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The best things to do on New Year’s Day in NYC

The party continues on New Year’s Day in NYC with fun daytime activities and great ways to unwind.

Shaye Weaver
Rossilynne Skena Culgan
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Shaye Weaver
Rossilynne Skena Culgan

The ball might've dropped and the parties may be over, but NYC still has tons of fun things to do on New Years Day. If you’ve decided 2023 will be the year to go out and do more, this is your chance to get started on that New Year's Resolution. Go ice skating at Industry City's festive rink with friends and or kick back for some quiet time inside a sauna at The William Vale. The fun doesn't need to stop there either, there are many excellent NYC events in January.

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Best things to do on New Year’s Day in NYC

  • Things to do

It's time to lace up your skates—the best ice skating rinks in NYC are waiting for you. As one of the most beloved cities to spend the holidays in, NYC has plenty of indoor and outdoor rinks where you can glide and practice your toe jumps.

To help narrow down your options, we’ve ranked the top places to go, from the iconic Rink at Rockefeller Center or lower-key rinks at NYC parks like Central Park. You can even make a full-day out of it when you shop at one of the city’s best holiday markets, followed by sipping hot chocolate and skating on The Rink at the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

  • Attractions
  • Sightseeing
  • Midtown East

Since New Year's is a time of reflection, head to this really reflective experience. 

Summit One Vanderbilt sits atop the new 67-floor One Vanderbilt super-tall—a 1,401-foot-high—skyscraper. As the city's fourth-tallest building after One World Trade Center, Central Park Tower and 111 West 57th Street, it sits just west of Grand Central Terminal, where you first enter the experience underground.

After a trip through a mirrored hallway with its own immersive elements, visitors take an elevator up to the 91st floor, where they're 1,000 feet over the streets and sidewalks of NYC. Kenzo Digital has created a totally mirrored infinity room called "Air" that reflects the sky and city views over and over, making you feel like you're walking in the sky or on another plane of existence. Looking above you and below you in this two-story space, you see your reflection repeating forever.

  • Things to do

Sure, the holidays may technically be "over," but the lights are still on to keep you in the holiday spirit. From museums to shopping centers to neighborhoods, New York really knows how to sparkle for the holidays.

Take your own NYC walking tour and stop by to see the lights at Saks, Radio City Music Hall, Central Park, the Plaza Hotel and more. Get ready to “ooh” and “ahh” at these landmarks and snap some photos of the most picturesque holiday light displays during the holiday season.

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