Guide: Tree lighting and holiday events in New York City

Looking for something fun to do this holiday season? Whether it is a tree or menorah lighting or a winter festival, here is a guide to some fun, holiday events. Check before heading out, as times and dates are subject to change.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Bronx

Nov. 23 - Jan. 26, 2020
Holiday Train Show
New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd.
The Bronx

Advance reservations are strongly recommended as tickets do sell out.
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Dec. 7 - Jan. 5, 2020
History of the Holidays at Van Cortlandt House
Van Cortlandt House Museum (in Van Cortlandt Park)
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Every day except Monday
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Dec. 12
Annual Mosholu Tree Lighting
Mosholu Parkway Lawn, intersection of Mosholu Parkway & Bainbridge Avenue.
Time: 6-8 p.m.
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Dec. 13
Van Cortlandt by Twilight
Van Cortlandt House Museum (in Van Cortlandt Park)
Time: 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
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Dec. 14
Celebrate Saint Nicholas
Van Cortlandt House Museum
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
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Dec. 14
Winter Wonderland
Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center
3225 Reservoir Oval
The Bronx

Time: 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
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Dec. 21
Melrose Parranda
Hosted by Bronx Music Heritage Center
Bronx Commons
443 East 162nd St.
The Bronx

Time: 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
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Dec. 21-24 and Dec. 26-29
Holiday Favorite Film Festival 
New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd.
The Bronx
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
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Brooklyn

Dec. 15
Pre-Chanukah Celebration
Kings Bay Y
3495 Nostrand Ave.
Brooklyn
Time: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
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Dec. 16
The 11th Annual Latke Festival
Location: Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY
Time: 6 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
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Dec. 22 - Dec. 29
Lighting of the largest Menorah in Brooklyn
Grand Army Plaza - Live concert
Time: Dec. 22 at 4 p.m.; Dec 23-26 at 6 p.m.; Dec. 27 at 3:30 p.m.; Dec. 28 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 29 at 5:30 p.m.
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Dec. 26
Kwanzaa Crawl
Various locations in Brooklyn and Harlem
Time: Varies
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Ongoing
Ice Skating and Cocoa
Prospect Park
Time: Dates/times vary
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Manhattan

Oct. 31 - March 1
Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
The Rink (Oct. 31 - March 1) 
Time: Open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. 
Holiday Shops (Oct. 31 - Jan. 5)
Time: Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
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Nov. 23-Jan. 12
GingerBread Lane
Location: NY Hall of Science
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Dec. 21
Morningside Park Tree Lighting
North Lawn in Morningside Park
Time: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. 
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Dec. 22 through Dec. 30  
Manhattan Grand Menorah Lighting 
Grand Army Plaza
Fifth Avenue and W. 59th Street
Time: 5:30 p.m. 
Manhattan, NY

Dec. 31
Prospect Park's New Year's Eve Fireworks
Prospect Park
Time: 10:30 p.m. 
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PAST EVENTS

The Bronx

Nov. 19
Bronx Terminal Market: Winter Wonderland
610 Exterior St.
The Bronx
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
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Dec. 1
Bronx Little Italy Tree Lighting
Ciccarone Park
East 188th St. and Arthur Ave.
Time: 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
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Dec. 4
12th Council District Holiday Street Lighting
Williamsbridge Square
3500 White Plains Road, intersection of East Gun Hill Road and White Plains Road
Time: 6 p.m.
For more information call (718) 933-5650

Dec. 7 to Dec. 8 
Holiday Workshop Weekend

Wave Hill House
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
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Brooklyn

Nov. 21
Downtown Brooklyn Tree Lighting
Albee Square at the corner of Fulton and Bond
Time: 5 p.m.
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Dec. 1
Winter on a Flatbush Farm
Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park
Time: 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
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Dec. 5
DUMBO Tree Lighting
Pearl Street Triangle
Time: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
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Dec. 5
Atlantic Avenue Tree Lighting
St. Cyril of Turov Belarusian Church 
401 Atlantic Ave.
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
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Dec. 7
Carroll Park Tree Lighting
Louis Valentino Jr. Ballfield
Time: 4:30 p.m - 5:30 p.m.
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Dec. 7
Sinterklass – Saint Nicholas Day
Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum (in Fidler-Wyckoff House Park)
Time: 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
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Dec. 7 
Jingle Fest Holiday Concert and Cookie Swap
All Saints’ Episcopal Church
286-88 7th Ave.
Time: 3 p.m. 
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Dec. 7-8
Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation Holiday Market
Building 77
141 Flushing Ave.
Time: 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
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Dec. 8
Fort Greene Park Tree Lighting
Near the Myrtle Ave. & St. Edwards St. entrance
Time: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
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Manhattan

Nov. 21
Cookies and Candlelight
Dyckman Farmhouse Museum
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
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Nov. 21
Macy's Herald Square Holiday Windows unveiled
Macy's Herald Square
151 W. 34th St
Time: 6 p.m
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Nov. 29 to Dec. 1
Macy's Santaland: Opening weekend
Macy's Herald Square
151 W. 34th St - 8th Floor
Time: Time varies 
More Information and online reservations

Dec. 2 
Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square
Dante Park 
Time: 5:30 to 9 p.m. 
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Dec. 4
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
Time: 8 p.m.- 10 p.m.
Events around the tree available until Jan. 7.
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Dec. 5
Tree Lighting Sing-along
Bank of America Winter Village in Bryant Park
Time: 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. 
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Dec. 6-8
The Nutcracker at Brookfield Place
Winter Garden at Brookfield Place
Time: Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. 
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Dec. 7
Nature Crafts: Glamorous Garland for the Winter Holidays
Henshaw Street and Dyckman Street in Inwood Hill Park
Time: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
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