Winter activities and things to do in New York

Mark your planner with these essential winter activities, including blockbuster shows, anniversary celebrations, sophisticated balls, tasting events and more.



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Winter activities

Winter activities Photograph: Thomas Donley

Resist the urge to hibernate for the next three months—we’ll help you fill your calendar with an array of winter activities the season’s best cultural activities, museum exhibits, food festivals, concerts, Christmas shows and more.

Winter activities by month

December 2012 events calendar

Sure, December can be dominated by holiday shopping, the run-up to Christmas, and gathering around New York bars with fireplaces. But set aside some time for these seasonal favorites on our events calendar, from winter balls to musical parades, and costumed bar crawls to a pop art pseudo–scavenger hunt on the High Line.

January 2013 events calendar

Our roundup of essential events for the first month of 2013 is the perfect tonic for a holiday hangover. Plan ahead by signing up for Restaurant Week Winter and bag a hot table, visit a major new addition to the Chelsea gallery scene, or free your legs from the tyranny of trousers at Improv Everywhere's No Pants Subway Ride.

February 2013 events calendar

After a monastic January (giving up all your vices and spending nothing because the holidays cleared you out), it's time to cut loose. Find a date and romance them on Valentine's Day, get a new year's do-over in Chinatown and party like there's no tomorrow for Mardi Gras. There's also the start of a year's worth of celebrations for Grand Central's Centennial.

New Year's Eve


These are the best New Year's Eve parties in NYC to see out 2012 in style, from sophisticated soirees to club nights and warehouse raves.


Let cabaret acts, aerialists, Burly-Q artists, comedians and more jaw-dropping performers entertain you at these New Year's Eve shows.


Trip the light fantastic at New Year's Eve fireworks shows in Times Square, Central Park and over the Statue of Liberty.


Ring in the new year with these New Year's Eve concerts, featuring annual live-music shows, major-label stars and cutting-edge acts.

More New Year's Eve events

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