United States New York New York City New York City Guide Things To Do Essentials Restaurants Nightlife Where to Stay Neighborhoods Itineraries Events Getaways All New York City January in New York City: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See It's a great time for foodies and bargain hunters who don't mind the cold By Heather Cross Heather Cross Heather Cross is a longtime New York resident who has written about the city since 2002. She is also a travel agent and NYC & Company-certified New York City specialist. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 12/12/19 Share Pin Email Denis Tangney, Jr./Getty Images As the throngs of holiday revelers leave New York City after the New Year's Eve hoopla, savvy travelers can finally find a bargain on airfares and hotels, not to mention have an easier time getting dinner reservations and theater tickets. Foodie tourists can align their trips to the Big Apple with Winter Restaurant Week to get discounts on some of the city's trendiest eateries. January is also a great time to take advantage of the great post-holiday sales at New York City's many stores. TripSavvy New York Weather in January January is typically the coldest month of the year in New York City. The towering skyscrapers block any sliver of sun and create a wind tunnel that can make frigid temperatures feel even colder. On the streets, you'll get a taste of New Yorkers' true toughness—braving the cold in floor-length parkas, snow boots, and more—which is something only winter tourists get to see. The average high for New York City in January is 39 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius) and the average low is 27 degrees Fahrenheit (-3 degrees Celsius). It rains, on average, eight days of the month. What to Pack Waterproof boots or galoshes are essential for keeping your feet warm and dry during this very cold time in New York City. Make sure they are waterproof, not merely water repellant, as you will probably be stepping in plenty of sidewalk puddles during your trip.Dress in layers. Stores, subways, and attractions will generally be warm, but it is nearly impossible to visit New York City without spending time outside, so you'll want to ensure you're prepared to walk around. Unless you hire a private driver, you'll be walking to the subway or standing on the corner hailing a cab, completely exposed to whatever unpleasant weather the city is experiencing.Be sure to pack a warm coat, hats, earmuffs, scarves, and gloves or mittens. January Events in New York City Central Park Winter Jam: Winter Jam is a free winter sports festival for all ages that's held in Central Park at the end of the month. Snow is brought in from nearby Gore Mountain to create a winter wonderland. There will be live ice carving, an ice sculpture garden, ski lessons, a sledding hill, and more. New York City Restaurant Week: Dine at some of New York City's best restaurants for cheap during New York City Restaurant Week, held January 21 to February 9, 2020. It is recommended to make reservations before heading to the restaurants. January Travel Tips The third weekend in January is a three-day weekend for many Americans, and that Monday is a federal holiday to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. This means that many businesses may be closed, but typically restaurants and other tourist attractions remain open.Daylight hours are fairly short during the winter with the sun typically rising just after 7 a.m. and setting as early as 4:45 p.m. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit February in New York City: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See December in New York City: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See The Best Time to Visit New York City February in Canada: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See Plan Your Trip to New York City With This Climate Guide January in Vancouver: Weather and Event Guide What to Expect for January Weather Across the United States Visiting Quebec City in Winter: Weather, Events, and Tips April in Toronto: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See Why November Is a Great Time to Visit New York City April in San Francisco: Weather and Event Guide New York City Weather and Events in September January in Montreal: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See Scandinavia in January: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See Winter Is the Best Time to Visit Niagara Falls Is April a Good Time to Visit NYC?