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OROGOLD loves New York in the winter months, as the whole city transforms into a stunning winter wonderland. For those of you looking for some memorable things to do, check out OROGOLD’s list of winter wonderland activities in NYC.
Ice skating outdoors in New York’s Central Park is a classic NYC experience. There are a few different ice rinks to choose from, although the rink at the Rockefeller Center is the most iconic, with most visitors eager to take a photo in front of the golden Prometheus statue. However, the rink at the Rockefeller Center is quite small, so if you want something bigger, OROGOLD would suggest Wollman Rink, in the southeastern corner of the park, which provides great Midtown views. For those of you looking to save some money, the ice rink at Bryant Park may be small, but it is free to use.
Shopping at the Holiday Markets
With eye-catching window displays and twinkling lights all around, wintertime shopping in NYC is always a delight. However, once the annual holiday markets open their doors, the shopping experience becomes more festive. The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park feature over 125 different vendors, and will be open until early January, while the Columbus Circle Holiday Market is situated in one of New York’s most stunning locations. For those who want to escape the cold, OROGOLD recommends checking out the Grand Central Holiday Fair, which is the only holiday market in New York to operate indoors.
Skiing in Central Park
This may come as a surprise to many, but those of you who want to have a go at some cross-country skiing can do so in New York’s very own Central Park, although only after there is a minimum of six inches of snow on the ground. Sheep Meadow is the most popular part of the park for skiing, as is the 55-acre Great Lawn. While it may not compare to the ski capitals of the world, gliding across the snow in the middle of New York City is quite an otherworldly experience. OROGOLD reminds you that there are not any ski rental facilities in the city, so you would need to have your own equipment.
Each year, Midtown’s Le Parker Meridien hosts a Gingerbread Extravaganza, featuring a variety of gingerbread houses created by local bakeries and pastry chefs. The display is free to visit, and visitors can then vote for their favorite gingerbread creation. There is no doubt that you will have a craving for gingerbread after a visit to the Gingerbread Extravaganza, and the hotel’s espresso bar is right there to warm you up with a white hot chocolate with gingerbread spice. There are many other gingerbread-inspired treats sold throughout the city in the winter, from gingerbread milkshakes to gingerbread macarons, so save some time to taste your way around the city!
New York City is stunning in the winter, with so many different winter activities to take part in. From skiing through Central Park to visiting the city’s festive holiday markets, OROGOLD urges you to make the most of this incredible winter wonderland.