The First Day of Winter

The first day of winter is December 21st in the Northern Hemisphere. This day marks the Winter Solstice and is the shortest day of the year with only 9 ½ hours of sunlight. Despite the darker days winter is a fun time of the year. For many winter is defined by the several different activities you can take part in with your friends, family, or by yourself. With winter quickly approaching here is a brief list of fun wintertime activities you can enjoy.       

Enjoyable Wintertime Activities In NYC

New York City offers several winter events that you cannot find anywhere else.

  • Ice Skating: New York City  has several different locations for you to choose from for ice skating. The Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center is one of the most well known rinks in the nation. Also you should consider Winter Village at Bryant Park with its skate rentals or the Wollman Rink in Central Park with its postcard view and convenient centralized location.    

  • See The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree: The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a sight to see and a perfect way to start off the winter season. Viewable until January 7th this 94 foot tree is decorated with over 50,000 lights.    

  • Tour The Museum: Consider going to a museum. New York City’s museums cover a wide range of topics. Museums include the 9/11 Tribute museum, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, the world famous Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the American Museum of Natural History which covers earth sciences and the natural world.    

  • Winter Jazzfest: Running from January 5th through January 10th, 2017 the Jazzfest is a multi day tribute to the American art of Jazz. This event features young and veteran musicians and celebrates the music and its unique cultural impact.

  • Empire State Building Run-Up: On February 1st, 2017 this truly different kind of run happens. Racing a quarter of a mile and up 86 floors this is a unique endurance event. Currently the fastest time is 10 minutes.   

General Winter Activities

Some of the best wintertime activities are not on a time table or a special event. Always remember these classics.

  • Enjoy The Outdoors: Build a snowman, start a snowball fight, make a snow angel, go for a walk in the snow, or go sledding down your favorite hill. Remember winter only comes once a year and these outdoor activities are not only nostalgic but also fun.

  • Good Food: The cold of winter is the perfect time to enjoy hearty foods and drinks. Warm cider, eggnog, and hot chocolate are just three of the best wintertime drinks. Also be sure to cook soups, chilis, and pies to enjoy with friends and family.

  • Indoor Fun: The winter also brings with it fun indoor activity. No matter if you are sitting in front of a roaring fire or under a heated blanket few items are as cozy as the winter. It is also a good time to catch up with your reading, TV backlog, watch winter sports (when you are not playing them), or enjoying the post Christmas sales from the comfort of your home via the internet.    


There is a lot of fun to be had during the winter season. This festive time of year brings indoor, outdoor, and special events that only occur after the season changes. If you are looking to enjoy your winter the above activities are sure to keep you and yours entertained.