There’s something truly special about NYC in the winter. The dusting of snow on the sidewalk, the twinkling of strings lights around every corner, the crisp brisk cool air that makes ear muffs and gloves absolutely essential. Here’s why we absolutely adore the holidays in New York City.
Can you believe the winter Olympics were this year? It feels like forever ago that we were glued to the screens watching Adam Rippon in all his PyeongChang glory, and we’ve been itching to get ourselves on the ice ever since. Winter in New York means ice skating, and a lot of it. get your Ice skates and head just steps away from the Roger Smith at rink in Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center and up to Central Park, there’s no shortage of rinks these holidays.
Check out our guide for how New Yorkers do ice skating for our favorite locations and tips!
From Thanksgiving till about mid-January we recommend loosening your belts and slipping into something a little more comfortable. ’Tis the season of endless feasts and delicious jolliness. The holidays means a ton of soup, comfort food, and—of course—baked goods galore. Check out Little Red Hens Bakery on the Upper East Side for an extensive selection! Photo of sweets from the Bryant Park Winter Village by @feedyourgirlfriend on Instagram.
Worried about packing on a few extra holiday pounds? Don’t sweat! The city—especially in the festive season—is a walking paradise. In addition to all the outdoor art and activities found at Central Park, you can also take the subway up to the NY Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. Each year the gardens host the Holiday Train Show, a model train that zips through over 175 miniature landmarks. Image by @nybg via Instagram.
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We all know NYC is infamous for its shopping, and the spree doesn’t stop when the streets turns icy. In fact, the city becomes littered with fabulous holiday markets to suit any style, scene or budget. Stay toasty warm in Grand Central, or weather the elements at Union Square and Columbus Circle. Plus, take to Fifth Avenue for some of the world’s most stunning holiday window displays.
See our top 5 NYC market guide for inspiration this holiday season.