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Winter Activities To Do In NYC

New York City is excited to welcome back travelers to the city this winter season. While some attractions are still updating their hours of operation, its still the perfect time to explore some great spaces and places (with less crowds). Here’s some fun places to check-out once you are ready to venture into the Big Apple.


The Winter Village at Bryant Park is the perfect place to spend the day with family and friends. Enjoy hot cocoa after a round of ice-skating or walk around the open-air holiday market filled with artisanal shops, to pick up unique holiday gifts. And to finish your day grab a bite or a cocktail at The Lodge!

Every winter, New York Botanical Gardens puts on an exciting Holiday Train Show – train exhibition. More than 175 New York Landmarks are re-created with a new theme every year. This is all displayed in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory lit up by spectacular Christmas lights.

Watch the iconic Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony from your home on NBC on December 2nd, 2020. This annual event maybe canceled to public viewing but it will still be broadcasted on television live with all the bells and whistles.

Another great virtual event is taking place on Thanksgiving Day with the live televised broadcast of Macy’s Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. Watch as iconic floats and huge balloons float down the parade path and end with Santa Claus.

Another iconic ice skating rink is just around the corner at The Rink at Rockefeller Center. Skate underneath the gigantic Christmas tree in the heart of the city.

Dine in your very own cabin atop Pier 17 at The Greens. Take in the sights of the Statue of Liberty and  the Brooklyn skyline. Enjoy delicious holiday food and drinks with family or friends.

Roam the Five Lantern Safaris light display at the Bronx Zoo. Then enjoy holiday treats, ice carving demonstrations and more when you spend the evening at the zoo.

Macy’s Santaland maybe virtual this year but your kids can still meet Santa and let him know what he or she wants this holiday season. Plus take a selfie with Santa himself and enjoy an interactive journey through the North Pole.

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Display is a go! It will be a little different this year however, as there will be 20 smaller lighting ceremonies and it will all be virtual. Starting November, 23rd. Bloomingdale’s will also be continuing their holiday window event virtual as well, featuring The American Ballet and singer Andrea Day.

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