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Things to do on the Upper West Side in January

December 30 2018 | The Upper West Side

Looking for things to do on the Upper West Side after the holidays? Grab your hat and gloves! From theater to snow games, there are plenty of ways to start the New Year off right. Here’s what’s in store for January 2019, and they’re all within walking distance or just a short train ride from the Hotel Beacon.

Catch Seinfeld at the Beacon Theatre

The legendary Jerry Seinfeld is coming back to the Beacon Theatre for another extended residency of monthly shows starting on January 11th. Seinfeld’s television series was about the quirkiness and daily flow of life on the Upper West Side, and during his show at the Beacon he goes back to his comedy roots. It’s a performance that combines an iconic New York comedian with an iconic venue. There are shows at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are selling out fast, so don’t wait!  

Play in the Snow at Winter Jam

Central Park is getting filled with blown-snow for this free family winter sports event. It’s your chance to go sledding, skiing, snowboarding, ice bowling and more!  There will also be ice sculptors at work, as well as a warming hut for thawing out. Participants in the snow activities must have photo ID (or guardian’s photo ID and consent, if under 18) and sign a waiver. The event runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on January 26th.

Take in a Met Opera Favorite

Starring mezzo soprano Clémentine Margaine as the ultimate seductress, along with tenors Yonghoon Lee and Roberto Alagna, Georges Bizet’s Carmen is showing at the Metropolitan Opera House on six nights throughout the month of January. It features conductors Omer Meir Wellber and Louis Langrée. It’s on through February 8th and tickets start at $30. There is a Family Circle seating option as well. For full information, click here.

Up your Thrill Level at the Big Apple Circus

This star-studded show has been called “Unequivocally thrilling” by the New York Times (among other rave reviews) and features a full lineup of daring circus acts. Get swept away by the flying trapeze, acro-balance, horizontal juggling, wall trampoline, comedy and much more, all presided over by ringmaster Stephanie Monseu. There are morning and evening shows through January 27th. Tickets prices vary according to date and time.

Go to a Knicks Game

January is chock-full of Knicks games at Madison Square Garden. They face off against the Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks. The Knickerbockers are one of just two teams that originated in New York City. Get tickets here.   

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