UYC’s Guide: 8 NYC Staples To Experience This Winter

The winter weather is about to start, and rather than sit around the house, it is really time to get out and about and do some socializing. Winter festivals around New York City offer the perfect chance to see some new faces and celebrate all that New Yorkers love. Some of the favorite festivals and events for this winter are below. Go to at least one, or go to them all! You will never regret it.

The celebration of Christmas lasts virtually the whole month of December. Of course, when you are in New York City, it’s time to take the Christmas Walking Tour to see the famous holiday decorations adorning the department store windows. Even the skyscrapers change color. You will see a number of Christmas movie locations as well as browse markets offering wonderful holiday wares.



Naturally, if you are in New York City for New Year’s Eve you can’t miss New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Although people watch this event in their living room from all over the country, there you will be, right in the middle of the action. There is nothing like it as the Waterford Crystal Ball drops and the seconds count off to welcome the New Year in.



For January, the choices of winter festivals are many. After the New Year, or before, you must make your way to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree which will remain until the 7th of January. Witness this gigantic tree with more than 30,000 bulbs that if stretched out on their wire, would stretch a total of five miles.

Then in January there is the Winter Jazz Fest 2014. It is most definitely coming, although details are not available yet and you’ll need to check the website for the set dates. Last year it was one big party for two days with an incredible line-up of musicians – more than 70 different jazz groups. We can’t expect it will be any different this year! Besides a wide variety of music, there will likely be a wide variety of venues across the city like last year. If you love jazz, you’ll love this jazz fest.

Be sure to get yourself to Central Park on January 25th for the Winter Jam, taking place in the bandshell area. This free event will take place no matter what sort of weather has come to the city. There will be cross-country skiing, with snow provided where it is missing. Snowboarding right in the center of Manhattan! Who would believe it? If you don’t have your own winter equipment, it will be provided at no cost.



February brings more fun with the 2014 NYC Winter Wine Festival on February 21. You’ll get to enjoy wine tasting of more than 200 varieties. There is an admission charge but it includes antipasto, cheeses, breads and hors d’oeuvres! And the music! Listen to jazz performed live while sampling rich wines and keeping your tasting glass, a Riedel Wine glass that is worth a small sum by itself!



Winter is not quite over in March, so stay tuned for even more fun. For instance, the Flamenco Festival 2014 is happening on March 6th through the 9th. This is at the New York City Center and offers some Spanish music and dance that everyone will enjoy. Authentic flamenco is always a treat, particularly when you are watching four of the most celebrated dancers in the field. This is an evening not to forget.

Then there is the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Another must-see, you have to put this on your New York list of winter events. This event has been held in the city since the 1760s. This year it will be on March 15 and should be about a five-hour event. Enjoy the bands, the marchers of all shapes and sizes as well as the military processions.

Yes, a winter full of lively festivals and events will make the cold weather season go by much faster! See you in the Spring!


About the Author: Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV, your nationwide source for RV rentals. El Monte RV also sells used motorhomes through eight different locations across the United States.




  • I didn’t know about any of these Jan, Feb, March events, my experience of NYC winter post New Years have always been pretty drab, I’ll have to try these events!

    • Used York City says:

      Yay, glad we could help! As we know all too well, NYC winters can be LONG and COLD, so always fun to add some festive cheer in there!;-)

  • Scarlett says:

    I’ve always always ALWAYS wanted to have NYE in Times Square! New York is like the epitome of Christmas for me, considering about 90% of Christmas films are set there. I’m so jealous of you in the mix right now! xx

    • Used York City says:

      You will have to come for a visit one of these years during the holidays, I promise it’s as good as the movies make it seem!;-)

  • It’s always been a dream of mind to spend NYE in Times Square. One of these days I’ll make that dream a reality! And Winter Jam sounds like a lot of fun. I’d love to snowboard in the heart of the city!

    • Used York City says:

      It’s so much fun! And there’s tons of opportunities of restaurants, clubs, or comedy shows right in Times Square so you can still experience being there without standing in the cold for 12 hours!;-)

  • dwight s says:

    Excited for the winter jazz fest!!!

  • Maria says:

    Wonderful ideas and as always, love the photos you’ve used- NYC is a fantastic treat any time of year but especially this holiday season.

  • I love the idea of a Christmas walking tour. Imagine all those pretty decorations. I need inspiration for my tree which I will be getting soon..

  • Mike says:

    Each time I read one of your posts I just add more stuff I want to do and/or see in NYC when I get there, Jess! I would love to see the movie locations and it’s always been a dream of mine to go for a horse and carriage ride through Central Park in the snow. With a date preferably! :) Oh and also Jess, a co-worker of mine and his 13 year old daughter won a free trip to NYC this coming Febrauary and I highly recommend he go over your blog for suggestions! :)

    • Used York City says:

      Aww, thanks so much for recommending the site! And please tell him to drop me an email if he has any specific questions!:-)

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