NYC – 2013 Christmas – Xmas Events in New York City

 New York City Christmas / Holiday Events

Quick Event Updates:

  • Santa’s Winter Garden
    Friday – Sunday, December 13 – 15, 2013
    9:00 am – 1:30 pm & 3:00 – 6:00 pm
    Brookfield Place’s Winter Garden
  • Adoration of the Magi at St. Bart’s
    Friday, December 20 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
  • The Play of Daniel
    Trinity Wall Street Church
    Friday Dec 27, 2013 – Sunday Dec 29, 2013
  • New Year’s Eve Fireworks!
    Tuesday, December 31
    Ring in the New Year at Brooklyn’s biggest party!  Fireworks, entertainment, and more.

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!

Annual Santa Parade

Date to come


Holiday Themed Events at the Grace Building Plaza

To come



Park Avenue Tree Lighting

Sunday, December 8 at 6:30 pm
Brick Presbyterian Church
Park Avenue and 91st Street



St. Bart’s Music

PHONE: 212.378.0222

  • St. Barts Christmas Caroling
    Taking place on the very steps of the church
    Monday, December 16 at 5:30 pm
  • Adoration of the Magi at St. Bart’s
    Friday, December 20 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 11, 2013
    6:00 pm–7:00 pm
    West Harlem Piers Park
    (125th Street at the Hudson River)Please join Riverside Park Fund and NYC Parks & Recreation for our second annual Holiday on the Hudson Tree Lighting celebration at West Harlem Piers Park. Special musical guests The Goode Time Carolers, will spread holiday cheer. Come help warm the night with lights, singing, and more. Light refreshments will be served.

Visit the official site’s Calendar Page for more…


Flushing Town Hall

  • Hanukkah Oh Hanukkah!
    Sunday, December 1, 2013
    1:00 pm and 3:00 pm
    For Families: Celebrate Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, with award-winning storyteller Robin Bady, joined by alt-rock violinist Deni Bonet, as she shares her favorite stories and songs of miracles, menorahs, dreidels, and potato latkes. Listen, sing, dance, celebrate and have fun!
  • The David Leonhardt Trio: A WINTER HOLIDAY JAZZ CONCERT
    Friday, December 20, 2013
    Holiday classics with a jazz beat, a swinging take on seasonal favorites that we all know and hum! This internationally acclaimed jazz group, led by pianist David Leonhardt will have fingers snapping and toes tapping as they present a winter holiday concert of cool jazz and hot rhythms. Starts at 8:00 PM.
  • CHRISTMAS WORKSHOP: Season of Giving
    Saturday, December 21, 2013
    For Families: Create beautiful Christmas wreaths with up-cycled fabrics, beads and ribbons which will be donated to local senior centers in Queens. Starts at 1:00 PM.
  • KWANZAA WORKSHOP: African Adornment
    Saturday, December 21, 2013
    For Families: Honor the values of African cultures as we celebrate Kwanzaa in style. Experts talk about the importance of dress and personal style as manifest in the Kwanzaa principle of Kujichagulia or Self-Determination. Starts at 3:00 PM.



Grand Army Plaza in Manhattan

  • Lighting Of The World’s Largest Hanukkah Menorah
    Grand Army Plaza
    Fifth Avenue and 59th Street
    November 27 – December 5, 2013
    Read more right here…


Washington Square Park

  • Christmas Eve Caroling at Washington Square Park
    December 24, 2013
    The Rob Susman Brass Quartet again performs. Song books distributed. Holiday cheer.
    For over 80 years the Greenwich Village community has gathered under the Washington Arch and holiday tree on Christmas Eve for an evening of caroling. The Robert Susman Brass Quartet will accompany this years festivities and songbooks will be provided by the Washington Square Association. Don’t miss this wonderful neighborhood event and be sure to bring your friends, neighbors and family. The Washington Square Christmas Tree is sponsored by the Washington Square Association.
  • Outdoor Hanukkah Candle Lighting in Washington Square Park
    November 27, 2013 at 6:30 pm
    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 22, 2013 At 4:00 pm
    David Close, conductor
    The Orchestral Arts Ensemble of QueensQueensborough Performing ArtsCenter
    222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, New YorkCelebrate your holiday season with the Annual Holiday Concert of the Oratorio Society of Queens and Maestro David Close performing excerpts from Handel’s “Messiah.” Join in the fun as you sing along with Christmas carols and Chanukah favorites sung by the chorus and soloists, accompanied by The Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens.Ticket prices at the box office are $30 general admission, $25 seniors and students with ID; children, 12 and under, accompanied by an adult, $10.
    For additional information, please call the Oratorio Society of Queens at 718279.3006 or visit



Bronx Concert Singers

  • Holiday Concert
    32nd Annual Holiday Concert
    SUNDAY, December 15, 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 19.



Trinity Church & St. Paul’s Chapel

Go Here for all Tickets at Trinity Wall Street

And to learn more about their offerings Go Here

  • A Calendar featuring Morning Prayers, Holy Eucharists, Prayers for Peace, Evening Prayers and all other related Holy Items taking place at Trinity Church in the month of December CAN BE SEEN HERE.
  • The Play of Daniel
    Trinity Wall Street Church
    New York, NY
    Friday Dec 27, 2013 – Sunday Dec 29, 2013
  • Twelfth Night Festival: The Choir of Trinity Wall Street
    Trinity Wall Street Church
    New York, NY
    Saturday Dec 28, 2013
  • Twelfth Night Festival: Clarion Music Society
    Trinity Wall Street Church
    New York, NY
    Tuesday Dec 31, 2013 – Wednesday Jan 1, 2014



Prospect Park

  • New Year’s Eve Fireworks!
    Tuesday, December 31
    Ring in the New Year at Brooklyn’s biggest party!  Fireworks, entertainment, and more.
  • Brooklyn’s New Year’s Eve 5K Run
    Tuesday, December 31
    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 4
    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. Participating artists are said to include the following:
    Trace Adkins, Mariah Carey, CeeLo Green (NBC’s “The Voice”), Victoria Justice, Chris Mann, Rod Stewart and Il Volo, as well as special appearances by Bette Middler and Billy Crystal.The event which is televised nationwide and has local Television Stars amongst others. The Mayor himself would often take part in this yearly tradition.
  • Annual Christmas Tuba Concert at the Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink
    Sunday, December 15
    Well over a few hundred tuba players to perform all our favorite Christmas tunes and other seasonal music at the Rockefeller Rink



Christmas at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place

(Previously known as the World Financial Center)
Official Site

  • Winter Garden Holiday Fest
    Tuesday, December 3, 2013
    5:30 – 7:00 pm
    Brookfield Place’s Winter Garden
    220 Vesey StreetDesign and build your own Winter Sleigh Ship and sail it down the ice flume led by ScrapKins, a NYC-based organization that teaches DIY resourcefulness to kids everywhere. The ScrapKins’ Igloo Playhouse, Polar Bear and Monster Mascot Itcher add to the fun! Enjoy special performances of A {15-Min!} Christmas Carol by New York Classical Theatre and rollicking dance music from Metropolitan Klezmer. Warm up with holiday treats by Mud Hot Chocolate and One Girl Cookies.
  • Santa’s Winter Garden
    Friday – Sunday, December 13 – 15, 2013
    9:00 am – 1:30 pm & 3:00 – 6:00 pm
    Brookfield Place’s Winter Garden
    220 Vesey StreetVisit Santa, his reindeer, and some lively elves in the festively decorated Winter Garden! Bring your family, co-workers, and friends for a memorable holiday photo with Saint Nick. Photo packages start at $20, with proceeds benefiting New York Theatre Ballet.
  • New York Classical Theatre: A {15 minute} Christmas Carol
    December 18 – 20, 2013
    12:30 & 1:30 pm
    (15-minute performances)Brookfield Place, Winter Garden
    220 Vesey StreetNew York Classical Theatre returns this holiday season with A {15-Min!} Christmas Carol, a rollicking holiday chestnut that will brighten your lunch break! This fifteen-minute holiday tale of love and redemption serves up Scrooge, Marley, Cratchit, Fezziwig, Tiny Tim, and all of Dickens’s best-loved characters, performed in record time with just two actors!



At NY Botanical Garden in the Bronx

  • Holiday Tree Lighting at the NY Botanical Garden
    November 16. 2013
    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 16, 2013 – January 12, 2014
    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.
    Get Your Tickets Here
    This cherished tradition delights people of all ages. Marvel at model trains zipping around New York landmark replicas in the warm Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, stroll the spectacular grounds, enjoy hands-on holiday fun for the entire family, and get your holiday shopping done too!Holiday Train Show Hours: 
    Weekdays: Tuesday–Friday; 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
    Weekends: 10 a.m.–7 p.m., including Friday, November 29 (day after Thanksgiving)
    Holiday Weeks (Monday, December 16–Wednesday, January 1): 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
    Early closings: December 11, 13, and 24; 3 p.m.
    Closed: November 28 (Thanksgiving) and December 25 (Christmas)Advance reservations are strongly recommended as tickets do sell out.

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 10, 2013

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

Visit the official site to learn more about this particular item.



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 2, 2013

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 6, 7 & 8, 2013
    Synod House
    1047 Amsterdam AveNew York NY 10025
    Corner of Amsterdam Ave and W 110th St
    Entrance is on Amsterdam Ave. north of 110th St

    Welcome to the site of one of the top crafts events in the New York Metro Region for the holiday season. Crafts at the Cathedral celebrates its 18th 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
  • The Cathedral Christmas Concert
    A Cathedral Christmas
    A Ceremony of Carols
    Saturday, December 14, 2013
    7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Ottotino Respighi’s delightful Laud to the Nativity will be the centerpiece of this festive concert, together with Renaissance motets, and carols with which the audience is invited to join in.
  • Solstice: Paul Winter’s Annual Winter Solstice Concerts 
    Thursday , December 19: 8:00 pm
    Friday, December 20: 8:00 pm
    Saturday Matinee, December 21: 2:00 pm
    Saturday Evening, December 21: 7:30 pm
    At the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
    Amsterdam Ave., at W. 112th, New York City
    PRICE: $35 – $90
  • Holy Eucharist
    Tuesday, December 24, 2013
    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
    Tuesday, December 24, 2013
    5:00 pm – 5:30 pm, Saint Saviour
  • Early Music New York: A Bohemian Christmas
    Sunday, December 15, Sunday, December 22, and Wednesday, December 25 at 2 pm
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Saint James
    Cathedral Artists in Residence Early Music New York and Frederick Renz celebrate another joyous holiday season. 
  • New Year’s Eve Concert For Peace
    Tuesday, December 31, 2013
    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 over a quarter of a century. The music, the candles, and the spirit of peace send audiences out into the chill January night feeling connected, uplifted, and ready to communicate and uphold that spirit.For more information on the full Great Music in a Great Space program, visit the Music pages.



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
    Nov. 18 – Dec. 24, 2013
    Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    Sunday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    Closed Thanksgiving Day
    Christmas Eve, 10 a.m. – 6 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, Centennial Edition
    November 16 through February 23, 2014
    (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily)
    Sponsored annually by the New York Transit Museum, this popular model railroad exhibition features a multi-track layout and limited edition miniature replica of Grand Central inspired by the Terminal’s 100-year history.  This year’s show is accompanied by displays of charming vintage model trains from the Museum’s collection depicting notable train cars from railroading’s past.  Shop the Transit Museum Store for great Grand Central and subway gifts.  Explore Grand Central with the Transit Museum’s kid-sized scavenger hunts—just ask at the cash-wrap!
  • The Grand Central Centennial Holiday Light Show presented by Toshiba
    November 21 through December 26, 2013
    (Daily from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.)
    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.

  • The Chorus Tree at South Street Seaport featuring various performers
    Performances last for approximately 45 minutes.

    Details Yet to Come
  • Santa’s Story Hour

    Details Yet to Come
  • “Sparkle at the Seaport” Light Show Schedule:

    Details Yet to Come

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.

  • Holiday Lighting in Central Park
    Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
    (inside the Park at 110th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues)Thursday, December 5, 2013, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm (rain or shine)Dana Discovery Center at Holiday Lighting Celebrate the season at our 17th annual Holiday Lighting in northern Central Park. Watch Okamoto Studio live carve an ice sculpture, sing carols on the Plaza, take your photo with Santa (bring your own camera), and warm up with hot cocoa and cookies. Event culminates with the lighting of the Dana Discovery Center and a flotilla of 17 trees on the Harlem Meer.The event, organized by the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy, is made possible by our founding sponsor ConEdison.Free. Families only; no groups, please. For more information, please call 212-310-6642. Please note: strollers are not allowed on the Plaza.
  • 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
    Tuesday, December 31, 2013
    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

15th 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)
    The Windows are now up and open for viewing.
    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
  • Macy’s Holiday Windows Unveiling
    Thursday November 21st at 5:00 pm
    Details Yet to come as to who if anyone will be appearing or performing



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


December 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.

  • Supper with Santa
    At Historic RichmondTown
    Saturday, November 30th, 5:00 pm
    Santa Claus Is Returning To Historic Richmond Town
    Come for a Magical fun filled evening with Santa and his
    Captivating Magician on November 30th! His elves will be preparing a delicious Pasta and Meatball dinner…So….Be sure to call for Reservations by October 30th because Seating is limited
  • Candle Light Tours at Historic Richmond Town
    Saturday – December 14, 2013 at 5:00 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.
  • Christmas in Richmond Town and Traditional Tree Lighting
    December 08, 2013 10:00 am – 05:00 pm

    It’s Christmas season in the Village! Watch as glittering ornaments are made by the Tinsmith, take your won photos with Santa, hear young carolers present holiday songs, or listen to lively storytelling session; tour the village, decorated in its holiday finery. Visit the Courthouse for greenery, home-baked goodies, and holiday gift items for sale. Sponsored by the Women’s Auxiliary.Admission to courtroom: $2.00
    Mostly everything else this day: FreeM. Bennett Café Opens 9:30 am
    HORSE & WAGON RIDE $2.00
    Traditional Tree Lighting : 5:00 pm



Queens County Farm Yuletide Events

  • Christmas Tree & Poinsettia Sales
    December 1 – 24Popular 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 7 & 8
    10 am, 12 pm, & 2 pmMake 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)Workshop Fee : $20.00 Per Person (Per Wreath)
  • Holiday Open HouseThursday, Friday and Saturday
    December 26, 27& 28, 201312 – 4 pm
    Enjoy tours of the decorated farmhouse, craft activity for children and mulled cider.Admission: This Event Is Free

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

  • Tree Lighting Show
    Tuesday, December 3
    Featuring Live Music, Skating Performances and the Tree Lighting



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 15, 2013
    3:30 pm – 6:00 pmTaking place in the Nave$25/15/10. For tickets, click the link above, or call the Box Office at 212.870.6784.
    To purchase Tickets: the joy of the Christmas season at Riverside in one of the country’s most beautiful gothic cathedrals!
  • 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

  • Holiday HarmoniesDecember 14 with shows at 3:00 pm & 7:00 pmWalt Whitman Theater at Brooklyn College, NY
    For tickets…

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

Reserve tickets
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

Dates to come…

  • Music for Saint Nicholas
    A charming holiday tradition presented by The Bronx Arts Ensemble, Music for St. Nicholas explores the folklore and legends associated with the patron saint of children in music and song.
    Tickets are required and are available after November 1st of each year from the Bronx Arts Ensemble (718) 601-7399.
  • Van Cortlandt by Candlelight
    Held on two consecutive weekends in mid-December, Van Cortlandt by Candlelight allows visitors to experience Van Cortlandt House decked out the finest 18th century holiday decorations and bathed in the warm glow of candlelight.  Warning to fans of Santa Claus as envisioned by Clement Clark Moore – you won’t find a Christmas Tree or red-suited jolly old elf anywhere near Van Cortlandt House.  What you will find is a glittering display of sugary sweets, the legend of Saint Nicholas explaining how stockings hung by a chimney became associated with Christmas, and a cheery glass of warm cider at the conclusion of your tour.



Saint Luke’s

The Church of St Luke in the Fields

  • St. Lukes in the Fields – Concert
    Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, John Sheppard, carolsDecember 6, 2012 at 8:00 pm
    Puer Natus Est
    A Royal Christmas in Tudor England
    Choir of St. Luke in the Fields
    The Church of Saint Luke in the Fields is located at 487 Hudson Street, in Greenwich Village, New York City, at the intersection of Hudson Street and Grove Street.
    Subway directions
    1 train to Christopher Street; PATH train to Christopher Street



Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

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

  • Holiday Candlelight ToursStep into the holiday season of 1830, take a tour by the warm glow of candlelight, and sample traditional confections. On Friday meet Flora, the kitchen help, and hear about her 19th-century holiday preparations. On Saturday, linger in the Upper Hall and listen to the PACC Recorder Consort perform holiday and period music. Tickets: $20 Adults, $10 Museum Members, $5 Children under 12. Reservations recommended.
  • TEDDY BEAR TEABanish the post-holiday boredom with a special event for ages 3-6. Bring your favorite teddy bear or doll to meet Mrs. Woodhull, hotel proprietor. Follow her as she talks about a typical day at the Mount Vernon Hotel in 1830. Along the way, try out her son’s toys or assist her daughter with the daily chores. Afterward, enjoy fruit tea and cookies.Tickets: $10 Adults, $5 Children under 12. Reservations recommended.

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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

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