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What to Do in New York City in January 2020

Category Broadway

|by Mark Robinson |

Including BroadwayCon, food festivals and more

Happy New Year, and Happy New York! 2020 is upon us, and there are plenty of options for kicking off the eleven months ahead by making the most of January in the Big Apple. Whether you prefer to be out and about enjoying the frosty weather or comfortably warm inside, NYC is overflowing with ways to fill your days. 

Winter in New York is full of possibilities (Photo: iStock)

Winter in New York is full of possibilities (Photo: iStock)

Chelsea Market, Meatpacking & High Line Tour
For the foodies out there, a tour that takes you to three of New York’s most-iconic locations in one excursion, check out the Chelsea Market, Meatpacking & High Line Tour. You start out with an introduction and tote bag from the popular shopping destination Artists & Fleas. Then it is off to Chelsea Market, home to a variety of eateries where visitors can sample tasty bites including Japanese tacos and Currywurst from Berlin, as well as legendary brownies at Fat Witch and biscuits from Sarabeth’s. Also, check out the Oreo Cookie Museum on site where the famous treat was created (Chelsea Market is located in the old National Biscuit Company “Nabisco” headquarters building). From there, you will visit the High Line, an outdoor park built along an abandoned railroad track, known for its nonpareil views of the city.

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
On Jan. 18, a trip to Brooklyn’s EXPO Center affords an opportunity to enjoy the best in beer, bourbon and barbecue. The Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival presented by Everbrite will undoubtedly feed your urge for memorable eating and drinking. What will you find? Smoked meats including alligator, lamb, bison, and longhorn rounds, a bacon-eating contest, and a whole area devoted to the joys of BBQ pork. There will also be seminars conducted by master brewers, distillers, and pit masters. Guests will receive a souvenir glass and bag.

Sex and the City Bus Tour
For fans of that saucy and sassy HBO series Sex and the City, have the perfect outing for you. The Sex and the City Bus Tour is an exciting excursion around the Big Apple, taking in many of the iconic sites associated with the series. Along the way, you’ll play trivia games about the show with an enthusiastic and knowledgeable host, as well as enjoy watching some memorable scenes from the series starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon. Best of all, the bus will stop for some hand-on shopping experiences. 

Whitney Museum of American Art
Devoted to the art of the United States, the Whitney Museum of American Art is a great way to spend a cold January day. Allow yourself to be transported into a world of color, design, and intrigue. Featuring 50,000 square feet of indoor gallery space, as well as 13,000 square feet of outdoor exhibition space, the Whitney is an endless maze of great American art by the likes of Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper, and more than 3,000 other artists. With free tours available in English, as well as a variety of audio guides – not to mention two different dining venues – you can make a day out of your trip to the Whitney.

Sunday Funday: A Boozy Brooklyn Tasting Tour
If you have a free Sunday in January, and enjoy the occasional libation or mouthwatering treats, then spend your day sipping and tasting away with Sunday Funday: A Boozy Brooklyn Tasting Tour. In small groups, you will wind your way (with a guide) through Brooklyn’s trendy neighborhoods, sampling everything from craft beers to ice cream, from barbecue to fine chocolates. It’s a euphoric treat for the taste buds. You’ll also stop by some flea markets and art fairs on your journey, a chance to shop for unique souvenirs of your visit to this thrilling and historic borough. 

BroadwayCon 2020
From Friday, January 24 through Sunday, January 26, the New York Hilton Midtown will play host to the annual BroadwayCon. The amazing talents of the Great White Way converge for panel discussions and performances celebrating the best in Broadway plays and musicals. There are also plenty of shopping options for Broadway-related memorabilia, souvenirs and cast albums. Of course, there is always the very good chance you’ll bump into some of Broadway’s biggest talent.

A Broadway Show
Following up a trip to BroadwayCon 2020 is the obvious choice of seeing a Broadway play or musical. Buy a ticket and see some of the best that the American theater has to offer. For the family, Disney is an excellent choice, with three musicals from the House of Mouse to choose from: Frozen, Aladdin and The Lion King. For edgy, but fun offerings, Mean Girls, Beetlejuice and The Book of Mormon are sure to delight. Revisit a long-running phenomenon like The Phantom of the Opera or Wicked. If non-musicals are more your bag, consider To Kill a Mockingbird or Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. There are so many shows to pick from, you will surely find one that meets your tastes.

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His latest book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, was released on Oct. 15. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at

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