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January in New York City

Kick off January in New York City in style by taking part in these fun-filled events. The holiday crowds have dispersed, the New Year’s Eve confetti is nearly all swept away, and there are plenty of travel deals. Visitors find less congestion around the city and an easier time getting a table at that esteemed bistro on the corner. Aside from the perk of visiting the city’s top attractions with less of a queue, there are several exciting annual events taking place to jump-start your New Year.

Restaurant Week

January 21 to Feb 8

From Apricot Teriyaki Glazed Salmon to Classic Tiramisu, New York City’s Restaurant Week provides a great opportunity to try out some of the city’s top culinary delights. This bi-annual event spans not just one week but actually three, offering dining enthusiasts ample time to sample some of the city’s best. Over 350 of the city’s top culinary venues take part in this city-wide seasonal event.

Restaurant Week offers a great opportunity to enjoy some of the best dishes the city has on tap at deeply discounted prices. Participating venues will be offering a three-course prix-fixe meal for only $29 for lunch and $42 for dinner.

New York City was the first to introduce the concept of Restaurant Week to the world. It all began in 1992 as a one-off event designed to welcome delegates and members of the Democratic National Convention to New York City. When it was discovered that other visitors, as well as New Yorkers themselves, were interested in the concept it not only became an annual event but spread worldwide.

Keep in mind most restaurants do not offer Restaurant Week specials on Saturday nights. Making a booking at your restaurant of choice can have its challenges. Try to book early in the week and avoid the first week of the event for your best chance at successfully getting into your top restaurant choices.

Broadway Week

January 21 – Feb 10

Twice a year visitors to the city are treated to experiencing a Broadway show at an unheard of discounted price. Step out from the cold New York winter and step into a cosy theatre with your partner or friends and enjoy the 2-for-1 Special Ticket Deals.

Participating shows are due to be announced soon but historically crowd-pleasers like Aladdin, Wicked, and Kinky Boots have participated in these deeply discounted deals.

There are several exciting new Broadway Shows opening soon in New York. Check out this rundown of new shows coming soon to Broadway theatres.

Winter Jazz

January 4-12, 2019

Considered one of the best performances to attend in NYC, Winter Jazz features many well-known names in Jazz as well many of the hottest rising stars. The festival is held at various locations around the city including Le Poisson Rouge, Brooklyn Steel, and Nublu and this is another great reason to spend January in New York City.

Each year the festival ends with a two-night marathon in Greenwich Village. Wristbands allow entry into any performance. The idea is to encourage popping into several events throughout the evening. Each year the event raises awareness for a cause. This year’s event is in support of social and racial justice.

Winter Jam

Jan 26

11am to 3pm

Central Park

Fully embrace the cold New York winters by experiencing one of the city’s most enjoyable annual events. Winter Jam is held in Central Park in the Bandshell area. Winter Jam is a winter sports festival that is free to participants. Winter Jam provides great family fun for the kids after an afternoon of touring museums and visiting the city’s attractions.

Gore Mountain has partnered with the city and will blow loads of snow into the park creating a winter wonderland of sledging, skiing, and snowshoeing. If you didn’t pack your snowboard, no worries, equipment rental is available at no charge.

Make unforgettable memories of winter in Manhattan in one of the city’s most beautiful landmarks.

The NYC No Pants Subway Ride Day

Date TBD

Yes, this is a real thing and it’s been happening in the every January in New York City since 2002. It’s the brainchild of Improv Everywhere’s Charlie Todd. The first event of its kind was filmed, posted to YouTube and quickly became an internet sensation. Today, the event has gained so much popularity it attracts thousands of participants on subways all around the city as well as in 25 countries around the globe.

Whether you are looking to participate in a unique event or just want to witness some American nonsense for yourself, you’ll at least be in-the-know as to why everyone on the subway seems to have forgotten their trousers that morning.

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