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Visiting New York City in Winter

Visiting New York City in winter is a truly magical experience. Ice skating under the tree at Rockefeller Center, breathtaking holiday lights throughout the city, shopping at NYC holiday markets and fairs, and the magnificent New York City holiday windows. Enjoy the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and an unforgettable Times Square ball drop on New Year's Eve. See NYC dazzle on the Holiday Lights Motorcoach Tour, and a one-and-only Christmas Holiday Walking Tour of Park Avenue, 5th Avenue and the Rockefeller Center area! Experience a romantic Valentine's Day in NYC or catch the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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Highlighted New York City Winter Events (see our NYC calendar of events)

NYC Freedom Comprehensive Tour - 9/11Freedom Comprehensive Tour - Ground Zero 911 Memorial & Statue of Liberty
Date: September through December: every Friday, Saturday and Monday at 9am; January and February: every Friday and Saturday at 9am
This tour combines a walking tour around the site of the former World Trade Center Twin Towers - Ground Zero - and a tour of historic Lower Manhattan.
The walking tour ends at Battery Park where you'll board the ferry to the Statue of Liberty.
Location: Tours depart from in front of the 53rd Street Gourmet Deli, 53rd Street between 6th & 7th Avenues
Buy tickets to the Freedom Comprehensive Tour - Ground Zero 911 Memorial & Statue of Liberty
Slice of Brooklyn Holiday Lights TourA Slice of Brooklyn Christmas Lights Tour
Date: Every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in December from 7-10:30pm
This 3 1/2 hour holiday tour highlights the festive homes of Dyker Heights, the Italian-American section of Brooklyn made famous in the PBS documentary "Dyker Lights" and seen on TLC's "Crazy Christmas Lights." You'll also visit the festive homes in the Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst sections of Brooklyn. 
The multimedia presentation on the bus includes classic Christmas music from throughout the decades as well vintage Christmas variety specials like Andy Williams, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and more on the screens of our bus on the ride back to Manhattan.
Tour Highlights include Lucy Spata's house, the woman who started the tradition back in the 1980's!; the Polizzotto home featuring the largest Santa in the neighborhood at 15 feet tall!; millions of lights with some of them synchronized to music like Robert DeLauro's house!; Sam the Greek's house, one of the largest in Brooklyn that's best described as Christmas meets Las Vegas!; and many, many more!
Location: Tour departs from 4th Avenue between 13th and 14th Street, just off Union Square
Buy tickets to A Slice of Brooklyn Christmas Lights Tour

Date: November- early January 3
Join the NYC Rockettes®, Santa Claus, and the Toy Soldiers for a celebration over 85 years in the making. Radio City Music Hall creates a once in a lifetime experience and redefines "Spectacular" from the moment you arrive. The famous theater is quite literally transformed into a magical canvas surrounding you with the Christmas spirit.

New York City Holiday Lights Sighteeing ToursNew York City Holiday Lights Motorcoach Sightseeing Tour
Date: November-December, every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6:30pm
On this guided and narrated tour, you'll hear stories about the rich history, tradition and pageantry of some of the finest New York holiday displays, as well as the multicultural festive flavor and atmosphere that fills the City from Thanksgiving to Three King's Day.
The tour takes place in a climate controlled luxury motor coach, with frequent stops to get out and view the displays up close. Along the way, you will see sights like Central Park's Holiday Markets, The multicolored snowflakes of Columbus Circle, The tree at Lincoln Center, The World's Largest Snowflake, Park Avenue's "Boulevard of Lights," The Waldorf Astoria, Madison Avenue's displays, The world's largest Menorah, The Plaza Hotel, FAO Schwarz, 5th Avenue displays, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, Plus, the window displays of: Bloomingdales, Barney's, Saks 5th Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor (walking tour), and of course, Macy's ... plus so much more.   
Location:  Tours depart from the 53rd St. side entrance of the Sheraton New York Hotel, off 7th Avenue
More information about the New York City Holiday Lights Motorcoach Sightseeing Tour

Slice of Brooklyn Holiday Lights TourA Slice of Brooklyn Christmas Lights Tour
Date: Every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in December from 7-10:30pm
This 3 1/2 hour holiday tour highlights the festive homes of Dyker Heights, the Italian-American section of Brooklyn made famous in the PBS documentary "Dyker Lights" and seen on TLC's "Crazy Christmas Lights." You'll also visit the festive homes in the Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst sections of Brooklyn. 
The multimedia presentation on the bus includes classic Christmas music from throughout the decades as well vintage Christmas variety specials like Andy Williams, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and more on the screens of our bus on the ride back to Manhattan.
Tour Highlights include Lucy Spata's house, the woman who started the tradition back in the 1980's!; the Polizzotto home featuring the largest Santa in the neighborhood at 15 feet tall!; millions of lights with some of them synchronized to music like Robert DeLauro's house!; Sam the Greek's house, one of the largest in Brooklyn that's best described as Christmas meets Las Vegas!; and many, many more!
Location: Tour departs from 4th Avenue between 13th and 14th Street, just off Union Square

Date: Sundays in December, 10am-5pm
MTA New York City Transit and the New York Transit Museum are putting extra magic on the tracks with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s annual holiday tradition of rides to the past via its vintage fleet of buses and subway trains – and the chance for transit fans to buy museum merchandise at a special station pop-up shop.
The New York Transit Museum typically displays these vehicles during special events at the museum or around the city, but are offering these holiday nostalgia rides to the public for a limited time with the swipe of a MetroCard. Some vintage buses also will be on display at Union Square, Herald Square and at the Circle Line Terminal.
For four consecutive Sundays in December, subway customers can catch the “Shoppers Special,” a train consisting of eight cars from the 1930s that ran along the lettered lines until the late 1970s. The cars, which were ordered for the Independent Subway System (IND), were the first subway cars to be identified by their contract numbers, hence the R1/9 designations. R1/9 cars, known as "City-Cars,” have rattan seats, ceiling fans, incandescent light bulbs, and roll signs for passenger information. They were retired from service in 1977.
The first run of the day departs from 2 Av, where a special museum pop-up shop will be open every Sunday during the holiday nostalgia rides.
Location: 6th Avenue line subways stations between Queens Plaza and 2nd Avenue in Manhattan
NYC Holiday Events - Breakfast with Santa Breakfast with Santa Claus
Date: November-December
Join the Jolly Old Elf himself for breakfast in Times Square at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill on 42nd Street! Whether you are 2 or 62 there is nothing more memorable than the time you sat on Santa’s lap and asked for that special gift.
NYCVP offers an exclusive limited seating breakfast with Santa on select dates. Why fight the crowds and large lines for a moment with Santa when you can share in this intimate gathering? The breakfast buffet includes scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, sausage, pancakes, bacon, toast, and orange juice, tea or coffee, all taxes and gratuity.
Location: Applebee's Neighborhood Grill, 234 West 42nd Street

New Year's Eve Ball DropNew Year's Eve Times Square Ball Drop Gala
Date:
December 31

NYCVP hosts an exclusive Insider’s View New Year’s Eve Times Square Ball Drop Party in the heart of the Times Square area! There’s an incredible view of all the celebrations and revelry, and we want you to be our guest! No standing outside in the cold or fighting crowds—our Gala is high above the million or so gathered on 7th Avenue and Broadway with a continuous view of the famed Times Square Waterford Crystal Ball.
Location: Times Square

Date: November-March
Ice skating in New York City is the ultimate winter experience! Whether you're skating at the world-famous Rockefeller Center or Central Park's Wollman Rink, Bryant Park or Chelsea Piers, or just watching as thousands of locals and tourists take a spin on the ice, you will be part of a beloved winter tradition. There is ice skating in all boroughs of New York City - Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and The Bronx!
Location: Throughout New York City

New York Jewish Film FestivalNew York Jewish Film Festival
Date: January
The New York Jewish Film Festival is a preeminent showcase for world cinema exploring the Jewish experience, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Jewish Museum. 2014′s edition included world, U.S., and New York premieres of films from around the globe, plus a number of “beyond the screen” programs including a symposium, a master class, and exhibitions of the posters and title sequences of the great Saul Bass.
Location: The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave at 92nd Street

New York Winter Antiques ShowAnnual Winter Antiques Show
Date: January
The Winter Antiques Show is the most prestigious antiques show in America, featuring the “best of the best” from antiquities through the 1960s. Held at the historic Park Avenue Armory in New York City, the Show provides curators, established collectors, dealers, design professionals and first-time buyers with opportunities to view and purchase exceptional pieces showcased by 73 exhibitors. One-third of the Show's exhibitors are specialists in Americana, with the rest featuring English, European, and Asian fine and decorative arts.
Location: Park Avenue Armory - Park Avenue at 67th StreetPicasso Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art

Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year's Day Firecracker Ceremony
Date: February TBA, 11am-3pm
Kick of the Lunar New Year with 600,000 rounds of colorful firecrackers, prepared by highly trained detonation specialists, a traditional Lunar New Year practice believed to scare away evil spirits. Expected attendees include local politicians, community leaders and dignitaries. After opening ceremonies, a dozen Lion, Dragon and Unicorn dance troupes will march down the main streets of Chinatown (Mott, Bowery, East Broadway, Bayard, Elizabeth, and Pell) to help ring in the New Year. A massive festival will be in the heart of Chinatown that will feature all-day cultural performances by traditional and contemporary Asian and Asian-American signers and dancers, along with food vendors and promotional booths.
Location: Sara Roosevelt Park (Intersection: Grand St and Chrystie St.)

Date: February TBA, 1-4pm (parade starts at 1pm) 
A colorful spectacle featuring floats, marching bands, lion and dragon dancers, antique cars, beauty queens, Asian & Hispanic musical performers, magicians and acrobats, and local organizations. The floats will feature various cultural performances and special guests. Over 6,000 individuals will march in the Parade, which will span every major street in Chinatown. This is the biggest winter parade in the East Coast and a national and international tourist attraction. Elected officials, celebrities and community leaders are scheduled to take part in the Parade. 
Location: Starts at Little Italy and goes through the main streets of Lower Manhattan/Chinatown (Mott, Canal, Bowery, Chatham Square, East Broadway, Eldridge, Hester, Forsyth  & Grand St.) and ends at the Lower East Side on Grand Street by Sara Roosevelt Park. 

Date: December-February
Presented annually by the New York Transit Museum, this popular model railroad exhibition features Metro-North, New York Central, and subway trains departing from a miniature Grand Central Terminal on a 34’-long, two-level “O” gauge layout.
Location: Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall, 15 Vanderbilt Avenue (42nd St. and Park Ave.)

Date: December-February
The New-York Historical Society will be transformed this holiday season with the installation of a spectacular exhibit of treasures from the renowned Jerni Collection, now owned by the New-York Historical Society, of model trains, scenic elements and toys. The dynamic display will appeal to all age groups, showcasing the beauty and allure of toys from a bygone era.
The Holiday Express exhibition will unfold over a broad swath of New-York Historical’s first floor, featuring pieces from the Jerni Collection that will transform the space into a magical wonderland. With the aid of theatrical lighting, an ambient audio “soundscape,” and other visual effects, visitors will be engaged in an immersive experience. The exhibition begins at the West 77th Street entrance, where movement and sound from four large-scale multimedia screens will make it seem as though trains are roaring through the space. A 360-degree mountainous landscape will be on view in the Judith and Howard Berkowitz Sculpture Court, featuring artifacts grouped into ten scenes.
Buy tickets to the New-York Historical Society
Location: New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West between 76th and 77th Street 

Nothing beats the cold like a cup of hot chocolate, and this month at City Bakery (3 West 18th Street just off of 5th Avenue) they have their  23rd annual Hot Chocolate Festival. Each day in February features a new flavor of the ultimate cold weather drink. They get pretty creative at City Bakery and flavors range from Darkest Dark Hot Chocolate to Vietnamese Cinnamon Hot Chocolate to Ginger Hot Chocolate to Creamy Stout Hot Chocolate and of course Love Potion Hot Chocolate.
Location: City Bakery 3 West 18th St, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues

St. Patrick's Day in NYC
Date: March 17
Enjoy a St. Patrick's Day vacation package. The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade is a grand march up 5th Avenue beginning at 11am on March 17. The largest and most famous of New York City's many parades, this year's will include bagpipers, bands, 150,000-250,000 participants, and over two million spectators.
History of St. Patrick's Day in NYC, NYC St. Patrick's Day Vacations, and more!
The Orchid Show at the NY Botanical GardenThe Orchid Show at the NY Botanical Garden
Date: February-April
Mesmerizing and seductive, The Orchid Show is a yearly celebration of the orchid in all its amazing forms.
The annual exhibition celebrates this storied flower in all its amazing forms with thousands of brilliantly colored orchids. The largest exhibition of its kind in the United States also offers insight into caring for orchids, music from around the world, and a gorgeous setting for evening cocktails.
Elaborate and kaleidoscopic displays throughout the galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory explode with orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures. Tens of thousands of blooms--blue and purple vandas, green and yellow cymbidiums, delicate pink and white moth orchids, and more--stand out amid stately palms and exotic tropical leaves.
Location: 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY - Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

American Museum of Natural History: Butterly ConservatoryThe Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History
Date:
December-May
This exhibition, an annual favorite, features up to 500 live, free-flying tropical butterflies from the Americas, Africa, and Asia. The butterflies are housed in a vivarium that approximates their natural habitat, includes live flowering plants that serve as nectar sources, and features controlled artificial light, temperature, and humidity. Featured species include iridescent blue morpho butterflies, striking scarlet swallowtails, and large owl butterflies. Text panels located immediately outside the vivarium offer information about the evolution and life cycle of butterflies, including explanations of mimicry, diversity, and butterflies’ important role in conservation.
Location: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street
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