As 2018 comes to a close, the new year brings endless possibilities. Whether you’re looking for the perfect New Year’s Eve event or a family-fun activity to kick off 2019, New York City has it all. Since there are many “special” events going on across the city, it’s important to plan ahead.
What to Do This Week in NYC
On December 31st, New York City hosts endless special events. Whether you’re into food, Broadway shows, or skating, there’s something for everyone. The following week, NYC doesn’t slow down. Even after the dozens of New Year’s Eve activities and events, come the first week of January, NYC continues to be the “City That Never Sleeps.”
For New Years:
1. New Year’s Eve in Times Square
If you’re looking for the ultimate celebration, you won’t be disappointed by this New Year’s Eve bash. Located in Times Square, you will witness dancing lights and confetti, big-name musicians, fireworks, and of course, the large crystal ball that drops at midnight. If you plan on stopping by, you can read all about it here.
2. New Year’s Eve at Madame Tussauds New York
Looking for something different that the whole family can enjoy? If so, come down to Madame Tussauds’ 4D cinema. Here, you can enjoy appetizers, an open bar, and a special screening. Best of all, it’s only half a block from the legendary “Ball Drop” mentioned above. All ages welcome.
3. Future Positive New Year’s Eve Party
This free event is perfect for bikers, offering a unique night out. This year, the bike ride is reversing direction, going downtown instead of uptown. Begin your experience at one of two starting points, both of which lead to a dance party at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space. There will also be multimedia performances and free valet bike parking.
If you’re a foodie, please note that many of the city’s top restaurants offer a special New Year’s Eve menu. There are also plenty of unique food-centric events happening, including A Decadent New Year’s at Murray’s Cheese, NYE Six-Course Dinner & Cruise, and New Year’s Eve at Beer Authority.
Following New Year’s Eve, be sure to check out:
- New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit Reading (January 1) — If you love poetry, don’t miss out on this event. Hear from 140 poets at St. Mark’s Church from 2 p.m. until after midnight.
- The Winter Village at Bryant Park (January 1-2) — Not only is there a free ice skating rink (and skates for rent), but there are also 125 holiday kiosks for you to explore.
- Radio City Christmas Spectacular (January 1-6) — Presented at Radio City Music Hall, this show features drones, dancers, fireworks, and even a flying Santa, which is sure to keep you in the festive spirit. When you enter the Grand Foyer, you will also have an opportunity to see 10,000 hanging crystals.
- Disney on Ice: Frozen (January 3-6) — Want to spend some quality time with family? If so, head outside the city to the Prudential Center in Newark to watch Disney characters glide and dance on ice.
- Winter Jazzfest (January 4-12) — Featuring more than 150 artists, you can catch a wide array of performances at Le Poisson Rouge and other stunning venues. Looking for a musical experience that is a touch more diverse? Then be sure to check out globalFEST near Times Square on January 6th.