Winter Bucket List 2023-2024 for Staten Island
Winter in the Big Apple is a real rollercoaster of emotions for us New Yorkers. We can’t help but get all giddy when that first snowflake falls, but boy, do we curse it when we’re schlepping bags of groceries through a snowstorm or, if you’re brave enough, pushing a stroller! But you know what? We’re good at forgiving and forgetting. It’s incredible how quickly our mood improves after sipping a cup of hot cocoa, hearing the kids’ oohs and ahhs as they take in dazzling holiday lights or glide around one of NYC’s awesome ice rinks. We’ve got a to-do list that’ll drag you out of your cozy home and help you make the most of winter! Let’s embrace the cold season, New York-style!
See the world-famous Rockettes at the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular.
Head to Coney Island for Luna Park’s inaugural Frost Fest, featuring a skating rink, rides, holiday lights, photos with Santa and much more!
Sip hot cocoa from a cozy igloo with your family at Eggers Winter Wonderland, located in scenic Snug Harbor this year
Holiday shop ‘til you drop at The Boulevard, Staten Island’s newest open-air shopping center located at Hylan Blvd. & Beach Ave.
Choose and cut down your own holiday tree, Clark Griswold-style! See a list of tree farms in nearby New Jersey here.
Drive around your neighborhood to see twinkling holiday lights; join the popular Facebook group Staten Island Christmas Houses to see which ones are worth the trip to another zip code.
See the lighting of the world’s largest menorahs at Grand Army Plaza in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and Midtown, Manhattan, every night of Hanukkah in Park Slope.
Visit the enchanting annual Winter Lantern Festival after dark for a display of beautifully lit and dazzling lanterns, debuting this season at American Dream Mall and Queens County Farm Museum.
Visit the NYBG’s Holiday Train Show—a favorite holiday tradition—and see model trains zip through an enchanting display of more than 190 replicas of New York landmarks.
Admire the stunning views of the city all lit up for the holiday season from one of NYC’s observation decks like The Empire State Building.
Visit the American Museum of Natural History to see their famous 13-foot Origami Holiday Tree and check out the amazing new Gilder Center while you’re there.
Stroll around the city and check out the elaborate holiday window displays outside department stores like Macy’s, Saks, and Bloomingdales.
Head over the bridge to Brooklyn’s Dyker Heights (between 11th to 13th Avenue or 83rd Avenue to 86th St.) for the neighborhood’s famous annual holiday light displays.
Stay warm on a cold day and visit your local library branch to check out books and partake in some free programs the kids will love.