Gliding Through Winter!

The weather outside is frightful, but these events are so delightful.

With the holidays officially over, the cold weather can, at times, seem like too much to bear. Luckily, the Big Apple has just the cure to fight off those pesky wintery blues. From sporting events to ballet openings, January promises the start of a fresh and exciting New Year for natives and tourists alike. But you don’t have to just take our word for it…

Attention all hockey fans! The 2014 National Hockey League Stadium Series is officially underway this month, bringing talented teams to the ice in the great outdoors. Come watch the mighty New York Rangers as they glide across the legendary Yankee Stadium to face off against the New Jersey Devils on 1/26 and the New York Islanders on 1/29. It’s cold out, so be sure to bring lots of layers — though in a competitive, action-packed series like this, it shouldn’t take too long for things to heat up. (events2014.nhl.com)

Just because it’s no longer Christmas doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy some of the season’s wintery perks…like ice-skating, for instance! Manhattan plays host to some of the best ice-skating rinks in the city, guaranteed to put an extra glide in your step (quite literally). Undoubtedly one of the more popular skating destinations, Rockefeller Center transforms The Rink into your very own winter wonderland with each and every visit. (rockefellercenter.com) But for those who prefer a more scenic view to go with their glide, Central Park’s Wollman Rink offers the perfect blend of forest-y goodness to go with the glorious city skyline. Whether you’re looking for an intimate setting or just a chill place to hang out with friends, this stunning locale has everything you need for a good time, no matter the occasion. (centralpark.com)

Looking for an elegant night out on the town? The New York City Ballet’s 2014 winter season selection offers up an impressive array of stunning dance movements and melodic masterpieces that’s sure to tug at your heartstrings and leave you wanting more. Kicking off on 1/21, this widely known event at Lincoln Center will play host to a vast collection of programming, including All Balanchine (1/21, 1/25), Jewels (1/22, 1/25, 1/28, 1/30), as well as Liam Scarlett’s New Combinations. Get ready to feel light on your feet! (nycballet.com)

But for those who haven’t quite had their fill of holiday fun, head on down to Chinatown for the annual Chinese Lunar New Year Parade! Watch in wonder as flower-adorned floats make their way through the streets accompanied by the likes of magicians, acrobats, and dancing dragon puppets operated by professional martial artists. Entertaining music, delicious food, and impressive performances abound — what else could one ask for? How about a post-parade celebration! Once the procession ends at Worth Street, a cultural festival on Bayard Street kicks up with even more musicians, dancers, magicians, and food. (chinesenewyears.info)