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Saturday, April 1–Thursday, March 1, 7:00 am–10:00 pm
High Line 14th Street Passage (Tenth Avenue & West 14th Street)

This open-air group exhibition on the scenic High Line explores the relationship between man and nature, looking at how the boundaries between the natural world and culture are defined, crossed, and obliterated. We liked the circle of colorful creatures swallowing each other, the giant griffin sculpture, and he mysterious silver witch shoes (and the paletas from the La Newyorkina stand at 17th street).
See-saw and play music with your feet in the interactive La Deliciosa Show by Radamés “Juni” Figueroa on 30th Street.


Union Square Holiday Market

Saturday, November 18–Sunday, December 24, 11:00 am–8:00 pm
Union Square (14th Street & Fourth Avenue)

Browse holly-lined aisles for unique gifts, nibble on sweet and savory treats and sip on cider and cappuccino. Upgrades for this year include new sections like Little Brooklyn and Urbanspace Provisions, a warming station and lounge and live music. On Monday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday also visit the city’s flagship farmers’ market and enjoy nature’s seasonal bounty of cheese, baked goods, cider and local produce. Between 3pm – 6 pm throughout the week and 11 am – 7 pm on weekends, make ornaments and other art projects with Children’s Museum of the Arts.


Winter Village at Bryant Park

Sunday, November 19–Sunday, December 24, 11:00 am–8:00 pm
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

Shop at over 100 boutique-style booths offering a wide array of handmade gifts and food – including 5 top-notch chocolatiers. Warm up in the rink-side Danny Meyer restaurant Public Fare or enjoy a selection of games, chess, and art supplies at the second floor Overlook as you watch the ice skating at the city’s only free-admission rink (or skate yourself). After the tree-lighting ceremony on Dec 1, check out the dazzling 50-foot Norway Spruce by the library.


New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

Wednesday, November 22–Monday, January 15, 9:00 am–6:00 pm
New York Botanical Garden (2900 Southern Boulevard)
$10-$20, admission varies by day; free for under 2
Use this link for discounted $15 adult tickets, $8 ages 2-12 tickets

Marvel at model trains zipping around stunning New York landmark replicas made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves, and enjoy hands-on holiday fun for the entire family (most of it in the climate-controlled indoors). This year’s exhibition showcases Coney Island, with working models of the Wonder Wheel, Cyclone and more. Buy tickets online before trekking up to the Bronx (take the Metro-North Harlem local line to Botanical Garden Station) as tickets sometimes sell out. Go right at opening or on a weekday to avoid the crowds (though the traffic patterns have improved in recent years). Take breaks in the tropical rainforest wing where there are no trains but lots of room to roam freely.


Department Store Windows

Friday, November 24–Tuesday, January 2, All Day
Fifth Avenue (36th to 56th Street)

Swanky store windows on and around Fifth Avenue are especially eye-catching during the holidays. Go early or on weekdays to avoid the tourist crowds. Some highlights, listed north to south:

Barneys (660 Madison Avenue @ 61st Street)
In “Haas For the Holidays,” designers Simon and Nikolai have created an imaginative universe that offers an interpretation of the Earth through the ages, with some of the Haas’ recurring characters coexisting across eras ranging from the planet’s beginning to the far distant future. Animation and sculpture illustrate four phases of time: Primordial, Utopia, Millennium, and a vision of the future that’s been titled Mushroom Singularity. Trippy, colorful and fun.

Bloomingdales (59th Street & Lexington Avenue)
Whimsical, circus acts and mannequins sporting dazzling outfits reference the new musical P.T. Barnum biopic “The Greatest Showman.” More than 7,600,000 Swarovski crystals were used to embellish and outfit the costumes and props used in each window.

Bergdorf Goodman (754 Fifth Avenue @ 58th Street)
To New York With Love” honors local cultural insitituions including American Museum of Natural History (Swarovski crystals—encrusted dinosaurs) the New York Philharmonic (red neon signs shaped like trumpets), the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), the Museum of the Moving Image, the New York Botanical Garden, the New-York Historical Society and UrbanGlass.

Henri Bendel (712 Fifth Ave @ 56th Street)
Enchanting designs featuring flowers, birds and butterflies created by Lovepop decorate the store’s front and main level, including 30,000 paper butterflies hanging from the ceiling.

Saks Fifth Avenue (611 5th Avenue @ 49th Street)
See stunning vignettes from Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in celebration of the film’s 80th anniversary of the film. Snow White frolics with adorable woodland creatures, the seven dwarfs sing in a crystal cave and the Wicked Queen acts wicket. The 49th and 50th Street windows showcase gorgeous modern interpretations of Snow White’s dress created by four designers (Alberta Ferretti, Naeem Khan, Monique Lhuillier and Marchesa). An extravagant light show on the facade repeats every ten minutes from 5 to 11 pm daily.

Tiffany (727 Fifth Avenue @ 57th Street)
Wooden drawing figures pose in fun scenarios including literally “fishing” for jewels. Miniature versions of Tiffany’s “starburst” chandelier by Austrian glassmaker Lobmeyr sparkle in each window.

Lord & Taylor (424 Fifth Avenue between 38th & 39th Streets).
In “The Best and the Brightest,” celebratory two polar bears, a starry NYC skyscape, a vintage circus, a woodland wonderland and Santa are seen through giant snow globes. Sparkling greenery flanks the front entrance.

Macy’s (West 34th Street between Sixth & Seventh Avenues)
“The Perfect Gift Brings People Together,” showcases family traditions and preparations with an ornate ice-skating window, sesonal cityscapes and more. A fifteen foot tall Santa perches above the marquee (don’t forget to visit him inside).


Columbus Circle Holiday Market

Tuesday, November 28–Sunday, December 24, 10:00 am–8:00 pm
Columbus Circle (Central Park West & 59th Street)

Enjoy a hot meal or snack and shop for holiday gifts among booths featuring wooden puzzles, adorable puppets, gingerbread houses and kits, chocolate and savory truffles, handcrafted home accessories, Japanese tacos, handmade jewelry and more at this charming market near the southwest entrance of Central Park. Don’t miss the nutella-stuffed churros. Warm up in nearby Time Warner and watch the jazzy Holiday Under the Stars light show.


Harlem Holiday Windows

Wednesday, November 29–Tuesday, January 2, All Day
Lenox Avenue (Lenox Avenue between 117th and 127th Streets)

Participating businesses along a sparkle-filled Lenox Avenue between 117th and 127th Streets feature displays inspired by seven Traditional Harlem Celebrations that take place throughout the year: Three Kings Day, Christmas, Hanukah, Loiza, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, and Harlem Week. This year’s theme was suggested by high school students from The Schomburg Center’s immersive Teen Curator’s Program and executed by undergraduates from Fashion Institute of Technology’s interdisciplinary Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design (VPED) program, working closely with owners/operators and store managers.


Bargemusic Family Concert

Saturday, December 16, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm
Brookyln Bridge Park (334 Furman Street)

Walk across the gangplank of a renovated coffee barge for a one-hour, family-friendly concert. Includes a Q & A session with the musicians. Doors open 15 minutes before the performance; no reserved seating is available.


Menorah on the High Line

Sunday, December 17, 4:30 pm–5:30 pm
High Line 14th Street Passage (Tenth Avenue & West 14th Street)

The first Chanukah celebration on the High Line features a glow in the dark Menorah, arts & crafts, music, doughnuts, latkas and lots of fun for the whole family.


Unsilent Night

Sunday, December 17, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
Washington Square Park (5th Avenue & Washington Square North)

In this modern update to traditional caroling, composer Phil Kline leads a massive chorus of boomboxes parade from Washington Square Park to Tompkins Square Park. To participate, arrive by 5:45. Download the music online in advance or dig out your ancient technology and show up early to snag a free CD or cassette tape. Phil Kline will hand out a limited number of vintage boomboxes from his collection.


Solstice Spirals

Thursday, December 21, 6:00 pm–8:30 pm
Flatiron Plaza (West 23rd Street & Broadway)

Join MoMath and the Flatiron Partnership and celebrate the winter solstice with a giant group construction of Solstice Spirals, a reflective dynamic sculpture. In this Fibonacci-inspired design (based on the work of John Edmark), every piece is exactly the same shape as every other piece, but each consecutive piece is slightly different in size. Start with the tiniest piece and see how quickly the pieces grow as we use the golden angle to build the very same pattern found in sunflowers, pinecones, and roses. Don’t miss your chance to participate in building this kinetic sculpture and bring your camera for a beautiful mathematical photo op. Also check out the nearby shimmering installations Whiteout and Flatiron Reflection.


Carols At The Washington Square Arch

Sunday, December 24, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
Washington Square Park (5th Avenue & Washington Square North)

Sing along with The Rob Susman Brass Quartet and revelers from all over the city underneath the iconic arch and 45-foot Christmas tree. Songbooks will be distributed compliments of the Washington Square Association.


Bargemusic Family Concert

Saturday, January 6, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm
Brookyln Bridge Park (334 Furman Street)

Walk across the gangplank of a renovated coffee barge for a one-hour, family-friendly concert. Includes a Q & A session with the musicians. Doors open 15 minutes before the performance; no reserved seating is available.


Bargemusic Family Concert

Saturday, January 13, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm
Brookyln Bridge Park (334 Furman Street)

Walk across the gangplank of a renovated coffee barge for a one-hour, family-friendly concert. Includes a Q & A session with the musicians. Doors open 15 minutes before the performance; no reserved seating is available.


Lincoln Center Spring Fling

Sunday, May 6, 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)

Celebrate spring at one of our favorite cultural institutions with a day of activities designed for all ages including chalk drawing, instrument tryouts with the New York Philharmonic, scavenger hunts, story time with Eric Litwin and Elise Parsley short films and of course live music from Chamber Music Society, Jazzmeia Horn and the Verve Pipe.


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