New York is a breathtaking sight in winter, the magical ice skating rink underneath “the tree” at the Rockefeller Center, the picturesque Central Park covered in snow, and the famous Holiday Walk – the array of department store displays along 5th Avenue – to name a few. Visit New York in January and you also get to experience the Time Square ball drop on New Year’s Eve. With such festivities and sights to experience, clothes to wear in New York in January should be just as striking and lively, and at the same time sensible for winter.
Weather in New York in January:
January is historically the coldest month of the year in New York City. On average, temperatures can go as low as 26 degrees Fahrenheit. Skyscrapers spread across the city make the wind and the biting cold feel stronger than usual. But if you prepare ahead and plan the clothes that you bring, January might be the best time to visit New York, as huge bargains and discounts to flights, hotels, show tickets, and mall items rain down on the city because of few visitors.
For women, what clothes to pack while visiting New York in January:
Long coat made of leather or something similar— Leather jackets never go out of a style. Use leather or a similar material because winters in January are not only cold, they can be wet. Buy a color and style that goes well with everything else that you have packed.
Scarves — Scarves protect one sensitive body part from the biting cold: your neck. They can also perk up your practical winter wear with different colors and textures.
Gloves — The days of fleece or wool gloves are gone. To help your hands remain mobile, use light, breathable, and waterproof gloves while you are outdoors.
Black spandex pants or thick tights — All your limbs should be warm and secure. Wear tights over pants and match them with thick, oversized tops, or under your dress.
Hats — Your head must be covered. Spruce up your look with fashionable headgear!
Boots — Knee-high boots of sturdy, waterproof material will protect a good porting of your lower limbs. You can wear them with practically anything you put on to go out in town, so refrain from splurging.
For men, what outfits to bring when travelling to New York in winters:
Bonnet – Hats cover your ears and your nape, two of the most vulnerable body parts to cold.
Gloves – Gloves are winter wear must-haves. Choose something light, breathable, and waterproof.
Boots – Bring one pair of dark-colored waterproof winter boots that are comfortable to wear in long walks around the city.
Windbreaker and waterproof outer jacket – Bring a style and color that you can wear with anything.
Fleece or wool turtleneck sweater – Bring a sweater of thick material so you can wear it without a jacket indoors.
For children, what to wear in New York in January:
Waterproof raincoat with a hood and pants – Get coats and pants that use Velco straps to make dressing your kids easier for you. Keep the water out and the body warmth in.
Bonnets – Bring hats that fully cover the ears. Do not bring hats with ties underneath the chin. They can be a choking hazard.
Mittens – Make sure that your kids can still move their fingers while wearing the mittens.
Boots – Bring boots with wool or fleece lining. Make sure they are waterproof and insulated.
- Ear muffs, in case bonnets are not enough to keep your ears warm
- Skin moisturizer, because the cold dries up skin quite fast. Make sure you bring lotion and moisturizers that are formulated especially for the winter season.
- Base layer for your lower body, such as cashmere leggings and thermal pants
- Heavy-duty lip balm to protect your lips from chapping and windburn
Places to visit in New York:
- Rockefeller Center
- New York City Museum
- Butterfly Conservatory at the Museum of Natural History
- New York City Boat Tour
- Madison Avenue shops
- Pilgrim Hill and Cedar Hill in Central Park
- New York Botanical Gardens
- Top of the Rock
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Museum of Modern Art
- New York Aquarium