I love winter in New York: it’s crisp cold, the city isn’t as crowded as it is during peak travel season, and there are tons of great things to do in New York in the winter.
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From boat tours where you sit in the warm and have a wonderful view of the NYC skyline and Broadway shows, games of the New York Rangers, New York Giants or New York Knicks to rooftop bars that are also open in winter.
Everything you need to see and do in New York in winter including the best winter events and activities can be found here in my ultimate winter in New York guide!
Things to Do in New York in the Winter 2023
Best Winter Activities in NYC
Things to See in New York in the Winter
Weather in New York in the Winter
What’s the best way to describe the NYC winter weather? Short answer: COLD! NYC winter temperatures can be pretty extreme, hitting an average low at around 29°F. That is, however, no reason at all not spend winter in New York. It’s time to bundle up and explore – there are just too many amazing winter activities and events going on that you shouldn’t miss!
|Temperature (Day)||Temperature (Night)||Snow [in]||Rainy Days|
|December||45 °F||32 °F||5||8|
|January||39 °F||27 °F||7||8|
|February||41 °F||28 °F||9||6|
What to wear in NYC winter
If you are lucky, you will experience New York as the perfect winter wonderland, completely covered in snow with blue skies and the sun shining. On the other hand, you may experience a crazy snowstorm, like we did early 2018 when visiting New York in the winter. Regardless, you’ll need warm clothes to bundle up and protect yourself from the cold. If you’re wondering what shoes to wear in the winter in New York City, we recommend bringing winter boots or even snow boots.
You will spend most of your time outside, so it makes total sense to wear clothing that keeps you warm for hours.
New York Winter Events
Why do so many people travel to New York in the winter? That’s because some major events are taking place during that season! The obvious ones are Christmas and New Year’s Eve in December. But, don’t forget about other great events like the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day and Fashion Week in February.
As you can see, hibernation in New York does not exist! You can find more detailed info in our monthly articles.
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