The coldest months and shortest days offer some unique experiences in the city.

From sipping on hot chocolate to having a boozy beverage in an icy bar, New York has plenty to offer to get you through until spring.

Embrace the cold weather and cross these items off your bucket list.

Go to a museum

Warm up this winter at one of the
Warm up this winter at one of the city's many museums. Head to the Whitney (99 Gansevoort) for modern art exhibitions, or choose a classic option like the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Ave.) or the American Museum of Natural History (Central Park West at 79th Street). (Credit: Nic Lehoux)

Catch the tourist bug

Whether you're a lifelong New Yorker or a
Whether you're a lifelong New Yorker or a transplant, chances are you're used to snubbing tourists. Yes, the crowds on Fifth Avenue and subway maps flying on short-stopping trains can get annoying, but remember why so many people want to come to the best city in the universe. Then, check out a tourist attraction yourself. Two suggestions: Take a self-guided tour of Little Italy or walk the Brooklyn Bridge in the snow. (Credit: Getty Images / Francois Xavier Marit)

Go ice skating at one of NYC's many outdoor rinks

The city is full of ice rinks open
The city is full of ice rinks open to the public during the cold months. While skating at Rockefeller doesn't come cheap, entry at the Rink at Bryant Park is free. (Credit: Getty Images / Drew Angerer )

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Warm up at a live performance

See the opera, a ballet, a Broadway musical
See the opera, a ballet, a Broadway musical -- take advantage of plush seats and enjoy the theater season. With traditional winter shows from the New York City Ballet's performances of "The Nutcracker" to The Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, there's plenty to see while it's too chilly to do practically anything else. (Credit: Paul Kolnik)

Treat yourself to a movie

It can be easy to pass up the
It can be easy to pass up the big screen for the comfort of Netflix at home, but New York is full of unique movie theaters that make hitting a screening a true event. Head to one of the many theaters the city has to offer, like downtown's Angelika Film Center (18 W. Houston St., Manhattan), to grab some popcorn and watch a flick. (Credit: Angelika )

Hit up a holiday market

When it comes to New York, holiday markets
When it comes to New York, holiday markets to get you into the festive spirit are everywhere. Head to Bryant Park to experience its Winter Village, or check out any of these winter markets around the city. (Credit: Bryant Park Corp.)

Indulge in some Netflix (or Amazon or Hulu or...)

You didn't move to New York to stream
You didn't move to New York to stream TV shows. Or maybe you did. We know you're doing it anyway, so why not make it something intentionally on your bucket list? Check out our picks for what to stream on Netflix. (Credit: Getty Images / Pascal Le Segretain)

Sip some great hot chocolate

Don't let winter go by without getting at
Don't let winter go by without getting at least one memorable mug of hot cocoa. Swing by the City Bakery in February for their annual Hot Chocolate Festival, which brings a different flavor of hot chocolate each day. You can also head into Two E at The Pierre for a taste of its spiked Haute Chocolate menu or drop by Jacques Torres for his infamously rich chocolate chaud. And of course, if the long lines and cold temperatures don't bother you, winter is always the best time to share a giant goblet of Serendipity 3's famous frozen hot chocolate. (Credit: City Bakery)

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Get out of town

But not too far out of town. There's
But not too far out of town. There's so much to explore in New York State, from gorgeous landscapes to architecture. Take a day trip to a unique museum outside of NYC, visit a historic house upstate or check out the beauty of frozen Niagara Falls. (Credit: Getty Images / Aaron Vincent Elkaim / Stringer)

Play in the snow (if we get any)

Resist the urge to shut yourself inside if
Resist the urge to shut yourself inside if the snow begins to fall. Head out to find a snowball fight, build a snow creature with a neighbor or head to a park to go sledding. (Credit: Getty Images / Jewel Samad)

Visit one of NYC's three cat cafes

Get cozy and snuggly with the kitties at
Get cozy and snuggly with the kitties at one of NYC's cat cafes. There's the OG Meow Parlour (46 Hester St.), plus Koneko (26 Clinton St.). Cuddle up with a cat and maybe even take one home to keep you warm at night. (Credit: MeowParlour via Facebook)

Take a spa-cation

Queens' favorite house of relaxation and bibimbap, Spa
Queens' favorite house of relaxation and bibimbap, Spa Castle, opened up a Manhattan outpost called Premier 57 (115 E. 57th St.). Visit for a day of hydrotherapy pools, saunas, steam rooms and a swim-up bar. Other features include a sleeping room and a Starbucks. A day pass is $65. (Credit: Georgia Kral)

Cozy up at a bar with a fireplace

As the cold months hit and the chill
As the cold months hit and the chill is powerful enough to keep even New Yorkers indoors, warmth and coziness become prized characteristics of all the restaurants and bars that boast them. And topping the list of what adds warmth and coziness to a space: a fireplace. See you at one of NYC's many options. (Credit: The Writing Room)

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Warm up with booze at an icy bar

This is one way to get warm. At
This is one way to get warm. At Mehanata Bulgarian Bar (113 Ludlow St.), there's an "ice box" section where, for $20, you get to dress up in authentic Bulgarian army uniforms and drink as many shots of vodka -- up to six -- as you can for two minutes -- while everyone watches. Or, if you'd rather drink in a cold place in peace, try the Minus 5 Ice Bar (pictured) at the Hilton in midtown, where you'll need a parka indoors. (Credit: Melissa Kravitz)