• Your Ultimate Guide to the Holidays!

    By New York Family

    New York City is the perfect place to be for the holiday season! Whether it’s the Winter Village at Bryant Park, the Grand Army Plaza Menorah Lighting (or the Latke festival if you’re hungry!), or the iconic tree at Rockefeller Center, there’s always something to do. Here are some great events and sights to see with the family this holiday season.

     

    Hanukkah Happenings!

    Hanukkah Family Day at The Jewish Museum

     

    Special Spotlight: Hanukkah Playhouse
    Celebrate the holiday with a festive show packed with music and comedy, performed by the Broadway Playhouse. This interactive performance includes stories, sing-alongs, and more—be sure to catch the musical adaptation of “In the Month of Kislev!” The show takes place December 2nd at 11am. kaufmanmusiccenter.org

    10th Annual Latke Festival, 12/3, 6-8:30pm, latkefestival.com
    Eight Nights of Light: Celebrate Chanukah at the JCC, 12/2-12/10, jccmanhattan.org
    Grand Army Plaza Menorah Lighting, 12/2-12/10, times vary, chabadparkslope.com
    Hanukkah Family Day, 12/2, 11am-4pm, jewishmuseum.org

     

    Holiday Markets

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    Special Spotlight: Astoria Market
    The Astoria Market only converts to a holiday spectacle thrice annually. Converted from the Queens Bohemian Beer Gardens, the market offers wares from various vendors. From jewelry to clothes to hot drinks, you’re sure to find the perfect present for that special someone…even if it’s yourself! The market is open on December 2, December 9, and December 16 from 12-6pm. astoriamarket.com

    Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar, 11/24-25, 11am-5pm, brooklynholidaybazaar.com
    Brooklyn Flea, opens 11/3, Saturdays and Sundays, brooklynflea.com
    Columbus Circle, 11/28-12/24, 10am-8pm Monday-Friday, 10am-8pm Saturday, 10am-7pm Sunday, urbanspacenyc.com
    The Grand Central Holiday Fair, 11/12-12/24, 10am-8pm Monday-Friday, 10am-7pm Saturday, 11am-6pm Sunday, (Closed Thanksgiving; Christmas Eve 10am-6pm), grandcentralterminal.com
    Renegade Craft Fair, 11/17-18 & 12/22-23, 11am-5pm, renegadecraft.com
    Union Square Holiday Market, 11/15-12/24, 11am-8pm Monday-Friday, 10am-8pm Saturday, 11am-7pm Sunday, urbanspacenyc.com
    Winter Village, 10/27 through 1/2, 11am-8pm Monday-Friday, 10am-8pm Saturday & Sunday, bryantpark.org

     

    Treats

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    Christmas Morning Cereal at Dominique Ansel Bakery, dominiqueansel.com
    Holiday Chocolates at L.A. Burdick Chocolate, burdickchocolate.com
    Holiday Doughnuts at Doughnut Plant, doughnutplant.com
    Holiday Spice Cake at Baked NYC, bakednyc.com
    Old-Fashioned Gingerbread at Two Little Red Hens, twolittleredhens.com
    Panettone at Sant Ambroeus, santambroeus.com
    Truffles and Hot Chocolate at No Chewing Allowed!, nochewingallowed.com

     

    Tree Lightings

    Special Spotlight: Bryant Park Tree Lighting Skate-Tacular
    Gather with the whole family to hear a celebrity guest read a holiday tale to the crowd in Bryant Park’s Winter Village. As they read, the story’s brought to life by ice skaters. Watch as the tree is lit to a chorus of fireworks, and later on, you can join the skaters with free time in the rink—along with live music! This event takes place on December 4. bryantpark.org

    Carl Schurz Park, 12/2, 5-6pm, carlschurzparknyc.org
    Christmas in Richmond Town, Date & time TBA
    Holiday on the Hudson, 12/8, 4:30-6:30pm, nycgovparks.org
    Madison Square Park, 12/6, 3:30-5:30pm, madisonsquarepark.org
    Park Avenue Memorial Tree Lighting, 12/2, 6:30pm, fundforparkavenue.org
    Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting, 12/28, 7-9pm, rockefellercenter.com
    Seaport District Annual Tree Lighting, Date & time TBA
    Winter’s Eve, 11/26, winterseve.nyc

     

    Holiday Shows & Events

    Special Spotlight: Gingerbread House Workshop
    This special treat from Taste Buds Kitchen is designed with kids ages 2-8 in mind (accompanied by a caregiver). Bond with your child as you build a gingerbread house together with any number of tasty decorations. Plus, sip on hot chocolate and listen to holiday tunes as you decorate! The workshops run from November 23 to December 27. tastebudskitchen.com

    Charlie Brown Christmas, 11/23, bergenpac.org
    Kids’ Chorus, 12/9 at 3pm, metmuseum.org
    How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 12/13-30, msg.com
    Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, 11/22, macys.com/social/parade
    NYBG Holiday Train Show, 11/17-1/21, nybg.org
    NYCB Nutcracker, 11/23-12/30, nycballet.com
    Rockettes Christmas Spectacular, 11/9 through 1/1, rockettes.com
    Winter Solstice Celebration, 12/20-22, solsticeconcert.com
    Winterfest, 11/23-12/31, brooklynmuseum.org

    Special Spotlight: Hip Hop Nutcracker
    Head over to Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre for this one-of-a-kind performance that combines classic Christmas with contemporary flair. The production engages with Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” score as a jumping-off point, combining it with hip hop choreography to make the story come alive in a modern way. The show is on December 23 at 6pm. hiphopnutcracker.com

    Lights

    Special Spotlight: Saks Fifth Avenue Light Show
    It’s worth fighting through the crowd of tourists to get a glimpse of what Saks has to offer for the winter season. Saks Fifth Avenue’s light show is so renowned that people fill the opposite avenue to spectate, and it’s kept so tightly under wraps (pun intended) that the display is a secret until its grand reveal! saksfifthavenue.com

    Dyker Heights, Thanksgiving through Christmas
    Holiday Under the Stars, theshopsatcolumbuscircle.com
    Radio City Music Hall, Thanksgiving through Christmas, radiocity.com
    Winter Village at Bryant Park, opens 10/27, bryantpark.org

    Trees

    Special Spotlight: Christmas Tree at the Met
    Once again, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will display a 20-foot Christmas tree—a blue spruce, to be specific. The tree is surrounded by a Neapolitan Nativity scene and angels dressed in silk, just as the scene would have been arranged in the 18th Century. The tree will be in the Museum’s Medieval Sculpture Hall from November 20 until January 6. metmuseum.org

    Cathedral of St. John The Divine Peace Tree, throughout December, stjohndivine.org
    Holiday Tree in Bryant Park, 12/4, bryantpark.org
    New York Botanical Garden Trees, lighting 12/2 from 4-5:15pm, nybg.org
    New York Public Library Christmas Tree, 11/19 through 1/7, nypl.org
    NYSE Christmas Tree, 11/29 at 5pm, nyse.com
    Origami Holiday Tree at AMNH, 11/19, remains through 1/13, amnh.org
    Park Avenue Christmas Tree, 12/2, 6:30, fundforparkavenue.org
    The Plaza Holiday Tree, theplazany.com
    Rockefeller Center, lighting 11/28, remains through 1/7, rockefellercenter.com

    Caroling

    Special Spotlight: Washington Square Park Caroling
    Head to the Village park around the magnificent tree—which will be lit early December, and is the second-longest-running tree lighting in the city—to warm up your vocal chords. Join other city dwellers in song to ring in the season. December 24 at 5pm, washingtonsquarenyc.org

    Cocoa & Carols, times vary, sail-nyc.com
    Holiday Tubas
    , 12/9, tubachristmas.com
    New York City Opera Caroling, bryantpark.org
    St. Bartholomew’s, 12/30 at 9pm, apollotheater.org
    Unsilent Night, 12/16 at 6pm, unsilentnight.com

    Ice Skating

    Special Spotlight: Sky Rink Chelsea Piers
    You can skate year-round at this icy spot located in Pier 61. Kids can gaze out to views of the Hudson River as they round one of two rinks, regardless of age or ability. Take classes or free-skate, and be sure to check their slate of programming as the holidays get closer! chelseapiers.com/sr

    The Bank of America Winter Village, lafayetteny.com
    Lasker Rink, open late October through mid-March, laskerrink.com
    LeFrak Center at Lakeside, open 10/26, lakesidebrooklyn.com
    The Rink at Brookfield Place, open November, therinkatbrookfieldplace.net
    The Rink at Bryant Park, open 10/27, bryantpark.org
    The Rink at Rockefeller Center, open 10/8 through mid-April, therinkatrockcenter.com
    Wollman Rink Central Park, wollmanskatingrink.com

    Santa Sightings

    Breakfast with Santa, 11/23 through 12/24, therinkatrockcenter.com
    Brookfield Place, 11/23-12/24, bfplny.com
    Santa’s Corner, bryantpark.org
    Santaland, 11/23-12/24, macys.com/santaland
    New York City Fire Museum Santa Rescue, nycfiremuseum.org
    The Plaza, theplazany.com

    Special Spotlight: Window Displays of 5th Avenue between Herald Square & 36th Street 
    New York has no shortage of fantastic holiday window displays, and luckily, the best ones are all on 5th Avenue. Take a leisurely walk past Barney’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s, Henri Bendel, Macy’s, and Saks Fifth Avenue to catch a glimpse of the seasonal Christmas, Hanukkah, and holiday designs (and maybe head inside to warm up!). Macy’s holds their window display grand reveal on November 15 at 6pm.

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