From morning to night, romance flourishes in the Big Apple and wintertime brings a variety of romantic things to experience with your significant other. Share classic romantic activities such as kissing at the top of the Empire State Building, dinner and a show or holding hands on a museum tour. New York is the largest city in the United States and offers a unique medley of memorable things to do in the winter.
Rent two pair of ice skates at the Rockefeller Center Ice Rink for a quintessential romantic New York experience. The Rink offers a special Engagement on Ice package for those wanting to propose marriage. Attend the star-studded tree-lighting ceremony of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, a New York tradition since 1931. Five miles of lights illuminate the giant tree topped with a single star composed of 25,000 crystals and on public display from early December through January.
New Year’s Eve at Times Square
Ring in the New Year and share a kiss at midnight as the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball descends 77 feet from the top of One Times Square. Dress warm for this momentous event occurring annually since 1907. Artisans from Waterford Crystal of Ireland and technical light experts combine efforts to create the orb. As the ball falls, a ton of colorful confetti rains over 1 million revelers.
Central Park Romance
Snuggle under a blanket with your date on a romantic winter carriage ride through timeless Central Park. Tour sites include the Carousel, Dairy, Sheep Meadow, Zoo and the Wollman Rink. Propose to your beloved atop the Belvedere Castle. You can get married in Central Park; the park offers wedding packages at many locations including the Ladies Pavilion, Conservatory Garden and Bethesda Terrace. Visit Strawberry Fields, a 2.5-acre garden that pays homage to the late John Lennon, a singer, songwriter, peace activist and former member of The Beatles. The center of Strawberry Fields contains a mosaic featuring a single word: Imagine--a reference to Lennon’s famous song about love, peace and hope.
Madison Square Garden Puppy Love
If you're dog-lovers attend the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show held in Madison Square Garden, a two-day all-breed event held in early February. Choosing a dog as a couple is a huge commitment and the Westminster event offers prospective dog parents an opportunity to learn about different breeds. The first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show occurred in 1877 and is the second-longest running sporting event in the United States after the Kentucky Derby.
Tiffany’s on Fifth Avenue
Jewelry shopping at Tiffany & Co. located on Fifth Avenue is a romantic thing to do especially for an engagement, wedding or anniversary ring. Grab a cup of coffee and a healthy danish and admire the jewels in the window display like Holly Golightly as portrayed by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 romantic comedy film "Breakfast at Tiffany’s." Founded in 1837, Tiffany’s is a longstanding New York institution of style and glamour.
Winter Restaurant Week
Take your loved on a romantic dinner date to one of New York’s finest restaurants during Restaurant Week, an all-city event that occurs twice a year in the winter and summer. Many of New York’s finest restaurants participate in Restaurant Week offering discounted prices on three-course lunch and dinner menus. Winter Restaurant Week takes place in late January to early February.