Sure, the weather outside is frightful, but that doesn’t mean you and your pup have to stay home! Grab a scarf and a coat and have some fun with these eight fun and dog-friendly things to do in New York City during the winter.
Ride the Holiday Nostalgia Train
Go back in time this winter by simply swiping your MetroCard ($2.75!).
Every Sunday between Thanksgiving and New Years, the MTA will be putting 1930s R1-9 train cars back on the tracks.
The old time trains will be running on Sundays throughout Manhattan. They’ll choo-choo downtown along the A and D lines, and uptown along the F line.
To see the full schedule and route information, check out the @dogsofnyc story highlights.
Go to a Holiday Pawty
Nothing kicks off the holidays like a good party. Luckily, there are a few happening around the city. Hit one up and spread your holiday cheer.
You can check out a full list of holiday pawties and pup-ups here.
Attend Dog Trivia
Show off your dog knowledge at dog trivia with Puppy Bowl referee Dan Schachner! He hosts trivia night at Boris & Horton every Thursday from 7:30 – 9:00pm, with money benefiting different rescue organizations and prizes for winners.
Go See the Tree at Rockefeller Center
The dazzling tree is guaranteed to be the biggest tree your dog will ever sniff – but don’t pee on it!
The 72-foot-tall tree has 50,000 lights and a 9-foot-wide Swarovski Star on top. It’s great for holiday selfies, sipping hot cocoa, and for people watching (there’s an ice rink right below it).
Can’t make it until after Christmas? Don’t worry, you have plenty of time to check it out. The tree will remain lit and can be viewed until after the New Year.
Get a Holiday Drink at d.b.a.
This neighborhood dive bar in the East Village is all about the holi-dawgs. Sip on a hot cider with whiskey or rum and hang out on their heated patio. They have happy hour every night until 9pm, plus plenty of dog events to keep you busy. Bonus: check out their Instagram feed for plenty of pup porn.
Go Sledding in Central Park
Sledding is fun for all ages, and all leg counts – two or four. When Central Park gets more than six inches of snow, their sledding areas open for everyone to enjoy. The two most popular spots are Pilgrim Hill, accessed by the park entrance at 72nd St and Fifth Ave, and Cedar Hill, found a bit further uptown between 76th and 79th St at Fifth Ave.
If you’re closer to Prospect Park in Brooklyn, head there. Top sledding spots include Long Meadow, Lookout Hill, Drummer’s Grove and Endale Arch.
Need a sled? We recommend this one.
Go to a Holiday Market
Holiday markets in NYC are a great place to spend an afternoon people watching, shopping and snacking. Hit up one of these markets, and be sure to grab some mulled wine or hot cocoa while there:
Winter Village at Bryant Park: Featuring over 170 vendors (!), the Winter Village at Bryant Park has something for everyone. There’s a cozy skating rink, wholesome eats and holiday events like a tree lighting and caroling. It’s a winter wonderland, right in the middle of the city! Check out Marc Tetro‘s stall for dog-themed accessories, and Shop Dog & Co for dog presents.
Union Square Holiday Market: This European-style winter market features more than 150 local and national vendors, so there’s truly something for everyone. Head here for a day of winter fun, grab a snack from food vendors like Momofuku Milk Bar or Wafels & Dinges, shop ’til you drop, and then cap it all off with play time at the dog park right in Union Square. Don’t forget to stop by the Ware of the Dog stall to pick up some dog goods.
Columbus Circle Holiday Market: This annual holiday bazaar is right at the entrance of Central Park, the city’s best dog park! With more than 100 booths, there are plenty of dog-themed items to choose from. We liked the dog breed socks, and freshly made hot apple cider donuts. Shop and then head into the park.
Have Your Photo Taken with Santa
Dogs love laps, and Santa has a big one! Get your pup’s photo taken with Santa, perfect for the fridge or this year’s holiday cards. Local Petco and Unleashed stores offer photos with Santa, with 100% of your $9.95 fee benefiting homeless pets in your community, through the Petco Foundation. Check locations and times on the Petco website.
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