The Best Winter Activities Around Rye

Winter is tough, but these ideas might make it more fun.


I took this picture when my family went for a walk in the Marshlands on Christmas last year.

Winter has always been my least favorite season because it’s cold, dark, and long. That said, I have compiled a list of things to do around Rye that will hopefully make this winter feel a little less dreary.

For When You Want to Stay Close

Skate at Playland Ice Rink 

This is the perfect activity for a Saturday afternoon when you’re in a time crunch or just don’t know what to do. The rink is located in Rye and is closed for the summer, so be sure to take advantage of it at least once this winter. If you’re a mediocre skater like I am, you’ll probably cling to the edges for most of the time, but going with friends and watching each other wipe out is always fun. Regular admission costs $9.75, and I don’t think this includes shoe rentals.

Go to a Hockey or Basketball Game

Teaghan Flaherty dribbles down the court; Photo from The Harrison Review.

I don’t mean a professional game—I mean go support the Rye Garnets. The hockey team plays at Playland Rink a few times during the season, and there are frequent men’s and women’s basketball games at The Cube. This is the perfect activity for a weeknight when you feel like you need a break from homework. And definitely don’t miss the big rivalry games, like Rye hockey vs. Pelham and Rye basketball vs. Byram Hills.

Take a Walk at Marshlands Conservancy

Although you can take a walk in the Marshlands during any time of the year, I like going in the winter because there aren’t as many bugs. If you just keep walking straight, you’ll find beautiful views of the Long Island Sound. Whenever I go there, I always see plenty of wildlife and feel like I’m on vacation.

Go to the Movies

“Just Mercy” comes to theaters on December 25 and stars Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx; photo from

Once again, going to the movies is something you can do anytime of the year, but it’s great for winter since it’s indoors. Some movies that are coming out soon and have gotten some buzz include Frozen 2Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Bombshell, Cats, Just Mercy, 1917, Little Women, Uncut Gems, and Clemency.

For When You Want to Go to New York City

Go to the Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair

Photo from Time Out.

The holiday fair at Grand Central is a fun shopping experience for all ages. Every year, the fair invites 40 artisan vendors to sell their products in Vanderbilt Hall. According to Grand Central’s website, each of the vendors has “a focus on American-made and handmade products with locally-sourced materials or a socially-conscious business model.” This year, it is open from Monday, November 18, to Tuesday, December 24, apart from closing for most of Thanksgiving (November 28) and Christmas Eve.

See the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

photo from The Today Show.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is probably the most classic thing to do in NYC during the holiday season. Even though it’s pretty much the same thing every year, the tree never fails to impress me: the flashing lights, music playing, and sheer size of it make visiting a magical experience. However, the tradition is controversial because it encourages the cutting down of magnificent trees. Who knows if this annual event will exist for much longer, so, if you’re a big fan of it, go while you still can.

Go Shopping/Skating in Bryant Park

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Bryant Park is another one of my favorite places to visit during the holiday season. Like the Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair, the Winter Village at Bryant Park is an amazing shopping experience, but on an even larger scale. This year, 170 shopping kiosks and food vendors have come to the park for the event. The village also offers a 17,000-square-foot ice skating rink, which offers free admission. If you’re going to go ice skating in NYC, skip the long lines and high prices at Rockefeller Center, and do it here!

Explore Hudson Yards 

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Hudson Yards is basically an even more upscale version of The Westchester, featuring a mega-mall with dozens of shops and restaurants. Right next to Hudson Yards are two other attractions called The Vessel and The Shed, which are both recently built architectural marvels. Although I haven’t been to Hudson Yards, it seems to be the one of the most popular attractions right now.

Admire the Holiday Window Displays

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During the holiday season, stores such as Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale’s, Barney’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Macy’s create elaborate holiday displays that are designed around a central theme. The windows open prior to Thanksgiving and remain up until around January 1.


Rye students also had some things to say about what their favorite winter activity is. Senior Cailee Formon said, “My favorite thing to do is probably just to go on a drive.” Senior Ella Brady added, “My favorite thing in the winter is to go to Bryant Park or Saks to see the windows.” I hope this article was helpful in giving you some ideas to make this winter more exciting.