VISITING NEW YORK CITY IN
New York City is a winter-wonderland in the season of January. Even though
the weather is nearing the middle of winter, New York is still a bustling
center of excitement and awe. Locals and tourists alike are breaking out
their jackets to brave the cold in order to take in all that the Big Apple
has to offer in January. NYC weather in January is some of the coldest the
Big Apple experiences the entire year.
What to expect
- Average Daytime Temperatures: 40 F (4C)
- Average Overnight Temperatures: 36 F (-3C)
- Sunny or partly sunny days: 14
- Rainy days: 12-17, 4 with significant rainfall
What to wear
- Several pair of long pants and warm fleeces are a must during this season
- A solid winter jacket, gloves and a hat will help top everything off
- Warm boots are also a good idea for any rain or snow days
NYC Prices in January
Because of the weather, New York sees a shortage of visitors in January.
This means that flights will be cheaper with more available times. January
is a unique time to visit NYC where the city isn't completely overrun by
Book your flights and accommodation in advance for best prices, midtown &
times square are the most popular choices, but there are plenty of other
options, especially in Brooklyn with convenient transport options to
Planning your trip is a key to a balanced budget, use free online resources
like our maps & guide or the itinerary tool, if you are going to visit
some iconic attractions, get a sightseeing pass, it will easily save you 50%
on regular admission prices – see more
Getting around New York City
NYC is easy to navigate, but if you can't walk to your destination there are plenty of options
The quickest way to travel around, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from
as low as $2.75 per ride, with stops usually every 8-10 blocks.
If the top taxi number is illuminated it's available, minimum metered fare
is $2.50, which increases 50 cents every fifth of a mile or every minute.
Hop on, Hop off Buses
These buses connect major attractions all over the city and provide many
photo opportunities, it's also a good way to catch a break or eat your
sandwich while still sightseeing.
Things to do in NYC in January
Check out the following list of ideas for fun things to do in New York in January:
1. New Years eve party
takes place in Time Square. Every year, thousands upon thousands of
visitors flock to Time Square and fill up the entire area to watch
the ball drop as the New Year is counted in. This New Years Eve
celebration is called New Year's Rockin' Eve and is one of the most
anticipated events in NYC all year.
2. Ice skating
Another great event in January is the ice skating available
throughout the city. Although there are many locations, the Rink at
Rockefeller Center is the coolest location set amongst the famous
Rockefeller Plaza. Some other ice skating locations include Wollman
Rink and the Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers.
3. Festivals & Shows
January is a month of many musical and cultural events throughout
the city. The Jazz Festival starts on the 4th along with the Asian
Festival. These are great opportunities for tourists to experience
diverse aspects of the New York lifestyle. For those still in a
holiday mood, the Holiday Train Show lasts from January 1st to the
21st. Wave Hill is a beautiful area of botanical gardens in the
Bronx that offers free entrance days during the month of January.
4. Tourist Attractions
All of the major tourist attractions in New York City should still
be visited in January. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island look
amazing in the snow and will even be less crowded around this time
of year. Chelsea Piers will have unique festivities such as
ice-skating and other weather-related activities.
Central Park is another must-see attraction when visiting NYC
in January. The park is completely transformed during the winter
months as leaves have fallen and snow is beginning to pile up.
Central Park is truly a winter-wonderland during January. This
offers tourists a great break from the hustle and bustle of the
There are some excellent attractions inside to help visitors escape
the cold. Madame Tussaud's is becoming an NYC favorite as visitors
can see incredible, life-size wax figures of famous people.
Ripley's Believe It Or Not! is another must-see attraction when
visiting NYC in January. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the
amazing things to see in these two museums. For those with more of
an artistic eye, the Tenement Museum and Transit Museum are great
options as well.
Rainy Day Options in NYC
Taking a Broadway show will chase away any rainy day blues during your visit to
New York City. It might not be possible to get last minute tickets to every show,
but you can find something a couple of hours before the show starts by visiting
the box office of the theatre. With every sightseeing pass purchased on this site
we offer a $40 credit voucher, valid for many of best NYC Broadways shows -
Your weather app says it’s going to be raining the whole day? Head over to one of
the best NYC Museums. Whether your interest is in art, science or city history,
there’s something for everyone in just about every neighbourhood. Pick from
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, American Museum of Natural History, Whitney Museum of American Art orMuseum of the City of New York.