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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❄️ Our absolute top 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.
1. Winter Markets Are Still Open – Visit the Winter Market in Bryant Park
The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is one of the city’s most popular winter markets and right next to it is the Bryant Park skating rink. The market itself has inviting stalls that sell mainly handcrafted goods. Here comes the Christmas spirit! More information about Bryant Park Winter Village can be found here. (Address: Sixth Ave, between 40th and 42nd street)
2. Until mid of January: Radio City Christmas Spectacular
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is part of the culture here in New York during the Holiday season. Over 140 sensational dancers perform in pure Christmas spirit for 90 minutes. Sparkling costumes, a unique setting and lots of Christmas songs thrill the audience every year.
The stars of the show are the female dance troupe “The Rockettes” next to Santa Claus and his elves. If you’re not able to make it to NYC during the holiday season, you’re in luck. Until the 1st of January, you can watch the performance at Radio City Music Hall (tickets are available here ) (address: Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas).
3. Three Kings Day Parade (January 6, 2021)
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. You can read more information about the event here. The event will be held on January 6, 2021.
4. Until January 17: Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Plaza (free)
Didn’t get a chance to see the tree during the holidays? Well again, you’re in luck. Until the second week of January, the world-famous Christmas tree will stay standing in Rockefeller Plaza (Address: 30 Rockefeller Plaza).
5. Until January 26th: Holiday Train Show at NYBG
If you like to build railroad and train models, this show is definitely 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 150 New York landmarks. All works of art are built on an 800 m 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! (Address: 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, New York 10458)
6. Chinese New Year on January 25th
The Chinese New Year of 2021 falls on January 25th (Saturday), and the festival will last to February 8th, about 15 days in total. It’s the year of the rat and what better place is there to be than Chinatown in New York City.
7. Sunday, January 12th “No Pants Subway Ride”
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. You can RSVP on Facebook if you like. And here’s the event page for the after party happening at Bar 13.
8. Winter Jazz Fest
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 things to do in New York in January. For more information and tickets, please visit the website of the event.
9. Hello Panda Festival (until January 26th)
Hello Panda is the largest lantern festival in North America and will dazzle you with many interactive light installations. In addition to lights, you will also find entertainment and lots of great food options. You can find the festival at CitiField in Queens. Before you head there, be sure to check the official website opening hours. Depending on the weather, Hello Panda may choose to stay closed. Save 10% using the code “IW71“.
10. The night at the Museum
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.
11. Take a Walk in the Wintry Central Park (free)
Even though it’s cold out in January, walking through Central Park during the winter is still 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.
12. NYC Restaurant Week (January 21st – February 9th, 2021)
Occurring twice a year in New York City and one of the best things to do in New York in January is… Restaurant Week! This event offers the opportunity to enjoy 3-course meals or other specials for lunch and dinner at cheaper prices at many well-established restaurants. The schedule is still pending but will update you once it has been figured out. In the winter of 2021, it will be held from January 21 – February 9, 2021.
Ice Skating in NYC
Ice Skating is definitely one of the things to do in New York in January. Here are our top 3 ice rinks in Manhattan.
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. Address: 30 Rockefeller Plaza between 49th and 50th Streets (More about the ice rink can be found here). Cost: $ 9.50- $ 19, skate rental $ 8.
The Pond in Bryant Park invites you to ice skate during the Holiday season. Address: Sixth Ave between 40th and 42nd Street. Cost: Free, skate rental $ 12.
Thousands of New Yorkers and tourists flock to the world’s most famous ice rink: The Wollman Rink in Central Park. For a New York fan, this is probably the number one to-do list during the winter season in New York. Address: enter the park at 59th and 6th Avenues or 59th and 5th Avenues (More about the rink can be found here). Cost: 6-18 $.
Weather in January in NYC
Monthly Avg DAY
Monthly Avg NIGHT
39°F / 9°C
26°F / 1°C
6 hours daily
Top Tours in January in NYC
Marvel at New York's most beautiful holiday lights display even when Christmas is already over!
Watch the final must-see Christmas show this month at Radio City Music Hall.
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Sports Events in January in New York
Check Out Some NFL Matchups
Arguably the most popular sport in the US is well into the playoffs. If the New York Giants or the New York Jets make it to the playoffs, then you’ll be able to catch them in action as long as they have home-field advantage. Which team will you root for?
The NHL is On
Hockey fans, if you have time, definitely check out either the NY Rangers or the NY Islanders!
The NBA is Back in Action
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