park, Van Cortlandt Park, Prospect Park, or Inwood Hill Park
  • Attend Winter Jam, a free winter festival in Central Park
  • Take a walk in any park

Fun Indoor Winter Activities in NYC

Get cozy at a fireplace bar

Get cozy while you get your drink on. There are bars with crackling fireplaces all throughout the city. If you need some warming up after walking the chilly city streets, this is a perfect way to kick back and get warm. Time Out New York has a list of NYC bars with fireplaces, so you can plan your walk to include a drink stop.

See a Discount Show on Broadway Week

Avoid the cold by enveloping yourself with the magic of a Broadway show. You'll stay warm and have a one-of-a-kind experience. Winter can give you a chance to see one of the best Broadways shows at a fraction of the price. Broadway Week happens each year, typically in late January or early February. During this time, Broadway fans can score two tickets for the price of one for participating productions. Enjoy the theater for half the price.

Enjoy Some Hot Chocolate

Fun things to do in NYC in the winter can be made even better with a delicious cup of hot chocolate. New York shops across the city pride themselves on serving up a great cup of hot chocolate. You'll be able to seek out unique concoctions and flavors, like Brownie Batter Hot Chocolate at El Rey and "Blooming" Hot Chocolate and the Dominique Ansel Bakery.

Other Indoor Winter Activities in NYC:

  • Visit a museum
  • Go to Chelsea Piers
  • See a movie
  • Take the Stage Door tour at Radio City Music Hall