New York City in Winter: A Snowy Magic

By | November 19, 2020

Тhe city is beautiful all year round, but winter is especially magical, and Christmas is over in January and February. New York City is magical in winter, sparkling under a bright blue sky and covered in snow. It’s true, it’s beautiful all year round, but in winter it’s amazing!

Christmas Spirit

There are certainly some cool places to get into the Christmas spirit. But if we’re looking for a more traditional Christmas experience, or what is locally called a “winter vacation,” we’ll leave Manhattan and head to Dyker Heights. It is located in south Brooklyn for the winter solstice. 

Dyker Heights

Dyker Heights is home to some spectacularly decorated private homes, so plan your visit accordingly. The houses are usually lit from sunset until 9 p.m. It is open to the public for a few hours after the solstice. 

It’s a fairly long journey from Manhattan, but it’s pretty easy to visit Dyker Heights independently. You can take the D train from Central Park West in New York City to the Hudson River. And then on to Manhattan. The displays are available from New Yorkers for Christmas and New Year’s Eve events and other events. 

If you don’t feel like taking the subway that long, you can visit Dyker Heights independently. What do you miss when you spend Christmas in New York City, and here are some of your favorites. 

New York Christmas Trees

This is a short video showing how the Christmas trees are bought individually each year, selected by a team of specialists before they are flown in, and they are definitely spectacular trees. The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is one of the most famous and beautiful trees in New York City. 

The tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center is one of the most memorable moments New York has to offer this Christmas. The lights of the tree are switched on at Christmas when they are on 24 hours a day, but on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at midnight when the light of the tree is off 24 hours a day. One of the most famous is Saks Fifth Avenue, whose façade has been transformed into a castle of twinkling lights. 

Christmas in the Stores

Bergdorf Goodman is worth a visit, as are Lord & Taylor and, of course, Macy’s, but New York is in Times Square’s ballpark. Every big city has its New Year’s Eve celebration, and when you see the famous ball, you have to see it yourself. Neon lights and confetti surround the drop at midnight Shortly after midnight is definitely an experience to remember. 

Times Square

If you can’t bear to be outside, make sure you book dinner with a view of Times Square but don’t forget that winter is here and New York City is cold. If that means standing in the bitter cold for hours, reserving a place, and seeing the ball drop, it’s worth seeing it at least once. The ball losses are also worth seeing on New Year’s Eve, even if you have to wait. 


The beginning of January is also the start of Jazz in the Park, a music festival that attracts jazz musicians from all over the world to New York. If you visit in winter, don’t miss jazz, especially in January and February, as it’s one of the best times of the year. 

The official Jazzfest site provides information about the event and a list of other events. A typical New York winter is a walk on an ice rink, except for a few days in winter, such as January, February, March, and April. 

And Ice Skating!

There are some popular ice rinks in New York, but there are many people across the city who offer something different. Bryant Park is free if you have a view of the ice skating, while Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport is Manhattan’s only rooftop rink. Rockefeller Center is probably the most scenic and true classic, and there is a popular ice rink throughout New York. 

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