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January in New York

Published: January 7th, 2019

So you’ve had a merry Christmas season, but you’re just not quite ready for it to end. Fear not! New York is still the place to be while January comes rolling by. This is when the real action takes place. Major tourism drops off after the holidays, so this is the perfect opportunity to make the most of the many holiday attractions without the bustling crowds.

Rockefeller Center Tree


To begin with, the marvelous Rockefeller Tree will be up and lit until Jan 7th at 9pm. This year’s tree is measuring up to an outstanding 72 ft tall, wrapped in 5 million lights, and is topped with star made up of 3 million Swarovski crystals!  If you haven’t seen this spectacle yet, (or even if you have) be sure to check it out before it goes.

Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour

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These bus tours are perfect to get an idea of what’s around the city while traveling in comfort in this frosty weather. They provide a great way to figure out what exactly you may want to see later on, and you get to see many things that you’d never have known about otherwise. You can find tickets here!

Ice Skating

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Now that most of the visitors to NY have left after the holidays, you can really enjoy the beautiful ice rinks around the city. One option would be the ice rink at Bryant Park, surrounded by the Winter Village where they have many food and gift items available for sale. There’s also The Rink at Rockefeller center where you can view the beautiful Christmas tree as you skate. Then of course there’s the classic rinks at Central Park that never get old.

Winter Jam

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Winter Jam is a FREE, one day event held in Central Park for people of all ages. Artificial snow will be blown and packed to create an area for you to ski, snowboard, and sled! There will also be other events held such as ice sculpting and many more! This year, it will take place Saturday, January 26th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Find out more here!

Restaurant Week

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This is an event where many participating restaurants offer their menu at a fraction of the cost. Over 380 higher end locations in NY take part every year, and this year it will take place January 21 – February 9. You can find out more info and make reservations here.

Contact our concierges at Hotel ElyseeCasablanca HotelLibrary Hotel, or Hotel Giraffe for assistance with booking, or if you have any other concerns! Give us a call, email us, or stop by the front desk if you need help with anything! Plan ahead for February with some romance advice here 5 Fun Non-traditional things to do in NYC for Valentine’s Day