NYC – 2014 Christmas – Xmas Events in New York City

 New York City Christmas / Holiday Events

Quick Event Updates:

  • Queens Theatre And Titan Theatre Company
    Proudly Present the Theatrical Event of the Holiday Season
    Charles Dickens’
    DECEMBER 11-21, 2014
  • Choral Chameleon’s Concert Program
    Mysterium: Holiday 2014Friday, December 12th at 8:00 pm
    St. Luke in the Fields in Manhattan
    Sunday, December 14th at 7:00 pm
    St. Paul’s Carroll Street in Brooklyn
  • The Cathedral Christmas Concert
    Cathedral Christmas Concert 2014
    Combined Cathedral Choirs, Orchestra, and Soloists
    Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm


Other Ongoing items:



3 hours long (this is not a hop on/hop off tour mind you)

Take a ride through the Winter Wonderland of New York City! During the month of December, enjoy all the glittering splendor this city has to offer. See the laser light show at Grand Central Terminal, Macy’s Christmas decorations, Lord & Taylor’s world famous animated windows, the Rockefeller Center and much much more. For a night to remember, book now!

Learn how to reserve your seat aboard this tour now!




High Line

Holiday Concert

Saturday, December 6, 2014
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
10th Avenue Square, on the High Line at West 17th Street

Join them for a merry holiday concert featuring local resident Eve Zanni and her jazz-infused holiday favorites, and the Gay and Lesbian Big Apple Corps, who will bring their upbeat versions of 1990s and 2000s hits. For a pounding finale, Los Pleneros de la 21 will enchant the audience with a selection of aguinaldos, the traditional holiday songs from Puerto Rico.


Annual Santa Parade

Date to come


Holiday Themed Events at the Grace Building Plaza

To come



Park Avenue Tree Lighting

Sunday, December 7 at 6:30 pm
Brick Presbyterian Church
Park Avenue and 91st Street



St. Bart’s Music

PHONE: 212.378.0222

  • Adoration of the Magi at St. Bart’s
    Friday, December 19 at 7:30 pm
    The Chapel of St. Bartholomew’s Church, 325 Park Ave at 51st Street (Midtown Manhattan)
    $25 and $15 for students and seniors
    Great Music at St. Bart’s presents Jeff Morrisey in Recital



MAS NYC Holiday Themed Tours

  • Still to come…



Riverside Park

  • Holiday on the Hudson:
    Annual Tree Lighting
    Wednesday, December 13, 2014
    5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    West Harlem Piers Park
    Join them for our holiday tree lighting party. Celebrate the season with the local community, enjoy live music to sing and dance with, make holiday decorations and more.

Visit this page to learn more…


Flushing Town Hall

  • Workshop: Winter Holiday Festival
    December 14th, 2014 at 1:00 pm
    Celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas & Kwanzaa with an art-making workshop and storytelling. Storyteller Robin Bady will share her favorite stories of miracles, menorahs and dreidels; with Timothy Bellavia, we’ll create beautiful Christmas wreaths using up-cycled fabrics and ribbons that will be donated to local senior centers in Queens; and storyteller Tammy Hall will share tales from African traditions that are typically told during the Kwanzaa season.
    Tickets: Free (No tickets or RSVP required)
  • Classical Singer’s Holiday Concert Jam
    December 21st, 2014 at 2:00 pm
    Queens College alumnus, Alex Schirling, teams up with Erick Urgiles and Classical Singer’s Career Development Club in a performance full of Holiday Spirit. Musicians from Queens College are taking their craft on a journey of classical music imbued with those values that we treasure most during the holidays.
    Tickets: $5/FREE for Members & Students



Grand Army Plaza in Manhattan

  • Lighting Of The World’s Largest Hanukkah Menorah
    Saturday’s lighting starts at 8:30 pm, when the Sabbath ends.
    Grand Army Plaza
    Fifth Avenue and 59th Street
    December 16 – December 23, 2014
    Read more right here…


Washington Square Park

  • Christmas Eve Caroling at Washington Square Park
    Wednesday, December 24, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
    The Rob Susman Brass Quartet again performs. Song books distributed. Holiday cheer.
    It is the traditional time to celebrate the holiday with carols at the Washington Square Arch.  The Rob Susman Brass Quartet, song leader and the revelers from all over the city will lustily sing out the familiar tunes.  The words are in the songbooks distributed compliments of the Washington Square Association, but many will know them by heart.  “Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men” will ring out to remind us all of the true meaning of the holidays.
  • Outdoor Hanukkah Candle Lighting in Washington Square Park
    DATE To come the following is from last year.
    Outdoor Hanukkah Candlelighting in Washington Square Park and Interfaith Thanksgiving Worship co-hosted by the Village Temple and Judson Memorial Church



Oratorio Society of Queens

  • Oratorio Society of Queens Will Sing “Messiah” at Annual Holiday Concert
    Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 4:00 pm
    Come celebrate your holiday season at the Annual Holiday Concert of the Oratorio Society of Queens and Maestro David Close performing excerpts from Handel’s “Messiah” with chorus, soloists, and orchestra of OSQ, The Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens. Sing along and join in the fun with your favorite Christmas carols and Chanukah favorites as the whole audience lifts their voices in song!Queensborough Performing Arts Center
    222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, New York



Bronx Concert Singers

  • Holiday Concert
    32nd Annual Holiday Concert
    Sunday, December 14, at 4:30 pm
    St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
    1891 McGraw Avenue in Parckchester, Bronx NY
    Celebrate the Yuletide Season with BCS! 
    Ticket Sales Will Begin On November 4.



Trinity Church & St. Paul’s Chapel

Go Here for all Tickets at Trinity Wall Street



Prospect Park

  • New Year’s Eve Fireworks!
    Wednesday, December 31
    Kick off the New Year’s with this belove Brooklyn tradition. The celebration will get started with live entertainment and hot refreshments at Grand Army Plaza. The best locations for viewing the fireworks include Grand Army Plaza, inside the Park on the West Drive and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street. New Year’s fireworks and festivities are sponsored by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.
  • Brooklyn’s New Year’s Eve 5K Run
    Awaiting confirmation of any such run for this year.
    What better way to celebrate the New Year then with a 5K in Prospect Park!



Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting

& other events at Rockefeller Center Plaza at 49th Street.

  • Christmas Tree Lighting & Ice Show
    Wednesday, December 3
    Where else on earth will thousands and thousands gather for the lighting a single tree? NYC that’s where! Join in this fantastic event which is televised nationwide and perhaps even across the seas. Entertainment, Singing, and yes, our Mayor too! The tallest tree so far was the 100-foot Norway Spruce from Killingworth, Conn. in 1948.
    Hosting this year’s celebration Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales.
    Word has it that some of the celebrities scheduled to appear will be Cyndi Lauper, Seth MacFarlane featuring Sara Bareilles, Idina Menzel, Pentatonix, LeAnn Rimes and Trisha Yearwood amongst others.



Christmas at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place

(Previously known as the World Financial Center)
Official Site

  • Santa’s Winter Garden
    December 5 – 7, 2014
    9:00 AM – 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM daily
    Winter Garden at Brookfield Place
    220 Vesey Street
    The Winter Garden is the setting for Santa, his reindeer, and some lively Elves! Bring your family, co-workers, and friends for.
  • Catherine Russell Celebrates the Holidays
    Thursday, December 11, 2014
    12:30 PM
    Winter Garden at Brookfield Place
    220 Vesey Street
    Join Grammy Award-winning jazz and blues vocalist Catherine Russell as she swings to holiday classics from the American.
  • Songs of Chanukah: Celebrating the Festival of Lights with the National Yiddish Theatre
    Sunday, December 14, 2014
    12:30 PM
    Winter Garden at Brookfield Place
    220 Vesey Street
    Celebrate the Festival of Lights with hot klezmer, traditional holiday melodies, and more. Under the musical direction Zalmen..



At the NY Botanical Garden in the Bronx


  • Holiday A Cappella
    Saturdays and Sundays, November 29–January 19; 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.
    In the Leon Levy Visitor Center
    Celebrate the holiday spirit with a mix of traditional and contemporary seasonal music performed by a cappella musicians and choir groups.
  • Holiday Film Screenings
    Fridays–Sundays, November 28–December 28
    In Ross Hall
    Enjoy some of the most cherished holiday films as they were meant to be seen: on the big screen! Expanding on last year’s program, this series will include classic films with train themes as well as traditional holiday fare. Click here for the full listing.
  • Holiday Tree Lighting at the NY Botanical Garden
    November 15. 2014
    4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
    Kick off the holiday season! View the lighting of a stunning conifer display by special guests, and join in an old- fashioned sing-along with the Westchester Chordsmen featuring carols from many traditions.
  • Holiday Train Show
    November 15, 2014 – January 19, 2015
    This cherished tradition delights people of all ages. Marvel at the charming model trains and New York City landmark replicas, stroll the spectacular grounds, decorate (and eat!) gingersnaps, break for lunch and hot chocolate, and shop for everyone on your list.
    All-Garden Pass PricingWeekdays
    $20 Adult
    $18 Student/Senior
    $10 Children 2–12
    Free Children under 2Weekends, Monday Holidays, and Peak Days (November 28; December 15–January 2)
    $28 Adult
    $26 Student/Senior
    $16 Children 2–12
    Free Children under 2
  • All aboard for Bar Car Nights! One of New York City’s most exciting holiday outings just got bigger and better!
    Fridays, November 21, December 5 & 19, January 2 & 9,
    and Saturdays, November 22, December 6 & 20, January 3 & 10; 7–10 p.m.
  • Poetry Reading with Billy Collins
    Saturday, December 13; 2:00 pm
    In Ross Hall
    Meet former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins at a special reading of his work, including beloved winter selections to celebrate the season.
    Co-presented with the Poetry Society of America

Visit also the NY Botanical Garden Page on New Yorkled as well as of course the official website.



Synaplex Shabbat: Hanukkah, Chocolate and New Member Shabbat

at The Village Temple

Details Yet to Come

33 East 12th Street, New York NY 10003

The VT welcomes their new members as we celebrate Hanukkah in a special way: with chocolate.

After the festive service, there will be a special Oneg with chocolate-dipped fruit, more chocolate, and savory tea sandwiches. An RSVP and donation of $10 per person are requested.

For more information, please call 212-674-2340 or visit



Madison Square Park Holiday Tree Lighting

Taking place on Tuesday, December 9, 2014

There’ll be musical performances as well as edible treats.

It all begins at 3:30 pm and culminates with the tree lighting to take place at 5:00 pm



NYSE Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Details yet to come regarding this year’s listing of performances and participants.

FEATURING: an all-star lineup of entertainers including: Grammy award-winning jazz group, The Manhattan Transfer; rock bands Honor Society, Twisted Sister, Collective Soul and Stryper; the cast of the Broadway musical, “Rock of Ages;” The Muppets; teen choir, The Monsignor Donovan Choir; singer/songwriter and daughter of Billy Joel and Christy Brinkley, Alexa Ray Joel; country music artist, David Nail; Grammy award-winning violinist, Joshua Bell; One Tree Hill actress and singer/songwriter, Kate Vogele, and Meet the Browns actress and gospel singer Tamela Mann.

This year’s NYSE Christmas tree is a 65’ high, 34’ wide Norway Spruce which hails from Ramapo, New York. Situated in front of the NYSE façade, the tree will be decorated with 10,000 multi-colored lights, 250 multi-colored balls with the NYSE Euronext logo and a 6’ star on top, all supported on a 8’ x 10’ base fashioned as a gift box.

The tree in front of the NY Stock Exchange as well as the fabulous American flag will be lit.

Learn more at the official page.



Winter’s Eve At Lincoln Center / Square

Winter’s Eve is Taking Place on December 1, 2014

The Lincoln Square Business Improvement District will host the Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square, a giant neighborhood celebration featuring free entertainment, family fun, kids’activities, food tastings, and shopping around this vibrant neighborhood.
The festivities will follow Lincoln Center’s traditional holiday tree lighting



‘the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Concerts/Celebrations at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine – 1047 Amsterdam Ave. at 112th St…..Christmas Celebrations and more at the largest cathedral in the world.

  • Crafts at the Cathedral
    December 5, 2014 – December 7, 2014
    Synod House, 1047 Amsterdam Ave, New York NY 10025
    Corner of Amsterdam Ave and W 110th St
    Entrance is on Amsterdam Ave. north of 110th St

    Crafts at the Cathedral celebrates its Annual Fair with excellence in arts and crafts in a high quality and well attended 3 day event. Over 60 Artisans will be exhibiting their finest work. Our goals for the show are to provide a great environment for skilled crafts people to exhibit and sell their work and to provide a great buying experience for all who come. Hope to see you at the show!
    $6 / day, $7 / weekend
  • Paul Winter’s 35th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration
    Featuring the Paul Winter Consort, Vocalist Theresa Thomason, Forces of Nature Dance Theater and Special Guests
    at The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
    1047 Amsterdam Avenue
    at 112th Street
    New York, NY 10025
    Thursday, December 18, 8:00 pm
    Friday, December 19, 8:00 pm
    Saturday, December 20, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
  • Holy Eucharist
    Wednesday, December 24, 2014
    12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
    The Sacrament of Holy Eucharist, celebrated with a sermon and hymns, using both traditional and contemporary language from a variety of Episcopal sources.
  • Evening Prayer
    Wednesday, December 24, 2014
    5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
    A quiet spoken service, using the Book of Common Prayer, with scripture readings and prayers.
  • Early Music New York: Dutch Christmas
    Early Music New York’s men’s choir is joined by a consort of recorders to perform late Renaissance selections from A Dutch Christmas. Featuring carols and dances by Jan Pieterzoon Sweelinck, Jacob van Eyck, Pierre Phalèse & Tielman Susato.
    Saturday, December 6: 7:30 pm
    Sunday, December 7: 2 pm
    Sunday, December 21: 2 pm
    Thursday, December 25: 2 pm
    Thursday, December 25: 7:30 pm
  • New Year’s Eve Concert For Peace
    Wednesday, December 31, 2014
    7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Founded by Leonard Bernstein in 1984, the annual New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace is a signature Cathedral event, gathering old friends and new for more than a quarter of a century. The music, the candles, and the spirit of peace send audiences out into the chill January night with renewed hope for the world we share. This year’s concert, hosted by Harry Smith, features guests Judy Collins and Jason Robert Brown.A limited number of general admission seats are free and open to the public, on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticketed seating is also available, starting at $30.



Bronx Zoo’s Holiday Lighting

Dates and Details to come

Please note that there really hasn’t been any special holiday celebrations there for a number of years now.



At Grand Central Terminal

  • Annual Holiday Market
    Taking place within Vanderbilt Hall that’s got entrances from the 42nd Street side of Grand Central Terminal as well as from the Main Concourse
    November 17, 2014 – December 24, 2014
    Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m
    Sunday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    Closed Thanksgiving Day
    November 17 and Christmas Eve, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Grand Central’s annual, and most anticipated Holiday Fair returns to magnificent Vanderbilt Hall, bringing the very best of the season for the most discriminating of gift-givers. New Yorkers swear by the Holiday Fair, declaring it an indispensable resource for unique, hard-to-find, quality gifts from tens of artists, artisans and specialty retailers. Grand Central makes it a mission to gather the most unusual, beautiful and exotic goods that you will not find elsewhere. No matter how long the list, fabulous finds awaits every shopper in the Fair’s wide-ranging assortment of jewelry, accessories, toys, clothing, home accessories and furnishings.
  • New York Transit Museum Holiday Train Show at Grand Central
    November 16, 2014 – February 22, 2015
    Monday – Friday: 8am – 8pm
    Saturday and Sunday: 10am – 6pm

    Extended holiday hours from November 22 to December 24:
    Monday – Friday: 8am – 8pm
    Saturday: 10am – 8pm
    Sunday: 10am – 7pmNY Transit Museum Gallery Annex And Store At Grand Central
    Shuttle Passage Adjacent To The Station Master’s Office
    Lionel trains once again will capture hearts and imaginations at the Transit Museum where Metro-North, New York Central and subway trains depart from a miniature GCT. The Museum’s store and booth at the Holiday Gift Fair offer great gifts for your holiday shopping!
  • The Grand Central Centennial Holiday Light Show presented by Toshiba
    No Details as yet regarding this year’s Holiday Light Show
    The Holiday Light Show makes its return to Grand Central Terminal for its centennial year.  The show will take place in the famous windows of the Terminal on the west side above Michael Jordan’s The Steakhouse NYC and Cipiani Dolci. This new light show will light up the Terminal’s Main Concourse this holiday season. For more information, please visit

Also visit the Grand Central Terminal Page on New Yorkled.



South Street Seaport’s Christmas Tree, Chorus and Strolling Santa

No Details as yet regarding the annual carolers, strolling Santa or many other usual items which take place down there. Yet mind you, the Seaport’s notorious for not being on time with expected events and such. Time will tell and we’ll let you folks know what’s in store IF/When the info is available.

  • Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at the South Street Seaport
    December 2, at 5:45 pm
    The Seaport’s 30th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at the corner of Fulton and Front Streets on November 29th at 6pm. The event will feature live music, the opening of the See/Change ice rink, and the lighting of our Holiday Tree
  • The Chorus Tree at South Street Seaport featuring various performers
    No Word as yet regarding this for this year.
  • Ice Rink at the Seaport
    November 15, 2014 – February 23, 2015

Click to visit the South Street Seaport Pages on this site
and get a glimpse of St. Nick and the Chorus from the 2001 Season.



Wyckoff House Museum



At Central Park

For specific program information of the following, including registration requirements and time of events, please call 212-860-1370.

  • 18th Annual Dana Holiday Lighting
    At the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, inside the park at 110th Street Between Fifth and Lenox Avenues
    December 4, 2014, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
    Celebrate the season at their 18th Annual Holiday Lighting in Central Park.  Meet Santa and friends, watch a live ice carving demonstration, sing carols on the Plaza, and warm up with hot cocoa and cookies.  The event concludes with lighting the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center and a flotilla of trees on the Harlem Meer.This event is free and family friendly! No organized groups, please.
    Strollers are not allowed on the Plaza, but stroller parking will be provided.This event, organized by the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy, is made possible by their founding sponsor:
  • Social Hour: Kwaanza Celebration

    Details Yet to Come…

    Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (inside the Park on 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues)
    Thursday, December 20, 2012, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm (rain or shine)
  • NYRR Midnight Run Presented by Emerald Nuts 4M
    Wednesday, December 31, 2014
    Start at 72nd Street Transverse near Cherry HillKick off the New Year at the Midnight Run Presented by Emerald Nuts! Join the fun and celebrate with dancing (starting at 10:00 p.m.) and a costume parade and contest (starting at 11:00 p.m.) at the Central Park Bandshell, just south of the 72nd Street Transverse. The 4-mile unscored run will begin on the stroke of midnight, and will include a spectacular fireworks display to light up the night. Get psyched to run in the new year with NYRR!



At Chelsea Piers

Annual Holiday on the Hudson

Details Yet to Come

Sky Rink East Rink
FREE but ticketed skating show featuring special guests The Skyliners (#1 junior synchro team in the world), the Central Park Synchro Team, and the Gotham City Synchro. Group performers include the Tiny Tot Stars and Junior Prep Competitors.
This event is open to all ages. Tickets are limited to 2 per person and are available at the Sky Rink Front Desk beginning November 26, 2011.



Christmas At Little Italy – in Lower Manhattan by Chinatown

There’ll be parades and more. But perhaps one of the best attractions there, apart from all the many italian restaurants, are the decorations. You’ll find plenty of lights and yuletide decor throughout. Since it’s close to Chinatown then you’ll make out just right by visiting one of these neighborhoods at the price of two for one: FREE That is!!! Since hey, it doesn’t cost a thing to stroll down the street, right? So why not join us this year?

  • Christmas in Little Italy, a 3-weekend holiday celebration in “America’s authentic Italian neighborhood”

    Dates and Details to come…

    It promises to be one of the Big Apple’s most popular holiday attractions. For yet another year the celebration, produced by the Little Italy Merchants Association, will be held on Mulberry Street between Broome and Canal Streets, and on Hester Street between Mulberry and Mott Streets.

Get more details regarding this festive holiday affair at this official site.



At Macy’s Department Store

  • Macy’s Santa Land at Macy’s Department Store (8th Floor)
    November 28 – 24, 2014
    As for SantaLand:
    Open until Christmas Eve
    Located on the 8th Floor
    Opens roughly 1 hour after store opens
    Closes 1-2 hours before store closes
    Extension 2922 for information if you should decide to call.
    151 West 34th StreetEver have those one in a blue moon odd remembrances from childhood? Well, I was the one who was kicking, screaming and having a mini heart attack before Mom finally snatched me from Santa’s Lap. Hehehe, boy, he must’ve enjoyed my company, aye? heheheh. — As a side note, don’t miss ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ which must get played on the television at least a half dozen times around this time of year.
    For more information: 212-494-4495


Times Square New Years Eve

Visit the New Years Eve Page on this site as more items are added while we approach this special time of year. Often it seems that events listed for this New Year’s Eve Celebration everywhere in NYC are always the last ones to be put out there. So hang in there with patience and we’ll all get to see what’s coming our way!


British Memorial Garden’s Victorian Celebration

British Memorial Garden Trust, Inc. To Hold Free“Victorian Celebration”
Featuring Caroling And Tree Lighting In Hanover Square

Details as yet to come


Yuletide events at the Staten Island Historical Society

From Candlelight tours, to events for kids and families, to even crafts, cooking, songs, games and so much more…there’s lot’s to be experienced during this special time of year, Christmas time that is at the Staten Island Historical Society.

  • Party with Santa
    Saturday, November 29, 2014
    12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Rain or Shine
    $15 per Person  •  3 years old and up, must be accompanied by an adult
    Reservations required! Please RSVP by Nov. 20th
    Call Mrs. Claus at 718-494-1533 (Helen)
    It’s a pizza party!
    Santa’s magical workshop is coming to Historic Richmond Town!  On Saturday, November 29th, come celebrate the festivities.  Come join the fun with arts and crafts, face painting, games, sticker books and more!  Enjoy pictures with Santa and his elves!  Eat pizza, cupcakes and other holiday treats with Christmas cheer!
  • Christmas in Richmond Town & Traditional Tree Lighting
    Sunday, December 7, 2014
    11:00 am – 5:00 pm
    $2 A Person  •  6 years old and younger – FREE
    Includes Santa, shopping and tour of Historic Village.
    Traditional Tree Lighting at 5 PM is FREE!
    Courthouse – 1st Floor:
    Visit with Santa (use your camera for photos).  Santa arrives at 12 noon on a fire engine!
    Courthouse – 2nd Floor:
    Christmas Shopping: Baked Goods, Baskets, Crafts, Mrs. Claus’ Attic Treasures, Ornaments & Greenery, Raffle
    Seasonal Piano MusicVillage: Carolers throughout the Historic Village
    Storytelling in M. Bennett House 12pm – 3pm
    Refreshments for sale at M. Bennett Café
    Tour Historic homes and shops: Tavern, Guyon Lake Tysen House, Grocery Store, Tinsmith Shop
    Horse & Carriage Ride: $2 per person (2 years and under – FREE)
    Bell Choir in Historic Museum 2:30pm – 4:30pm
    Girl Scouts in PS 28 Basement
  • Candlelight Tours
    Saturday, December 13, 2014
    5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    Visitors of all ages take a journey through three-hundred years of tradition as they discover how America’s most festive season came to be. The village is illuminated by candles, oil lamps and the warmth of a flickering hearth, and enlivened by holiday sweets. Enjoy a Wassail Bowl Reception in the Courthouse. Reservations are required.Prepaid reservations required, call 718-351-1611, Ext. 281 for tour times and reservations.Adults: $22 / SIHS Members: $20 / Children under 12: $10



Queens County Farm Yuletide Events

  • Christmas Tree & Poinsettia Sales
    December 1 – 24
    Popular varieties and sizes of trees, evergreen wreaths, poinsettia, Amaryllis, and paper whites will be for sale with proceeds benefiting the Farm Museum.
  • Wreathmaking Workshop
    Saturday and Sunday, December 6 & 7, 2014
    10:00 am, 12:00 pm & 2:00 pm

    Make a beautiful evergreen wreath at our enjoyable workshops. All materials provided, you only need to bring a garden shear. To register call 718-347-3276,
    ext. 301 (advance payment required).

  • Holiday Open House
    Friday, Saturday, Sunday, December 26, 27 & 28, 2014
    12:00 – 4:00 pm
    Enjoy tours of the decorated Adriance Farmhouse at our annual Holiday Open House. Kids will enjoy craft activities and all visitors are invited to warm up with a cup of freshly mulled cider!
    This event is FREE (no gate admission)

Visit their official site


Department Store Christmas Window Decorations in NYC

  • Lord & Taylor Holiday Windows Unveiling Ceremony
    424 Fifth Avenue (between 38th – 39th Streets)
  • Macy’s Herald Square
    151 West 34th Street
  • Sak’s Fifth Avenue Windows Unveiling
    611 5th Avenue (between 49th – 50th Streets)
  • Bloomingdale’s Holiday Windows Unveiling
    59th Street & Lexington Avenue
  • Bergdorf Goodman
  • Barney’s
  • Henri Bendel



Holiday Volunteering

Are you a member of New York Cares? If not and you’re interested in learning more about this successful national non-profit then why not visit their site and learn about volunteering opportunities in the New York City Area as well as possible Holiday Volunteering Needs. Also get details on other drives benefiting the needy this season as well as a list of just some of the many non-profit organizations located within NYC.



Bryant Park Holiday Events

  • Winter Village Tree Lighting
    The Rink at Winter Village
    Tuesday, December 2, 2014
    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Join them for the 9th annual Tree Lighting Show at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park!



Times Square Tree Lighting

No information as of yet regarding any possible tree lighting at Times Square this year



Riverside Church Holiday Events

The following events take place at the church: 490 Riverside Drive (between 120th & 122nd Streets)

  • The Annual Riverside Church Candlelight Carol Festival
    Sunday, December 21, 2014

    3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
    The Nave

    This longstanding tradition at The Riverside Church has become an essential part of Christmas in New York City.

    This service of music and light combines carillon, organ, harp, and all of the choirs of The Riverside Church and culminates in a ritual sharing of candlelight illuminating the Nave.

    $25/$15/$10. For tickets, call the Box Office at 212-870-6784.

  • Worship Service: Riverside Church School Christmas Pageant
    Sunday, December 14, 2014
    10:45 AM – 12:30 PM

    The Rev. Dr. Amy K. Butler, preaching

    The Riverside Church once again offers an impressive production for its annual Christmas Pageant, presented by the Rising Voices and Cherub Choir during worship on the Second Sunday of Advent. Each year, the children, parents and directors spend many months rehearsing the music, dancing, and acting for the pageant. Our talented youth will delight you with their artistic retelling of the story of the birth of Jesus.

    Matthew Hommez, director

  • Christmas Party With A Purpose  at Riverside Church
    Friday, December 13, 2013
    6:00 pm – 10:00 pmTaking place within the Assembly HallThe Membership, Care & Parish Life Ministry cordially invites you to our eleventh annual Christmas Party With A Purpose.”O Come All Ye Faithful”Admission: One unwrapped non-violent toy per guest, for a child in need.Featured Guests: Impact Repertory TheatrePlease bring your dancing shoes!!In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” (Matthew 2: 1-22 NRSV)RSVP by Monday, December 7, 2013, to Mr. Clent Jones: 212.870.6879, or



Brooklyn Youth Chorus

  • Saturday, December 20, 2014
    Holiday Harmonies
    See all Brooklyn Youth Chorus ensembles performing on stage at Brooklyn College in this family favorite holiday concert
    Tickets and info will be available soon

Official Site for the Brooklyn Youth Chorus



Christmas at the Cloisters

Christmas at the Cloisters, located in upper Manhattan within Fort Tryon Park usually feature a number of performances.

  • Details yet to come


To learn more you can call 212-923-3700.



Metropolitan Museum of Art Christmas Tree

Holiday Performance
A Chanticleer Christmas

The Medieval Sculpture Hall
Chanticleer’s sumptuous blend of voices rings in the holiday season with profound, peaceful, and joyous music. This concert is presented in front of the Museum’s Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche in the Medieval Sculpture Hall.

The Museum will continue a longstanding holiday tradition with the presentation of its Christmas tree, a favorite of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world. A vivid eighteenth-century Neapolitan Nativity scene—embellished with a profuse array of diminutive, lifelike attendant figures and silk-robed angels hovering above—will adorn the candlelit spruce. Recorded music and lighting ceremonies will add to the enjoyment of the holiday display.



George Balanchine’s Nutcracker by the NYC Ballet

Join in and enjoy this annual performance by New York City Ballet featuring of course the toy soldiers, the many beautiful ballet dancers, those mice plus Marie, her little brother Fritz and more. The show itself is approximately 2 hours in length.

If you’re interested in ordering tickets then head on over to this official page to learn more.



Van Cortlandt Park (House Museum) Christmas Items

  • Holiday First Friday!
    Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (in Pelham Bay Park)
    December 5, 2014
    5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Experience the mansion decked out for the holidays and delight in the merry and mellifluous sounds of live music. Holiday shopping and refreshments add to the fun. The free Bronx Trolley makes a continuous loop from the #6 Pelham Bay Park subway station to BPMM to City Island. Registration requested at (718) 885-1461 or
    Contact phone: (718) 885-1461
  • Annual Holiday Family Day: A Storybook Christmas
    Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (in Pelham Bay Park)
    December 6, 2014
    10:00 am – 1:00 pmHoliday spirit abounds during this fun-filled day. Children and parents alike will delight in holiday storytelling and crafts, meeting Santa and have a professional photograph taken (additional fee), shopping for gifts, and more. Storytelling at 10:15 and noon; holiday crafts and photos with Santa are on-going. Space is limited, registration requested at (718) 885-1461 or phone: (718) 885-1461
  • 27th Annual Holiday Historic House Tour
    December 7, 2014
    1:00 pm – 5:00 pmSeven historic sites in Queens invite you to celebrate the holiday season and learn about these NYC Landmark houses and their unique histories. The Kingsland Homestead, Voelker Orth House, Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, Friends Meeting House, Flushing Town Hall, the Bowne House, and the Louis Armstrong House Museum will each offer special activities, delicious refreshments, and a glimpse at what life was once like during the holidays at this fun-filled annual event. See the descriptions below to find out what’s happening at each of the historic sites this year!




Saint Luke’s

The Church of St Luke in the Fields

  • Praetorius: In dulci jubilo at the Church of St Luke in the Fields
    Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 8 PM
    Michael Praetorius single-handedly produced much of the Lutheran church music heard in northern Germany in the early 17th century. The concert will present music that might have been heard at a Christmas Day mass in 1620 by Praetorius, Samuel Scheidt and Johann Hermann Schein, including mass movements, chorales and organ works.Choir of St. Luke in the Fieldswith ensemble of period instruments
    Lecturer: Dr. Raymond Erickson




Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

421 East 61st Street between First & York Avenues
New York, NY 10065

Holiday Candlelight Tours
at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
December 5 & 6 at 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm & 8:00 pm each night
A New York Annual Tradition!


Christmas Spectacular Radio City Christmas Spectacular


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British Memorial Garden

Bronx Concert Singers

Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights

Brooklyn Tree Lighting

Brooklyn Youth Chorus Concert

Brooklyn Youth Chorus

Bryant Park

Cathedral St. John Divine

Central Park

Central Park Brass Concert

Chanukah at the Village Temple

Chelsea Piers

Cloisters Christmas

Department Store Decorations

Flushing Town Hall

Grace Building Plaza

Grand Army Plaza

Grand Central Terminal

High Line

Holiday Fairs

Holiday Volunteering

Ice Skating in NYC Page

Lincoln Center

Little Italy

Macy’s Department Store

Madison Square Park

(Municipal Art Society of New York City)

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

Xmas Concerts & Christmas Tree

NY Botanical Garden

NYC Ballet’s Nutcracker

NYSE Tree Lighting

Oratorio Society of Queens

Park Avenue

Prospect Park

Queens County Farm

Queens Museum of Art

Riverside Church

Riverside Park

Rockefeller Center

St. Bart’s

St. Luke’s

Santa at Macy’s

South St. Seaport Chorus Tree

Staten Island

Times Square Tree Lighting

Trinity Church

Van Cortlandt Park Christmas

Village Temple

Washington Square Park

Winter Garden at WFC

Wyckoff House Museum

New Years Eve