Events in New York January 2018

Events in New York – January 2020 Edition

Happy New Year! If you are visiting New York in January, you can expect an awesome variety of Winter Wonderland events for the whole family. From ice skating rinks to winter sports events and the oh so famous restaurant week – you’ll definitely have loads to experience. And as usual: Most events in New York in January 2020 are free!

The first month of the year is also dedicated to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of greatest leaders in the civil rights movement, who would’ve celebrated his 91st birthday on January 15, 2020.

Top Events in New York in January 2020

 

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights 1_EN

 

What? Dyker Heights Christmas Lights 2019/2020

When? December 1, 2019 – January 2, 2020

Where? Dyker Heights & Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Free? No

Event-Tickets: https://www.volatour.com/en/new-york-tours/dyker-heights-christmas-lights-tour/

Description: This is your last chance to experience the itzy glitzy world of Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge during the holiday season. If you haven’t seen the fantastic decorations, you haven’t experienced Christmas in New York! Hurry – only until January 2nd!

 

Ice Skating Rinks New York

 

What? Ice Skating Rinks

When? January – April 2020

Where? Various locations in NYC

Free? Some

Description: Exchange your normal shoes with ice skates and slide across New York City’s ice rinks like there’s no tomorrow! If you own your own ice skates, you can just enter the rinks. Otherwise you’ll have the chance to rent a pair for a small fee.

Noteworthy Ice Skating Rinks: Wollman Rink @ Central Park | The Rink @ Winter Village, Bryant Park | The Rink @ Rockefeller Center

 

Night at the Museum Sleepover

 

What? A Night at the Museum Sleepover

When? January – April 2020

Where? American Museum of Natural History (Map)

Free? No

Event-Website/Tickets: https://www.amnh.org/plan-your-visit/sleepovers

Description: You and/or your kids love the movie “Night at the Museum”? Count yourself lucky, because you’ll have the chance to experience Larry Daley’s adventures in real life at the American Museum of Natural History. The “Night at the Museum” sleepover is not for free, but definitely an exciting experience for young and old!

 

Three Kings Parade NYC 2018

 

What? Three Kings Day Parade 2020

When? January 6, 2020

Where? El Museo del Barrio (Map)

Free? Yes

Event-Website: https://www.elmuseo.org/3k2020/

Description: The Three Kings Day Parade is a traditional march that takes place in East Harlem on January 6, from 11 AM to 12:30 PM. The parade celebrates the arrival of the three kings in Bethlehem and their gifts to newborn Jesus. Expect colorful floats, real camels and oriental marching bands. Family-Approved!

 

Brooklyn Tribute to MLK 2018

 

What? 34th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

When? January 20, 2020

Where? BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (Map)

Free? Yes

Event-Website: https://www.bam.org/talks/2020/brooklyn-tribute-to-dr-martin-luther-king-2020

Description: Brooklyn tributes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 20, 2020 with a celebration in honor of the iconic civil rights leader. This free event includes music performances, keynotes, movies, art exhibitions and much more!

 

A Shared Dream MLK Tribute 2018

 

What? 16th Annual “A Shared Dream” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute

When? January 20, 2020

Where? Walt Whitman Theater, Brooklyn College (Map)

Free? Yes

Event-Website/Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/a-shared-dream-foundation-5881996763

Description: Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the 16th annual “A Shared Dream” tribute concert in Brooklyn. Enjoy live music performances by marching bands and award-winning gospel artists and listen to a speech by New York State Senator Kevin Parker. Attention: Although this is a free event, participants are required to register in advance.

 

NYC Broadway Week 2018

 

What? NYC Broadway Week 2020

When? January 21 – February 9, 2020

Where? Various theaters in NYC

Free? No

Event-Website/Tickets: https://www.nycgo.com/broadway-week

Description: Popular events in New York in January 2020 don’t have to be expensive! This is your chance to save big on Broadway tickets! Sale starts at the beginning of January 2020. Don’t miss out on this opportunity and secure your 2-for-1 tickets on selected Broadway shows fast.

 

NYC Restaurant Week 2018

 

What? NYC Restaurant Week 2020

When? January 21 – February 9, 2020

Where? Various restaurants in NYC

Free? No

Event-Website/Tickets: https://www.nycgo.com/restaurant-week

Description: The NYC restaurant week is the ULTIMATE event in New York in January 2020 every Foodie has been waiting for since last summer. From January 21 to February 9, 2020 you’ll get a 2-course lunch for $26 and 3-course dinner for only $42 at famous restaurants in NYC. The NYC restaurant week is very popular so make sure you’ll book a table at your favorite restaurant early!

 

Chinese New Year - Firecrackers & Culture 2018

 

What? Chinese New Year 2020 – Firecrackers & Culture

When? January 25, 2020

Where? Sara D. Roosevelt Park (Map)

Free? Yes

Event-Website: http://betterchinatown.com/2020-2/

Description: Can’t get enough of New Year’s celebrations? Why don’t you join the start of the Chinese New Year at the Firecrackers & Culture event in Chinatown?! It’s definitely one of the most exciting events in New York in January 2020. Strings of firecrackers will light up the streets during the Firecracker Ceremony. Traditionally, the loud bangs of the firecrackers are believed to keep away bad luck. Definitely worth seeing!

 

Winter Carnival Bryant Park 2018

Image via bryantpark.org

 

What? Winter Carnival 2020 @ Bryant Park

When? Dates TBA (Usually late Jan. – beginning of Feb.)

Where? Bryant Park

Free? Yes

Event-Website: https://bryantpark.org/?/programs/winter-carnival

Description: A Winter Carnival right in the heart of Manhattan? Yes, you heard it right! Bryant Park, close to Times Square, celebrates the chilly winter season with spectacular ice skating performances, an ice castle, a silent disco and traditional German mulled wine to keep you warm!


That’s it! You are now prepared for a great first month of the year in New York City. We hope you enjoyed our list of events in New York in January 2020. Let us know in the comments if you are planning on attending one of the listed events or how your experience with a particular event was!

Happy New Year 2020 from your team at VOLATOUR!

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