NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 4:02 PM
Old Man Winter will soon make his way into New York City. However, don’t worry about being stuck indoors during the colder months — there are plenty of activities to do in the city this winter season. Ice skating at Bryant Park is now open until March 2016.
Sure the weather outside is about to get frightening, but don’t get stuck indoors this season as New York turns into a Winter Wonderland.
Here’s our curated list of must sees and must dos this season:
1. Bank of America Winter Village
Every year Bryant Park transitions from a summer-friendly grass lawn into a winter wonderland with a jam packed ice skating rink and dozens of small boutiques and shops to frequent.
Admission to the rink is free so if guests bring their own skates, a trip to Bryant Park could be an inexpensive night out.
Ice skating is open daily at the rink from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. until March.
2. Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony will take place Dec. 2.
The sparkling Christmas tree that brightens up Rockefeller Center will be lit once again on Wednesday, Dec. 2 with musical performances to celebrate and plenty of holiday cheer.
Be prepared though — you will be sandwiched between thousands of others all hoping to catch a glimpse of the magical tree lighting.
If this isn’t exactly your thing, you can always watch the lighting ceremony on television and see the bedazzled tree in person on your own time until Jan. 6, 2016.
3. Holiday flicks
There are loads of films coming to a theater near you this holiday season, including “The Peanuts Movie” and “Spectre” both out on Nov. 6, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” out on Nov. 20, holiday comedy “The Night Before” and drama flick “Creed” both released Nov. 25.
For films out in December, be sure to catch “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” both out in theaters on Dec. 18 and the remake of 1991 film “Point Break” out on Dec. 25.
You can catch new film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” when it hits theaters on Dec. 18.
4. Dreaming of a Great White Way
Don’t miss these upcoming Broadway shows this season:
“Fiddler on the Roof” is in previews at the Broadway Theatre beginning Nov. 20.
“The Color Purple”: previews start at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Nov. 10.
“The Color Purple” will soon light up the Broadway stage once again. Previews begin at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Nov. 10. The show is based on the 1982 novel written by Alice Walker. The novel was adapted to film in 1985 and starred Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg (both pictured) and later hit the Broadway stage for the first time in 2005.
“School of Rock — The Musical”: previews begin at the Winter Garden Theatre on Nov. 9.
“A View From the Bridge”: now in previews at the Lyceum Theatre.
“Allegiance”: in previews at the Longacre Theatre.
“Misery”: in previews at the Broadhurst Theatre.
“China Doll”: in previews at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.
“On Your Feet — The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan”: in previews at the Marquis Theatre, opening night is Nov. 5.
5. “Disney on Ice”
Cast photo of “Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic.” The show will be playing at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Nov. 10 through Nov. 15.
The Disney on Ice show, “100 Years of Magic” prances through the Barclays Center in mid-November for a week of fun the whole family can enjoy.
Brittany Fullgrapp during a past performance as Disney villain Cruella de Vil in “Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate!” Fullgrapp’s mother, Cynthia, is a “Disney on Ice” veteran and was the first to play Cruella in the skating production in the 1980s.
Dozens of skaters will be dressed as characters from classic Disney stories as they act out the beloved tales while gracefully ice skating around the rink.
The production will also feature ice skater Brittany Fullgrapp, the daughter of “Disney on Ice” veteran Cynthia Fullgrapp, the first to portray “101 Dalmations” villain Cruella de Vil for the production. Her mother also toured with “Disney on Ice” for 16 years during the 1970s and 1980s.
This year, Fullgrapp is cast as the Blue Fairy who turns Disney character Pinocchio from puppet to real life boy.
“Any age, boy, girl, man, woman — this is definitely a show for everybody,” Fullgrapp told the Daily News.
“You can find the child in yourself the second you hear the marching band in the beginning that opens the show. It’s definitely special,” she added.
Disney on Ice’s “100 Years of Magic” will be at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Nov. 10-15.
SantaCon, the annual booze-filled gathering of people dressed in Santa Claus costumes will be held Dec. 12, according to their website.
“SantaCon” has become an annual booze-filled gathering of people dressed in their best Christmas attire for a day of bar hopping. SantaCon also gives participants the option to donate money to New York City charities.
Due to the event’s known tendency to get some people on the naughty list, “SantaCon” organizers urged Santas last year to only frequent an approved list of participating bars and tone down the drunken antics.
This year’s “SantaCon” event kicks off on Dec. 12, according to their website.
7. Radio City Christmas Spectacular:
The Rockettes and Santa Claus will once again light up the Radio City Music Hall stage this winter for the famous Christmas Spectacular.
The holidays wouldn’t be complete without seeing the sky high in-unison kicking of the bejewled Rockettes.
The Rockettes will once again show off their major dancing chops for the annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular, beginning on Nov. 13.
There are plenty of opportunities to see the show — performances start on Nov. 13 and run daily from Nov. 20 to Jan. 3, according to the company website.