Guide: Winter 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.
NOTE: All events are subject to change. COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines are mandated - including masks and social distancing.


The Bronx

Nov. 12-Jan. 31
Holiday Train Show
New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd, The Bronx
Information: Reservations are strongly recommended as tickets do sell out.


Now Open
Ice Skating and Cocoa
Prospect Park
Time: Dates/times vary


Now through Jan. 2021
North Pole Express Bus Ride by TopView
Pickup location: 6th Avenue between 47th & 48th streets
Time: 5 p.m. 
Oct. 31 - March 1
Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
The Rink (Oct. 31 - March 1) Mon - Thurs: 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri, Sat, & Sun: 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
Holiday Shops (Oct. 31 - Jan. 5) Mon-Fri: 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat & Sun: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
The Lodge Deck: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. 
Time: Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 


Nov. 20 - Jan. 10
Holiday lights at the Bronx Zoo
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Information: Join us for five animal lantern safaris, ice-carving demonstrations, holiday treats, costumed characters, wildlife theater, stilt walkers, and more!
Nov. 25 - Jan. 1
Reindeer Roundup
Winter Garden at Brookfield Place
More Information: Santa needs your help! Christmas Eve is approaching, and all of his reindeer have run off. It’s up to you to explore Brookfield Place and track down the missing reindeer.
Time: check times on website
Nov. 27 - Jan. 10
LuminoCity Festival
Randalls Island Park
Information: Immersive art experience that bring original storytelling to life
Nov. 27 - Jan. 9
New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd, The Bronx
Time: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
More Information: This holiday season, let it GLOW at The New York Botanical Garden in an all-new outdoor experience illuminating NYBG’s landmark landscape and Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.
Nov. 27 - Jan. 3
Dyker Heights Light Tradition
Time: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Nov. 27 to Dec. 1
Macy's Santaland
Macy's Herald Square, 151 W. 34th St. -8th Floor
Time: Time varies 
Nov. 30 
Bronx Little Italy Tree Lighting
Ciccarone Park
East 188th St. and Arthur Ave.
Time: 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Dec. 2
Virtual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
Phone: (212) 588-8601
Rockefeller Plaza
Time: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on NBC
Tree visiting hours from 6 a.m. - 12 a.m. daily.  Christmas tree is lit for 24 hours on Christmas Day.
Dec. 2 & 3
Light Up Metro Tech
Dec. 2 at 3 p.m., Dec. 3 at 9 a.m.
Metro Tech Commons
More information: Visitors can walk amongst an exhibition of beautifully carved ice sculptures celebrating “nature emerges” by the talented NY-based Okamoto Studio. 
Nov. 27 - Dec. 4
Holiday Market
Location: Downtown Brooklyn at City Point
Time: Weekends 12 p.m.
Dec. 10 - 13
Brooklyn Ballet: Nutcracker in the Jewel Box
160 Schermerhorn St.
Phone: (718) 246-0146
Dec. 10 - Dec. 17
Lighting of the largest Menorah in Brooklyn
Grand Army Plaza - Live concert
1st Night of Chanukah, Dec. 10. Live kickoff concert begins at 5 p.m.
2nd Night of Chanukah, Friday, Dec. 11 at 3:30 p.m.
3rd Night Of Chanukah, Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:00 p.m.
4th Night Of Chanukah, Sunday, Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m.
5th Night Of Chanukah, Monday, Dec. 14 at 6:00 p.m.
6th Night Of Chanukah, Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 6:00 p.m.
7th Night Of Chanukah, Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 6:00 p.m.
8th Night Of Chanukah, Thursday, Dec. 17 at 6:00 p.m.
Dec. 13 - 15
Chanukah Workshops -Jewish Children’s Museum
Crown Heights
More information: Doughnut making, Olive Oil Workshop, Gobi Play Space
Dec. 17
Doughnut Making for Teens
Time: 6 p.m. -  7 p.m.
Location: Kings Bay Y, 3495 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn
Dec. 26
Kwanzaa Crawl
Brooklyn and Harlem
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