NYC January Events, Activities and Things to Do Calendar

Happy New Year! New York City Events January 2020 include HUGE savings with Broadway Week, Restaurant Week and NYC Must-Do Week (all January 21-February 9, 2020). Spend a night at the Museum, catch the last of the Rockefeller Center Christmas and the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular, see the stars at BroadwayCon, experience epic Jazzfest all night marathons, dream of yachts at the Boat Show and much more.

Special January events include Martin Luther King Jr. Day, New York National Boat Show, and the Annual Winter Antiques Show. Please check sightseeing and holiday hours for New Years Day (January 1st) and Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, January 20, 2020).

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Best NYC January Events 2020

  • New York City Broadway Week
  • NY Rangers, Knicks, Nets, Islanders
  • Disney on Ice
  • Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
  • New York National Boat Show
  • BroadwayCon
  • NYC Must-Do Week
  • NYC Winter Restaurant Week
  • Winter Jazzfest
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • A Night at the Museum
  • New York City Hotel Week (postponed in 2020)

Holiday and Christmas Cruise Specials

NYC Insider Best Sellers every Holiday Season!!!! Classic Harbor cruises has some holiday treats just for YOU!!! Their upscale cruise line offers dozens of NYC Holiday Cruises, like Cocoa & Carols, Holiday Jazz, Holiday Brunch, Holiday Wine Tasting, New Year's and many more, all year round.

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Holiday Shows in NYC

NYC is home to more special holiday shows this season than EVER before! Tickets are selling fast for the Rockettes, The Illusionsists on Broadway, A Christmas Carol on Broadway, Cirque du Soleil 'Twas the Night Before and The Nutcracker Ballet. Don't miss out - now is the time to score the best seats on the best days.

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January Things to do with Kids in New York

January is chock-full of things to do with Kids in NYC!

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New York City Broadway Week Winter 2020

New York City Broadway Week

January 21-February 9, 2020
Tickets on Sale January 8th

Get two-for-one tickets to some of the City’s hottest Broadway shows including Aladdin, Book of Mormon, Frozen, Harry Potter, Lion King, Mean Girls, Tootsie, Wicked and many more. Check out New York City Broadway Week and get your FREE tickets using code BWAYWK.

Offers are valid January 21-February 9. Certain terms and conditions may apply. Tickets are subject to availability. “NYC Broadway Week℠” is a service mark of NYC & Company, Inc., and is the original and official Broadway Week.

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NYC Winter Restaurant Week

NYC Winter Restaurant Week
Tao Restaurant, Midtown, New York City

January 21-February 9, 2020; Res open Jan 8th

A three-course dinner at the best restaurants in New York for $42? Sign me up! One of my favorite times of the year. I love a good bargain almost as much as I love good food. It almost feels like you’re stealing, only you’re not.

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Ceremony, 7-9 pm

The unlit tree arrives in November, then Black Friday and Thanksgiving pass, the department stores open their famous window holiday displays...but it is the week after Thanksgiving that represents the true start of Holiday Season in NYC for many New Yorkers.

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Skip the Line and Do NYC VIP Style

Do you know how many attractions and tours let you skip (most) of the lines and be treated like a VIP? Save HOURS on your NYC Vacation.

Empire State Building: Express Entry (86th Fl)

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One World Observatory: Skip The Line (Priority Reserved)

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9/11 Memorial & Museum: Skip The Line

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Empire State Building: Silver Access (86 & 102 for Fee)

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Empire State Building: Day and Night Entry

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VIP: EmptyMet Tour Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: Priority Entrance

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Skip the Line: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Flexible Date

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Skip The Line: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

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Fun Things to do in New York in Winter

There are so many things to do in New York in Winter, making it one of the BEST times to visit NYC. Yes, the weather can be cold and wet, so it is a risk. However, there are two huge payoffs, depending on a pre-or post holidays visit. Some of our favorite picks are:

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Disney on Ice Dream Big

Disney on Ice Dream Big

Believing is just the beginning for your favorite Disney heroes at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big! Miguel aspires to be a musician and journeys through the Land of the Dead to unlock his family’s history. Moana and Maui bravely restore the stolen heart of Te Fiti. Anna and Elsa save their kingdom while the Disney Princesses inspire with stories of strength, determination and kindness.

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Winter Jazzfest

Winter Jazzfest NYC

January 9-18, 2020
Various NYC Jazz Clubs

Winter Jazzfest started as a one evening show, and has now expanded into a music marathon across 150 groups comprising over 600 artists on 20 stages over 10 nights in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. The festival’s signature multi-artist, multi-venue experience takes place on January 10 and 11 in ten Manhattan venues; and January 17 at five Brooklyn venues featuring over 125 different groups and 500+ musicians.

Schedule, Line Up and Tickets: https://www.winterjazzfest.com

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NYC Airport Guides - LGA, JFK, EWR

Our detailed NYC Airport Guides go in-depth on everything you need to know about each airport. Free shuttles, nearby hotels, Stay & Fly Free Parking, Taxis, Limos, Shuttles, Parking, Cheap Flights and more.

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BroadwayCon

Broadway Con

January 24-26, 2020
Jacob Javits Center

BroadwayCon is a 3 day expo/exhibition in NYC where fans can meet and interact with their favorite Broadway stars. BroadwayCon brings you through the stage door to be part of the excitement that happens onstage and behind-the-scenes. There are feature panels, performances, interviews, workshops, singalongs, and more, all packed into an epic three-day weekend. BroadwayCon is where fans come together to celebrate their passions and revel in the magic that is the theatre.

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Hotels Near NYC Javits Center

Coming to town for the Boat Show, Comic Con, Motorcycle Show, NYT Travel Show, BroadwayCon, International Toy Fair, Restaurant and Food, The Auto Show, Chocolate Show or any one of dozens of fashion, technology or other industry shows? If your goal is to work hard, play harder, you'll definitely want to stay as close to the Javits Center as possible. Here are our top picks for Hotels Near NYC Javits Center.

Hotels Near NYC Javits Center

  • Ink48 Hotel - about 10 blocks from Javits Center, right next to the Intrepid Museum and my ALL time favorite rooftop! (photo)
  • Midtown Convention Center Hotel - the closest hotel to the JC, less than a block away. Small, clean rooms, geared towards convention exhibitors and attendees.
  • Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel - new "digitally enhanced" hotel in Garment District, 15 min walk to JC, modern, though modest.

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New York National Boat Show

New York National Boat Show

January 22-26, 2020
Jacob Javits Center
11th Avenue at 35th Street

Boating and fishing enthusiasts start their season at the New York National Boat Show. With its 100+ year history, this show is THE place to see the latest and greatest in boating, yachts, cruisers, bass and pontoon boats, canoes and kayaks and fishing boats.

Adults (16 and older): $12, 15 and younger: FREE when accompanied by an adult. More info: New York National Boat Show.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day NYC

Monday, January 20, 2020

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a national holiday with all public schools, post offices, and government buildings closed. There are many ways to celebrate the great life of this inspirational man, including: Martin Luther King Weekend in Harlem, Martin Luther King Jr. Day Anti-Hunger Serve-a-thon and often, a Central Park Seneca Village Tour.

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New York City Nightlife

How do you make the most of your time in the city that never sleeps?? Some of the best 'only in NYC' nightlife experiences include skyline views, dinner cruises, Museums and attractions open late til 2am, rooftops, night tours, comedy clubs and more. Some of our top NYC Nightlife picks:

New York City Nightlife

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NYC Concerts Shows January 2020

January New York City Shows and Concerts

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Get Your January New York City Discount Pass

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January Broadway Show Picks

Check out our newest Broadway Shows and top NYC Insider Picks for January!

freestyle love supreme on broadway

freestyle love supreme

Sept 13, 2019 - Jan 12, 2020. Before Hamilton! Before In The Heights! More than 15 years after its inception, Freestyle Love Supreme — the original hip-hop musical phenomenon from Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale — arrives on Broadway. Every performance, the crew takes the crowd on a freestyle, hip-hop, improvisational, never-before-seen comedy ride. Performers take suggestions from the audience and spin them into instantaneous riffs and full-length musical numbers. With spontaneous guest appearances from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Christopher Jackson, Daveed Diggs, James Monroe Iglehart, and more, every night brings the unexpected.

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical

From humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, Tina Turner didn't just break the rules, she rewrote them. This new hit stage musical, presented in association with Tina Turner herself, reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race. Previews: Oct 12, 2019, Tickets on sale through September 2020. Ages 14+

Jagged Little Pill Broadway Musical

Jagged Little Pill Broadway Musical

The Healys are a picture-perfect family, but looks can be deceiving. When the cracks beneath the surface begin to show, they must choose between maintaining the status quo or facing harsh truths about themselves, their community, and the world around them. Featuring Alanis Morissette’s iconic songs including “Ironic,” “You Oughta Know,” and “Hand In My Pocket,” plus brand-new songs written for the show. Previews: November 3, 2019

To Kill a Mockingbird Broadway Tickets

To Kill a Mockingbird Broadway Tickets - Ed Harris as Atticus Finch, Play adapted by Aaron Sorkin

Inspired by Harper Lee’s own childhood in Alabama, To Kill a Mockingbird features one of literature’s towering symbols of integrity and righteousness in the character of Atticus Finch, based on Lee’s own father. The character of Scout, based on Lee herself, has come to define youthful innocence—and its inevitable loss—for generation after generation of readers around the world. Tickets on sale through September 2020. Ages 12+

West Side Story Broadway

West Side Story Broadway

"A radical, thrilling new interpretation of this iconic work, with extraordinary dancing, breathtaking vision, and 23 young, brilliantly gifted performers all making their Broadway debuts. Don’t miss this opportunity to see a landmark in musical theater history as if for the very first time." Previews: December 10, 2019. Tickets on sale through June 2020.

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Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

Get your selfie on at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, a tourist favorite in NYC! Current Madame Tussauds exhibits include New York Presents Broadway - Journey through Andrew Lloyd Webber's most iconic shows, New Years Eve - count down the new year with some of your all time favorite celebs all year round, and A-List Party - strut down the red carpet, blow a kiss at the paparazzi and grab a cocktail (or two) while you mingle with your favorite celebs!

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Lunar (Chinese) New Year 2020

Chinese New Years Day 2020

Photo ©Better Chinatown Society

The Lunar New Year marks the beginning of the spring, the rebirth of the Earth and 2020 is the Year of the Rat. New York City celebrates the Lunar New Year with a Firecracker Ceremony, Cultural Festival and a New Year Parade followed by another Festival.

Lunar New Year’s Day Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival
January 25, 2020 | Tuesday | 11:00am – 3:30 pm
After the firecrackers, a traditional Lunar New Year practice believed to scare away evil spirits, join the opening ceremonies, a dozen Lion, Dragon and Unicorn dance troupes marching down the main streets of Chinatown. A massive festival in the heart of Chinatown will feature all-day cultural performances by traditional and contemporary Asian and Asian-American signers and dancers, along with promotional booths. Location: Sara Roosevelt Park (Grand & Forsyth St.)

Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival
February 9, 2020 | Sunday | 1:00pm
A colorful spectacle featuring floats, marching bands, lion and dragon dancers, antique cars, beauty queens, Asian musical performers, magicians and acrobats, and local organizations. Begins in Little Italy and goes through the main streets of Lower Chinatown.

There is also usually a Lunar New Year’s Fireworks (& Dinner Cruise) and the NY Philharmonic Lunar New Year Concert and Gala.

More info at Better Chinatown Society and Lunar New Year in New York

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Lincoln Center - Opera, Ballet, NY Philharmonic, Jazz, Broadway

You really haven't been to NYC until you experience THE beating heart of our Arts & Culture scene, Lincoln Center, home to the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, NYC Ballet, Julliard School, Broadway and so much more. See what NYC's (always amazing) classic cultural scene has to offer while you are here.

Lincoln Center NYC

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Jacuzzi Hotels NYC in Room

Jacuzzi Hotels NYC in room offer travelers a wonderful way to relax and connect after a long day of walking around NYC. Our top picks for in room jacuzzi spa tubs include:

Jacuzzi Hotels NYC in Room

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NYC January Sports

Make sure to add a NYC Game Day to your NYC vacation – it’s an absolute MUST in NYC! Winter is the perfect time to head indoors and catch the Knicks, Nets, Rangers and Islanders leave it on all the court or ice!

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NYC Winter Bargains and Discounts

NYC is giving away everything this time of year!!! Broadway Week, Restaurant Week and Must See (Attractions) Week are all at the exact same time! Tickets and Reservations all open on January 8th for these three major events.

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  • NYC Winter Restaurant Week – January 21-February 9, 2020
  • NYC Must See Week – January 21-February 9, 2020 – 2 for 1 tickets to major NYC attractions, such as Bateaux New York Dinner Cruise, Bronx Zoo, Brooklyn Museum, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, CitySightseeing Cruises, Empire State Building, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Madame Tussauds, Museum of Modern Art, New York City Ballet, One World Observatory and many more.

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More New York City Events January 2020

More January Events:

  • Central Park Winter Jam
    NYC’s Ultimate Snow Day, www.nycgovparks.org
  • Outsider Art Fair –  January 16-19, 2020
  • NYT Travel Show – January 24 – 26, 2020 | Jacob Javits Center, NYC
  • 20at20 – TBD
  • Lunar New Year (January 25 & February 9, 2020)

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A Night at the Museum

Just a few times per year, the Museum of Natural History lets you sleep over!!!! And yes, it's just like the movie! Evening and morning snacks, cots to sleep on, a flashlight fossil fact-finding mission, live animals, private museum tours and more.

A Night at the Museum

Sleep Over at the Museum of Natural History

October 12, 2019
November 8 & 15, 2019

This is an authentic NYC experience you and the kids can't miss! Ages 6 - 13, + an accompanying guardian.

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Rangers MSG Schedule

New York Rangers Tickets

Get your New York Rangers tickets and schedule to see our NY hockey team live in action at Madison Square Garden. The NY Rangers have made the finals and/or playoffs the last six consecutive seasons. Their games are the easiest sporting events in NYC to attend, right in Midtown Manhattan, a block from the Empire State Building.

NY Rangers Schedule – Home Games January


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Knicks MSG Schedule

New York Knicks Tickets

No matter how they are performing, Knicks games are always a blast and there's nothing like an event at MSG. Come join our NY basketball team live in action at Madison Square Garden, "The World’s Most Famous Arena." Go NYC style with cheap seats, fast paced sports action, hot dogs and beer and cheer on the New York Knicks today! As a general rule, with plenty of exceptions, basketball games start at either 7:30pm or 12:00pm, November through April.

NY Knicks Schedule – Home Games January


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Brooklyn Nets Schedule

Brooklyn Nets Tickets

The Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center is a true NYC experience. They offer classic Brooklyn foods like Nathan’s hot dogs and Juniors’ cheesecake, and have Jay-Z as a part owner! Jay-Z's 40/40 club in the luxury sections of Barclays center serves drinks until 2am. With 2,000 seats at Barclay's Center costing $25 or less, professional basketball is now available to everyone! See Brooklyn's newest team bring it New York style.

Brooklyn Nets Schedule – Home Games January


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How to Save on Hotels in New York City

Check out all our tips and dozens of promo codes to help save on NYC Hotels. Whether you are visiting NYC on a budget, or just looking to save a little on luxury, we share all our insight on How to Save on Hotels in New York City.

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Things to Do in NYC by Month

Our Event Calendars show you exactly which events occur by day, but our Things to Do monthly guides highlight seasonal tours, bike rides, best time for boat cruises, when to buy tickets, the biggest sales and all the optimal times to do activities by month.

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New York City Hotel Week – Rooms from $100

Note from the Hotel Week Website: Hotel Week NYC 2020 is on Vacation. Check back summer 2020 for a possible Hotel Week 2021.

Hotel Week New York City, January 4-14, 2019, is a GREAT time to save big on hotel rooms which usually go for $500 or more per night. Experience the BEST of NYC at a fraction of the usual cost!

Hotel Week New York City

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2 COMMENTS

  1. 18 yr old coming to NYC Dec 30th 2019
    till 5thJan 2020  how do I get tickets to best  basketball games in that time frame or anything of interest  for a young man that you can suggest would be most helpful.
    Tickets for Hamilton if possible also for the boat show.
    Need all the help I can get.
    Regards

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