What to do in New-York when it snows?

Herve Mouyal

There are cities on earth that are sublimated by the last period of the year. New York is obviously one of them. While we have already written an article on What to do in New-York in general, it is now time to propose a small itinerary to New-York in winter!

New-York, this big apple just waiting to be devoured, no matter what the season. I have always been attracted to this city in December. The temperatures are not necessarily the most tender (yes, cover yourself to face the 0° or even the negatives) but the magic of Christmas makes its biggest effect. Central Park under the snow, Christmas decorations... No, honestly, few cities in the world take advantage of this period as New York knows how to do it. It is with great pleasure, and 8 days of a dream in memory that I propose you these activities to do in New-York in winter.

Classical activities

What do you mean, you're going to New York, and you don't plan to visit the Empire State Building, the Top of the Rock or the Statue of Liberty? Honestly, it would still be to miss the splendid monuments that are part of America's symbols. Among my favourite places, I recommend you especially the Top of The Rock at the Rockefeller Center and its breathtaking view of Central Park, New York and the Empire State Building. Moreover, the observatory point of the latter is also really worth a look because it remains unique... Tough choice if you have to make one! The small advantage for the Rockefeller Center in winter: There is a huge fir tree and a skating rink at the foot of it, it adds a huge charm to the place anyway.


The American Museum of Natural History clearly doesn't leave me indifferent either, with its huge dinosaur skeletons. Certainly, the movie "Night in the Museum" influences me, but this museum has something magical.

When you go to New York, it will therefore be mandatory to visit all these places. One of the perfect solutions for this will be to take a New York City PASS. The latter allows you to save up to 50% discount and above all to save time since queues dedicated to the lucky owners of this little sesame allows you to have priority. Really useful when you go to the Empire State Building, for example. Among the attractions included in the City PASS are the MeT, the Top of the Rock, the Empire State Building, a boat cruise, the Guggenheim Museum or the MoMA. Most of these monuments cost around 20 euros each so that you can get there very quickly. In short, there are even more, but I won't mention them all.

Last detail is very useful in my personal use: The pass is valid for 9 days from the first day. I stayed 8 days in New York City, so I didn't have to worry about anything anymore about visiting important monuments with this pass on me. Otherwise, another pass is proposed, the New York Pass, but I find it much less convenient: It is limited in time (1, 2, 3, 5 or 7 days) and costs much more if you want it for a rather long time (About 90 euros for the City PASS versus 190 for the New York Pass). It's up to you to see; I let you also compare at this level. Anyway, you should buy your Pass on the internet; it's here that you'll get the best prices guaranteed! Don't worry; there are also totally free activities to do in New-York, like walking on the Brooklyn Bridge day and night. The landscape is then splendid.

Some New York museums offer admission to the donation. Simply put, you give what you want so that you can go home.


No matter what the season, a Broadway show is a must during your stay in New York. Broadway shows' price varies enormously: It can range from $20 to over a hundred dollars. And you might as well know that there is something for everyone. You will find a show that you have already heard about. Personally, I went to the Chicago show, a real reference in the field. And I wasn't disappointed at all. The acting, the audience's reactions, everything was there to have an unforgettable time as one would hope. A show that I therefore warmly recommend to you.


Original activities

New-York is full of very original things to do, starting with... a helicopter tour. Count about 150 dollars per person to be able to fly over Manhattan for about 15 minutes. I did it, and I think it's really worth it. So, yes, 150 dollars is still a (big) sum, but you have to think that this is THE city on earth where you can do that. I chose well my schedule to do this activity, since I did it at 4:30 pm, at the moment when the sun was setting and thus gave a splendid reflection on the skyline. You should find many actors who offer this activity, I personally went through Helicopter New York City, and I had no worries.


For those who wish to ice-skate, you will be delighted, since it is, of course, possible in New-York City and this in several places whose addresses are listed below:

  • Rock Feller Center at 600 5th Ave.
  • Bryant Park between the 40th and 42nd Sts. & 5th and 6th Aves.
  • Central Park (my favourite) via the entrance on the W. 59th St. & 6th Ave.

Count at least 20 dollars to do one hour of activity, and it can go up to even more than 30 dollars if you want to have a locker... But it's quite magical to ice-skate in Central Park, though.


For fans of How I Met Your Mother, you should also visit the bar that inspired the series's creators, which is named after the sweet McGee's at 240 West 55 Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue). The atmosphere is frankly remarkably similar to that of the famous Mc Larens of How I Met, and you can even eat there for a reasonable price. Speaking of food here's a section below that should interest you!

Here I hope these ideas have you more. Of course, with the Covid-19, it is important to check on the Internet the open places.

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