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New York City is absolutely magical in the winter. As soon as the temperature drops and snow starts to appear, the busy city is transformed into a winter wonderland and the bustle almost slows down in the wake of gently falling snow. Exactly, magical! The winter program in NYC is just as inspiring as the scenery, with so many wonderful things to do, it leaves no room for winter-time blues.

Wondering Where to Go? Get in the Know!

It used to be that if we wanted lifestyle and events info, we would turn to our favorite “it” columnist in the local paper. Although there certainly still are “it” columnists to speak of, with our modern on-the-go and tech dominated lives, we now get our event and lifestyle information less through the printed press and more through WordPress.  The iconic, Carrie Bradshaw like characters are now divulging the secrets of the city through carefully crafted blogs and online personas. These are the talented bloggers to follow if you are seeking entertainment, lifestyle and cultural information about NYC – just in case you are looking for something that’s not on our list.

Our List of the Best NYC Winter Activities

With a little insight from our favorite bloggers and our own extensive experience and knowledge of Manhattan, we have compiled a list for you of the best holiday or winter activities in NYC.

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Ice Skating

There’s nothing quite like gliding across ice with a cool breeze on you cheeks and snow in your hair. See for yourself at either: Wollman Rink in Central Park, The Rink at Rockefeller Center, or Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Rink. If you please, combine the skating with the lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. It’s always a spectacular event with a large turn out and musical performances.

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Sledding

If ice rinks make you think of bruised knees and embarrassment, then perhaps sledding is more your speed. There are many great opportunities to sled around the city, but our personal favorite – and the favorite of many NYC locals – is Pilgrim Hill in Central Park.

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Holiday Markets

Check out some of the many Holiday Markets that pop up throughout the city. An enjoyable outdoor shopping experience with a nice festive boost, away from the packed and confining indoor shopping malls. Snack on market treats, sip hot ciders and be filled with holiday cheer.

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On and Off Broadway

You’re in NYC after all, so why not check out a Broadway classic? There is never a bad time of year to indulge in this remarkable experience. Of course if you are looking for something a little more festive, you could always see something off-Broadway, like the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

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Carnegie Hall

Enjoy an evening of live music at Carnegie Hall. The perfect mix of class and culture for a night out that is still calming and peaceful, which are qualities often in short supply in this great city of ours. A perfect way to wind down during the busy hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

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The New York City Ballet

See George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker performed by the NYC Ballet. These dancers will mesmerize you through the entire performance. This holiday favorite is certainly worth seeing.

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Times Square

And of course, if you can handle the 1 million other people in Times Square, why not ring in the New Year there, watching the ball drop, and experience a New Year’s celebration like no other? Of course if you find that type of celebration a little too crowded – it’s been known to happen – then there are also great New Year’s Eve options outside of Time Square in which to ring in the New Year in comfort and style.

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Hot Chocolate Festival

Almost nothing says winter like a warm cup of delicious hot chocolate. Every year The City Bakery holds a Hot Chocolate Festival throughout the month of February – worth every sip and calorie. Although the lineup hasn’t yet been announced, it’s guaranteed to be delicious, so don’t miss it!