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Rockefeller Center Ice Rink and Times Square New Years: How to Spend a Weekend in New York (Dec 31 - Jan 2)

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What: Rockefeller Center ice rink

When: Friday-Sunday, December 31 - January 2

Where: Rockefeller Plaza, 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111

More: So the time has come for the peak of winter entertainment. The famous Rockefeller Center ice rink is already open. It works daily from 09:00 to midnight. Entrance tickets cost from $ 20 to $ 54 depending on the date and time of day. Skate rental is available for $ 10. If you are not very confident on the ice, then Rockefeller Center offers the services of professional instructors to help you learn how to ice skate.

Cost: From $ 10


What: Farewell to the tree

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When: Friday-Sunday, December 31 - January 2

Where: A complete list of participating parks can be seen at Online.

More: The Organization of New York Parks invites you to hold a kind of festival of farewell to the Christmas tree. Bring the tree to one of the designated places, and there it will be processed into shavings. You can get a bag of shavings with you to use as plant fertilizer.

The tree can be brought to many parks in New York from December 26 to January 9.

Cost: Free options


What: Meeting with Nick Bilogorsky

When: Friday, December 31, with 13: 00

Where: Razom for Ukraine, 140 2nd Ave., Suite 305, New York, NY 10003

More: A friend of Razom for Ukraine and co-founder of Nova Ukraine Nick Bilogorsky is coming to New York. As part of the Razom Business Hub initiative, Nick will talk about the updates and vision for Ukraine in 2022, as well as working with Ukrainian companies. The event will be held in the format of an informal meeting. The entrance is only for the vaccinated.

Cost: Free options


What: New Year in Times Square

When: Friday, December 31, with 18: 30

Where: Broadway between 42nd and 47th Sts New York 10036

More: In New York, many people watch the ball go down in Times Square. Every year on December 31 at 23:59, it is lowered from a 23-meter height, and it reaches its lowest point exactly at midnight, which symbolizes the onset of the New Year. This is watched live by millions, and on TV by billions of people.

This tradition originated in 1907, it was invented in the newspaper The New York Times. At that time, the design of the ball consisted of metal, wood and incandescent lamps. Nowadays, crystal panels and thousands of LEDs are used.

If you want to watch the action in person, you need to book your seats in advance. Admission only upon presentation of proof of vaccination.

Cost: Free options


What: Celebrating the New Year for Russian speakers

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When: Friday, December 31, with 20: 00

Where: MARGARITA BAR 709 8th Avenue New York, NY 10036

More: WE TOGETHER organizes a queer party and show for the Russian-speaking community, which will celebrate the New Year 2022. The celebration will take place at the magnificent Margarita Bar, located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, near Times Square.

Cost: From $ 15


What: New Year's Eve at Coney Island Beach

When: Friday, December 31, with 21: 00

Where: Steeplechase Plaza on the boardwalk at 19th Street Brooklyn

More: You can celebrate the New Year with friends on the Coney Island beach. Guests will be delighted with fireworks, live music, a variety of entertainment, food and drinks. You can bring blankets with you, as well as your own food and drinks.

Cost: Free options


What: Winter Art Exhibition and Sale

When: Sunday, January 2, from 12:00

Where: The Ukrainian Institute, 2 E 79th Street, New York, NY 10075

More: Art at the Institute invites everyone to its annual winter art exhibition and sale at the Ukrainian Institute of America. This traditional annual event guarantees a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. It is a great place to find unique pieces of art for the special people in your life, or indulge your loved ones.

Cost: $ 0-8


Dear readers! Please note that due to the epidemic of coronavirus infection, some activities may be canceled or rescheduled for other dates. Therefore, before visiting, we recommend checking the information on the sites of the organizers.

But we have collected many interesting events for you online:

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In addition, look for interesting events for every day of the week in our calendar... Come in, find out, share with your friends. Before visiting, check the organizer's websites for details and locations of events, as they may change.

Keep us informed about what is happening in your city. Send information about events for the Russian-speaking diaspora by mail

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