Anyone who lives in New York City can confirm its moniker of “The City That Never Sleeps.” Winter is no exception, with a parade of activities keeping things lively until spring pops out again. From ice-skating to jazz festivals and exotic botanical gardens, here are some of the best ideas for winter fun in NYC.
Bryant Park Winter Village
We all know about ice-skating in The Rink at Rockefeller Center, but how about a spectacular park where the skating is free, and connected activities abound? That would be Bryant Park Winter Village in Midtown Manhattan, and it truly is the proverbial “winter wonderland.” The park dazzles during the holidays, but Winter Village keeps going through January and February as well.
You can glide and slide across the 17,000 feet of ice any day from 8 am – 10 pm, surrounded by vendor stalls, a warming hut, outdoor Winter Brew House and heated activity kiosks. If you’d rather just watch, head up to the Overlook observation deck where you’ll enjoy free games, chess and art supplies. Take the little ones over on Saturdays (January 13, 20 and 27) for Story Time and music from noon to 1pm.
For more than a decade, the NYC Winter Jazzfest has heated up venues from Greenwich Village to Lower Manhattan and beyond, cranking out original jazz, tributes, and throwbacks from hundreds of musicians. From rising stars to some of the best-loved jazz-meisters in the world, you’ll find them in NYC from January 10 to 17, 2018.
Special performances this year include a roundup of new British jazz musicians presented by D.J. Gilles Peterson and a star-packed tribute to piano great Geri Allen, as well as indie-rock pairings with trumpeters, saxophone players and jazz pianists. A Jazzfest Marathon takes place Friday and Saturday, January 12 and 13. Check the festival website for exact listings and times.
Winter Fun, Inside-Out
Sometimes you just need to tuck yourself inside for a brief respite from gray skies and frosty air. New York City has some of the best temporary getaways just steps off the icy sidewalks. At New York Botanical Gardens, you’ll magically enter a world of lush rainforests, bubbling springs and arid painted deserts. Step into the Victorian-style glass house to see lotus blossoms and water lilies, and tromp through warm tropical jungles.
Don’t miss “Out of the Woods”, a special exhibition of 42 artworks by the American Society of Botanical Artists, which runs through April 2018. If you get there within the first two weeks of January, you’ll have less-crowded peek at the Holiday Train Show, which sticks around until January 15. Model trains chug through 150 miniature NYC landmarks designed from leaves, bark and various natural materials.
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