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What Makes Winter in New York City so Magical

People generally think of winter on the East Coast as a brutal experience. Mountains of snow and sheets of ice. While there are snowstorms, New York City’s colder months are pure magic. Residents love the atmosphere that the falling temperatures and snow speckled streets create. And they really enjoy all of the seasonal activities that accompany this change.


Here are just a few of the great things that make winter in New York City so magical:

Ice skating

As winter arrives ice rinks start to open all across the city. Whether you’re an expert skater, or just someone looking to have a great time, this is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Most of the rinks are large enough to accommodate everyone who wants to skate. Venues like McCarren Park Pool can hold up to 300 people.

Celebrate the winter by going out and having some fun on ice. It’s a good way to enjoy yourself and make the most of the cold weather.

Hot chocolate

Relive some wonderful childhood memories with the city’s Annual Hot Chocolate Festival. Every single day throughout the month of February you can try a completely different flavor of hot chocolate.

Some of the more popular blends last year included “Sunken Treasure,” which blended the classic beverage with caramel coins that were added to the bottom of each cup, and a surprisingly refreshing Earl Grey Tea hot chocolate mix.

Giving back

New Yorkers take care of one another. And with the holiday spirit in the air, charity is at an all time high. As the months get colder, citizens’ hearts get warmer. Take part in New York Cares and donate your old clothing and winter wear to those in need.

In addition, there are all kinds of other charities that are in full-swing. You can gift toys and games to underprivileged children, or partake in food drives for struggling families. Giving back and helping the community can really help you to appreciate just how caring New York residents really are.

What makes the city special to you?

Everyone has their own reasons for loving winter in the city.

If you have a favorite activity or memory, let us know. We’d be happy to hear about it and others would probably be happy to try out your advice. Feel free to leave a comment or share this article with someone you know.

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