8 Things To Look Forward to in NYC This Winter

The Winter season in New York City is full of exciting things to do and see. Rain, snow or shine, New York City always has plenty of festivals, live music, art events and parades. The city that never sleeps certainly does not hibernate through the cold months either. Besides being undeniably gorgeous in the winter, especially with the holiday displays; here’s a list of thrilling things you can do in New York in the Winter…

1 – NYC Restaurant Week

[January 18th – February 5th]

(Photo by Vicki Morton/ NYC & Company)

Twice a year, NYC Restaurant Week offers affordable dining deals at over 300 restaurants in New York. This year, it’s back with a lengthy list of participating restaurants. From trendy new restaurants to fine dining, this weekly event appeals to bargain-hunters and New Yorkers who are looking to try out new eateries. “Restaurant Week” in New York City actually goes on for three weeks, in this case from Monday, Jan. 18, through Friday, Feb. 5. Reserve your table today to eat gourmet cuisine of almost any kind without breaking the bank!


2 – NYC Winter Jam

[January 23rd, 2016 11am–3pm] Central Park (72nd St entrance)

Winter Jam Central Park(Photo by Jenn V.-Flickr)

This free event organized by NYC Parks is the city’s ultimate snow day for people of all ages who are looking for a place to play winter sports. Whether it snows in NYC before this sports festival or not, there will be lots of fresh snow in the heart of Manhattan from Gore Mountain for your enjoyment so you get your fill of the wintry goodness. You or your kids can learn to snowshoe, ski and snowboard, plus there will be sledding, kick -sledding and a winter market to visit. All participants are required to provide photo identification before participating in any of these activities. Those under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian present with photo identification to sign a waiver for them.


3 – Ice Skate & stroll through NYC’s Parks

(Until March)

Ice Skating in Bryant Park(Photo by Shinya S. -Flickr)

Ice-Skating in New York City doesn’t stop when the holidays are over. And, you can still go for a promenade through New York City’s best parks with a cup of hot chocolate. We recommend the rink at the Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park or Central Park’s Wollman Rink. So, while the seasonal ice-skating rinks are still open, grab a friend and lace up for a fun day on ice! Van Cortland Park and Prospect Park are also still open for those looking for a less crowded rink or an alternative outside of Manhattan. After all, Ice-skating is the ultimate New York City winter experience!


4 – Watch the Super Bowl with New Yorkers

[February 7th]

Whether New York’s teams make it to the Super Bowl or not, this is still one of the biggest American Football events in the Big Apple. It’s celebrated all across America but to get a glimpse of what the festivities are really like, head to a super bowl party- Your best bet is to go to one of the celebrating Sports bars where football fanatics will assemble to watch the game. Although you will not run dry of venues, we recommend Pier A Harbor House or 200 Fifth in Brooklyn, where they have more than 100 TVs and numerous happy hour deals for all the eager football fanatics.


5- Love in Times Square

February 9th]

Love in Times Square(Photo by Gigi -Flickr)

What better place to say, “I love you” to your valentine than right in the crossroad of the World? This year, Times Square is displaying heart shape ‘Kissing Booths’ to encourage couples to lock lips in Times Square. The “Heart of Hearts” kissing booths will be between 46th and 47th streets starting February 9th. On Valentine’s Day, sets of locals and visitors alike will gather in Times Square to profess their love. Being there on the most romantic day of the year often inspire many lovers to pop the question, some enthusiasts tie the knot, others even say “I do” again by renewing their wedding vows on Duffy Square’s red steps right here in Times Square!


6- NYC Beer Week

[February 19th – 28th]

(Photo by Malcolm Brown/NYC & Company)

Drink up at the seventh-annual Beer Week organized by the New York City Brewers Guild and New York State Brewers Association. This event will feature more than 40 breweries from all parts of the State of NY, including over a dozen of New York City’s own craftsmen such as the Brooklyn Brewery, the Transmitter Brewing, and Big Alice brewing. This year’s Beer Week touts an impressive 200 bashes where you can get delicious food and tasty drinks until the following morning. And, don’t forget to drink responsibly 🙂


7- Chinatown Lunar New Year Ceremony & Parade

[February 14th]

NYC chinatown lunar new year (Photo by Dan N.-Flickr)

Celebrate the Lunar New Year in New York City at the 17th Annual Lunar New Year Parade & Festival in Chinatown or in Flushing, which are both home to large Chinese and East Asian populations in NYC. The parade typically winds throughout Lower Manhattan by the way of Chinatown down Mott Avenue. The manifestation will feature stunning festooned floats, lion and dragon dances, marching bands, musicians, magicians and acrobats. The parade is set to end with an outdoor cultural festival that will take place in Sara D. Roosevelt Park and will feature performances by musicians, dancers and martial artists.


 We all know how the cold can persuade us against stepping foot outside, yet, NYC is one of the most sought-after winter destinations. if you are interested in finding more to do in New York City, search through our complete range of tours, attractions, and activities. We can also tailor-make programs specifically to match your desires and budgets. Harlem Spirituals is the ideal one-stop-shop to simplify your planning! Find more information on www.harlemspirituals.com or contact us at info@harlemspirituals.com. 


What are your favorite activities to do in New York in the Winter?