Halloween Events

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The Salem Witch Trials: Reckoning and Reclaiming

New-York Historical Society
Oct 7, 11:00 am

Even after 300 years, remain a defining example of intolerance and injustice in American history. Explore the real lives the Salem’s witch trials of 1692-93 – those accused of witchcraft, their accusers, and those who defended them in an immersive exhibition. Highlights include John Proctor’s brass sundial, Rebecca Putnam’s loom, 17th-century account of the trials,…

Wollman Rink

Wollman Rink Central Park
Oct 24, 10:00 am

Skate in the middle of magical Central Park at this spacious rink, back under new management. One of the bigger rinks in the city with an incomparable view of tress & skyscrapers.

* Lockers available for $7/day in the newly renovated Clubhouse. Group and private lessons available.

🎟 Adult admission is $9 less on Monday-Thursday…

Swarovski x The Mark

The Mark
Nov 16, 12:00 am

A swanky UES hotel is bedecked with Swarovski crystals galore for the holidays. The facade and lobby are decorated with a magical gingerbread theme, featuring favorite holiday characters crafted in crystals.

Gingerbread NYC: The Great Borough Bake-Off

Museum of the City of New York
Nov 17, 12:00 pm

See gingerbread displays from top bakeries and amateur bakers from across the city representing their respective neighborhoods, inspired by the theme “Winter in New York.” Pick up a kid-friendly  scavenger hunt from the front desk.

Winners of categories include Most Representative of Their Neighborhood, Most Creative, Good Enough to Eat, Most Intricate, Grandest, and more.

AMNH Origami Holiday Tree

American Museum of Natural History
Nov 21, 10:00 am

Over 1,000 intricate origami creations decorate this unique tree. The theme of this year’s 13-foot tree is Beautiful Bugs, featuring specially created models inspired by the upcoming Family Insectarium opening later this winter. Also look for paper versions of museum icons like the big blue whale and t-rex.

Check out the adorable dinosaur topiaries at the Central…

Metropolitan Museum Tree

Metropolitan Museum Of Art
Nov 22, 10:00 am

A vivid eighteenth-century Neapolitan Nativity scene adorns a candlelit spruce. Gorgeous 18th Century Baroque creche angels hover over an Italian village filled with animals and interesting characters. Look for a monkey, elephant and more. In the atmospheric Medieval Sculpture Hall in front of the eighteenth-century Spanish choir screen from the Cathedral of Valladolid.

See our…

Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection

New-York Historical Society
Nov 22, 11:00 am

See historic toy trains, figurines, and miniature models from the renowned Jerni Collection. Look for fun details in a variety of toy train stations dating from the turn of the 19th century to the WWII era, plus toy rides including a miniature Ferris wheel, carousel, blimp ride, and roller coaster. Giant screens display animations and…

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

Lincoln Center
Nov 25, 2:00 pm

Experience the lavish New York City Ballet Nutcracker that started it all in 1954, featuring exquisite costumes, magnificent sets and top-notch dance talent. See twirling snowflakes, leaping candy canes, waltzing flowers, and so much more to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score (played live by a full orchestra).

Pricey but priceless; wait until your kid is able to…

Columbus Circle Holiday Market

Central Park
Nov 29, 11:00 am

Shop for holiday gifts among booths featuring adorable puppets, gingerbread houses, handcrafted home accessories, handmade jewelry, and more at this charming market near the southwest entrance of Central Park. Don’t miss the nutella-stuffed churros, Japanese tacos, chocolate and savory truffles, and other delicious snacks.

Warm up in nearby Shops at Columbus Circle and watch the…

Tavern on the Green Christmas Tree Lighting

Tavern on the Green
Nov 29, 5:30 pm

Iconic restaurant Tavern on the Green hosts a Christmas Tree Lighting with festive holiday music from the Manhattan Hollywood Carolers, DJ Tweed and a special surprise Broadway performance. Complimentary apple cider, hot chocolate, soft drinks, and sweet and savory treats available.

The already sparkly restaurant’s 20-foot Christmas tree has more than 2,000 ornaments and 10,000…

Central Park Holiday Lighting

Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
Dec 1, 5:30 pm

Meet Santa and friends, sing carols on the Plaza, and warm up with hot cocoa while enjoying a variety of seasonal activities. The event concludes with lighting a flotilla of trees on the Harlem Meer.

Ornament Painting Party

Color Me Mine
Dec 3, 10:00 am

Choose 3 flat ornaments from a festive assortment to paint. Use a variety of paint colors, brushes and tools to personalize ornaments. Glazing and firing included. Cookies and drinks available.

Kids and adults welcome. To-go kits also available to paint at home.

Mozart For Munchkins: Nutcracker & Jingles

Church of Epiphany
Dec 3, 4:00 pm

Join a unique (all-ages) Nutcracker experience with tap dance virtuoso Demi Remick, the sweet tones of Steve Whipple on the upright bass & Blanca González and Jesse Elder of Musiquita on violin and piano. The ensemble will also perform some holiday favorites, some Latin folk music & and a handful of children’s classics. An interactive,…

The Lighting of the Park Avenue Christmas Trees

Brick Presbyterian Church
Dec 4, 5:00 pm

Trees along Park Avenue from 48th to 97th Street will light up following caroling, holiday crafting and a hot cocoa ceremony outside the Brick Presbyterian Church as part of a tradition of that began in 1945 to honor the men and women who died in WW II.

Carl Schurz Park Holiday Tree Lighting

Carl Schurz Park
Dec 4, 5:00 pm

Sing carols with the Il Cantori Choir and Orbital Brass by candlelight while sharing candy canes and hot chocolate as the park’s tree is lit. Held snow, rain or balmy weather.

 

Dances Patrelle’s The Yorkville Nutcracker

The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
Dec 9, 7:00 pm

This annual production at Hunter College’s cozy Kaye Playhouse features dance students, ages 5 to 85, alongside professional artists. The lavish Olde New York settings give this production a more local vibe. Expect ice skating in Central Park, Teddy Roosevelt at Gracie Mansion and a sleigh-ride to the New York Botanical Garden.

🎟 Save…

Mozart for Munchkins: Nutcracker & Holiday Favorites

Goddard Riverside Community Center
Dec 10, 10:30 am

Hear samplings from the Nutcracker and other holiday favorites played by professional musicians in a relaxed, all-ages concert. See a Sugar Plum Fairy twirl – and dance along.

Peter & the Wolf with Isaac Mizrahi

Guggenheim
Dec 10, 1:00 pm

Fabulous fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi narrates Sergei Prokofiev’s charming children’s classic accompanied by Ensemble Signal as a dancing cast costumed and directed by Mizrahi brings the lively tale of animals and instruments to quirky life. Only 30 minutes long plus funny dancing animals make it great for very wee ones (but also entertaining for grown-ups).

Coca-Cola Winter Wonderland

Apollo Theater
Dec 10, 2:00 pm

The Apollo Theater and Coca-Cola host holiday-themed activities including picture taking with Santa Claus and performances from local choirs.

Under the twinkling lights of the famous marquee, the Apollo invites audiences to bring the family for holiday-themed activities including picture taking with Santa, a book and toy drive and amazing performances. 

Senior Center Caroling – UES

Mary Manning Walsh Nursing Home
Dec 10, 3:00 pm

Sing and spread cheer at a nursing home. Fully vaccinated singers of all ages and abilities welcome; all are greatly appreciated. Song books provided.

Rapid COVID test will be taken upon arrival; masks required.

The Magic Flute

Lincoln Center
Dec 16, 7:00 pm

The Met’s English-language, abridged, family-friendly adaptation of Mozart’s sublime and mystical journey returns in Julie Taymor’s fanciful production featuring giant bear puppets, boys flying on dragons and stunning scenery. Plus grand spiral staircases and chandeliers.

* Entertaining for all but the vibe is formal and there is a lot of operatic singing in the 1…

New York City Ballet Family Saturday: A Nutcracker Adventure

New York City Ballet
Dec 17, 11:00 am

Join Marie and the Nutcracker on their magical journey to the Land of Sweets. Experience the intricate costumes, candy-colored sets, iconic music, and beautiful choreography of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker with highlights from this holiday classic. Host and Principal Dancer Megan Fairchild introduces the joys and wonder of this beloved family favorite in this special,…

WeBop Family Jazz Party: Holiday Jazz Jam

Jazz at Lincoln Center
Dec 17, 11:30 am

Sing and swing into the season with a fun and interactive show overlooking Central Park with Mr. Tim and the WeBop Family Jazz Band.

Join Ms. Goussy, Ms. Sofia, and the WeBop Family Jazz Band for a multicultural celebration to ring in the holidays. Sing and swing into the holiday season with a fun and…

Senior Center Caroling – Harlem

Amsterdam Nursing Home
Dec 17, 2:30 pm

Sing and spread cheer at a nursing home. Fully vaccinated singers of all ages and abilities welcome; all are greatly appreciated. Song books provided.

Rapid COVID test will be taken upon arrival; masks required.

Midtown

230 Fifth Ave

230 Fifth
Jan 01, 3:00 pm

Enjoy breathtaking views of the city (including the Empire State Building) from heated plastic igloos on a rooftop garden with topiaries and fun snowflake photo-ops. The menu is kid-friendly with burgers, pizza, hummus guacamole and more standard fare.

Each igloo can sit up to 11 people. Only heated with small space heaters so dress…

Abracadabra NYC

Abracadabra NYC
Oct 11, 11:00 am

Get into the Halloween spirit year round with a huge assortment of costumes, accessories, makeup, magic, wigs, facial hair, props, masquerade masks, magic kit and much more. Step into a hoarder’s haunted house with tons of life-sized, interactive animatronics (including creepy body parts, not for the faint-hearted) and spooky surprises.

Browse creepy and cutesy get-ups…

Holiday Shops in Winter Village

Bryant Park
Oct 28, 11:00 am

Browse Holiday Shops, a European inspired open-air market curated by Urbanspace featuring artisans from around the world. Shop for local crafts, artisan provisions, and exquisite gifts from around the world in housed in custom-designed, “jewel box” kiosks.

⛸ Watch skaters – or skate yourself – on the city’s only free ice rink or reserve…

The Rink at Winter Village

Bryant Park
Nov 02, 8:00 am

Skate on the city’s only free rink or just watch and enjoy a festive winter vibe. Online advance reservations required to skate, reservations roll out daily two weeks before skate time.

* Skate rentals are $15-$45; discounted during off-peak hours and dates. Helmets also availble ($6).  Penguin skate aids available for younger kids ($22,…

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center
Nov 05, 9:00 am

This urban rink is one of the smallest and most expensive in the city, but the iconic location is pure magic. Mostly outdoors, but admission is through the indoor skate house.

Admission varies by day and time as much as $30, so go early in the day, week and season if you can.

North Pole Express

North Pole Express
Nov 12, 3:30 pm

Board a North Pole Express (an open-topped double decker tourist bus) and drive by NYC’s stunning holiday decorations on Sixth & Fifth Avenues. Get great views of  the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, store windows and more above the crowds.

Sing along with Christmas carols and read ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas with entertaining elves while…

Grand Central Holiday Fair

Grand Central Terminal
Nov 14, 12:00 am

New York City’s longest-running indoor Holiday Fair returns to the stunning beaux-arts Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central.  36 local-artisan vendors offer one-of-a-kind products across a variety of categories, with a focus on quality craftsmanship and products made in New York and the United States. Shop a diverse mix of gift-able items, including men’s and women’s…

Miracle NYC

Miracle NYC
Nov 14, 10:00 am

Explore a Winter Wonderland with 5 million bedazzling lights. Bake, decorate and enjoy cookies with Chip the Elf, create ornaments, visit the North Pole Post Office and send a letter to Santa. See swirling indoor snow inside a life-sized snow globe and venture through an enchanting winter forest.

Purchase a Golden Ticket (+$16) for a…

Shine Bright at Hudson Yards

Hudson Yards
Nov 15, 10:00 am

Explore over 2 million shimmering white lights illuminating the neighborhood featuring a 32-foot hot air balloon suspended inside The Shops. Lots of fun photo-ops from each level. Take photos with Santa on select December dates.

Lots of great food options including Mercado Little Spain and a new Ladurée…

Holiday Under The Stars

The Shops at Columbus Circle
Nov 16, 4:00 pm

14-foot stars hanging from the 150-foot ceiling of the glass atrium light up in an array of colors. See a rainbow-colored light show to festive holiday music every half hour from 4 to 7 pm.⁠

Select Wednesdays at 5 pm, catch Broadway Under The Stars featuring cast members of current Broadway shows on the…

Fifth Avenue Decor

Fifth Avene
Nov 18, 12:00 am

Swanky stores on and around Fifth Avenue are especially eye-catching during the holidays. Go early in the day or weekdays if possible to avoid heavy crowds (or visit during pedestrian-only Fifth Avenue for All on  December 4th, 11th & 18th). Some highlights, listed…

Peninsula Hotel

The Peninsula New York
Nov 18, 12:00 am

See a spectacular Christmas tree flanked by life-sized nutcrackers and other festive decor in a grand hotel lobby, open to all. Stop by a cute Sweet Shoppe in the lobby from for some free treats and visits by hotel mascot Peter Bear (open daily 4-6 pm).

Victorian carolers sing in the lobby every Friday and…

Lotte New York Palace Tree

Lotte New York Palace
Nov 18, 12:00 am

This gorgeous, classy tree in the neo-Italian Renaissance courtyard of the historic landmark Villard Mansion (now Lotte New York Palace Hotel) has Rockefeller Center and the St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the background.

Macy’s Herald Square Windows

Macy’s Herald Square
Nov 18, 9:00 am

Animated holiday windows at Macy’s Herald Square share the spirit of the holiday season with scenes of how we celebrate together with loved ones. Follow reindeer Tiptoe as she visits her woodland friends to spread holiday magic and cheer.

Find a different festively nostalgia scene in each window, crafted with core materials such as…

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Radio City Music Hall
Nov 19, 11:00 am

A truly spectacular show for all ages, even toddlers, with fabulous dancing by the talented Rockettes, dazzling costumes, special effects, camels, sheep and Santa Clause (many, many Santa Clauses in one of our favorite numbers). Includes a 10-minute Nutcracker section danced by giant bears that little kids love.

New this year, the Rockettes don wings…

Spectacular Factory: The Holiday Multiverse

Chelsea Market
Nov 20, 10:00 am

Embark on a dazzling journey where the imaginary world of a gift factory comes alive. Traverse immersive digital multiverses filled with dreamlike yet familiar holiday themes, from floating giant swinging bells to thousands of nutcrackers, train rides through wreaths, spinning candy cane carousels and more.

Save 20% with code KID20 from @littlekidbigcity_newyork. Save $5…

BUMP!

The Standard High Line
Nov 20, 12:00 pm

Ride bumper cars on glice (a synthetic ice-like service) in an outdoor nostalgic ode to 80s punk culture. Spin and bump with a pedal and joystick during ab 8-10 minute ride.

Safety pins, mohawks and other renegade symbols along with hot pink “Barbiecore” uniforms suffuse the hip space with a downtown, DIY attitude.

🍽 Dine…

Saks Fifth Ave Windows & Light Show

Saks Fifth Avenue
Nov 23, 10:00 am

Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Rocket Fund collaborated on new windows inspired by the theme of heartwarming holiday gifts,  with bright colors, rocket ships  rocket ships and kaleidoscopes ( and a $1 million donation to the charity).

A new light show on the facade, set to a holiday medley of Elton John songs, features over over…

Macy’s Santaland

Macy’s Herald Square
Nov 25, 9:00 am

This iconic Santa experience is crowded but a magical must for city kids. Advance reservations (required) can be booked online up to 5 days in advance starting at 6:30 am (weekend spots fill up immediately).

Expect a 30-90 minute line slowly wandering through a charming North Pole village with animatronic toys and train displays. Weekdays…

Eloise Tea at The Palm Court

The Plaza Hotel
Nov 25, 10:30 am

Fans of famous Plaza resident Eloise can enjoy a special holiday-themed Afternoon Tea menu at The Palm Court, a timelessly elegant setting with a soaring stained-glass dome and lush greenery including ceiling-high palm trees. The extravagant menu includes an assortment of tea sandwiches, scones, pastries desserts, pink treats, herbal teas & lemonade.

Rolf’s Bar & Restaurant

Rolf’s German Restaurant
Nov 25, 11:30 am

Dine under over 150,000 antique glass ornaments hanging from the ceiling and 150 antique dolls and other decor and this 50-year-old festive legend.  German/Bavarian far includes potato pancakes with applesauce, hamburgers, meatloaf, five types of schnitzel and more.

Reservations are a must and already booked for most of  December, Monday-Wednesday lunches are…

Magic Hour Pink Winter Lodge

MOXY NYC Times Square
Nov 25, 11:30 am

Have a pink Christmas with an instagrammable brunch at indoor/outdoor Magic Hour on Moxy Times Square hotel’s 18th floor. Feast on fancy pancakes, ‘Pink Bling’ donut rings and cotton candy-topped s’mores stacks amid pink logs, frosted pink blooms, diamond-encrusted, a flower arch with pink antler chandeliers and  seats fashioned after ski-lifts.

Online reservations recommended. Kids…

Holiday Time in PaleyLand

The Paley Center for Media
Nov 25, 12:00 pm

Explore four floors of interactive holiday fun – photo-ops with holiday backgrounds including Santa’s sleigh & a menorah, a classic model railroad display, hot cocoa and candy canes.

See screenings of holiday films & TV shows, including big-screen premieres. Screenings in two theaters include stop motion classics like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus Is Comin’…

Santa at the Plaza

The Plaza Hotel
Nov 25, 12:00 pm

If you’re feeling fancy, Santa will be spreading cheer throughout the Plaza Hotel for overnight and dining guests. Look for him in the lobby and the dining outlets. On select Fridays and Saturdays, Santa hosts story time in the Rose Club.

Book an extravagant Eloise-themed afternoon tea (10:30 am-4:30 pm) or come by after…

Bloomingdale’s Santa & Windows

Bloomingdale’s
Nov 26, 10:00 am

Santa is available for walk-in photo shoots Saturday 10 am – 7 pm, Sunday + Christmas Week 10 am – 6 pm. No online reservations needed, usually no lines, friendly elves and a get free printed photo.

Outside, admire colorful windows that embody the spirit of the gift-giving, memory-making season with larger-than-life elements from wrapping…

A Sherlock Carol

New World Stages
Nov 27, 2:00 pm

Two beloved classic tales come together in a holiday-themed mystery. Reunite with beloved the characters from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in a story of intrigue and suspense, with a helping of holiday cheer. When a grown-up Tiny Tim asks Sherlock Holmes to investigate the peculiar death of…

The Rink at Manhattan West

Manhattan West Plaza
Nov 29, 2:00 pm

Ice skate at a small outdoor rink in the public plaza situated of Manhattan West. Skate aids available for small beginners ($15-$18).  Private instruction from Olympians Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov available.

Sessions are 1 hour and in designated time slots. Prices are higher on weekend & holidays.

Near sparkly Hudson Yards and a…

Holidays at Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center
Nov 30, 5:00 am

* See the famous 82 foot Norway Spruce, illuminated with 30,000 LED lights (after the Nov 30 lighting) and topped with a massive Swarovski crystal star overlooking the iconic ice rink. The glowing angels in the Channel Gardens are the perfect viewpooint for the Saks light show across the street.

* Pick up…

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Rockefeller Center
Nov 30, 8:00 pm

Kick off the holiday season with the annual lighting of the largest Christmas tree in NYC.

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton will perform a duet of their holiday single, “You Make It Feel Like Christmas,” additional performances will be from Jimmie Allen, Andrea Bocelli along with Matteo Bocelli and Virginia Bocelli, David Foster and Katharine…

Macy’s Breakfast with Santa

Macy’s Herald Square
Dec 02, 8:00 am

Enjoy a festive breakfast feast with Empire State Building views at Stella 34 Trattoria , Macy’s 6th floor restaurant. Then meet Macy’s Santa Claus and take a keepsake photo with him and his elves. Includes a family-style Italian breakfast feast, takeaway treats, holiday activities and a mimosa or bellini for adults

Pricing varies by seating…

Morgan Library & Museum Free Fridays

The Morgan Library & Museum
Dec 02, 5:00 pm

Explore the stunning former private library of Gilded Age financier Pierpont Morgan, joined with other historic buildings and modern steel-and-glass pavilions with free admission 5 to 7 pm every Friday. Reservations are required – tickets are available one week in advance.

Admission to the historic rooms of J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library is free Tuesday…

American Girl Santa Brunch

American Girl
Dec 03, 8:30 am

Meet Santa at the American Girl store during breakfast in the cute cafe. Bring your own camera.

My First Nutcracker

Theatre Row
Dec 03, 11:00 am

* Save 20% with code WEEKEND

Join Clara and the Prince as they travel to a magical kingdom filled with delicious treats, dancing flowers and a pesky mouse king in this holiday classic reimagined by New York City Children’s Theater for theatergoers ages 3-8. Clara’s narration throughout the performance helps young theatergoers follow the classic…

DOWNTOWN

Beetle House NY

East Village
Oct 01

Celebrate Halloween year-round in a unique dining experience inspired by horror culture, magic and the artistic, literary and cinematic works of Tim Burton, Alfred Hitchcock, Bram Stoker, Washington Irving, Edgar Allen Poe, and many many more. In short, Halloween party with a Burtonesque feel, curated by Alfred Hitchcock, with a 90s goth band on stage…

Union Square Holiday Market

Union Square
Nov 18

Shop over 160 vendors for unique gifts created by local craftsmen, artists and entrepreneurs. Nibble on sweet and savory treats and sip on cider and cappuccino at this unique and eclectic holiday experience.

We love the NYC-themed artwork at Natchie, taco stuffies at Squishable, fried mozzarella hot dogs from Oh-K…

Museum of Ice Cream Pinkmas

Soho
Nov 18

Explore a pink ice cream winter wonderland of holiday-themed spaces and installations across three floors (with a giant slide). Enjoy holiday treats, festive crafts and interactive experiences across Pinkmas tree forest. Build a take-home paper gingerbread house, take a pic inside a human-sized snow globe a sample all the flavors that celebrate the spirit of…

Gov­er­nors Island Win­ter Vil­lage

Fidi
Nov 20

Enjoy sea­son­al activ­i­ties, fes­tive win­ter lights, games and food and drinks along­side warm­ing fire pits. Explore win­ter arts and cul­tur­al pro­gram­ming amid a sparkling dis­play of hol­i­day lights and a his­toric Coast Guard-era fire truck photo-op. Play lawn games like corn­hole, can jam and giant Jen­ga.

⛸ Spin on a 5,000-square foot outdoor skat­ing rink…

The Rink at Brookfield Place

Fidi
Nov 22

Skate on a small rink overlooking New York Harbor with incredible views. Uncovered and windy so dress accordingly.

Skate aids and pushable sit-down sleighs for small beginners available for $15 ($20 on weekend). Sign up for one hour sessions. Private and group learn to skate and hockey lessons available.

Eat at an array of yummy…

Ice Rink at The Seaport

Seaport
Nov 22

Opens Nov 22

Ice skate in a free admission rink with spectacular views of the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline, under a new overheard light installation Aurora emulating the Northern lights.

Chase Sapphire Preferred and Reserve cardmembers have exclusive access to the Sapphire Cabin, a heated bungalow located…

Aurora by Ithaca Studios

Seaport
Nov 22

Opens Nov 22

Over 4,000 individually-controlled overhead lights create spectacular effects inspired by the natural wonder of the Aurora Borealis, including swirling colors and shooting stars, all synchronized to music. Take a spin under the lights on the free admission Ice Rink.

Each month the theme of Aurora will change with different lighting concepts…

The Santa Clauses’ Winter Wonderland

Seaport
Nov 22

Visit Santa Claus’ headquarters at the North Pole, inspired by Disney’s “The Santa Clauses” (on a downtown scenic rooftop). Step into Santa’s hallway, lined with candy cane pillars, and follow it into a gingerbread house bar, stocked with seasonal treats and drinks. Settle into a cozy armchair Santa’s living room, find Santa’s famous sleigh and…

Luminaries

Fidi
Nov 25

Dance on giant stairs underneath a canopy of 650 ever changing rainbow hanging lantern in the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place. See cool choreographed light shows set to holiday songs at the top of every hour.

Illuminate your holiday wish by sending a motion-activated wish into the glowing lanterns above. For each wish made, Brookfield…

Lillie’s Victorian Establishment

Union Square
Nov 25

This ornate Victorian-era restaurant and pub gets festive with thousands of sparkling garlands, baubles, life-sized Nutcracker soldiers and multiple Christmas trees.

Entering the decor from a Victorian mansion in Northern Ireland feels like another century, but the eclectic menu is modern with everything from tuna tartare to cheeseburgers and kid-friendly brunch items (including gluten-free pancakes),…

GingerBread Lane

Lower East Side
Nov 26

Marvel at the largest gingerbread village in the world, now at Essex Market. Lots of fun details to discover including cable cars and subway stations, all made from only edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing and candy.

Make your own gingerbread houses or trains during weekend GingerBread Lane Workshops ($15, reserve in advance).

Mon–Sat…

Seaport Tree Lighting

Seaport
Nov 29

Enjoy musical performances and a special guest appearance from Santa leading to the illumination of the the 30-foot neighborhood tree.

At 6 pm, see the The New York City Knicks Kids Dancers and Lukas Graham performing holiday favorites and his own hits. Join the Skating Princess and the Grinch on the ice during free skate…

New York Stock Exchange Christmas Tree Lighting

Fidi
Nov 30

Sip some hot cocoa, send a note to Santa, meet costumed characters and enjoy performances Maxx Factor, Dalton & the Sheriffs, Fogo Azul, The Salvation Army Choir, School of Rock, Brett Altman, Bella DeNapoli, and more.

The 78-foot pine tree and the iconic columns of the New York Stock Exchange will be lit at 4:15…

New York Theatre Ballet Nutcracker

Fidi
Dec 02

See a ticketed performance of New York Theatre Ballet’s kid-friendly, one-hour version of the Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday ballet The Nutcracker in the Winter Garden benefitting Brookfield Place’s charitable partner, City Harvest. Set in Art Nouveau-style circa 1907 with innovative choreography by Keith Michael, this production features clockwork imps, an owl that flies above the audience,…

Seven in One Blow, or the Brave Little Kid

West Village
Dec 02

Axis Company’s interactive play with music, adapted from the classic fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm. features Axis’ signature blend of advanced technology and live performance. Though the poignant tale was created for kids, the Axis production—which teases out some plausible subtexts and includes timely pop cultural references—resonates equally well for adults.

Children in the…

Season Of Miracles

West Village
Dec 03

See a sparkling collection of holiday stories from different cultures. With a book and lyrics by Ruth Fost, tales within this heart-warming musical include O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi,” an original tale set in Nigeria entitled, “The Kwanzaa Kite,” a fanciful tale from The Wise Folk of Chelm – “The Chanukah Miracle,” and…

Holiday Nostalgia Train

East Village
Dec 04

Ride back in time on a vintage fleet of subway cars. Hop on ‘The Train of Many Colors’  along the 1 line with rattan seats, ceiling fans, incandescent bulb lighting, drop-sash style windows, vintage roll signs, and original advertisements.  Ride a selection of cars manufactured in the 1960s: the R-33, R-33WF and R-36 cars. With…

Annual Santa Rescue

Downtown
Dec 04

Watch as an FDNY ladder truck rescues Old Saint Nick from the very top of the museum and brings him inside to warm up. Once safely inside, Santa will take gift requests and pose for photos on the 3rd floor (bring your own camera, expect a long line). $15 tickets includes Santa and admission to…

Washington Square Park Christmas Tree Lighting

West Village
Dec 07

Gather under the Washington Square arch and join The Rob Susman Brass Quartet to sing holiday songs. The multi-colored lights on the resplendent tree will be turned on to mark the beginning of festive winter evenings.

Also streaming on Facebook Live.

HRP Mamas Sheltering Arms Winter Wonders Gift Wrapping Party

Tribeca
Dec 11

Help wrap gifts that have been donated for children in the Sheltering Arms programs, supporting thousands of children and youth in NYC’s most underserved communities. Kids too young to wrap can make cards with provided crafts and supplies.

To also donate, purchase gifts  through the Sheltering Arms Amazon wish list or at Boomerang Toys…

Tree Lighting at Tompkins Square Park

Lower East Side
Dec 11

Theater for the New City hosts Tompkins Square Park’s tree illumination, with Carolers of Olde New York and music from the Mandel & Lydon Trio. Refreshments courtesy of Veselka Restaurant, Apple Savings Bank and C&B Cafe.

This evergreen, a live tree that lives in the park year-round, was planted in 1992, as part of a…

Santa at Brookfield Place

Fidi
Dec 15

Visit Santa in Winter Garden with nearby shopping, ice skating, and dining (including our fave French market Le District). Even dogs can meet Santa during select hours on Dec 14.

Not much surrounding the photo op besides some crafts, but usually no line. Walk-on or make a same…

Mozart For Munchkins: Nutcracker & Jingles

West Village
Dec 17

Join a unique (all-ages) Nutcracker experience with tap dance virtuoso Demi Remick, the sweet tones of Steve Whipple on the upright bass & Blanca González and Jesse Elder of Musiquita on violin and piano. The ensemble will also perform some holiday favorites, some Latin folk music & and a handful of children’s classics. An interactive,…

Nut/Cracked

Soho
Dec 17

The Bang Group’s beloved, witty response to The Nutcracker  takes inspiration from all corners of the dance canon, from tap riffs to en pointe ballet, by way of bubble wrap, disco, and Chinese take-out noodles.

Choreographer David Parker finds beauty in the ridiculous, waltzing through many incarnations of Tchaikovsky’s score, including versions by Duke Ellington…

Eldridge Arts & Learning: Chanukah!

Lower East Side
Dec 18

Celebrate and learn about the Jewish Festival of Lights at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Whether it’s your first or hundredth time hearing the story, enjoy listening to an exciting retelling of the Chanukah tale.  Sing along to holiday songs and create colorful handprint menorahs.

Online RSVP required. Included with museum admission.

Christmas Eve Caroling Under the Arch

West Village
Dec 24

Celebrate with carols near the Washington Square Arch. The Rob Susman Brass Quartet, song leader, and the revelers from all over the city lustily sing out familiar tunes. Free songbooks distributed by the Washington Square Association.

Also join via livestream on Facebook.

Music at the Museum: Celebrate Chanukah at Eldridge!

Lower East Side
Dec 25

Enjoy infectious Klezmer energy in the beautiful Main Sanctuary of the Museum at Eldridge Street.  Klezmer music is the heart and soul of Eastern European Jewry, and brings joy and celebration to any room. Sing and dance along to lively Jewish tunes and Chanukah songs with Litvakus Collective led by Zisl Slepovitch, in collaboration…

BRONX

New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

Bronx
Nov 19

Marvel at model trains zipping through an enchanting display of more than 175 famous New York landmarks—imagine the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Rockefeller Center, and other favorites—each delightfully re-created from natural materials such as pine cones, acorns, and seeds.

* The show itself is in the Haupt Conservatory and climate-controlled, but there is a…

NYBG Glow

Bronx
Nov 23

Explore a glowing world of color and light featuring the Haupt Conservatory as the centerpiece—its iconic exterior a glittering canvas.

* Washes of brilliant colors, thousands of dazzling lights installations fill the Reflecting Pool and enliven surrounding gardens and collections.

* Also enjoy artistic ice sculptures, music, roving dancers, plus more…

Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo

Bronx
Nov 25

Embark on an illuminated safari with animal lanterns, animated sculptures, and colorful designs throughout the spacious Bronx Zoo plus more holiday fun.

🦋 More than 260 lanterns representing almost 70 animal and plant species throughout the park showcase different wildlife regions from gorillas in Africa to sea turtles in the ocean. Look up to larger…

Holiday First Friday at Bartow-Pell

Lower Westchester
Dec 02

Explore a historic mansion decked out for the holidays and enjoy the mellifluous and merry sounds of the a cappella MetropoliTones. Light refreshments available. Online registration requested.

Candlelight Tree Tours

Bronx
Dec 09

A lovely historic mansion will be aglow during candlelight tree tours. Explore decorated period rooms with a variety of themed trees.

Selfies with Santa + Cookies and Crafts

Bronx
Dec 10

Explore a historic mansion decorated with festive holiday trees in each of the period rooms, take selfies with Santa, and decorate holiday cookies in the conservatory.

The Westchester Ballet Company Presents The Nutcracker

Bronx
Dec 17

Westchester Ballet Company’ sumptuous Nutcracker production, performing since 1950, tells the classic holiday story with stunning costumes and special effects with a cast of 100 dancers. The cast is made up of world-class adult guest performers and approximately 100 young dancers from 17 different towns and villages in and around Westchester who are selected each…

Queens

Amaze Light Festival

Citi Field
Nov 19

Be immersed in a million twinkling lights as you stroll inside larger-than-life themed worlds. Meet lovable characters, Zing and Sparky, who bring the stage dancers, singers, and light show to life with their magic powers.

Visit the holiday market and grab a treat at Sparky’s Sweet Spot. Enjoy savory and sweet culinary treats, as well…

Gingerbread Lane House-Building Workshop

Essex Market
Nov 27

Make your own GingerBread Lane house. Workshop participants receive a kit of the same materials that Chef Jon Lovitch uses to create his GingerBread Lane exhibit: gingerbread pieces, icing and candy.

Workshops sell out so book in advance.

Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas: 45th Anniversary Screening

Museum of the Moving Image
Dec 02

See one of Jim Henson’s most beloved television specials on the big screen. Ma Otter and her son Emmet both secretly enter a talent contest to win money for each other’s Christmas presents. On November 26 and December 3, Jim Henson Legacy President Craig Shemin will appear in person and present outtakes from the special and excerpts…

Illuminate The Farm

Queens County Farm Museum
Dec 02

Explore an illuminated world of color on a historic farm. Walk through 6 acres of dazzling holiday lights and handmade lanterns in the shape of flowers, tractors, favorite farm animals. Admire luminescent displays inspired by theme parks and Chinese myths and legends, along with illuminated tunnels, illuminated rideable swings, and more.

For $5, pick a…

Winter Wonder at the Garden

Queens Botanical Garden
Dec 03

Celebrate the best of December with free live musical performances, a tree lighting, menorah display, holiday crafts, ice sculpting, a tree tour and selfies with Santa (donations welcome).

Shop sales Queens Botanical Garden Shop and support local businesses at the outdoor Holiday Market. Enjoy a selection of beverages at the Holiday Bar for purchase.

Dress…

A Very Electric Christmas

Queens Theatre
Dec 04

Queens Theatre audience favorite Lightwire Theater returns for one performance of their holiday show.

Follow the story of a young bird, named Max and his family, as they begin their journey south for the winter. When Max gets blown off course and ends up at the North Pole…his adventure begins. Dancing toy soldiers, caroling worms…

Navidad: A Mexican-American Christmas

Queens Theatre
Dec 10

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company presents Christmas traditions from both sides of the Rio Grande in a dance musical about a young person caught between two worlds—their family’s past in Mexico and their present life in New York City. Through a dream, this youngster attempts to bring the two cultures together where Aztec-inspired dance is performed…

Brooklyn

LeFrak Center Ice Skating

Lakeside Prospect Park
Nov 15

Skate in a half-covered/half-open lakeside rink in Prospect Park.

* Olympic figure-skating athletes Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov direct the Sports Programs for Lakeside’s growing Skate School which offers learn-to-Skate and Learn-to-Play-Hockey classes for all ages.

🔓 Lockers available for rent ($3-$8, 2-hour time limit).

🍽 Light fare and drinks available for takeaway at rinkside Bluestone Cafe.

* See our guide to Prospect Park.

Sun–Fri 9 am – 7 pm
Sat 9 am – 9 pm

Lightscape at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Nov 16

Celebrate the beauty of nature in winter on an enchanting trail animated by over one million dazzling lights. Encounter monumental lighted sculptures, colorful effects on Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s trees, architecture, and water features, and site-specific music and sound. Discover dazzling international showstoppers like the Winter Cathedral tunnel, Fire Garden, and Sea of Light, as well as new site-specific light works by local artists.

🍽 Concessions selling hot drinks and light fare are available along the route (including roast-your-own s’mores). Most are cashless.

Near Brooklyn Museum and happening Prospect Park.

Nov 16 – Jan 8
Days vary, 5 pm – 9 pm

ArtRink at Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Nov 25

Glide around a 3,000 square-foot synthetic-ice skating rink, surrounded by an art exhibition showcasing the work of local artists. Take a stroll through a kids-sized Winter Village, five interactive playhouses each designed by a different artist.

On the outdoor rooftop, dress warmly. Complementary skate provided

Lots more to explore throughout the museum, see our guide to Brooklyn Children’s Museum.

Wed-Sun 10 am – 5 pm

Santa Land at Atlantic Terminal Mall

Atlantic Terminal Mall
Nov 26

See a community-favorite Santa. Pets welcome.  Digital photos available from a professional photographer.

Special events include pet night, Santa storytime and a special sensory-aware mornings for kids with special needs (Dec 18, 9 am-11 am. Note that this Santa, like many New Yorkers, is Black.

$5 non-refundable deposit required to hold your 15-minute time slot; can be applied to photos.

Weekends & Christmas Week 11 am – 7pm

DUMBO Holiday Tree + Santa’s Mailbox

The Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge
Nov 28

Classic rainbow lights bedeck a tree framed by the Brooklyn Bridge. Drop off your letter to Santa at a festive mailbox.If Santa notices that your wishlist can be sourced right here in Dumbo, he may just give you $100 Dumbo Dollars to spend in the neighborhood as an early holiday gift (Santa will need an email address to expedite, since the reindeers are getting ready for the big day).

Animated trees from the masterminds at Augenblick Studios illuminate the Manhattan Bridge Anchorage 6-10 pm every night in December.

Unwrapped toys, winter coats and packaged, non-perishables food donations welcome; drop off in the lobby of Empire Stores.

FAD Market: Holiday Pop-Up DUMBO

Empire Stores
Nov 28

Shop over 30 talented makers, artisans and small businesses who live and create in Brooklyn.

At Empire Stores in DUMBO, browse a curated selection of goods including handmade jewelry, apparel, body and skincare, tableware, and artisanal packaged food, then eat at Time Out Market, drop a letter off at Santa’s Mailbox and explore nearby Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Mon-Fri  12 pm – 6 pm
Sat- Sun 11 am – 6 pm

Borough Hall Holiday Market

Brooklyn Borough Hall
Nov 28

Outdoor market presenter Urbanspace’s newest holiday market presents Brooklyn-based artisans, food and beverage operators, vintage and antique collectors selling one of a kind pieces and more to create and curate a Brooklyn centric market mix.

Dyker Heights Holiday Lights

Dyker Heights
Nov 28

Blocks in the Dyker Heights section of Brooklyn (mostly 83rd thru 86th Streets between 11th through 13th avenues) go all in with insanely extravagant Christmas lights and decorations. Santa is there most nights. Expect crowds and traffic and try to go early in the evening and season.

Light Up Brooklyn Commons

Brooklyn Commons Park
Nov 30

Celebrate the start of the holiday season with a variety of festive outdoor activities. Explore an exhibition of exquisitely carved ice sculptures in the theme of “Mystic Creatures,” by the talented NY-based Okamoto Studio, behold a joyful performance by Brooklyn United (6:30 pm), sample holiday treats, and watch Santa light the treasured Brooklyn Commons Christmas tree (6:45 pm). The evening’s activities are all free and open to the public.

DUMBO Tree Lighting

The Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge
Dec 01

See DUMBO’s tree lit at 5:30 pm, plus take a photo with Santa and enjoy calypso music from Brooklyn-based steel drum band Jah Pan, Chirstmas covers By Curtis J. Social and the Dumbo house band, performances by the PS307 Diamonds and Dock Street Middle School cheerleaders, complimentary hot cocoa and sweet treats, animated projections on the Manhattan Bridge and more festive fun.

Drop off a letter to Santa at our mailbox in the Pearl Street Triangle – if he notices that your wishlist can be sourced in Dumbo, he may just give you $100 Dumbo Dollars to spend in the neighborhood as an early holiday gift.

Bring toys, coats and packaged non-perishables for donations drives.

DUMBO x Brooklyn Flea Holiday Market

The Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge
Dec 03

The Brooklyn Flea brings 40+ vintage and handmade vendors to the DUMBO Archway in a curated Holiday Market.

Also visit the DUMBO Holiday Tree + Santa’s Mailbox.

FAD Market Holiday Pop-Up: Boerum Hill

The Invisible Dog Art Center
Dec 03

Shop a festive holiday market with a rotating roster of over 50 of the region’s most talented makers, designers and artisanal food brands offering a highly curated selection of impeccably crafted jewelry, apparel, bath and body care, tableware, handmade food items, home furnishings and more. Come discover unique gifts for everyone on your holiday list.

Not far from the New York Transit Museum, which has a great gift shop.

Santa Land Community Parade

Atlantic Terminal Mall
Dec 03

Santa comes to Brooklyn in a parade with clowns, elves, stilt-walkers, bikers, Mickey Mouse and more.

Starts on Washington/Atlantic Mall and ends at Atlantic Terminal Mall.

Mark Morris Dance Group Holiday Party on the Plaza

The Plaza at 300 Ashland
Dec 03

Join the Mark Morris Dance Center for a little caroling and holiday cheer. MMDG Music Director, Colin Fowler, will lead the singing and there will be a short performance by the MMDG Student Company inspired by The Hard Nut.

Sinterklass – Saint Nicholas Day

Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum
Dec 03

This annual celebration includes craft activities, tree lighting, and a visit from St. Nick.

St. Nicholas arrives on horseback around 2:30 pm to tell the traditional tale of The Bakers Dozen and invite children to sign the Red Book. Sip hot cider, try colonial games, create a holiday pomander, decorate a Dutch clog for Sinterklaas, and dress the tree for the tree lighting that will close the day as the sun goes down.

The house museum is currently closed to the public. Dress warmly, all activities will take place outdoors in the park.

Jingle Fest

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
Dec 03

Join the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music for a festive, family-friendly and free holiday concert and sing-along. Features BKCM faculty, students, and special guests.

Art in Dumbo Shop the Studios

DUMBO
Dec 10

Just in time for the holidays, 35 artists in DUMBO open their studios to the public to sell their art. Organized by the DUMBO Improvement District and Art in DUMBO, Shop the Studios is an opportunity for locals and tourists alike to connect directly with artists working in DUMBO, Brooklyn, explore their studios, and take home an original artwork priced for the holidays.

Shop more local artists at the DUMBO x Brooklyn Flea Holiday Market. Stop by Shop the Studios information table at the Brooklyn Flea market to learn more.

Mozart for Munchkins: Nutcracker & Holiday Favorites

St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church
Dec 17

Hear samplings from the Nutcracker and other holiday favorites played by professional musicians in a relaxed, all-ages concert.  Join a magical morning with ballet dancer, Erica Keller, and dance into the holiday mood.

The Brooklyn Nutcracker

Kings Theatre
Dec 17

A culturally inclusive production of the beloved holiday ballet fuses ballet, hip-hop and a myriad of world dance genres to create a new tradition for today’s audience in a gorgeous landmark theater. From the landscape of the old Dutch Brooklyn to the iconic Flatbush Avenue, familiar Nutcracker characters and scenes transform to represent the diverse traditions and vibrant culture of melting pot Brooklyn.

Also at 7 pm.

Holiday Family Fun with Suzi Shelton

Jalopy Theatre and School of Music
Dec 18

See multi-award winning NYC singer/songwriter Suzi Shelton in a fun family holiday-themed concert with musician Jeff Kerestes and many special guests performing joyful songs of the season. Shake some jingle bells and sing along!.

Enjoy a coffee, mimosa or juice box during the show, and then head next door to the Jalopy Tavern for some yummy lunch after the concert.