Know Before You Go: Visiting New York City in Winter

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New York is magical in winter, especially with twinkling holiday lights and a hot chocolate in hand. Even outside the holiday season, cold weather does nothing to slow down the breakneck-pace of New York City, whose arsenal of offerings remains as impressive as ever. See below for our tips on visiting the Big Apple in winter. 

Wrap Up
During New York winters, it’s not uncommon for temperatures to dip below freezing, so dress appropriately and wrap up. Don a warm winter coat, accessories (hat, scarf, and gloves) to cover up any exposed extremities, and cozy wool socks. A good pair of weatherproof boots is also a must; NYC’s sidewalks are a breeding ground for icy slush puddles. 

Get in the Festive Spirit
New York sparkles during the festive season. From the dressed-up store windows of Fifth Avenue to Rockefeller Center’s giant Christmas tree to the Rockettes’ Radio City Christmas Spectacular, there are a lot of holiday spectacles to admire—Christmas lights tours ensure you see the best of them. On New Year’s Eve, get into party mode: wait for the ball to drop in Times Square, celebrate with a New Year’s Eve dinner and fireworks cruise, or indulge in a New Year’s Day brunch with bottomless mimosas. 

Try Winter Sports
Sports may not be the first thing you associate with New York winters, but the city and surrounding area offer plenty of opportunities to get active. Go ice-skating at Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park’s Manhattan Winter Village, or Central Park’s Wollman Rink. You can also take a day trip from NYC to the Catskills, where you can snowboard or ski and be back in time for dinner. 

Take Advantage of the Low Season 
Good news for visitors who brave the cold winter temperatures between mid-January and March: you’ll find New York about as “quiet” as it gets. At this time of the year, you’ll have an easier time nabbing those difficult-to-get tickets for Broadway shows and in-demand restaurant reservations, and there’ll be more elbow room while you explore NYC’s galleries and museums. 
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Viator VIP: Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Experience and Top of the Rock Observation Deck

Feel like a true New York City insider with priority access to two iconic holiday experiences, including ice skating at Rockefeller Center and sightseeing at Top of the Rock, during this 1.5-hour Viator VIP experience. Avoid the crowds with priority access to Rockefeller Center’s iconic ice-skating rink for the 8:30am skate session, including VIP chalet access with complimentary hot chocolate and fresh-baked cookies. Cap off your day with 360-degree panoramic views of the Big Apple from the Top of the Rock observation deck.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Viator VIP: Rockefeller Center Late-Night Ice Skating and Top of the Rock

Combine nighttime ice skating at Rockefeller Center and a visit to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck on this Viator VIP experience. Hit the observation deck first for stellar views of the city, and then head to the arena for a late-night ice-skating experience, including priority entry and access to the heated chalet. Plus, you can refuel with fresh-baked cookies and hot chocolate.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Christmas Lights in Dyker Heights Brooklyn

Christmas in New York City is a magical time, and some of the best festive spots in the Big Apple are Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge in Brooklyn. Residents in these areas take Christmas decorations to a whole new level that shouldn't be missed. This tour whisks you out to Brooklyn, and then on the way back, you can enjoy views of the lit-up Manhattan skyline.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Central Park Ice Skating at Wollman Rink and Dessert at Planet Hollywood

Take park in a classic NYC wintertime tradition with ice skating at the famed Wollman Rink in Central Park. Soak up the crisp magic of the season as you glide around the rink while surrounded by the iconic scenery of Central Park and the city skyline. Your ticket includes ice skate rental and guarantees admission to this popular activity. Follow up your skate with a slice of New York Cheesecake with the purchase of an entree at Planet Hollywood in Times Square.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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New York City New Year's Eve Circle Line Cruise

This year, celebrate in style with a New Year’s Eve cruise in New York City. Soak up unforgettable views of the sparkling Manhattan skyline as you cruise along the New York Harbor, and enjoy unlimited drinks from the full bar accompanied by savory appetizers. At midnight, ring in the new year with a champagne toast and spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty fireworks display. An onboard DJ keeps the party going all night with dance-worthy tunes.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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New York City New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise with Lobster Dinner

Celebrate New Year's Eve NYC style with this dinner and fireworks cruise. Hop on the luxury yacht, grab a drink, and get ready to dance to tunes spun by a DJ as the clock ticks toward midnight and the boat cruises around New York Harbor. Sit down for an extravagant buffet lobster dinner, sip Champagne, and enjoy the views. As the clock hits midnight, you'll have one of the best seats in the city to watch the annual New Year's fireworks extravaganza.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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THE RIDE: Holiday Edition New York City

THE RIDE: Holiday Edition celebrates New York City during its most festive time of year and has become a key ingredient to its winter magic. It is, undoubtedly, one of the holidays most sought after family events. This limited engagement will sell out.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular

Don't miss one of New York City's most beloved holiday traditions with an orchestra ticket to the ‘Radio City Christmas Spectacular,’ starring the famously high-kicking and coordinated Rockettes. With dazzling choreography, sumptuous seasonal decor, and a special visit from Santa, it’s the must-see show that’s sure to put everyone in the Christmas spirit.
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NYC Private Holiday Lights Tour by Limo

Get into the Christmas spirit with this private Christmas lights tour through New York City in a comfortable limousine. Your limo is stocked with a bottle of Champagne and soft drinks for the ride, and your guide takes you to some of the most holiday-themed areas of the city. Begin in Manhattan, and go to see Brooklyn's Dyker Heights displays as well as other neighborhoods decked out in holiday cheer. Plus, pass by famous sights such as Rockefeller Center and its giant Christmas tree.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Viator VIP: Exclusive NYC New Year's Eve Luxury Dinner Cruise

Celebrate New Year's Eve in the Big Apple with this exclusive 4-hour VIP dinner cruise. Hop aboard one of the most luxurious yachts in New York, and pass the Brooklyn Bridge, Ellis Island, and One World Trade Center. Your VIP experience includes a 3-course dinner, an open bar, and music provided by a DJ. Other cruises will host upwards of 600 people on this night, but your yacht is limited to 200 adults who want to celebrate in style for a more comfortable experience.
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Manhattan New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise

Ring in the New Year with style aboard a luxury yacht on a New York City fireworks cruise. Dine with other partygoers on a delicious buffet, and sip unlimited premium drinks as you cruise down the East River past the illuminated Manhattan skyline. When the clock strikes midnight, get prime views of the city's fireworks show as colorful bursts light up the sky and Statue of Liberty. The celebration continues with dessert, dancing, and an onboard DJ all the way back to the South Street Seaport.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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New York Holiday Lights and Movie Sites Tour

Enjoy the spectacular Christmas lights and holiday movie sites in New York City on this guided bus tour. See some of the best of the Big Apple’s brilliant holiday lights and decorations in all their holiday splendor while visiting one iconic landmark after another, as well as some of the city’s hidden gems. See the exact locations where many holiday movies were filmed, and match them to their on-screen movie clips along the way. This tour is a fun and festive way for the entire family to celebrate the season.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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New York's Nautical New Years Eve Gala

Make your New Year's Eve plans in advance: book your spot for the Hornblower Nautical New Year's Eve Gala. Celebrate in style on the Hornblower Hybrid, where you'll get excellent nautical views of the NYC fireworks display against New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. Your ticket includes an open bar, DJ, and a 5-course dinner.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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New Year's Eve Dinner Cruise in New York

Celebrate New Year's Eve in New York fashion with this luxurious dinner cruise. Indulge in a delicious 4-course dinner, and then dance and drink the night away, celebrating the upcoming year. Best of all, you'll have perfect views for the annual fireworks extravaganza at the Statue of Liberty.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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New York City Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise

This year, spend an unforgettable Christmas Eve on the water, gliding past the illuminated Manhattan skyline on a dinner cruise. Let onboard chefs and servers handle all the work, and enjoy a festive 4-course dinner and see the sights like the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building. Upgrade to the Viator VIP option to include a standard open bar and guaranteed window seating.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Dyker Heights Christmas Wonderland

If you're looking for something to do in New York City during this holiday season make sure you put this on your list! It's cheery, it's bright, it’s Christmas, it's NYC, it's everything Christmas about Christmas! This Brooklyn neighborhood, looks like it is out of this world during Christmas time. Dyker Heights Christmas Lights is the cutest and most spectacular area of houses decorated for the holiday season. It's blocks and blocks of Christmas lights and fantastic decorations. The neighborhood goes all out with beautiful nativity displays, nutcrackers, inflatable santas, lights and more.The place glows with bright lights, buzzes sound, and literally bumps with holiday music on full blast. It's fun to see how some houses mix it up every year. It is a recommended experience and a perfect night out for families, groups of friends and even a date night! This is a great place to go if you enjoy taking pictures, as there are a lot of photo opportunities!
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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New Year’s Eve Times Square Ball Drop Party

When the clock strikes midnight there's no better place to be than New York City's Times Square. This exclusive party takes travelers high above the crowds into a luxe suite with an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, and a dinner buffet. Dance to the latest hits alongside the people you love and friends you have yet to meet during this entertaining evening—it's the best way to ring in a new year.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour

Experience the Big Apple's Christmas lights extravaganza in all its glory on this tour, including the city's most spectacular display of lights in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. See the tall, lit-up Christmas tree in Washington Square Park, the heart of Greenwich Village, and the famed Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, in addition to a couple of other Christmas-themed stops, before heading to Dyker Heights, the grand-daddy of all Christmas-light extravaganzas.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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New York City Times Square New Year's Eve Celebration

Be a part of New York City's New Year's Eve tradition at Times Square during this 4-hour celebration with access to an all-inclusive party. Inside the Times Square 'lock down zone,' enjoy a dinner buffet, premium open bar, and Champagne toast when the ball drops at midnight. When booking, you have two location options to choose from, or you can upgrade to include tour add-ons.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Viator Exclusive: Luxury Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise in New York City

Forget about crowded restaurants during the holiday season, and instead, revel in two hours of good food, music, cocktails, and memories against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline on this luxury Christmas Eve dinner cruise—a special Viator exclusive available nowhere else. Enjoy stellar views of the iconic Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and Brooklyn Bridge as you set sail from Chelsea Piers aboard an elegant yacht with panoramic windows and an outdoor observation deck.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Christmas Lights Tour of New York City - Private Tour with Free Christmas Drink

Immerse yourself in New York’s holiday decorations on a 2-3 hour private tour. Meet your guide at your hotel at the time of your choosing, then set out to see Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Terminal, and more in their Christmas best. A detailed itinerary is already planned, but you’re also free to customize the route with your guide. Conclude the Christmas tour with a complimentary warm drink in Bryant Park.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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New Years Eve Fireworks Boat Party in New York

Paloma’s Events presents you aboard the Liberty Belle to celebrate New Year’s Eve in New York City!... Celebrate sailing the waters along with a beautiful show of NYE fireworks. All tickets include open bar and delicious food prepared by Paloma's chef. Upgrade your tickets to a VIP Package to upgrade your experience. We offer VIP Tickets and each VIP Ticket is per two persons. Bring yourself and that special one or give it as a gift! See below for VIP Package description. This cruise is 3-4 hours of plenty of FUN GUARANTEED! Will be giving out party favours! Sip and party all night into the New Year. Live DJ playing top hits will keep you dancing all night long into the New Year with your favorite drink. Enjoy views of New York City and enjoy the show of New York City New Year’s fireworks. MUST BE 21+ TO PARTY WITH US.
  • Duration: 3 to 5 hours
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New Year's Eve Fireworks Party Cruise Aboard the Amberjack V

Looking for the best way to bring in the New Year in New York City? Look no further than the Amberjack V Yacht for an NYC New Year’s Eve cruise experience like no other. This spacious ship is going to sail you through New York City and treat you to amazing views of the city as you celebrate. Watch each landmark pass you by and enjoy music all the way into the New Year. Grab some friends and throw on your best New Year’s outfit because this is one New Year’s party that you don’t want to miss! Book your tickets for this New Year’s celebration on our NYC New Year’s Eve cruise and party into the New Year with us!
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Dr Seuss How The Grinch Stole Christmas The Musical & Meal

The Musical is the record-setting Broadway holiday sensation which features the hit songs “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” from the original animated special. After or before the show, enjoy an all exclusive special meal at Dave and Busters centrally located just off Times Square, upgrade to a VIP package for the Hard Rock Cafe Times Square with next table availability or choose the centrally located Applebee's restaurant on Broadway and 50th street. (Menu changes at the Applebee location).
  • Duration: 4 hours
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