Winter in New York City

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To avoid the crowds spend winter in New York City.

It’s a great time to explore the vibrant and affordable winter scene to be found in the City’s five boroughs, one of the most exciting places in America.

New York City is an irresistible draw 365 days a year, but a wintertime visit is like no other. With shorter lines at attractions and museums, lower hotel rates and attractive deals on theatre and dining, January and February are two of the most attractive months of the year to explore.

Winter in New York City is a brilliant time for skaters with so many opportunities to don those skates:

  • Pier 17in Seaport District NYC is home to New York City’s only rooftop ice-skating rink, complete with views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan.
  • At the TWA Hotel, the glamorous addition to JFK’s Terminal 5 in Queens, guests can enjoy winter fun at Runway Rink this winter, located on the tarmac near Connie, the 1958 Lockheed Constellation aeroplane converted into a cocktail bar.
  • The Rink at Rockefeller Centre is open for the season, offering visitors an iconic skating experience right next to the plaza’s beloved Christmas tree.
  • Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is home to NYC’s only free admission skating rink, in addition to various shopping, food and beverage experiences.
  • Central Park’s Wollman and Lasker Rinks are back again this year with various free skate and lesson offerings, immersed in stunning views of the iconic park and city skyline.
  • Prospect Park’s LeFrak Center at Lakeside in Brooklyn is a weatherproof experience with roof-covered and uncovered rinks on-site.
  • Each winter the Conrad New York Downtown presents “Conrad Skate with the Greats,” offering hotel guests the opportunity to skate with former Olympians at The Rink at Brookfield Place as part of their stay.


Warm-up during winter in New York City with some hot chocolate:

  • First opened in 1923, Li-Lac Chocolates is the longest-operating chocolate house in Manhattan, offering sweet treats and unique style. Originally out of Greenwich Village, Li-Lac now has six locations around the City including a brand-new store in Hudson Yards.
  • A Slice of Brooklyn Chocolate Tour—NYC’s only chocolate bus tour—stops at four of Brooklyn’s most well-known chocolate shops: Jacques Torres, The Chocolate Room, Raaka Chocolate and LI-Lac Chocolates while also educating visitors on neighbourhoods like Red Hook, Cobble Hill, Industry City and Gowanus.
  • Serendipity 3, in Midtown East, is known for turning the drink on its head with a delicious frozen hot chocolate.
  • After the premium British Cocoa company opened its first US location near Grand Central Terminal last year at Lexington and 44th, Hotel Chocolat is primed to open a second NYC shop at Columbus Circle soon. Guests can expect a premium selection of chocolate sweets, as well as a café serving a variety of hot chocolates, coffees, teas, ice cream and more.

And cosy up inside a theatre to catch one of the new Broadway shows:

  • Freestyle Love Supreme, the hit improvisational hip-hop show by Lin-Manuel Miranda that opened this fall has extended through mid-January.
  • The outrageous romantic comedy Slave Play has created a buzz with its provocative nature since debuting in 2018 and will complete a 13-month run at the end of January.
  • Jagged Little Pill, the onstage adaptation of the Alanis Morissette’s Grammy-winning 1995 alt-rock album, was previously an off-Broadway favourite, now at Broadhurst Theatre.
  • The Inheritance, the two-part West End transfer that takes on the dynamic between generations of gay-rights activists, opened this November and is expected to close in March.
  • This month West Side Story, one of the most famous Broadway love stories of all time, is back on Broadway for a limited-time revival through September 6.

There’s nothing like enjoying winter in New York City to have the best time.