We’ve clocked in enough snow days in NYC to know that cozying up on the coach and binging on Netflix is not the way to go. Don’t get us wrong, it’s tempting, but Heisenberg and the rest of Breaking Bad‘s third season can wait when you have the greatest city in the world at your disposal and blanketed in gorgeous snowfall.
If it’s shelter you seek, instead of your tomb size apartment, opt for a home-style café with slightly steamy windows you can people watch from or quell you chilly weather shivers with a hot toddy at bar adorned with Christmas lights. If it’s the city’s sights you want to take in, there are some that are just a cut above the rest when the temperatures drop and flurries descend. Here, we’ve narrowed down some of our favorite things to do amidst the white stuff.
1. Winter Village at Bryant Park
Bryant Park is one of our favorite spots in Manhattan year-round, but come November it is transformed into a magical village complete with an ice rink, an enclosed two-story restaurant with ringside views and an outdoor terrance and heat lamps, as well as over 125 boutique-style artisan shops.
2. The Bar at Rolf’s
If you’ve seen a similar seen to the above in your Instagram feed it’s definitely Rolf’s, because when it comes to drinking your weight in Beck’s amidst a dizzying galaxy of Christmas decor, it is simply unrivaled.
3. Hot Chocolate at City Bakery
We don’t care if you’re tired of hearing friends wax poetic about City Bakery’s famous hot chocolate. Don’t knock it til you try it because traipsing around the snow is never more tranquil than when you’re sipping their dark chocolate concoction and savoring every bite of their homemade marshmallow.
4. Ice Skating at Central Park
Central Park’s Wollman Rink is a New York institution, and hitting the ice is all the more enchanting when surrounded by snow.
5. A Winter Stroll at The New York Botanical Garden
If mass transit permits, head to The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx for the ultimate winter stroll through the Forest and the Perennial garden. When you’re ready to warm up, head to the Holiday train show in the Conservatory or one of the Garden’s two cafes.
6. Holiday Lights in Dyker Heights
Every December, New Yorkers flock to this south Brooklyn neighborhood for rows of over-the-top holiday lit houses. You haven’t really experienced the spirit of Christmas until you’ve seen every variation of a silicone Santa Claus.