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10 Indoor Winter Activities In New York City

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Between snowball fights and afternoons at the skating rink, you may crave the comfort and warmth of, well, comfort and warmth. For when fun in the cold just won’t cut it, here are 10 indoor winter activities to do in New York City.
STORY, Courtesy of Jenny Shechtman
STORY, Courtesy of Jenny Shechtman

Do some holiday shopping.

Escape the chill and get your holiday shopping done in one swoop. This year, think unexpected gifts, such as fashionable high-tech headphones and statement-making sneakers from STORY’s ‘home for the holidays’ collection; or picture-perfect pencils, notebooks, and writing supplies from geek-chic haven CW Pencil Enterprise.

STORY, 144 10th Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 212 242 4853

CW Pencil Enterprise, 100B Forsyth Street, New York, NY, USA

Enjoy comfort food classics from New York restaurants.

Cooling temperatures call for comfort foods, so New York’s trendiest restaurants are cooking up your favorite cold-weather classics. OatMeals’ sweet and savory varieties, hearty chicken pot pie from the folks at Earl’s Beer & Cheese, and Empire Biscuit’s gravy-smothered biscuits are sure to warm you up on even the coldest winter day.

OatMeals, 120 West 3rd Street, New York, NY, USA +1 646 360 3570

Earl’s Beer & Cheese, 1259 Park Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 212 289 1581

Empire Biscuit, 198 Avenue A, New York, NY, USA +1 646 682 9529

Admire a creative Christmas tree at the American Museum of Natural History.

Step aside, Rockefeller; there’s a new tree in town thanks to the American Museum of Natural History. The museum’s Origami Holiday Tree features over 800 handcrafted ornaments from global origami artists. This quirky exhibition and the paper-folding instructors available on site will inspire you to get crafty this Christmas.

American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 769 5100

Take an entertaining art class with an adults-only twist.

Go back to school with one of Paint Nite’s ‘drink-and-draw’ art classes. Let a professional artist guide your cocktail-fueled creation process for an unexpected twist on your standard night out. Entertaining as well as enlightening, this after-dark art class ensures that creativity (and drinks) are free-flowing all night long.

April break, Paris, chez L&J-M, macarons Ladurée | © Coralie Ferreira/Flickr
April break, Paris, chez L&J-M, macarons Ladurée | © Coralie Ferreira:Flickr

Bake an unexpected holiday treat at a macaron-making class.

Thanks to the fine folks at Mille-feuille Bakery, Paris’ prettiest dessert is about to become your favorite homemade holiday treat. At the bakery’s intimate macaron-making classes, you’ll be guided by a Parisian chef through the delicate, delicious process of constructing colorful bite-sized snacks. An excellent gift idea, the class even sends students home with their finished products – if there are any left over, that is.

Mille-feuille Bakery, 552 La Guardia Place, New York, NY, USA +1 212 533 4698

Warm up with New York’s best cold-weather cocktails.

Say so long to rosé weather. Winter nights were made for cozying up to a warm cocktail. Settle into the cool, comfortable dining room over at The Spotted Pig for a mug of mulled wine spiced to perfection. Looking for something a little more low-key? Join Williamsburg locals at The Richardson, a low-lit and laid-back neighborhood hotspot with a hot toddy cocktail and trendy clientele sure to heat up your night.

The Spotted Pig, 314 West 11th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 620 0393

The Richardson, 451 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 389 0839

Break a sweat at a buzzy fitness class.

Don’t let freezing temperatures interfere with your fitness. Manhattan’s trendy exercise scene will raise your body temperature during these cold winter months. Dip a toe into the latest exercise craze, and book the fashion world’s favorite: ballet barre class. At studios scattered throughout the city, Pure Barre combines cardio, ballet, and body-sculpting moves into one unexpected workout with beautiful results.

Sip gourmet hot chocolate at a chocolatier boutique.

Your favorite childhood drink gets an upgrade at Mariebelle New York, the city’s chicest chocolatier and home to over 10 decadent variations of hot chocolate. Melted milk, dark, and white chocolate are accented by gourmet additions such as freshly-ground hazelnuts and Tahitian vanilla for a truly indulgent beverage.

Mariebelle, 484 Broome Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 925 6999

Jackson Pollock's Untitled (Green Silver) at MoMa | © Divya Thakur/Flickr
Jackson Pollock’s Untitled (Green Silver) at MoMa | © Divya Thakur:Flickr

Make a trip to Manhattan’s most buzz-worthy museum exhibits.

Snow days, vacation time, or just plain-old playing hooky. Winter is the most wonderful time of the year to take advantage of the city’s indoor attractions. This season, pick up holiday styling tips from the Museum at FIT’s sparkly Susanne Bartsch exhibition, or explore the artistic evolution of Jackson Pollock at the MoMa’s temporary exhibit.

The Museum at FIT, 227 West 27th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 217 4558

MoMa, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 708 9400

Give back by joining a local volunteer project.

This holiday season, give the gift of your time to New Yorkers in need with the help of volunteer organization New York Cares. Hosting a variety of ‘hot projects’ throughout the five boroughs, the organization offers opportunities for every skill set and interest, such as mural painting, tutoring, gardening, and athletics.