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Know Before You Go: Visiting New York City in Winter

By Viator, May 2018

4.5 265 Reviews | Add your review

It’s easy to spend winter holed up with hot chocolate while binge-watching Netflix. But visitors to the Empire State know New York has way more to offer travelers than Saturday nights on the couch. 

New York State is home to roughly 100 downhill and cross-country ski destinations, making it the perfect place for beginners (and even experts) to hit the slopes. Holiday Valley, Bristol Mountain and Willard Mountain are just a few of the popular powder destinations that bring travelers to this Mid-Atlantic winter wonderland. Most of these resorts also offer snowshoeing areas, perfect for the less adventurous, that allow visitors to explore areas off the beaten path.

And when the standard issue winter fun just won’t do, outdoor enthusiasts can head to Lake Placid, a two-time home of the Olympic games. Daredevil skiers can try their hand at expert downhill passes, attempt to land one of the massive jumps, or speed down the chute of a skeleton or bobsled course. The lively resort town also has plenty of shops that are perfect for browsing and quiet cafes for warming up once visitors have maxed out on fresh air. 

But winter in New York doesn’t only happen outside. Travelers can head to the Big Apple, where Broadway shows, world-class museums and sports stadiums offer plenty of indoor entertainment. This is a state with winter options as unique and diverse as the people who visit here. 

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Christmas Lights in Dyker Heights Brooklyn

4.5 star rating: Recommended 89 Reviews

Christmas in New York City becomes a dazzling spectacle of holiday lights. Visit the neighborhoods of Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge in Brooklyn, where it's a ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $55.00
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New York City New Year's Eve Circle Line Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 95 Reviews

Celebrate the turn of the year in style on this New Year's Eve Cruise in New York! On this special occasion cruise in New York, you'll have the Manhattan ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $179.00
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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Party

Enjoy the Christmas celebration at the iconic Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center in New York City! Get unbeatable views of this famous tradition from ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $549.00
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Rockefeller Center Holiday Tree Lighting Gala with Private Outdoor Viewing Area

Experience the iconic Rockefeller Center Holiday Tree lighting ceremony in New York City from inside a chic venue at 45 Rockefeller Plaza. Kick off the ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $449.00
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NY Christmas Rocketts, Rockefeller Center and Holiday windows

Holiday in NYC when the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes are playing. You can also join the NYC Holiday Windows walking tour and see ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $159.99
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New York Christmas Eve Brunch Cruise

Christmas is a time for family, and Santa’s Christmas Eve Jazzy Champagne Brunch Cruise is just the trick for young and old. Let Hornblower do all the work ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $107.13
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New York Dyker Heights Christmas Lights

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

'Tis the season to come on by and admire the most spectacular display of lights and colors to adorn these Brooklyn homes during the festive season. You will ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00
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Private New York City Christmas Walking Tour

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Explore the magic of New York during the Christmas season on this 2-hour, guided tour. Visit Rockefeller Center to see its famous tree and learn about its ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.00
Christmas Lights Tour of New York City - Private Tour with Free Christmas Drink, New York City, ... 
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Christmas Lights Tour of New York City - Private Tour with Free Christmas Drink

Get into the Christmas Spirit on this private 2-hour or 3-hour Christmas Light Tour of New York City. See all the most magic displays of Christmas ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $97.00
Winter Wonderland Staten Island Skate and Play Package, New York City, Christmas
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Winter Wonderland Staten Island Skate and Play Package

Winter Wonderland Staten Island is an 85,000 square foot immersive holiday experience for children and adults of all ages. This seasonal event features an ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 1 to 8 hrs

From USD $35.00

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