The 49 Best Things To Do in New York City in January 2024

What to do in NYC in January?

If you’re wondering what to do in New York in January, you’ve come to the right place! If you’re in New York in January, you can still take a skate on the ice rinks and head to the famous Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. The most important events in January include the Chinese New Year in Chinatown, the Winter Jazz Fest and the NYC Winter Restaurant Week.

Sports fans won’t be bored in New York in January either, with both NBA (basketball) and NHL (ice hockey) teams playing. As you can see, even if January in New York gets really cold, there is as always a lot to experience and do!

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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. With that being said, there are still plenty of things to do in February in New York! In this article, I provide you with some of the best things you can do in January in NYC.

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    Winter Markets Are Still Open in January – Visit the Winter Market in Bryant Park

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    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.

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    Disney’s The Santa Clauses’ Winter Wonderland (through January 7, 2024)

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    Disney’s The Santa Clauses’ Winter Wonderland is transforming The Rooftop at Pier 17 into a magical North Pole experience inspired by Disney’s The Santa Clause movie. Visitors can enjoy activities such as rooftop ice skating, exploring Santa’s sleigh, a mini slide, private cabin dinners, and indulging in seasonal treats and hot cocoa. There’s also a cozy Santa’s living room for memorable photos by the fireplace. It’s a unique holiday experience right in the heart of Manhattan with stunning city skyline views.


    • Monday – Thursday: 3:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    • Friday: 1:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    • Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
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    Visit the Luna Park Frost Fest until January 7, 2024

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    Dive into the enchanting holiday atmosphere spread throughout the park and embrace the winter wonderland at their inaugural Frost Fest! Prepare for the ultimate winter adventure at Luna Park, NYC’s renowned hub for fun, during their first-ever Frost Fest. Luna Park will transform into an exhilarating winter destination, featuring an ice skating rink, a selection of rides and attractions, festive lights and decorations, opportunities for photos with Santa, a holiday shopping experience, delectable seasonal food options to satisfy both locals and visitors and much more! Get your tickets here.

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    Brooklyn Winter Beer Wine and Spirits Fest (Jan 13, 2024)

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    Join the Brooklyn WINTER Fest, where you can immerse yourself in a cozy atmosphere, savor flavors from near and far, and enjoy the rich offerings of local breweries. Groove to live performances that add to the joy of your tasting experience and complement your libations with delectable bites available for purchase, creating a perfect harmony of flavors. 

    The event takes place on January 13 at 33 35th St, Brooklyn, and is for ages 21+ with a valid ID. Don’t miss your ultimate all-access pass to a world of delightful brews, wines, and spirits – get your tickets now!

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    Holiday Train Show at New York Botanical Garden (until January 15, 2024)

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    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!

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    The Best Broadway Shows in January 2024 in New York

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    Wondering whether you should or should not see a Broadway show when visiting New York in January? YES, this should be on your bucket list! We know how hard it can be to decide which show you should visit!

    To help you out, we’ve created an article with the absolute best Broadway shows in NYC in January!

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    NYC Broadway Week 2024 (from January 16 - February 4, 2024)

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    NYC Broadway Week is an exciting biannual event that offers theatergoers the opportunity to experience the magic of Broadway at discounted prices. During this special week, audiences can enjoy two-for-one tickets to some of the hottest shows on Broadway, making it the perfect time to catch a world-class performance in the heart of New York City.

    The next NYC Broadway Week will take place in late summer, typically in September. 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

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    Must-See Week in NYC (January 16 to February 4, 2024)

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    NYC Must-See Week is an annual event that showcases the best of New York City’s attractions, museums, and cultural institutions. During this week, visitors and locals alike can enjoy two-for-one admission to selected iconic landmarks and experiences across the city, offering a fantastic opportunity to explore and discover everything the Big Apple has to offer at a discounted rate.

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    NYC Winter Jazzfest (January 11 - 18, 2024)

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    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!

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    Visit the Pink Pier from January 11, 2024

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    Experience the world’s first all-pink pier at Watermark, Pier 15 NYC, from January 11th to March 31st, 2024. Choose your date and time and immerse yourself in a delightful pink wonderland. All ages are welcome. Keep in mind that outdoor tickets don’t include indoor seating, so dress warmly for the NYC winter.

    Indulge in cocktails and dining within heated pink igloos or enjoy the outdoor Pink Pier experience. Whether it’s a romantic date night, a birthday celebration, or a get-together with friends and family, this pink pier offers a unique setting. Explore the Lover’s Throne, capture memories in a life-size Sweethearts box, and soak in skyline views across the East River. Don’t miss out on this limited-time, love-filled experience – secure your tickets today!

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    NBA Games in January 2024

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    Basketball fans, this month is for you. The NBA is in its fourth month. Check out either the New York Knicks or the Brooklyn Nets at either the Madison Square Garden or Barclays Center, respectively.

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    Dive into the world of Friends

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    If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of the show Friends, and if you’re a fan like me, then this Friends experience is most likely for you. 

    After a Friends pop-up store successfully ran in Soho in 2019 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the series, they decided to make it permanent. Now you can find “The FRIENDS™ Experience New York” in the Flatiron District.

    On two floors you can take your picture in front of the famous Central Perk café or the orange couch, see many original props worth seeing and store to your heart’s content in the FRIENDS store. It’s a great place to bring your family, kids and/or friends!

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    Go Ice Skating in NYC

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    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

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    Sky Skate at The Edge (through January 14, 2024)

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    For those of you who have always wanted to reach for the sky, you can now skate above the clouds! From January 10 until mid-March, you can enjoy the view of the city while gliding across the synthetic ice on The Edge’s indoor Sky Deck. Tickets include Edge admission, your 30-minute skating experience, and free skate rental. Get your tickets to New York City’s tallest skating rink now!


    • November 15 – 10AM to 8PM
    • November 16 to November 22 – 2PM to 8PM
    • November 23 to November 26 – 10AM to 9PM
    • November 27 to December 14 – 2PM to 8PM
    • December 15 to January 7 – 10AM to 9PM
    • January 8 to January 14 – 3PM to 7PM
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    Visit the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Plaza (until January 13, 2024)

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    Didn’t get a chance to see the tree during the holidays? Well again, you’re in luck. Until January 13, the world-famous Christmas tree will stay standing in Rockefeller Plaza!

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    Dining in the Dark

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    Embark on a unique dining adventure with your loved ones at Dining in the Dark! When you dine blindfolded, your senses of taste and smell are heightened, making every bite an extraordinary experience. The secret 3-course menu, featuring appetizers, mains, and desserts, awaits your discovery on the evening of your visit.

    This intimate setting breaks away from the ordinary, inviting you to reacquaint yourself with the flavors and textures of each dish. With options like the Red Menu (Meat), Blue Menu (Seafood), and Green Menu (Vegan), Dining in the Dark promises a thrilling journey of taste and sensory exploration. Secure your tickets now for an unparalleled encounter that will forever change the way you perceive dining!


    • Wednesday, January 10, 2024
    • Sunday, January 14, 2024
    • Wednesday, January 24, 2024
    • Sunday, February 11, 2024
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    NYC Winter Restaurant Week 2024 (starting January 16, 2024)

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    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 almost 500 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.

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    Visit the wintry Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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    The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is the natural wonder of New York City and is especially popular during the cherry blossom season. Many people come to the botanic garden in Brooklyn just to see this natural spectacle. This place always has a special aura to it, as there is something wonderful blossoming here in any season. It’s located right inside Prospect Park in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

    My tip: On winter weekdays (through February) you can pay what you wish for admission!

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    Hop on a cruise during the Winter Season in New York City

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    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!

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    Craft Brewery Tour in Brooklyn

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    An equally exceptional and wonderful activity for January is this guided tour of not one but three breweries in New York. New York is known for its many small breweries that exist in every borough – on this tour, you’ll start at Circa Brewing at 141 Lawrence St in Brooklyn. As you make your way through some of the city’s hottest neighborhoods, you’ll visit 3 world-class breweries. Led by your expert beer guide, you’ll gain VIP access and learn more about the unique brewing process while sampling their delicious craft beer.

    Drinks are also accompanied by a complimentary beer snack as you indulge your taste buds on an unforgettable 3.5-hour beer tour.

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    Visit Governors Island

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    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 $4 but if you decide to come on a Saturday or Sunday before noon, it’ll be free!

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    Winter Shopping at Woodbury Common Outlet Center

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    Shopping addicts will have their money’s worth in January too. You can either stroll the city’s wintry streets or take a trip to the Woodbury Common Outlet Center. You will not only find many famous brands at lower prices, but also a large food hall with a wide selection of different sweet and savory dishes.

    You can already save money on your way to the outlet, because the bus ride is included in some of the passes, for example the New York Pass.

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    Go to Eataly for delicious wine and food

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    In 2010, Eataly was opened in New York by master chef Mario Batali. The pizza is very reminiscent of pizza and the wine selection is huge. You will also find a large selection of excellent 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!

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    Spend the day in one of the best museums of NYC

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    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

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    Have some fun with the Bumper Cars in Bryant Park!

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    Experience the thrill of Bumper Cars on Ice! The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park brings back the bumper cars, now better than ever! Gather your friends and family for a fun-filled ride on The Rink as you bump, slide, and spin your way into the new year. Suitable for guests aged 7 and up, these bumper cars can be reserved online or in person, subject to availability. It’s advisable to secure your ride in advance as they tend to fill up quickly.

    Head to the north side of The Rink to find the entrance and make sure to review the instructions, rules, and waiver information before making your booking. Don’t miss out – reserve your bumper car ride online today!

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    Experience New York in January quite relaxed with a Dinner Cruise

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    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.

    Here are our  recommendations for dinner cruises, brunch cruises, lunch cruises and jazz cruises in NYC during wintertime.

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    Enjoy Winter Wonderland at Bronx Zoo

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    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 with 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.

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    Plunge Rooftop Bar & Lounge

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    One of the top addresses is the ultra-stylish Hotel Gansevoort in the Meatpacking District. And the highlight is the “Plunge Rooftop Bar & Lounge”, which is located on the roof of the hotel. Lots of glass, typical lounge look, relaxed music and lots of pretty people: the location is easily in New York’s top 3 when it comes to high celebrity density and designer photo shoots.

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    Visit one of the igloo bars in NYC

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    To me having a drink at one of the rooftop bars in NYC is high on my list of fun activities in NYC in the winter. It’s amazing how rooftop bars are still a great place to go even though it’s cold out. At 230 5th Ave, they have rooftop igloos where you can stay warm while enjoying the breathtaking city views.

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    Enjoy breath-taking views from one of the amazing observation decks

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    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 which both offer an amazing view over the city.

    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.

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    See the New York Rangers in the Madison Square Garden

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    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!

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    Enjoy the view of the East River from the Brooklyn Bridge

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    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.


    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.

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    Take a Walk in the Wintry Central Park

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    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.

    Did you know that activism plays an important role in Central Park or that there are 17 pine tree species in the city’s green lung? Have you ever asked yourself how the big rocks in the park were formed?

    If you want to learn more about the variety of pine trees, the geology or the history of activism in Central Park, you can join a guided tour.

    The Central Park Conservancy offers different walking tours throughout January.

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    Visit one of New York's Amazing Art Exhibitions at MoMa PS1

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    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.

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    Until February 11: Astra Lumina in Queens

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    Discover an extraordinary connection between Earth and the stars at Astra Lumina, an enchanting event held in the mystical observatory grounds. At night, fallen stars release astral energy, turning the forest into a celestial pathway for humans to explore. As the night progresses, the stars regenerate, rising to reunite in the night sky, shining brighter than ever. 

    Astra Lumina at Queens Botanical Garden is the 19th enchanting experience in the Lumina Enchanted Night Walk series. Secure your tickets for “Astra Lumina: An Enchanted Night Walk Amongst The Stars” in New York!

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    AirOtic Soirée: A Circus-Style Cabaret Dinner Show (until March 30, 2024)

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    Attention cabaret fans: there’s a new show in the city! You can now see a group of highly talented acrobats in the heart of Manhattan. AirOtic Soirée combines modern burlesque and high-level cirque acrobatics with a menu created by Chef Saul who has already been featured on Good Morning America. After the show, you can enjoy a nice cocktail and meet the cast.

    Every Friday and Saturday throughout January, February, and March you have the opportunity to experience this brand-new sensual show in Hell’s Kitchen.

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    Spend some time in Soho, Little Italy and Chinatown

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    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.

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    Cheer on the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium

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    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!

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    Celebrate Martin Luther King Day (January 15, 2024)

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    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..

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    High Line Winter Tour (free)

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    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? Wednesdays at 10 am & Saturdays at 12 pm
    • Where? At the Gansevoort Street entrance
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    Three Kings Day-Parade (January 6, 2024)*

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    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.

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    Join Loreley Beer Garden's Snowy Winter Wonderland (from January 11, 2024)

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    Here the Rhine metropolis Cologne meets New York. The owner, Michael Momm, a real „Kölscher Jung“, opened this piece of Germany in the middle of New York in 2003. Here you will find a large selection of German beers (including Kölsch, of course) and good German wines at fair prices, as well as a delicious selection of German dishes.

    Once the holidays are over, Loreley’s Heated Winter Wonderland undergoes a snowy transformation, embracing a cozy cabin ambiance adorned with elegant white florals, snowy garlands, warm winter lights, and faux white fur accents. The bar will still delight you with seasonal hot cocktails and daily happy hour specials, while their chefs craft a comforting winter menu featuring freshly made soups, warm lobster rolls, filet mignon, Jäger Schnitzel, and more to keep you warm and satisfied.

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    Holiday Tree at The Met (usually through early January)

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    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.

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    Lightscape: Brooklyn's Winter Spectacular at Brooklyn Botanic Garden (through January 1, 2024)

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    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. 

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    No Pants Subway Ride

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    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 yet confirmed for 2024)

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    Get lost in illusions

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    This is one of the most fun museums in NYC for kids right now. It’s an interactive museum that will make you question your sense of reality with optical illusions. The museum guarantees a great time, lots of laughter, and the funniest photos. The exhibits will stimulate your cognitive abilities in a way that it will be hard for you to believe your eyes.

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    Marvel at NYC from above and take a helicopter ride

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    The Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour takes you on an aerial tour over Manhattan and its many attractions. You won’t forget the view of NYC from above or the feeling of flying high above the skyscrapers any time soon. Especially for those of you who like taking photos, this is a guaranteed way to secure some amazing shots of the NYC skyline.

    Tip: These are the best helicopter rides in NYC.

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    Escape the cold and watch a movie

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    AMC theaters in New York City offer an exceptional cinematic experience in the heart of the Big Apple. With multiple locations across the city, AMC theaters boast state-of-the-art technology, comfortable seating, and a wide range of film options, from blockbusters to independent releases. Whether you’re catching the latest Hollywood hit or immersing yourself in a cinematic masterpiece, AMC theaters in NYC provide moviegoers with a top-notch setting to enjoy the magic of the silver screen.

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    Radio City Christmas Spectacular (until January 1, 2024)

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    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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These are the best Events in January in New York City

January is one of the coldest months in NYC, but although it’s not the main travel month for tourists, there are still some really great events in NYC in January:

Weather in January in NYC

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39°F / 9°C

26°F / 1°C

8 days

6 hours daily

Top Tours in January in NYC


NYC Sightseeing FLEX Pass

One World Observatory

Edge Hudson Yards GYG

Bateaux Dinner Cruise

Watch the must-see Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall!

Save 50% on all attraction tickets with this discount pass for NYC!

Explore New York's highest observation deck, regardless of the weather!

Enjoy breath-taking views!

This is my favorite dinner cruise in New York City!

from $51

from $69




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 25 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!

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