It’s the New Year month in New York, the holiday season is basically over, temperatures are most likely going to be below freezing, but that doesn’t stop the city from holding events and other activities. In this guide, we have summarized the best things to do in New York in January.
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My Favorite Things to Do in January in NYC
Even though the holiday season is over, NYC in January still provides plenty of activities and things to do in New York City. In this article, we provide you with some of the best things you can do here in January.
Winter Markets Are Still Open in January – Visit the Winter Market in Bryant ParkChristmas Market in Midtown ManhattanOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
Starting in October (and running through March), it is time once again for the best winter market in New York City to open its doors. The Winter Village in Bryant Park is not only the largest winter market in the city but also by far the nicest on account of its adjacent ice rink and places to shop and eat. This along with its amazing location among all the skyscrapers makes for an amazing winter experience.
Holiday Train Show at New York Botanical Garden (until January 16, 2023)Other Events in BronxAdd to myNY added
If you like to build railroad and train models, this show is for you. The Holiday Train show is definitely worth its money and will be held at the enchanting New York Botanical Garden. The exhibit will showcase 175 New York landmarks. All works of art are built on an 0,5 mile long track and the railways pass the skyscrapers of Midtown. We have already visited two special exhibitions in the NYBG and are always enjoyable. Therefore, we highly recommend this unique exhibition!
The 31 Best Broadway Shows in January 2023 in New YorkBroadway Show in Theatre DistrictAdd to myNY added
The answer to whether you should or should not see a Broadway show when visiting New York in January is crystal clear: YES, it absolutely belongs on your bucket list! What is not always as clear, however, is which show to pick.
In order to help you out, we’ve created an overview of the absolute best Broadway shows in NYC in January!
NYC Winter Jazzfest (January 12 - 18, 2023)Other Events in Midtown ManhattanAdd to myNY added
What started as a one-day event in 2005 started to become popular in the Big Apple. Now, it evolved into a one-week festival. The Winter Jazz Fest is one of January’s prominent events, and those who are jazz fans will definitely be happy about this. Over 700 artists perform in different venues scattered across NYC. It’s definitely one of the best things to do in New York in January!
NBA Games in January 2023Sports Tickets in Midtown ManhattanOur Highlight
Go Ice Skating in NYCOther Attraction in Midtown ManhattanAdd to myNY added
Ice Skating is definitely one of the things to do in New York in January. The Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center offers a memorable experience in a great setting in front of the city’s most famous Christmas tree. Expect to wait to get into the rink and is considered and one of the most popular to New Yorkers.
My tip: The Best Ice Rinks in NYC
Visit the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller PlazaOther Attraction in Midtown Manhattan
Origami Holiday Tree at The Met (through January 8, 2023)Museum in Upper East SideOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
New York City’s Met Museum also hosts a holiday celebration that’s complete with a breathtaking Christmas Tree display. You’ll find the Met Tree in the Medieval Sculpture Hall. This famed holiday tradition features a blue spruce tree that’s 20 feet tall and adorned with 59 angels, 19 cherubs, and 71 figures that depict an 18th Century Nativity scene reminiscent of Naples.
You can also enjoy a gorgeous Eastern European Silver Menorah, holiday shopping, other exhibits on display, and much more.
Lightscape: Brooklyn's Winter Spectacular at Brooklyn Botanic Garden (through January 8, 2023)Other Events in Park SlopeAdd to myNY added
Brooklyn is home to many wonderful Christmas light displays, including the illuminated trail known as Lightscape, found at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. This after-dark light spectacular features all-new works of art and many returning favorites. At this experience, visitors make their way through the winding trails of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s trails, which are all awash with artistic light designs.
Along the journey, you’ll encounter color effects on BBG trees, water features, monumental lighted sculptures, and more. Lightscape sold out last year, so book your visit on their website early.
ARTECHOUSEOther Art & Culture in ChelseaAdd to myNY added
Some people consider the Spectacular Factory at ARTECHOUSE a holiday event on steroids. This show is an imaginative multiverse of Christmas cheer set up inside of a 100-year-old Chelsea boiler room.
In this display of holiday villages, guests of all backgrounds and ages can enjoy a ride on the candy cane carousel, ride a train through holiday wreaths, get close to one thousand nutcrackers, and float among giant jingle bells. Tickets for this experience are on sale now and start at $17 for kids and go up $25 per ticket.
NYC Winter Restaurant Week 2023 (starting around January 17, 2023)Other Events in Midtown ManhattanAdd to myNY added
Attention food enthusiasts: NYC Restaurant Week will be back in the winter, meaning you can look forward to enjoying cheap meals all over the city. Thousands of travelers and locals look forward to this event every year because it’s a great opportunity to try new cuisines or simply enjoy top-notch meals at decent prices.
What is NYC Restaurant Week?
NYC Restaurant Week is a bi-annual event that takes place every summer and winter since 1982. Back then only a few restaurants participated in the promotion, whereas this year’s event counts over 380 participating restaurants. Over time, the length of the promotion has been extended, so that now we can enjoy almost a full month of great, affordable food instead of just one week.
Hop on a cruise during the Winter Season in New York CityCruise in ChelseaOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
Exploring the city on a boat is an amazing experience. Even though it can become a little chilly we highly recommend taking the New York City Water Taxi or hop on a Circle Line or Classic Harbor Line Cruise. They all have an indoor seating space where you can protect yourself from the cold in case you need to.
My tip: these are the 12 best cruises that you should do right now!
NYC Broadway Week 2023 (probably starting from January 17 - February 12, 2023)Other Events in Theatre DistrictOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
Broadway Week is a bi-annual theater celebration offering discounted Broadway tickets since 2011. For every ticket you purchase, you get another one for FREE! Even though it is called Broadway Week, it actually lasts much longer than 7 days.
Broadway Week is celebrated in New York twice a year: every winter and every summer. The next NYC Broadway Week will take place in the winter, typically in January/February. Once the exact dates are published, we will be sure to let you know. Sometimes, Broadway Week takes place at the same time as Restaurant Week and is typically followed by Off-Broadway Week about one week later.
My tip: These are the Best Broadway Shows in NYC
Visits Governors IslandOther Attraction in Outside of New York CityAdd to myNY added
Though Governors Island is no longer a secret spot, it hasn’t lost its charm and remains one of our favorite places in New York. Throughout the summer, visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of Manhattan from the island, ride bicycles, and participate in a large variety of events hosted here.
Usually Governors Island closes at the end of October, from 2021 on you check it out even during winter and spring! A ferry ride to the island typically costs $3 but if you decide to come on a Saturday or Sunday before noon, it’ll be free!
Eataly Wine and Food Festa (tbd)Other Restaurants in Financial DistrictOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
In 2010, Eataly was opened in New York by master chef Mario Batali. The pizza is very remeniscent of pizza and the wine selection is huge. You will also find a large selection of ecellent pasta, salads, and sandwiches. In terms of price, it has to be said in advance that a pizza starts at $15 and can cost $25. Nevertheless, this Italian food market is for me one of the most beautiful and best in the city!
In January they host the Eataly Wine and Food Festa. Tickets are available here.
Spend the day in one of the best museums of NYCMuseum in Upper West SideAdd to myNY added
The wintry season is perfect for a museum visit to New York, and the Big Apple really doesn’t lack choices. After the theatrical release of “The Night of Museum” series, (The first movie took place in the New York Museum of Natural History) you really feel like going to the place of the event? In the footsteps of dinosaurs, aborigines and many other historical creatures, the Natural History Museum on Central Park West is always a good idea for a museum outing.
My tip: These are the 36 Best Museums in NYC
Experience New York in January quite relaxed with a Dinner CruisesCruise in ChelseaAdd to myNY added
I am quite a big fan of the boat tours with dinner in New York. It’s warm inside, jazzy music plays and there’s delicious food (and drinks). And during the whole cruise you see the wintry New York with its impressive skyline.
What is the Best Cruise in New York for you?
There are over 40 boat and sailing tours in New York and it’s not easy to choose the best one. That’s where our Cruise Finder comes in. It will help you find the best boat tour for you!
Enjoy Winter Wonderland at Bronx ZooOther Attraction in BronxAdd to myNY added
Do you want to experience the largest metropolitan zoo in the US? Then go check out the Bronx Zoo. It’s perfect for families especially kids. At the Bronx Zoo you can experience your wild side and explore a national treasure in the Bronx. The Bronx Zoo is know as one of the best in the country and offer many different species from all over the world. The Bronx Zoo is one of my absolute highlights in the area and something you shouldn’t miss.
Visit a Rooftop Bar in January (really!)Rooftop Bar in Midtown ManhattanAdd to myNY added
As you probably already know, one of the best things in New York in January are the rooftop bars! Even in winter the season is not over yet, because with radiant heaters, free blankets and warm rooftop lounges you can make yourself comfortable there even in icy temperatures. The great view will warm your heart.
At 230 Fifth near the Flatiron building, you can even sit in a heated igloo while enjoying a breathtaking view of the skyline – how cool is that!
For more tips, check out our article on the best fall & winter rooftop bars in New York.
Three Kings Day-Parade (January 5, 2023)*Other Events in Harlem & Washington HeightsAdd to myNY added
The Three Kings Day Parade takes place in January in New York City as marchers disguise themselves as a king. The parade features real camels, many colorful dolls and music through Harlem. The parade is a great experience, especially for families with children.
Enjoy breath-taking views from one of the amazing observation decksBuilding in Midtown ManhattanOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
You know what’s really unique about New York? The view of the (most likely) snow-covered Central Park from one of the observation decks! With the Top of the Rock, The Edge Hudson Yards and the SUMMIT One Vanderbilt you have three to choose from!
And then there’s the One World Observatory and the Empire State Building. You should go to the latter (even if it gets cold) late at night from Thursday to Saturday. Because then a saxophonist plays on the 86th floor!
My tip: if you are cold, you can go inside and enjoy the view from the inside. Because each of the observation decks (except for the Empire State Building) has additional floors with floor-to-ceiling windows.
See the New York Rangers in the Madison Square GardenSport Events in Midtown ManhattanOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
The atmosphere at a Rangers game is unparalleled and home games are played in the heart of Manhattan, at the most prestigious arena, Madison Square Garden. Ice hockey has some of the most loyal fans of all the sports categories, and you will notice that right away at a Rangers game. It’s intense and it’s a spectacle that is not to be missed!
Enjoy the view of the East River from the Brooklyn BridgeBuilding in DumboOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
The Brooklyn Bridge is an official landmark of the city, which you should not miss even in winter. Make sure to walk across the impressive bridge and enjoy the unique view across the East River to Brooklyn in the clear winter air. And while you’re on the bridge, take a stroll to Brooklyn Bridge Park.
GET A WARMING COFFEE AND ENJOY THE SPECTACULAR VIEWS!
Due to the cold wind, it can get really icy on the Brooklyn Bridge in winter. The best time to try your luck on some warming sunshine is around noon on the bridge.
Take a Walk in the Wintry Central ParkPark in Midtown ManhattanOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
Central Park should not be missing from any Things to Do in New York in January! The green lung of the city turns into a true winter wonderland during the cold season. It is therefore also a popular destination for New Yorkers. Stroll through the park under snow-covered trees and let yourself be enchanted by the play of lights on the frozen water surfaces in the evening.
Walking through Central Park in the cold is magical! If there’s snow, it’s even more amazing.
If you want to be more adventurous, start in Harlem and walk down Central Park towards Midtown. Too often we catch ourselves starting on Fifth Avenue at the Plaza Hotel in Central Park. There is so much more to explore than just that part of Central Park.
Visit one of New York's Amazing Art Exhibitions at MoMa PS1Museum in Long Island CityAdd to myNY added
Check out the local art scene in the MoMa Ps1 art exhibit, featuring work from 47 local, contemporary artists. This exhibit explores art-making in New York history, the resilience of artists, and the feelings connected with art. You’ll see a huge emphasis on foreign-born artists, their work full of Egyptian, Iranian, Tunisian, Nigerian, Mexican, Argentinian, and Indian influences. There is also an abundance of Native American artists to enjoy.
My tip: Here you find the Best Art Exhibitions in New York City.
Off-Broadway WeekOther Events in Greenwich VillageAdd to myNY added
Off-Broadway Week is a bi-annual event that offers you 2-for-1 tickets. Besides Broadway Week or Restaurant Week, it is one of the most longed for events in New York. Even though it is called Off-Broadway Week, it is never just one week but spans over almost two weeks.
Off-Broadway theaters are located all over the city, so be sure to double-check the theater location before you go!
Spend some time in Soho, Little Italy and ChinatownWalking Tour in Hudson SquareOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
Now known for their many excellent restaurants, shops and tourism, Manhattan‘s SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown neighborhoods offer the most varied stories of New York City. Take a 2-hour tour with a local guide and discover hidden gems and 19th century buildings.
Cheer on the New York Giants at MetLife StadiumSports Tickets in Outside of New York CityAdd to myNY added
Compared the Jets, the NY Giants enjoy the more dominant fanbase in New York. If you ask us, it’s absolutely worth it to go watch a game of either team just to feel the incredible atmosphere and energy in the stadium. Here’s everything you need to know before heading to a Giants game, including schedule, best seats, and cheap tickets!
Celebrate Martin Luther King Day (January 16, 2023)Other Events in Harlem & Washington HeightsAdd to myNY added
Martin Luther King Day is celebrated every third Monday in January. It is an official holiday in the U.S. in honor of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who is one of the most important African-American people in the U.S..
High Line Winter Tour (free)Walking Tour in West VillageAdd to myNY added
The High Line Park takes you along the old tracks of the elevated railway to the Meatpacking District. Thanks to the initiative “Friends of the High Line” the park exists at all, because originally the construction was supposed to be torn down. And the best thing? They offer free tours!
- When? Saturdays at 12pm
- Where? At the Gansevoort Street entrance
No Pants Subway RideOther Events in Greenwich VillageAdd to myNY added
So usually sometime in January, some New Yorkers partake in what is known as the “No Pants Subway Ride.” Their main goal is to make people laugh. Keep your eyes open as you might come across this!
(not confirmed, yet)
Radio City Christmas Spectacular (until January 2, 2023)Broadway Show in Midtown ManhattanAdd to myNY added
Radio City Music Hall is a distinguished concert and event hall located on Sixth Avenue and can be recognized from a distance by its striking exterior lighting. Throughout the year, concerts and events take place here such as the popular Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes. It is the most famous Christmas Show you can watch even in New York in January!
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Weather in January in NYC
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Sports Events in January in New York
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I'm a true New York fan! Not only have I visited the city over 20 times but also have I spent several months here at a time. On my blog I show you the best and most beautiful spots of the city, so that you have a really good time! You can also find lots of insider tips in our New York travel guide. Also check out my hotel finder for New York!