There’s no better way to welcome the New Year than to get out and enjoy everything that New York City has to offer. Don’t let the cold deter you – January is a great time to experience much of the culture, diversity and fun that makes Manhattan so special . This is the month to score excellent deals on the most popular attractions after the holiday crowds have thinned out.
Coney Island Polar Bear Club New Year’s Day Swim
(Jan. 1) Start the New Year with a bang! Take a dip in the freezing waters off Coney Island with a few hundred other brave souls during the Polar Bear Club New Year’s Day Swim. Arrive early for the 1p.m. plunge and be sure to bring warm clothes and sneakers. There is no fee, but a $25 donation is suggested to benefit local organizations.
(Jan. 10 – Jan. 18) If you love jazz and discovering new music, you can’t miss Winter Jazzfest. Touted as the “#1 Jazz Festival in North America” by JazzTimes magazine, you shouldn’t miss the two-day marathon on January 12 and 13 happening in various downtown venues.
Apollo Uptown Hall MLK Discussion
(Jan. 15) The Apollo Uptown Hall will be hosting a discussion in observance of MLK Day at 3pm on Sunday, January 15. Though reservations for the talk are currently closed due to the high volume of interest, there will be a standby line available. If you don’t happen to get in, take a self-guided tour of Harlem.
(Jan. 16 – Feb. 4) New York City produces some of the best shows in the world. During Broadway Week you can score 2-for-1 tickets to any of the participating productions. It’s an incredible deal and an excellent way to experience the Great White Way.
Outsider Art Fair
(Jan. 18 – Jan. 21) Fans of self-taught artists flock to the Outsider Art Fair, being held at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. 63 galleries from seven countries will showcase their collections. One-day tickets are $25 or buy an all-access pass for $50.
Winter Antiques Show
(Jan. 19 – Jan. 28) If you love browsing through a wide array of historic items, head to the Winter Antiques Show. Happening at the Park Avenue Armory, the show features 70 of the world’s experts in antiquities. Tickets to the show are $25, and all proceeds benefit the East Side House Settlement.
(Jan. 22 – Feb. 9) More than 300 NYC restaurants are participating in 2018’s Restaurant Week. This semiannual event is the best way to sample some of the city’s best cuisine for less than half the regular cost. Restaurants will offer a three-course, prix-fixe menu; prices are $29 for lunch and $42 for dinner.
The New York Times Travel Show
(Jan. 26 – Jan. 28) We know there’s no better place in the world than Manhattan, but if you have the urge to see what else is out there then check out the New York Times Travel Show. Located at the Jacob Javits Center, this three-day event features more than 550 exhibitors showcasing 170 destinations. You can also catch performances, attend seminars and taste food from around the world. Tickets for consumers are $20 for one day and $25 for two days.
Central Park Winter Jam
(Jan. 27) The Central Park Winter Jam is a free, family-friendly event that is a celebration of winter sports. Learn how to ski, snowboard, sled and snowshoe on a field of snow provided by Gore Mountain. The rain date is scheduled for February 3.
NYC Must-See Week
(Jan. 29 – Feb. 11) NYC Must-See Week is another great event that gets you into some of New York City’s best attractions for half the price. Get 2-for-1 tickets to museums, tours and more. Be sure to check the website for participating locations.