There are so many things to do and see in New York City, but winter is truly the most magical time. Whether you’re strolling through a snow-filled park or taking photos of the enormous tree at Rockefeller Center, there is never a dull moment during the winter season. Here are 5 of the things we are most looking forward to this winter in New York City.
1. Watch the Lighting of the World’s Largest Hannukah Menorah
This year Hannukah has come early, and what better way to greet the holiday than to participate in the lighting of the world’s largest menorah? Located at Grand Army Plaza, this 32-foot-high, gold-colored, 4,000-pound steel holiday icon is quite the sight. During each of the eight nights of Hannukah, (starting November 27th), a candle will be lit. This is not a festivity to miss!
2. See the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center
Each season features different shows, unique costumes, and enthralling displays mixed with the simplicity of talented dancers. Whether you’ve been or not, the winter shows are definitely ones you do not want to miss. From January to March, you can expect two world premieres—Liam Scarlett’s New Combinations and Chief Peter Martins’ A La Francaise, as well as two Balanchine full-lengths, Jewels and Copellia, and 20 other ballets. There is something for everyone!
3. Lunar New Year Parade and Festival
Chinatown’s annual Lunar New Year celebration takes place in February and features impressive performances, delicious treats, and a wonderful parade. The festival is for all ages to welcome the Year of the Horse. Walk the main streets of Lower Manhattan, from Little Italy through Chinatown on February 2nd to watch and experience the Lunar New Year!
4. Armory Arts Week
Armory Arts Week has grown tremendously since its start in 1999. In March, the Armory Show at Piers 92 and 94 and The Art Show at the Park Avenue Armory feature hundreds of galleries from around the world. There are also events during this week, including the alternative art fair Volta NY, art tours around the City, kids’ programs and a film series. Check it out to discover art from around the world that you would not normally have a chance to see!
5. New York International Children’s Film Festival
The New York International Children’s Film Festival has redefined the children’s movie genre and provided more exposure to the most unique, engaging and thought-provoking youth-oriented independent films. Films offered include everything from animated shorts to full-length, live-action dramas for every style, age group and cultural background. These films, which are shown in March, will be enjoyable for everyone in the family! Be sure to get your tickets in advance.
These 5 ideas are off the beaten path of the typical must-sees for wintertime in NYC, but will surely be enjoyable, exciting, and equally as magical. Which are your favorite activities of the season? Tell us on Facebook!