There's nothing like gliding gracefully across the ice with the New York skyline as a backdrop and, from October, the city’s most famous winter sport – ice skating can be enjoyed throughout Manhattan, from the old landmarks like Rockefeller Center to a brand-new rink in Bryant Park. Some ice rinks such as the Wollman Rink in Central Park also offer ice hockey and a skating school.
While for shopaholics, New York continues to be brilliant for bagging a bargain, especially in the run-up to Christmas, providing visitors with special discount cards for use at department stores and offering cheaper price-tags on those American brands - which are often much more expensive by the time they hit the British high street.
For the more adventurous, Winter Jam NYC in early February is a free annual winter sports festival at Prospect Park, Brooklyn that encourages locals and visitors to get out and enjoy the outdoors in the colder months. Young and old alike can head down to the Lake Placid snow field (where fresh snow can be pumped out if needed) and strap on a pair of cross-country skis or snowshoes, or create a snow sculpture, while the Pride of New York Winter Market offers free samples and refreshments from local food producers.
For those wanting to stave off the winter chill with some great food, NYC Restaurant Week takes place in late January and early February and offers diners the opportunity to eat at some of the finest establishments in the city without the high cost. What’s more, a few weeks after the famous ball drop in Times Square, the Chinese celebrate the Lunar New Year's festival – a must-see event for culture-vultures and great for foodies too!
The Hotel @ Times Square provides a comfortable and affordable base in the heart of Midtown Manhattan and is situated close to the Rockefeller Center. Hotel amenities include free Continental breakfast, free wi-fi Internet access, free national phone calls, a fitness centre and bar. Children aged 12 and under stay free of charge.
This cheap and chic hotel is offering stays this winter starting from US$134.99 per room (approx. £84 per room), based on two sharing, subject to availability. To book, please call (freephone) 0808 178 6363 or visit www.thehotelattimessquare.com. Flights and accommodation taxes excluded. Dialaflight.com offers return flights from Heathrow to New York from £433 including taxes in October.
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