NYC – 2017 Christmas – Xmas Events in New York City

2017 New York City Christmas / Holiday Events

Xmas Season’s Here!

Visit as well the NYC New Year’s Events Page

+ Times Square NYE Schedule

Quick Event Updates:

Please keep in mind how some of the following are free and some aren’t.
Also, there’s yet another calendar further (or farther?) down on the page.
More additions on the way!

Holiday Markets:





A Tale about Grandma and those Pesky Reindeer!




Additional Items which may not be listed above…Also, further down on the page is even more Xmas Fun!

Dec 9 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Flushing Town Hall Holiday Market 2018 @ New York | United States
1:00 pm
Flushing Town Hall Holiday Market 2018 Sunday, December 9, 2018 1:00 – 5:00[...]



Madison Square Park Holiday Tree Lighting

Thursday, December 7
3:30 – 5:30 pm

Gather around the Mad. Sq. Holiday Tree as we present free seasonal activities including festive performances from The Sweetback Sisters, the New York Life Singers, and Audra Rox, a seed packet activity with Gardener Steph, and much more! Tasty Holiday treats to be provided by wagamamaEataly, and Hill Country Chicken. Hot soup will be provided by Almond.

Illumination of the Tree of Light will take place at 4:55pm.


Bryant Park Holiday Events

Tree Lighting Skate-tacular at Bryant Park
December 1, 2017

Visit the official Bryant Park page here
as well as the related posting at the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation

  • Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park will be hosting the annual Tree Lighting Skate-tacular on Friday, December 1st timed to World AIDS Day in support of (RED). This year’s event, narrated by Tony Award winning, Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actress, Jane Krakowski (30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), will feature a stellar line up of live performances from Olympic and World Champion skaters including Johnny Weir, Kimmie Meissner, Meryl Davis, Charlie White and Jeff Buttle, followed by ice skating for all.The ceremony features an original theatrical ice production narrated by Jane Krakowski and starring Broadway performer, Mattea Conforti (Matilda). Also performing in the show are acclaimed Olympic and World Champion skaters Johnny Weir, Kimmie Meissner, Meryl Davis, Charlie White and Jeff Buttle. Following the tree lighting fireworks, all guests are welcome to skate to live music on the city’s only free admission ice skating rink.


Queens County Farm Yuletide Events

  • Wreathmaking Workshop at Queens County Farm
    Saturday & Sunday,
    December 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 2017
    2 sessions: 10 am, 2 pm
    Make your own gorgeous evergreen wreath at this popular workshop! All materials provided, you only need to bring a garden shear.
    CLASS FEE: $25.00 non-Members; $20.00 Members (per wreath)
    Register Here…
  • Christmas Tree & Wreaths for Sale at Queens County Farm
    Daily, December 1–24, 2017
    10:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Queens County Farm Holiday Open House
    Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
    December 26, 27 & 28, 2017
    12 – 4 pm
    Warm up by the fireplaces of the decorated Adriance Farmhouse at this celebrated annual event. Take a tour of this historic landmark building and enjoy seasonal kids’ crafts and hot mulled cider throughout the afternoon!
    This event is FREE (no gate admission)

Visit their official site


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

Stay tuned for details on this year’s events, the strolling Santa and 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.

  • Sea of Light at the Seaport
    An Interactive Journey through Light and Sound
    Beginning December 5, 2017
    This winter, something spectacular is coming to the Seaport District in NYC. Like no winter light show you will have ever seen before. Sea of Light is a fully immersive sensory adventure of light and sound activated by proximity and touch. Join us for a unique Winter Holiday experience.
  • Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at the South Street Seaport
    Date for this year to come
    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
    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.


Riverside Church Holiday Events

Riverside Church: 490 Riverside Drive (between 120th & 122nd Streets)


Holiday / Xmas 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.

Historic Richmond Town
441 Clarke Avenue, Staten Island

  • Pancake Breakfast With Santa
    Saturday, November 25, 2017
    10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    At Historic Richmond Town
    Presented by Volunteers of the Women’s Auxiliary of Historic Richmond Town
    Richmond Road and Court Place (Park in Historic Richmond Town Court House Parking Lot)
    Reservations Only
    $15.00 per person. Children under 3, FREE
  • Christmas in Richmond Town & Traditional Tree Lighting
    Sunday, December 3, 2017
    11:00 am – 7:00 pm
    Taking place Rain or Shine
    $5 a Person • 6 years old and younger – FREE!
    Traditional Tree Lighting at 5 PM is FREE!
  • Candlelight Tours at Historic Richmond Town
    Saturday, December 9 & 16, 2017
    5:00 – 8:30 pm
    Adults: $24
    SIHS Members: $18 (please call for member reservation)
    Children 12 and under: $12


Department Store Christmas Window Decorations in NYC

  • Lord & Taylor Holiday Windows Unveiling Ceremony
    424 Fifth Avenue (between 38th – 39th Streets)
    Thursday, November 9
  • Macy’s Herald Square Unveiling
    151 West 34th Street
  • Sak’s Fifth Avenue Windows Unveiling
    611 5th Avenue (between 49th – 50th Streets)
    Monday, November 20
  • Bloomingdale’s Holiday Windows Unveiling
    59th Street & Lexington Avenue
    Tuesday, November 21 at 6:00 pm
  • Bergdorf Goodman
    754 5th Ave
    November 14
  • Barney’s
    660 Madison Avenue
  • Henri Bendel
    712 5th Ave


At Macy’s Department Store

  • Macy’s Santa Land at Macy’s Department Store
    Santaland at Macy’s Herald Square’s Department Store
    November 24 – December 24, 20178th Floor of Macy’s Herald Square
    151 W. 34th Street, New YorkEver 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


Wyckoff House Museum


At Grand Central Terminal

  • 2017 Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair
    November 13, 2017 – December 24, 2017Monday through Friday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Saturday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
    Sunday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pmSaturday, Dec. 24, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
    Closed Thanksgiving DayGrand 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.
  • Grand Central 16th Annual Holiday Train Show
    November 16, 2017 – February 4, 2018
    NY Transit Museum Gallery Annex And Store
    Shuttle Passage
    Hours for past years:
    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
    NY Transit Museum Gallery Annex And Store
  • 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.


18th Annual Winter’s Eve At Lincoln Square

18th Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square

Monday, November 27, 2017
5:30 – 9:00 pm

New York’s Largest Holiday Festival Returns with FREE Family Fun, Countless Crowd-Pleasing Performances, Dozens of Delicious Food Tastings, and the Upper West Side’s Only Tree Lighting Ceremony.


NYSE Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

94th Tree Lighting

November 30th
2:30 – 6:00 pm
In front of the NYSE Entrance

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.


At the NY Botanical Garden in the Bronx

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


Christmas at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place

(Previously known as the World Financial Center)
Official Site


‘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.

  • Annual Crafts at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
    Back after a one year hiatusNovember 30 – December 2, 2017
    1047 Amsterdam Ave, New York NY 10025
    Corner of Amsterdam Ave and W 110th St
    Entrance is on Amsterdam Ave. north of 110th St
  • Renaissance Christmas – Annual Season Tradition
    at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
    As of this writing, nothing listed for this year of 2017
  • The Paul Winter Consort’s Annual Winter Solstice Celebration
    December 14, 15, & 16, 2017
    Cathedral Of St. John The Divine, NYC
    The Consort includes: Paul Winter on soprano saxophone, cellist Eugene Friesen, double-reed player Paul McCandless, keyboardist Paul Sullivan, organist Tim Brumfield. Featured guests will include gospel singer Theresa Thomason, and the 25 dancers and drummers of the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre.
  • New Year’s Eve Concert For Peace
    Thursday, December 31, 2017
    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.


Park Avenue Tree Lighting

Sunday, December 3 at 6:30 pm
Brick Presbyterian Church
Park Avenue and 91st Street


St. Bart’s Music

St. Bartholomew’s Church
325 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022
PHONE: 212.378.0222


Flushing Town Hall

  • Flushing Town Hall Holiday Historic House Tour
    Sunday, December 10, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Flushing Town Hall Holiday Market
    Sunday, December 10, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
    Get your holiday shopping off to a great start! Artists and Crafts people from the Queens area will be selling their wares in our gallery, including jewelry, paintings, hand-crafted ceramics, paper goods, greeting cards, clothing, and more.


MAS NYC Holiday Themed Tours

The Municipal Art Society has a number of holiday themed tours coming up. By the time you read this some if not all of them will be sold out already. So be sure to act quickly should you be interested in any of these listings. You can of course head over to their official listings page for additional details on purchasing of tickets and such.

Official Page at MAS NYC


Riverside Park

Visit this page to learn more…


Washington Square Park

  • Holiday Caroling at Washington Square Park
    Sunday, December 24 at 5:00 pm
    Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24 at 5 pm is the traditional time to celebrate the holiday with carols at the Washington Square Arch.


Oratorio Society of Queens

  • Oratorio Society of Queens Sings “Messiah” at Holiday Concert
    Sunday, December 17 at 4:00 pm
    Oratorio Society of Queens Sings “Messiah” at Holiday Concert Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm Maestro David Close Leads Chorus & Orchestra in Concert of Holiday Favorites The Oratorio Society of Queens performs selections from Handel’s “Messiah,” as well as traditional Christmas favorites and Chanukah…


Bronx Concert Singers


Trinity Church & St. Paul’s Chapel

  • There are plenty of other holiday-related items going on at Trinity and St. Paul’s.
    They’ll to be shared on this page and other individual pages soon.


Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting

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

  • Christmas Tree Lighting & Ice Show
    Wednesday, November 29, 2017
    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 and Al Roker.
    Word has it that some of the celebrities scheduled to appear will be Brett Eldridge, Jennifer Nettles, Gwen Stefani, The Tenors, Pentatonix, a number of other performers and of course the Rockettes.


Prospect Park

  • Winter on a Flatbush Farm
    Sunday, November 26
    1:00 – 3:00 pm
    Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park
  • Family Christmas Bird Count at Prospect Park
    Saturday, December 16
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Winter Holidays at Prospect Park
    Tuesday, December 26 – 29
    12:00 – 4:00 pm
    Join Prospect Park Alliance for educational programming to ring in the new year.
  • New Years Eve in Prospect Park
    Sunday, December 31 , 11:00 pm
    Monday, January 1, 1:00 am
    Grand Army Plaza
    Join Prospect Park Alliance for this annual fireworks celebration! Help us kick off the new year with fireworks, live music and more.
  • 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!




The following is yet to be updated for 2017

At Central Park

Details yet to come!

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

  • 20th Annual Dana Holiday Lighting
    December 1, 2016, 5:30 to 6:30 pm
    At the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, inside the park at 110th Street Between Fifth and Lenox Avenues
    Celebrate the season at the 20th 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 a flotilla of trees on the Harlem Meer.
  • 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
    Saturday, December 31, 2016
    Kick off the New Year at the Midnight Run! Join the fun and celebrate with music and dancing (starting at 10:00 p.m.) as 2016 comes to a close. With a countdown to midnight beginning at 11:59 p.m., the four-mile run will begin on the stroke of midnight, as will a spectacular fireworks display to light up the night and the start of 2017.


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.



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



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.


Times Square Tree Lighting

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



Brooklyn Youth Chorus

  • Holiday Harmonies
    Saturday, December 17, 2016, 1:00 & 6:00 pm
    Sing in the holiday season with Brooklyn Youth Chorus’s 550 glorious voices, performing an eclectic program of holiday favorites, choral classics and contemporary music gems. The music of this “gifted young ensemble” (The New York Times) will not only warm your heart but have you dancing in your seats. Tickets will go on sale in

Official Site for the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and for info about purchasing tickets


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 Events

  • Members Holiday Party

    Tuesday, December 6
    6:30 – 9:00 pm
    For Museum Members onlySingle tickets: $225

    Get in the holiday spirit at this festive party for all ages. See The Met’s Christmas Tree and stay for the cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts, as well as gallery talks, live music, and more.

    Live Music by Alphonso Horne and the Gotham Kings

  • Met LiveArts’ The Christmas Story
    December 10, 11, 2016
    The Waverly Consort, under its director Michael Jaffee, returns to The Met Cloisters with the perennial favorite celebrating the holidays. Hymns, processionals, antiphons and Mass compositions from the Middle Ages weave together a compelling narrative of the familiar biblical story. Thirteen vocal and instrumental musicians create a sonic pageantry evoking the liturgical calendar and a deeply immersive experience of Christmastide.


George Balanchine’s Nutcracker by the NYC Ballet

November 26, 2016 – December 31, 2016
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

Van Cortlandt House Museum in Van Cortlandt Park
Broadway at West 246th Street, Bronx
Contact Number: (718) 543-3344

  • Christmas in the Colonies at the Van Cortlandt House
    Details yet to come…
    This event repeats every week on Sunday and Saturday between 12/5/2015 and 1/10/2016.
    Enjoy Van Cortlandt House decked out in its holiday finery for Saint Nicholas Day, New Year’s Day, and Twelfth Night.
    Free with regular museum admission.
    Cost: $5.00 adults, $3.00 seniors (60+) , $3.00 Students (i.d. required), children 12 and under FREE
  • Santa Claus’ Pajama Story Time
    Details yet to come…
    Hear the traditional story ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas followed by a visit from Santa Claus! Bring kids in pajamas, and bring a camera to take photos!
    Reservations are required. Please call (718) 543-3344 after November 15.
    Meet at Van Cortlandt House Museum, the oldest building in the Bronx.
    Enter the park on foot at Broadway and 246th Street.


The Church of St Luke in the Fields

    A Boy is Born

    Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm
    (lecture at 7 pm)
    Choir of St. Luke in the Fields


Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

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

  • Holiday Candlelight Tours
    December 2 & 3 at 6:15 & 7:30 pm
    Tour the museum by the warm glow of candlelight, step back into the holiday season of 1830 and sample traditional confections. On Friday, enjoy the music of PACC Recorder Consort. On Saturday, harpist Sarah Loveland Gill. Reservations required by calling 212 838 6878$20 Adults, $10 Members, $5 Children under 12

High Line

Holiday Concert

Date Yet to come

Taking place at Leandra’s Garden at the Back Park behind 431 West 17th Street, Fulton Houses

Join them for their annual merry holiday concert featuring a variety of local neighborhood performers, as well as a big holiday parranda finale with Aurora Flores and Zon del Barrio. This year, they are bringing the holiday revelry to one of their favorite neighborhood sites, Leandra’s Garden, just a couple of blocks away from the High Line.


Annual Santa Parade

Date to come



Holiday Themed Events at the Grace Building Plaza

To come



Grand Army Plaza in Manhattan and Brooklyn

Details yet to come for 2017

  • Lighting Of The World’s Largest Hanukkah Menorah in Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza
    Here is the scheduling as per this site…

    Menorah Lighting Times 5777/ 2016

    1st Night of Chanukah, Saturday, December 24 at 7:00 pm

    2nd Night of Chanukah, Sunday, December 25 at 6:00 pm

    3rd Night Of Chanukah, Monday, December 26 at 6:00 pm

    4th Night Of Chanukah, Tuesday, December 27 at 6:00 pm

    5th Night Of Chanukah, Wednesday, December 28 at 6:00 pm

    6th Night Of Chanukah, Thurday, December 29, at 6:00 pm

    7th Night Of Chanukah, Friday, December 30 at 3:30 pm

    8th Night Of Chanukah, Saturday, December 31 at 7:00 pm

  • Details yet to come regarding the Menorah at Central Park’s Grand Army Plaza


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.




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