Winter Village in Bryant Park in New York City

Best Events in New York in Winter

We all know New York is the city that never sleeps but did you know it’s also the city for all seasons? Sure, the temperatures can certainly take a plunge in New York in winter, but the city is as bustling with crowds and excitement in the depths of winter as on a sunny spring day.

Here we take a look at the best events in New York in winter, for all you lucky travellers heading to the Empire State during the colder months.

Winter Village at Bryant Park

Inspired by the open-air markets found in Europe, this midtown winter wonderland offers artisan stalls, ice skating, and a ringside bar/food hall. Visitors can get a head start on their holiday shopping with vendors from New York City as well as around the world showcasing their unique treasures

Overlook is an observation deck located above the skating rink. It provides the perfect spot to step in from the cold and watch the skaters as they whiz by. Play a relaxing game or utilize the art supplies, all free of charge. This year’s visitors to the city are in for a treat, the village is opening early and will be set up from October 27 thru Jan 2.

Rockefeller Center

With an array of shopping, dining and holiday events there is certainly no lack of winter activities at Rockefeller Center.Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in New York City

Christmas Tree Lighting

Well-known for it’s Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, this 75-year-old tradition will be taking place on Wednesday, November 28. 2018. Top entertainers and loads of holiday festivities surround this event each year and 2018 is no exception.

The Channel Gardens

The Channel Gardens are known as the area leading up from 5th Avenue to Rockefeller Center. The gardens are always expertly decorated for the holidays with the Rockefeller Christmas Tree as its backdrop. It’s a popular spot for that perfect photo memento of your New York City holiday getaway.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

There is no better way to get into the holiday spirit than by booking this well-choreographed holiday tradition performed by 140 talented dancers. Marvel at the decorative holiday set designs and detailed costumes as you sit back and prepare to be fully entertained.

Ice Skating

A real tradition in New York in winter, lace up your skates for the iconic New York City holiday experience of skating at The Rink at Rockefeller Center. Only 150 skaters at a time are permitted on the ice creating an intimate holiday memory you’ll cherish for years to come.

General Admission Tickets (available on a first come first serve basis):

Adult: $15

Child: $12

Skate Rental: $8

*VIP reservations are available see website for details.

Department Store Holiday Window Displays

These department store holiday windows provide on-street entertainment to its viewers. Each department store display offers a unique theme sure to delight passersby.


Herald Square, Broadway between 34th and 35th Street.

Saks Fifth Avenue

611 Fifth Avenue at 49th Street

Barney’s New York Department Store

660 Madison Ave at 61st Street

Bergdorf Goodman

754 Fifth Ave at 58th Street


1000 Third Avenue at 59th Street

Lord and Taylor

39th Street at 5th Avenue

Celebrate New York’s Eve in Times Square

Have a once-in-a-lifetime experience by being among the one million spectators to personally watch the ball drop in Times Square. Enjoy a star-studded show as the anticipation builds to ring in the new year in one of the most exciting cities in the world.

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

If you appreciate the beauty and poise of a canine competition and would like to escape the cold of New York in winter then get your tickets to this iconic show. A New York City tradition since 1877, The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is scheduled for Monday, February 11 and Tuesday, February 12, 2019. Tickets are now available. Check the website for details.

Prices can vary wildly during New York in the winter months, so for some tips on getting the most from your money check out our helpful guide on the cheapest time to go to New York.

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