by nycgo.com staff, 08/28/2012
"Swan Lake" photo by Paul Kolnick • Lighting of the World’s Largest Hanukkah Menorah, photo by Joe Buglewicz
New York City has a special charm during the winter months, when the streets are dusted with snow, holiday displays decorate department-store windows and some of the most famous events of the year take place. Winter brings the opportunity to ice-skate at the City's rinks and terrific options for taking in a ballet. Shop for handmade gifts at one of the many holiday markets, view The Orchid Show (the nation's largest orchid exhibition, at The New York Botanical Garden), experience the multicultural Lunar New Year Parade & Festival and ring in the New Year with the Times Square Ball Drop. View the full slideshow for more information on these and many other events. For more, visit our weekly "Free in NYC" and "Top Five Events" features; check out our concert, fashion, art, nightlife and sports listings; see our roundup of annual events; or search for an event in our calendar.