New York City Events January 2012

NYC January Events, Activities and Things to Do Calendar

Happy New Year! New York City Events January 2012 include Chinese New Year, The Big Apple Circus, New York Times Arts and Leisure Weekend, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, New York National Boat Show, Winter Restaurant Week, $20 Off Broadway Shows and the Annual Winter Antiques Show. January follows a fantastic season of shopping, celebrations and parties, so New York City tends to be a bit quieter in January. Masses of visitors and tourists have left, making this an ideal time to visit so you not only have every NYC attraction to yourself, but get REAL discounts on Broadway, Restaurant and Hotels.

The Rockefeller Tree is lit until Friday, January 6, 2012 and everything is on sale in the stores! The only catch? January can be freezing, so layer up with hats, gloves, scarves, heavy sweaters and your best waterproof boots.

Please check sightseeing and holiday hours for New Years Day (January 1st) and Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, January 17).

Tickets on Sale:

Ongoing New York City Events January 2012

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New York Knicks Basketball Tickets and Schedule

The NY Knicks are better than they’ve been in a long time, thanks to our stars Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. Tickets start at just $13, with lots of discount options, and their games are the easiest sporting event in NYC to attend. Madison Square Garden, the World’s Most Famous Arena, is right in Penn Station, accessible by almost any subway and just two blocks from the Empire State Building. Go NYC style with cheap seats, fast paced sports action, hot dogs and beer and check out the New York Knicks Tickets, Schedule and Directions today! The NBA Lockout is over and this is the updated NY Knicks schedule!

NY Knicks Schedule – Home Games January 2012

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Mon 02 vs Toronto 7:30pm

Wed 04 vs Charlotte 7:30pm

Mon 09 vs Charlotte 7:30pm

Wed 11 vs Philadelphia 7:30pm

Mon 16 vs Orlando 1:00pm

Wed 18 vs Phoenix 7:30pm

Fri 20 vs Milwaukee 7:30pm

Sat 21 vs Denver 7:30pm

Tue 31 vs Detroit 7:30pm

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New York Times Arts and Leisure Weekend

New York Times Arts and Leisure Weekend

January 5-8, 2012, The Times Center

242 West 41st Street (7th & 8th Aves)

Every year, the NYT Arts & Leisure Weekend brings together legends in the fields of film, theater, music, television, dance, media and more.

2012 Headliners include: Seth Rogen, “The Good Wife” Cast & Creators, Patricia Cornwell, Michael Shannon of Boardwalk Empire, Chris Cornell, Simon Doonan and more. Tickets around $30 per person.

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Chinese New Year’s Day – Chinatown

Chinese New Year's Day - Chinatown NYC
Better Chinatown Society

January 23 and 29, 2012

The Chinese New Year marks the beginning of the spring, the rebirth of the Earth and 2012 is the Year of the Dragon.

New York City celebrates the Chinese New Year with a Firecracker Ceremony, Cultural Festival and a New Year Parade followed by another Festival.

Chinese New Year’s Day Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival

January 23, 2012 | Monday | 11:30am

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: Roosevelt Park – Between Grand Street and Hester Street, NYC

13th Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival
January 29, 2012 | 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.
More info at the Better Chinatown Society.

See Also: Insider guide to Chinatown, Lower East Hotels, East Village Hotels.

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January New York City Concerts and Shows

Cheap NYC Concert Tickets

Kelly Clarkson: Stronger Tour 2012

Radio City Music Hall

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Lenny Kravitz w/ Raphael Saadiq

Radio City Music Hall

January 28, 2012

More New York City Concerts

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58th Annual Winter Antiques Show

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January 20-29, 2012

Park Avenue Armory (Park Ave & 67th St)

The most prestigious antiques show in America, featuring the “best of the best” from antiquities through the 1960s. Curators, established collectors, dealers, design professionals and first-time buyers can view and purchase pieces showcased by 75 exhibitors.

Daily 12pm – 8pm, Sun & Thurs 12pm – 6pm, Tickets $20, (includes catalogue)

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New York National Boat Show

New York National Boat Show

January 4-8, 2012
Jacob Javits Center
11th Avenue at 35th Street

Boating and fishing enthusiasts start their season at the New York National Boat Show. With its 107-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): $14.00, 15 and younger : FREE when accompanied by an adult. More information at New York National Boat Show. .

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day NYC

Monday, January 16, 2012

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 Central Park Seneca Village Tour

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New York City Hotel Week 2012 – Rooms from $100

Hotel Week New York City 2014JJanuary 6-15, 2012

Hotel Week New York City is a GREAT time to save big on hotel rooms which usually go for $500 or more per night. Combine Hotel Week with Broadway Week, Restaurant Week, and huge shopping sales, and you can truly experience the BEST of NYC at a fraction of the usual cost! Check out awesome rates at posh hotels like: Gansevoort Park Avenue and Meatpacking, Hotel Elysée, Hotel Giraffe, Library Hotel, Viceroy and many others!

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New York City Broadway Week

New York City Broadway Week

January 17 – February 4, 2012

Get two-for-one tickets to some of the City’s hottest Broadway shows including Anything Goes, Chicago, Godspell, Jersey Boys, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Mary Poppins, Memphis, On a Clear Day, Phantom of the Opera, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Sister Act, Wicked and more. Broadway tickets on sale January 4th.

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NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2012

NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2011
Tao Restaurant, Midtown, New York City

Jan 16 – Feb 10, 2012 (often extended)

A three-course dinner at the best restaurants in New York for $35? 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. Reservations open January 4th (same as Broadway Week).

Read more on Restaurant Week New York City

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See Over 20 Off-Broadway Shows for Only $20 Each

20 at 20 Off Broadway Tickets NYC

January 18- February 6, 2012

20at20 is your chance to see the Best of Off-Broadway for only $20! A 3 course meal (Restaurant Week) and and a show (probably soon to be on Broadway) for $55 per person??? Can’t beat that!

This is where REAL NEW YORKERS go. With 20at20, you get the chance to see the next Rent, A Chorus Line, In The Heights or Spring Awakening – before the prices go ”uptown”.

How it Works: Tickets for 20at20 shows are $20, starting 20 minutes before show time. Go to the box office of the show you want to see 20 minutes before it begins and say, ”20at20.” You’ll get your ticket to a real New York theater experience!

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Professional Bull Riders Invitational at MSG

Professional Bull Riders Invitational at MSG

January 6-8, 2012

Madison Square Garden Invitational

The “Toughest Sport on Dirt” returns to Madison Square Garden, and New Yorkers will once again be treated to unique sights and sounds: 700 tons of dirt, the top 45 bull riders and the rankest 2000-pound bulls in the world.

Don’t miss New York’s toughest event of the yearl. This is not a rodeo… this is the one and only PBR!

Tickets start at $25, but get them half price at Professional Bull Riders.

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More New York City Events January 2012

  • New York Progressive International Motorcycle Show – January 20-22
  • Carnegie Hall Concert Event | Listen for Life – January 8, 2012 
  • Russian Cellist Misha Quint at Carnegie Hall – January 25th at 8pm
  • Three Kings Day Parade and Celebration – January 6, 2011, 10:30 am
  • New York Jewish Film Festival – Jan 11 to 26, 2012
  • Playing the Game Art Exhibit – January 19 to February 2, 2012
  • Maksim Chmerkovskiy of Dancing with the Stars Event – January 27
  • Bryant Park Winter Film Fest – January 23 for 4 Monday Nights. January 23: When Harry Met Sally January 30: Groundhog Day February 6: Edward Scissorhands February 13: Lady and the Tramp (Two showings: 5:30pm and 7pm)

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