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What it is about NYC in the wintertime? Even the most hardened New Yorkers will admit the Big Apple is simply irresistible draped under a blanket of snow. Whether it’s spending a night at the museum or a festive evening in Chinatown, New York offers something for every type of visitor. For those looking to try something a little out the box this winter, here are some of our favorite ideas:

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Chinatown Lunar New Year Celebration

New Year’s Eve may be the biggest celebration within New York, but Chinatown’s Lunar New Year Celebration offers some stiff competition. To mark the occasion, the entire area is decked in vibrant colors, a sea of dragons and floats, and tons of yummy vendors. The street dancing and the parades are highlights, but the fun lasts well into the night (with fireworks and sparklers) so you’re sure to encounter a party atmosphere no matter when you choose to visit.

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Romance Under the Stars at Museum of Natural History

If you're looking for a more interesting date idea than a dozen red roses and a candlelight dinner, the Museum of Natural History is changing the game with its “Romance Under the Stars” Valentine's Day extravaganza. As you nibble on chocolate and sip on champagne inside the Hayden Planetarium, an astronomer will guide you through the greatest love stories of the ages. The star-studded cocktail hour sells out quickly, so be sure to book your tickets far in advance. If you miss it, you can still experience a Night at the Museum throughout the year.

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NYC Restaurant Week

Most visitors to New York don’t realize, NYC Restaurant Week is actually held twice a year, once in the winter and once in the summer. For exactly one week in late January and early February, more than 300 of the city's most sought after tables offer 3 and 4-course pre-fixe meals at incredible prices. Menus are available online and reservations go quickly so don't miss out.

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How To Do It

New York shines in the wintertime, but no place embodies the glamour and pizazz more than The Plaza Hotel. Stoically overlooking Central Park and the Upper Eastside, the hotel embodies classic New York and is the gateway to the best shopping and dining in the city. It's easy to stay warm with five-star luxury service at your beck and call.