Happy New Year! If you are visiting New York in January, you can expect an awesome variety of Winter Wonderland events for the whole family. From ice skating rinks to winter sports events and the oh so famous restaurant week – you’ll definitely have loads to experience. And as usual: Most events in New York in January 2019 are free!
The first month of the year is also dedicated to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of greatest leaders in the civil rights movement, who would’ve celebrated his 90th birthday on January 15, 2019.
Top Events in New York in January 2019
What? Dyker Heights Christmas Lights 2018/2019
When? December 14, 2018 – January 2, 2019
Where? Dyker Heights & Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
Description: This is your last chance to experience the itzy glitzy world of Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge during the holiday season. If you haven’t seen the fantastic decorations, you haven’t experienced Christmas in New York! Hurry – only until January 2nd!
What? Ice Skating Rinks
When? January – April 2019
Where? Various locations in NYC
Description: Exchange your normal shoes with ice skates and slide across New York City’s ice rinks like there’s no tomorrow! If you own your own ice skates, you can just enter the rinks. Otherwise you’ll have the chance to rent a pair for a small fee.
Noteworthy Ice Skating Rinks: Wollman Rink @ Central Park | The Rink @ Winter Village, Bryant Park | The Rink @ Rockefeller Center
What? A Night at the Museum Sleepover
When? January – June 2019
Where? American Museum of Natural History
Description: You and/or your kids love the movie “Night at the Museum”? Count yourself lucky, because you’ll have the chance to experience Larry Daley’s adventures in real life at the American Museum of Natural History. The “Night at the Museum” sleepover is not for free, but definitely an exciting experience for young and old!
What? Three Kings Day Parade 2019
When? January 4, 2019
Where? El Barrio Harlem
Description: The Three Kings Day Parade is a traditional march that takes place in East Harlem. The parade celebrates the arrival of the three kings in Bethlehem and their gifts to newborn Jesus. Expect colorful floats, real camels and oriental marching bands. Family-Approved!
What? 33rd Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
When? January 21, 2019
Where? BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
Description: Brooklyn tributes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 21, 2019 with a celebration in honor of the iconic civil rights leader. This free event includes music performances, keynotes, movies, art exhibitions and much more!
What? 15th Annual “A Shared Dream” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute
When? January 21, 2019
Where? Walt Whitman Theater, Brooklyn College
Description: Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the 15th annual “A Shared Dream” tribute concert in Brooklyn. Enjoy live music performances by marching bands and award-winning gospel artists and listen to a speech by New York State Senator Kevin Parker. Attention: Although this is a free event, participants are required to register in advance.
What? NYC Broadway Week 2019
When? January 21 – February 10, 2019
Where? Various theatres in NYC
Description: Popular events in New York in January 2019 don’t have to be expensive! This is your chance to save big on Broadway tickets! Sale starts at the beginning of January 2019. Don’t miss out on this opportunity and secure your 2-for-1 tickets on selected Broadway shows fast.
What? NYC Restaurant Week 2019
When? January 21 – February 8, 2019
Where? Various restaurants in NYC
Description: The NYC restaurant week is the ULTIMATE event in New York in January 2019 every Foodie has been waiting for since last summer. From January 21 to February 8, 2019 you’ll get a 2-course lunch for $26 and 3-course dinner for only $42 at famous restaurants in NYC. The NYC restaurant week is very popular so make sure you’ll book a table at your favorite restaurant early!
Image via bryantpark.org
What? Winter Carnival 2019 @ Bryant Park
When? Dates TBA (Usually late Jan. – beginning of Feb.)
Where? Bryant Park
Description: A Winter Carnival right in the heart of Manhattan? Yes, you heard it right! Bryant Park, close to Times Square, celebrates the chilly winter season with spectacular ice skating performances, an ice castle, a silent disco and traditional German mulled wine to keep you warm!
What? Winter Jam 2019 @ Central Park
When? January 26, 2019
Where? Central Park
Description: Central Park turns into a true Winter Wonderland or better a magical “Winter Jam”! This free event is loaded with activities for the whole family. From live ice sculpting to sledding and arctic golf – You’ll have so much to discover. Make sure to dress warmly!
That’s it! You are now prepared for a great first month of the year in New York City. We hope you enjoyed our list of events in New York in January 2019. Let us know in the comments if you are planning on attending one of the listed events or how your experience with a particular event was!
Happy New Year 2019 from your team at VOLATOUR!