A Guide to New Year’s Day Activities in New York City

With the new year, comes a brand new day. Resolve to make the most of it by taking part in vacation activities sure to get 2016 started off with memories that last a lifetime—or at least until you break your first resolution.

These are the Top 5 things to do on New Year’s Day in New York City:

Ice Skate
Those with dreams of landing a quadruple jump for Olympic gold can at least check the ice skating part off their bucket list. This New Year’s Day activity is a popular winter sport that eventually melts away—so don’t miss out. For picture-perfect views of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, lace up your skates and spend the day at Winter Village in Bryant Park. Skating is free at this family-friendly location. For a modest fee ($30 adults, $15 children under 11 and senior citizens), you can glide around Rockefeller Center’s world-famous Christmas tree. If you choose to skate here, expect big crowds.

NYC-SubwayRide the Subway
It’s not about getting from Point A to Point B on this ride. If you accept the Rapid Transit Challenge, you’ll have to go all the way. And by all the way, that means stopping at every subway station, on every line. But it doesn’t stop there—you have to do it in the shortest amount of time. Think you have mad navigation skills? Then hop on get going. The Guinness World Record for this event is currently 24 hours, 54 minutes and 3 seconds. Usher in the new year with a potentially record shattering event that begins at Rockaway Park in Queens and ends up at Street Station in the Bronx.

Window Shop
New York City department stores are second to none when it comes to holiday decorations. Take one last look at the beautiful displays before they pack it all away. Macy’s will astound you with classic facades. At Henri Bendel, it’s all about vintage characters in unforgettable settings. Walk under the stars above Time Warner Center or marvel at the spectacular haute culture extravaganza at Bergdorf Goodman. Checking out the goods without spending a dime is the best bargain of the season. Especially since you probably have a credit card statement that grew two sizes from all the holiday gifts you purchased.

Coney-Island-Polar-DipConey Island Polar Dip
Those who like their water icy cold can jump in the Atlantic Ocean for an exhilarating swim with oldest winter bathing organization in the United States—The Coney Island Polar Bear Club. If you have ice water running through your veins, or just like to have cool fun (make that cold), join them for their annual New Year’s Day dip. Changing stations will be set up so don’t forget to bring a towel and some warm dry clothes. A $20 donation is suggested to benefit Camp Sunshine.

See a Broadway Show
New Year’s Day is a great time to finally see a Broadway show. Think you know all about the Wizard of Oz? Guess again. Wicked at Gershwin Theatre See stars Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West—and her friend Glinda the Good. This performance is a classic tale of good and evil, with an interesting twist. For more than four decades tFrankie Valli & the Four Seasons have been a musical sensation beloved by countless fans. Discover the history of this incredible group when Jersey Boys takes the stage at August Wilson Theatre.