The coldest months of the year in NYC are January and February, while snow can fall at any time between November and April, with occasional accumulations lasting until May or even June. The fact that it is winter in New York City may be a deterrent for some, but it is one of the most joyful and exciting times of the year to visit.

Here is a quick look at some of the best things to do in winter in NYC.

Rockefeller Center

Nothing compares to the festive season in New York City. It is by far one of the best times to visit because there are many different things to do in winter in NYC. New York sparkles with decorations, twinkling lights, window treatments, and tangible festive energy throughout the five boroughs.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, a New York City tourist attraction for almost 75 years, is the centerpiece of the holiday season in New York. Every year around Thanksgiving, the tree is proudly displayed over the famous ice-skating rink, which attracts thousands of people from all over the world.

Enjoy a Cup of Hot Cocoa

There is nothing like enjoying a nice cup of hot cocoa after spending a day ice skating at Wollman Rink. Fortunately, there are various bakeries and eateries in New York City that can fulfill the order. Perhaps the city’s most famous hot chocolate isn’t even that hot. Serendipity 3, an Upper East Side restaurant, is famous for its “frozen hot chocolate,” which was made famous in the film Serendipity.