9 Reasons to be Excited about Winter in NYC

Yes, this list is a big one. We admittedly miss summer; when it starts getting cold, we’ll even settle for fall temperatures! But winter in New York City is truly a magical time. With beautiful hanging lights, and add a dash of snow, we don’t mind walking in a winter wonderland. Here’s our ten favorite things about winter in NYC.
1. Ice Skating
Whether you venture to Central Park, Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center, or a smaller rink, there’s dozens of rinks in the area to go out and show off those skills. Warm up with a cup of…
2. Hot Chocolate
It’s no secret there’s delicious hot chocolate in NYC. Whether you like a rich cup topped with a marshmallow a la City Bakery, want to stick with a classic from Max Brenner, or don’t mind a little extra chill with Serendipity’s Frozen Hot Chocolate, there’s truly an option for every sweet tooth.
3. Holiday Window Displays
This is always one of our favorites. Stop by Bergdorf’s and Saks, Macy’s and more. Don’t forget to check out your local Anthropologie too for a unique display at every location. Check out our recap from a few years ago for more intel on where to go to see the very best!
4. Holiday Markets
If you have a lot of people on your shopping list, this one is for you. From central Manhattan to Brooklyn and even Jersey City, the New York area boasts some of the best holiday markets in the world. Artisanal goods like homemade soaps and chocolates; home-knit scarves and mini pouches. You can find something for everyone! Check out a complete list of the best here.
5. Special Art Exhibits 
The list wouldn’t be complete without an ode to some winter inspiration. From iconic Frankenstein memorabilia to a new Warhol exhibit at the Whitney Downtown, refer to the New Yorker for a complete list of what’s being shown at museums all over the city, all winter long.
6. Magical Performances
Whether you get a kick out of the Rockettes or live for a dazzling performance of Swan Lake, there’s no shortage of amazing performances during the holiday season in New York City. Don’t miss the shows at the New York City Ballet – they are truly special!
7. Tree Lightings
From Lincoln Square to the Seaport and many zip codes in between, there’s a plethora of tree lightings to see this season in New York City. Check out the full list and details on Mommy Nearest.
8. The Botanical Gardens Holiday Train Show
Watching vintage and modern trains glide throughout NYC landmarks replicas and  flowers and greenery is something you must see. Each year new landmarks are added, and the show runs through mid-January. Don’t miss the Bar Car nights, complete with a cappella performances! Find out the details here.
9. The World’s Largest Menorah
Did you know Manhattan and Brooklyn host competitors in the race for the World’s Largest Menorah? The dazzling (gigantic) Menorahs are list over a ceremony in December, complete with music, and of course, potato pancakes. Read more here!
What kind of adventures will you be having this winter? Share with us on Instagram!
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