This Winter season explore the iconic sites and places that call New York City home. Plus check out curated holiday markets, festive shows and more with our curated list below.
NYC Restaurant Week
The twice-annual discount dining event, NYC Restaurant Week is back! With more than 300 restaurants participating, you’ll get to enjoy trendy newcomer restaurants to fine-dining favorites.
Elton John at MSG
Watch as the iconic Elton John takes center stage at Madison Square Garden this February on his #EltonFarewellTour. Don’t miss your chance to experience this special event and secure your tickets for either February 22 or 23, 2022.
The Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope
Enjoy an early spring at the New York Botanical Garden. Discover an incredible floral display that will transport you into a dreamy kaleidoscope of colors with designs by floral extraordinaire Jeff Leatham. Running from February 26 through May 1, 2022.
Now through February 13, get two-for-one tickets to several Broadway shows in NYC!
Museum of the City of New York
The place to explore NYC’s past, present and future. The Museum of the City of New York takes visitors on a tour of the city’s 400-year history, through rotating exhibitions and its extensive collection of vintage photographs, costumes, theater memorabilia and more.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film comes to life onstage, in a new musical mash-up spectacular. Winner of 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, enjoy this theatrical celebration of truth, beauty, freedom, and love.
Spend the day exploring Chelsea Market, which is a cool indoor open space market located in the heart of the Meatpacking District of Manhattan. There are tons of cool restaurants, shops, as well as exciting pop-up events happening throughout.
Explore Governors Island Winter Village with family and friends. Skate around the 5,000-square-foot rink, plus enjoy endless activities throughout the village and end the day with food and drinks all surrounded by fire pits.
Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts
With its first-of-its-kind exhibit, The Met is exploring the work of Walt Disney and the art of the hand-drawn animation, while also examining Disney’s personal fascination with European art and the use of French motifs in his films and theme parks.
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Learn about the life of the trailblazing late Supreme Court associate justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) from her Brooklyn upbringing to her death in 2020—and the memorials that sprang up citywide in the aftermath.
New York City Ballet
The New York City Ballet’s winter season is back this January and February with works by Balanchine, Tchaikovsky and several world premieres by Justin Peck and Jamar Roberts.
The Winter Show
Discover The Winter Show at the Park Avenue Armory which is a leading art, antiques, and design fair. With over 69 international dealers showcasing a dynamic selection of works spanning over 5,000 years of fine art, decorative objects, and jewelry from antiquity through the present day. Running January 21-30, 2022.
Plaza Suite on Broadway
Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker return to Broadway together in a classic Neil Simon comedy “Plaza Suite.” Sharing a Broadway stage for the first time since the 1995, Broderick and Parker play three couples in Simon’s uproarious and piercing look at love and marriage. Opening February 25, 2022.
Winter Jazz Fest
The Winter Jazz Fest is one of the city’s most prominent events in January, featuring some of the best performers. Get ready to listen to new and exciting sounds and scenes from over 700 artists performing in different venues scattered across NYC. Performances will run from January 13 – 22, 2022.
Times Square New Year’s Eve
The party is on! Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Times Square with live performances from special guests as well as ringing in 2022 while watching the iconic ball drop.
One World Observatory
Experience the United States tallest building, One World Trade Center also known as the Freedom Tower and climb all the way to the top of the Observatory Deck to take in draw dropping views of lower Manhattan’s skyline.
The Museum of Ice Cream is turning pink for the holidays with installations bursting with snowflakes, candy canes and pink trees.
The Origami Holiday Tree
On display at the American Museum of Natural History, this year’s 13-foot tree theme is Gems of the Museum, featuring 50 specially created gold-colored models in recognition of the “golden anniversary” 50th Origami Tree.
The Fifth Season Installation
Fifth Avenue’s Pulitzer Fountain has transformed into a winter wonderland for the holiday season. “The Fifth Season” installation features 32 hand-crafted animal sculptures by Harlequin Designs in Brooklyn, 5,000 feet of lighting, a skating rink and 24 handmade icebergs, all accompanied by music from composer Paul Brill.
Union Square Holiday Market
The Urbanspace Union Square Holiday Market, is an alfresco, European-style winter market with more than 150 local and national vendors, featuring all different kinds of products and festive gifts. Happening all December long, stroll through this one-of-a-kind holiday market in Union Square.
The Lodge at Brookfield Place
This holiday season explore boutique chalets, ice-skating with Santa, live holiday music performances, mesmerizing display of colorful lanterns in the Winter Garden, plus more festive happenings only at The Lodge in Brookfield Place.
A Christmas Carol: Charles Dickens in New York, 1867
Experience this one-hour play of the novelist’s classic holiday ghost story, taking place at The Merchant’s House Museum, transporting you back 150 years ago. Plus enjoy a post show reception enjoying sips of mulled wine with the star of the play, John Keven Jones as he recites Clement Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas.”
Wollman Rink NYC
All winter long, the storied Wollman Rink will be open for visitors to glide across the open-air ice rink located in the picturesque Central Park. Afterwards warm up with some hot cocoa from their newly opened rink side café.
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.
Enjoy a night of carols and classics with the New York Pops: Back Home for the Holidays and Tony Award winner Laura Benanti on December 17 at Carnegie Hall. Tickets are available for purchase now, hurry as this cherished holiday event will sell out fast.
The Bronx Zoo Holiday Light Show featuring animated lights and LED displays of animals is back this year. The zoo will feature 260 animal lanterns across five lantern safaris, plus entertainment will include holiday-themed music, ice carvings, holiday train, a wildlife theater and holiday treats.
Enter the world of Chanel N°5 IN THE STARS and immerse yourself in the history of the revolutionary fragrance and discover the 5 unique interpretations and enjoy surprises throughout Rockefeller Center, with complimentary evening skating, Chanel exhibit and live performances. This exclusive event is happening from Nov. 6th – 12th.
Tucked away in Lower Manhattan, The Rink at Brookfield Place is known for its scenic views of the waterfront and city skyline. Here you can indulge in holiday activities such as ice skating, free gift-wrapping services, and art installations.
While in Brooklyn, make your way to Dyker Heights to see the Christmas lights display as the homes in this neighborhood get into the Festive spirit by going all out. It has become so popular, there are tours offered.
Window shop along fifth avenue from Saks to Macy’s, as Manhattan’s flagship department stores put on a big show to reveal their elaborately holiday designed windows, which remains on display until January 1st.
The music, the characters, the adventure – George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® is a timeless hallmark of the holiday season. Don’t miss this cherished classic sure to keep hearts – young and old – warm and spirited all season long.
Take seat and be in awe as you watch this festive show as Cirque du Soleil re imagines the children’s classic “’Twas the Night Before Christmas”. This will for sure spark lasting memories this holiday season.
Since 1933, this holiday tradition has been the perfect Christmas thing to do in New York City with family. Enjoy the famous Radio City Rockettes as they take you on a spectacular journey with choreographed dances to holiday songs and even get to meet Santa along the way.
Take a spin on The Rink at Rockefeller Center this winter season while skating under the iconic Christmas Tree and gold statue. Be sure to check out the shops and dinning afterwards to round out your fun-filled day!
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.
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.
Situated in Gramercy, Rolf’s is a whimsical German restaurant decked to the halls with garland, ornaments, lights and Christmas galore. The food is authentic German, serving favorites like schnitzel and potato pancakes. Make sure to get that perfect Instagram shot before leaving, as the decorations are a true sight to behold.
Roam the 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.
Go behind the scenes at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral with access to underground hidden areas, and step into the only active catacombs in the city.
The first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a two-part play written by Jack Thorne based on the original story by J. K. Rowling. Get ready to be transported back to the wizarding world.
Explore Museum Mile located on the Upper East Side along 5th Avenue. Discover priceless exhibitions and over 1,000 of paintings, prints, photographs and artifacts. From the Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim to the Museum of the City of New York, you will not get bored.
Don’t forget to tune in on Thanksgiving Day to watch 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. Spectators are allowed to join in on the fun this year and watch from the city sidewalks again!
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