Guide: Holiday Events in New York City

Whether it is a tree or menorah lighting or a winter festival, here is a guide to some fun, holiday events.

News 12 Staff

Dec 1, 2022, 9:30 AM

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Guide: 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.
NOTE: All events are subject to change. Please follow all health restrictions and guidelines.
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ONGOING EVENTS

MANHATTAN

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
Oct. 28- March 5

The Rink (Oct. 28- March 5, 2023) - Open daily from 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Holiday Shops (Oct. 28 - Jan. 2, 2022) - Open daily from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (weekends at 10 a.m.)
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PAST EVENTS

BROOKLYN
Holiday Lighting Party
Nov. 18
Time: 5 p.m.-6 p.m.
Downtown Brooklyn
Albee Square
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Lightscape at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Nov. 16-Jan. 8, 2023
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Prospect Heights
Brooklyn
Time: Dates/Times vary
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Light Up Brooklyn Commons
Nov. 30
Time: 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Brooklyn Commons Park
Brooklyn Commons
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DUMBO Tree Lighting
Dec. 1
Pearl Street Triangle
Time: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Tree will be lit at 5:30 p.m. Sharp!
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Dyker Heights Lights Tradition
Dec. 1-30
Dyker Heights
Brooklyn
Time: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
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Mark Morris Dance Group: Holiday Party on the Plaza
Dec. 3
Time: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
The Plaza at 300 Ashland
300 Ashland Place
At the corner of Lafayette Avenue & Flatbush Avenue
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21st Annual Sinterklass – Saint Nicholas Day Celebration
Dec. 3
Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum
5816 Clarendon Road
Brooklyn
Time: 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
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Holiday Market & Tree Lighting Spectacular
Dec. 9
Time: 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
USAG Fort Hamilton Army Installation
101st Street & Fort Hamilton Parkway
Brooklyn
Note: Event is free to the public, but registration is required. Click here to register.
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Holiday Caroling
Dec. 10
Time: TBD
Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Garden
58 7th Ave.
Brooklyn
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The Brooklyn Nutcracker
Dec. 17
Times: 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Kings Theatre
Flatbush
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Kwanzaa Celebration
Dec. 17
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
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Kings Bay Y Presidents Hanukkah Celebration
Dec. 18
Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Kings Bay Y
3495 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn
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Hanukkah Klezmer Celebration
Dec. 18
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
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Lighting of the largest Menorah in Brooklyn
Dec. 18-25
Grand Army Plaza - Live concert
1st Night of Chanukah, Sunday, Dec. 18 - Kickoff Event begins at 4:00 p.m.
2nd Night of Chanukah, Monday, Dec. 19 at 6:00 p.m.
3rd Night Of Chanukah, Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 6:00 p.m.
4th Night Of Chanukah, Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 6:00 p.m.
5th Night Of Chanukah, Thursday, Dec. 22 at 6:00 p.m.
6th Night Of Chanukah, Friday, Dec. 23 at 3:30 p.m.
7th Night Of Chanukah, Saturday, Dec. 24 at 7:15 p.m.
8th Night Of Chanukah, Sunday, Dec. 25 at 5:00 p.m.
Each event is celebrated with live music, hot latkes and gifts for the children.
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THE BRONX
Holiday Parranda
Nov. 30
Time: 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Hunts Point
Starts at Father Gigante Plaza, 878 Tiffany St. - a two float procession will travel to Urban Health Plan and back, ending with a holiday tree lighting and performance from the Casita Maria Children’s Choir at 5 p.m.at the Father Gigante Plaza. 
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Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo
Nov. 18 - Jan. 8, 2023
Bronx Zoo
2300 Southern Blvd.
The Bronx
Tickets are required and must be reserved in advance.
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Bronx Little Italy Tree Lighting
Dec. 3
Ciccarone Park
(Arthur Avenue & East 188th Street)
Time: 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
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Holiday Wreath Workshop/Home for the Holidays Weekend
Dec. 3 & 4
Wave Hill House
Time: All Day
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Winter Wonderland
Dec. 10
Time: 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m.
Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center
3225 Reservoir Oval East
The Bronx
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NYBG Glow
Nov. 18 - Jan. 14, 2023
*Open on select dates - check site for more info.
New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd.
The Bronx
Time: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. 
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.
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Holiday Train Show
Nov. 19 - Jan. 16, 2023
New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd.
The Bronx
Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Advance reservations are strongly recommended as tickets do sell out.
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MANHATTAN
The Seaport Christmas Tree Lighting
Nov. 29
Time: 5 p.m.
South Street Seaport
Fulton Street
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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
Nov. 30
30 Rockefeller Plaza
Watch the lighting at home from 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; New Year’s Eve it is lit from 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
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Holiday on the Hudson - Tree Lighting
Dec. 3
Time: 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.
West Harlem Piers
125th Street & Marginal Street
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Times Square Snow Globes
Nov. 3-Dec. 26
Broadway Plaza between 45th–46th streets
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Macy's Santaland
Nov. 25 - Dec. 24
Macy's Herald Square
151 W. 34th St.
8th Floor
Time: Time varies 
Reservations are required
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North Pole Express Bus Ride by TopView
Nov. 12-Jan. 1, 2023
Pickup location: 6th Avenue between 47 & 48 streets
Time: Starts at 3 p.m.
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Kwanzaa Celebration at the Apollo Theater
Dec. 30
Apollo’s Historic Theater
Manhattan
Time: 7:30 p.m.
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Rockefeller Center Christmas
Nov. 30-Jan. 2, 2023
30 Rockefeller Plaza
Tree visiting hours from 6 a.m. - 12 a.m. daily.  Christmas tree is lit for 24 hours on Christmas Day; New Year’s Eve it is lit from 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
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Fifth Avenue Holiday Installation at the Pulitzer Fountain
Dec. 4-Jan. 7, 2023
Pulitzer Fountain
E. 58th Street & Fifth Avenue
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Luminaries
Nov. 25-Jan. 6, 2023
Winter Garden at Brookfield Place
Time: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Light up a holiday wish, become a maestro to your own light symphony or just enjoy a light show!
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QUEENS
Amaze Lights Festival
Nov. 19-Jan. 8, 2023
Citi Field
41 Seaver Way
Flushing
Times: Vary
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NYC Winter Lantern Festival: Illuminate the Farm
Nov. 11-Jan. 8, 2023
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Queens
Times: Vary
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