New York can be a enthralling place to visit at any time of the year, but for me there is something extra special about visiting during the winter.

From Christmas shopping in Macy's to watching a New York Jets game across the river in New Jersey, we wrapped up in large coats, scarfs and hats, and braved the sub-zero temperatures running throughout Manhattan.

Central Park became even more picturesque with snow covered paths and ice skaters taking to the ice rink, which is put in place between November and March.

Weighed down with armfuls of shopping bags full of presents, that coffee at the end of the day was all the more rewarding!

[caption id="attachment_540" align="alignleft" width="600"]Grand Central Terminus A quiet period at Grand Central Station[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_538" align="alignleft" width="600"]Central Park Ice Rink Ice skating on Wollman Rink in Central Park, New York[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_539" align="alignleft" width="600"]Snow in Central Park A snow covered Central Park[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_541" align="alignleft" width="600"]Manhattan Skyline from Rockefellar Center The Manhattan skyline at night from Rockefeller Center[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_542" align="alignleft" width="600"]Times Square The bright lights of Times Square, New York[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_530" align="alignleft" width="600"]Statue of Liberty The Statue of Liberty looking proudly back at Manhattan[/caption]

Photos are courtesy of my sister, a huge fan of New York and whose photography company takes it name from the avenue on which our hotel was based.