NYC in Winter - Global Storybook

Winters in New York can be quite chilly, with a lot of snow, and brutal winds.  Despite its frosty climate, New York can be quite charming, especially during the busy holiday season in December.  Most of the activities and events take place indoors, and when you do have to go outside – just remember to wear several layers of clothing and maybe grab a cup of hot liquid with you.

New York in WinterAverage temperatures:

  • December: 40-56°F, or 4-13°C
  • January: 27-43°F, or -3-6°C
  • February: 27-44°F, or -3-7°C


  • Christmas Day: December 25
  • New Year’s Eve: December 31
  • New Year: January 1
  • Martin Luther King, Jr’s Day: 3rd Monday in January
  • President’s Day: 3rd Monday in February

Fun Things to Do:

  • Go ice skating. There are numerous places where you can do that, including: Bryant Park, Central ParkRockefeller Center, Prospect Park (Brooklyn) among the most popular.
  • Drink some delicious hot chocolate at the Max Brenner ‘Chocolate Bar’.
  • Go shopping in a holiday market – try Union Square or Columbus Circle.
  • Marvel at the holiday window displays in the large department stores like Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord and Taylor, and many others.
  • Watch the amazing commercials at the annual Super Bowl game, and then the Oscars.

Weekend Getaways:

  • Go skiing or snowboarding in the mountains. Some of the popular locations include:
  • Rent a house for a weekend to enjoy the snowy surroundings in Vermont, Pennsylvania or Upstate New York.

Winter in New York - Global StorybookFestivals, Events and Shows:




NYC WinterWalks and Races:

*For the full list of New York Road Runners (NYRR) races (including – 5K and 4M distances) visit:

Rockefeller Center NYC snowParades:


  • Three Kings Day Parade – hosted by El Museo del Barrio, this parade is a great attraction for schools, local communities and families alike.
  • Martin Luther King Jr Parade – celebrating African American culture and its veterans, this great parade runs along 5th Avenue, between 61st and 86th streets.


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