How New Yorkers Enjoy Winter

New York is a beautiful and busy city that always strives to be the best. Although the cold weather is fast approaching, that doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of things to do in New York in winter!Visit popular tourist destinations like the Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular or watch the ball drop in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, but what do locals do when the temperature drops?

Skating in Rockefeller Plaza

There is something indescribably magical about lacing up a pair of skates in New York, surrounded by the glistening lights of skyscrapers.

NYC’s most iconic ice rink is in the historic Rockefeller Plaza. Wait timesto get on the ice vary,but be prepared to wait a while if you plan go in the evening, especially on weekends. When the Christmas tree is lit on Nov. 30,there will be a huge party around the block with performances by Grammy-award winning artists Tony Bennett and Josh Groban, to name a new. This free concert alone is worth planning a trip to New York!Another great place to skate is Bryan Park, which is a substantially larger rink andfree! There are also plenty of cool activities like ping pong, reading rooms and carrousels.

Brooklyn Flea Market

Open-air markets are most popular in the summertime, but what many don’t know isthat Brooklyn’s flea marketSmorgasburg is open all-year long!However, you won’t have to battle the bitter winter cold because the market moves into the Williamsburg Savings Bank clock tower building from November 5 to March 26. The market boasts 75 vintage and craft vendors,along with 25 food stalls that provide shoppers with a uniquely New York culinaryexperience.

Winter Pub Crawl

Wearing an ugly Christmas sweater is a sacred holiday tradition.New Yorkers have embraced the trend and incorporate these sweaters in theiruber-fun pub crawls! On Dec. 3, there will be an epic Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl where partygoers visit 10 of the East Village’s best pubs. There will be drink specials at each bar andis a great opportunity for travelers to make some new friends!

Take a Stroll

Any New Yorker will tell you that one of their most beloved past times is to simply leave your worries behind and walk one of the city’s eclectic neighborhoods.

One store you should definitely walk by is Saks Fifth Avenue. During their holiday season, they unveil a gorgeous windowdisplay along the storefront. In 2014, they reimagined classic fairy tales and brought them life with vivid costumes and ornate decorations.Treschic!