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The best things to do in the winter in NYC

Not even a little rain, sleet or snow will stop New Yorkers from enjoying the best things to do in the winter

Photograph: Shutterstock/Kris Yeager

Judging by all the awesome things to do in winter, the city that never sleeps doesn’t hibernate through the colder months. There’s a plethora of exciting events, including a winter carnival and festivals to keep everybody entertained that’s not already spending their days inside the coziest restaurants and bars in NYC or lounging inside a sauna at one of the best spas. Don’t forget that New York is absolutely gorgeous in winter, so don’t be afraid to admire all the snow-covered trees at the best NYC parks, and enjoy fun winter celebrations including dog shows, book fairs and Winter Jam.

Best things to do in the winter

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No Pants Subway Ride

If you’re looking to show off those sweet undies you got from Santa to someone besides your significant other (or your cat), you’ll get your chance when Improv Everywhere’s annual prank invades the NYC rails. Brave the cold and show up to meeting spots in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens; from there, the horde takes to the subway in their skivvies. Expect to be on a lot of Instagram feeds. Date TBA.

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Winter Jazzfest 2017

Each January, Winter Jazzfest hosts a stellar lineup over five nights. Its signature two-night Greenwich Village marathon brings vets and up-and-comers, hordes of music fans and a palpable air of excitement to an array of cozy downtown venues. The shows aren’t individually ticketed, so a wristband grants you access to any of each night’s shows—as long as a given club doesn’t hit capacity, that is.

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Various locations Thursday January 5 2017 - Tuesday January 10 2017
3

Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival

At this annual bash, stuff your face with all-you-can-eat whole-roasted pig, broken down into dishes like tender pork brisket and zesty ribs by pit-masters coming from the deep South to downtown Manhattan. Between gut-sticking platters, swig limitless pours of craft suds and hooch, including rare, twenty-year-old bourbons. Feeling bold? There’s a bacon-eating contest where you can test your marathon-eating abilities for bragging rights and swag.

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The Tunnel , Chelsea Saturday January 28 2017
4

Chinatown Lunar New Year Firecracker Ceremony & Parade

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster at two key neighborhood fetes organized by the Better Chinatown Society. During the New Year’s Day Firecracker Ceremony (Jan 28), hundreds of thousands of the sparkly explosives will be set off to ward off bad spirits for the year, then a cultural festival—with dance performances, Chinese food and more—takes over Sara D. Roosevelt Park. The Lunar new year parade (Feb 5) is also a can’t-miss event.

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Until Fri Oct 28
5

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

These pups may be cute, but their owners have spent tens of thousands of dollars to train, primp and groom them for this moment. Coo over more than 3,000 dogs representing hundreds of breeds and varieties at this annual caninefest, where dogs are judged across seven divisions (hound, toy, nonsporting, herding, sporting, working and terrier). If you can’t score a ticket, you can still get your fix via online streaming during the day and TV coverage of the evening competitions.

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By: Jillian Anthony
6

The Cupid’s Undie Run

Join this scantily clad, one-mile Valentine’s Day dash to raise funds for the Children’s Tumor Foundation, which has raised $94,589 so far. Make sure to register (and wear some form of undies) to participate.

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By: David Goldberg
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Vogue Knitting LIVE!

Times Square, the obvious place to take your interests to an almost unhealthy extreme, becomes a veritable temple to knitting for a full weekend during Vogue Knitting LIVE!. Craft nuts can shop for patterns, hooks, needles and every kind of yarn (care for some bison or possum fiber?) at an international marketplace or check out dozens of classes and lectures catering to all levels of stitching mastery.

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New York Marriott Marquis , Midtown West Friday January 13 2017 - Sunday January 15 2017
8

New York Boat Show

If your life, your love and your lady is the sea, then you’ll be more than satisfied by this five-day nautical convention, which features a vast variety of yachts, sailboats and more, along with features like a “Be A Diver” scuba pool, Annapolis School of Seamanship seminars and a boating simulator.

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Javits Center , Hell's Kitchen Wednesday January 25 2017 - Sunday January 29 2017
9

Winter Jam in Central Park

The Parks Department reminds us why we should love the colder months with Winter Jam, its annual winter sports festival in Central Park. Attendees can learn or take part in snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowboarding on the manufactured white stuff. (Or they can just sip hot chocolate and enjoy the outdoors.) Date TBA.

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New York Fashion Week

As New York Fashion Week 2017 (Feb 9–17) enters the city, so will a stampede of posh editors, bloggers, stylists and shutterbugs. Tickets to the runway shows aren’t available to the general public, but newsflash: you don’t have to be part of the elite fashion world to feel like an insider. From free New York Fashion Week events you can actually attend to tips on how to get noticed by street style photographers, we’ll make sure to keep you in the loop.

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Kuldeep S
Kuldeep S

There is nothing better than enjoy Radio City Rockettes or Broadway on Christmas break. Tickethub.co is offering great prices on broadway and other theater tickets. Try it at http://www.tickethub.co/

mk
mk

Where is this list?!?!?!

Mandy
Mandy

How about warming up indoors with a language class? Fluent City offers some awesome classes for adults in Spanish, French (plus 8 other languages). I took Spanish and I am thinking about Hebrew next. Plus it makes an awesome holiday gift for a friend. Check it out at http://www.fluentcity.com

Denise Hopkins
Denise Hopkins

awsome! I love studying and learning about New York. Some day I plan on traveling to New York, so when I do go I will know all the places I want to go, and know something about it. I will also know things to do and attend diffent times of the year. If I go in the summer, I'll know what I want to do and where I want to go. If I go in the winter I'll know what I'll do, so this web page is so helpfull. Thank you.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Make this page searchable by date!!!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Went to Park Here and fell in love, will be going back many times and bringing friends.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I checked out Park Here (#1 on the list) over the weekend and it di not meet expectations at all. I am disappointed at the list after that. If that is the number one thing to do in NY over the winter, I cannot imagine what the other things are like.

Austin Scott Brooks
Austin Scott Brooks

Great list of stuff to do and see! NYC is by far one of the greatest places for finding anything to do, any season of the year.

Anonymous
Anonymous

the ifc center is also playing miyazaki films for the holidays!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Oh, if only it was frigid, Park Here would seem even cooler. When, oh, when will winter come?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Park Here is by far the most unique indoor pop-up park ever! Love the Fatboy headdemocks (hammocks)! Gives New Yorkers what they need... Peace and relaxation during the freezing winter!