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Manhattan Holiday Events 2017 - Manhattan NYC

Christmas Tree Lightings, Hanukkah Menorah Lightings, & Kwanzaa Candle Lightings in Manhattan & Holiday Markets & Events NYC

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Holiday lighting festivals and ceremonies have been on the rise in Manhattan in recent years. While some date back many years, some are fairly new.

Attending holiday lightings alone, with friends, or with the kids gives folks a chance to enjoy their own cultural heritage and provides an opportunity to learn a bit more about the cultural heritage of others.

Each lighting is a bit different, as some are orginated by the community, some by businesses, some are religiously oriented, and a few have arts organizations behind them. Please feel free to send us a notice of your holiday lighting event if it's not posted herein.


Manhattan Holiday Events & Holiday Markets Now Underway

This is not meant to be a complete list, but rather a list of the holiday lighting events. The holiday lighting events are organized individually by each Manhattan neighborhood including the Upper East Side UES, the Upper West Side UWS, Midtown NYC, the East Village, the West Village, the Bowery, SoHo, Tribeca and more to come. Many include the serving of some beverage like hot chocolate and generally some snack like cookies.

Manhattan Holiday Events 2017 - Manhattan NYC

Xmas Tree, Menorah & Candle Lightings & Other Holiday Events on the Upper East Side UES, Upper West Side UWS, Midtown NYC, East Village, West Village, Bowery, SoHo, Tribeca

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The following is a compendium of holiday events in Manhattan. The events usually begin shortly after Halloween and through Christmas [and beyond?].

We have also provided our readers with a report about many of the biggest holiday markets in Manhattan running throughout the holiday season. Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukka, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

I. Midtown Manhattan Holiday Events NYC


Christmas Tree Lightings, Menorah Lightings & Kwanzaa Lightings in Manhattan

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 7 - 9 pm

* The big Christmas tree is located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza and there's access via 5th Avenue between 49th and 51st Streets and along 49th and 51st Streets between 5th and 6th Avenues.

Started in 1932, the Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting ceremony has gone on for 83 years. There's entertainment along with the lighting and it's broadcast by NBC which has studios on the premises. Manhattan holiday tree lighting events in Midtown Manhattan NYC.


Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade & Holiday Tree Lighting

Thursday, November 23, 2017 beginning at 9 am

macys day parade photos holiday events manhattan things to do holidays upper west side manhattan nyc* The parade steps off from about West 77th Street at the Museum of Natural History on Central Park West on the Upper West Side.

The parade then marches south along Central Park West, east along 59th Street, south along 6th Avenue and west on 34th Street ending at Macy's Herald Square, where they do a Christmas tree lighting around noon. It's very crowded along the parade route, oftentimes by people who start taking their positions as early as 6 am'ish, as they have traveled from - around the nation and around the globe - to view the event so they don't take any chances on not getting a good view.

On Wednesday night you can view the balloons at the Museum of Natural History along 77th Street, Central Park West and 81st Street. And while it's crowded, it's generally quite manageable as the locals have done it and most of the visitors don't know about it. Manhattan holiday tree lighting events on the Upper West Side UWS and in Midtown Manhattan NYC.


- Menorah Lighting Grand Army Plaza [Tentative / Unconfirmed]

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* Grand Army Plaza is located at 5th Avenue & 59th Street in Midtown across from what used to be the Plaza Hotel [it is now mostly luxury facilities and residences].


Every night of Hanukkah there's a candle lighting of one of the world's largest menorahs [32 feet tall and weighing 4,000 pounds]. Last year the lightings began nightly at 5.30 pm, except on Friday [3.30 pm] and Saturday [8.30 pm] to accommodate services on the Sabbath. Manhattan holiday menorah lighting events on the Upper East Side UES / Midtown Manhattan NYC.


- Madison Square Park Holiday Tree Lighting [Tentative / Unconfirmed]

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 3.30 - 5.30 pm

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* Madison Square Park is located between 23rd and 26th Streets and between Madison & 5th Avenues. Last year [2016] the tree decor was designed by David Beahm Experiences, in sync with the sculptural exhibition, Fata Morgana, by artist Teresita Fernández. The countdown to the illumination of the Tree of Light began at 4.45 pm.


The festival includes the return of Taste of Home‘s Gingerbread Blvd, a candy cane reindeer craft activity, a winter tree identification activity, and performances by Sing for Hope Youth Chorus, Finding Neverland the Musical, the New York Life Singers and kindie performer Audra Rox. Hill Country Chicken and Almond restaurants will serve treats. Organized by the Madison Square Park Conservancy in collaboration with Taste of Home and Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership. Manhattan holiday tree lighting and menorah lighting events in the Flatiron District of Midtown Manhattan NYC.

II. Upper East Side UES Holiday Events - Manhattan


Holiday Tree Lighting & Candle Lighting Events - Upper East Side UES

Carl Schurz Park Holiday Tree Lighting

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* In Carl Schurz Park at East 88th Street and East End Avenue.


A traditional tree lighting including carols, last year [2016] there were performances by the Cantori choir and Orbital Brass, candlelight, candy canes and hot chocolate. Manhattan holiday tree lighting events on the Upper East Side UES NYC.


Park Avenue Christmas Trees Lighting

Sunday, December 3, 2017 beginning at 6.30 pm


brick presbyterian holiday tree lighting photos park avenue tree lighting photos holiday events upper east side manhattan things to do holidays nyc* The primary location for this event centers around Brick Presbyterian Church on Park Avenue at 91st Street, but the streets from 89th Street to 97th Street along Park Avenue are closed.


This holiday events / Christmas tree lighting tradition began in 1945 to honor the World War II dead as a reminder of the importance of freedom and the sacrifices made to preserve it. The southbound lanes of Park Avenue between 89th and 93rd Streets are closed from late afternoon [social begins at 5 pm] until after the event is over [roughly about 8 pm].


The Park Avenue tree lighting is preceded by a social at Watson Hall at Brick Presbyterian Church at Park Avenue and 91st Street. Brick Presbyterian Church partnered with the Fund For Park Avenue which sponsors the event and the social is non-denominational meaning people of all faiths are welcome to attend. Manhattan holiday tree lighting events on the Upper East Side UES NYC.


Holiday Lighting Events at the Metropolitan Museum - Manhattan NYC

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - January 7, 2018 with lightings at 4.30 pm weekdays & added lightings at 5.30 & 6.30 on weekends.

* Located at 82nd and Fifth Avenue in the Medieval Sculpture Hall [Gallery 305]

The Met Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche [Nativity Scene] were collected primarily in the 1920's by Loretta Hines Howard who donated them 1964 and worked with artist Enrique Espinoza on its display. This Manhattan holiday event is free with admission.

III. Upper West Side UWS Holiday Events - Manhattan


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Winters Eve at Lincoln Center on the UWS

Monday, November 27, 2017 from 5.30 - 9 pm


* The festivities begin at 5.30 pm with a tree lighting in Dante Park at Lincoln Center at Broadway & 63rd Street. Micky Dolenz, vocalist of the mid 20th century rock group Monkees, will be there to perform.


Lincoln Square’s sidewalks and public spaces will have musicians, processional groups, jugglers and stilt-walkers and over 30 of Lincoln Square’s restaurants and eateries will offer food tastings at nominal cost [$1-$4] at three separate outdoor locations between 6 and 8.30 pm. Organized by Lincoln Square BID. Manhattan holiday events / tree lighting on the Upper West Side UWS NYC.


Manhattan Holiday Event Light Up the Nights at Verdi Square [Tentative / Unconfirmed]

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 beginning at 6:30 pm

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In 2016 there were performances by the Beit Rabban Hebrew Children’s Choir and the Reaching for the Arts Choir. Hot beverages and snacks by Fairway Market and Gigi Café. Organized by the Broadway Mall Association. Manhattan holiday menorah and tree lighting events in the Village NYC.


Manhattan Kwanzaa Celebration at the American Museum of Natural History

[There's ALSO a Holiday Origami Lighting event usually around the 3rd / 4th week - but no info as of this posting - stay tuned]

Saturday, December 30, 2017 from 12 noon to 5 pm

* At the American Museum of Natural History at Central Park West and 79th Street on the Upper West Side.

The American Museum of Natural History [AMNH] celebrates our African-American heritage rooted in seven principles known as Nguzo Saba. The modern cultural ethos promotes unity through culture and community. The AMNH holiday Kwanzaa program will feature live music, presentation of Kwanzaa principles and an African American holiday market. Free with admission [$23 / $18 / $13]. Kwanzaa holiday events in Manhattan NYC.

IV. East Village / West Village Holiday Events - NYC


Holiday Tree Lighting Events & Kwanzaa Candle Lighting & Hanukkah Menorah Lighting in the East Village and West Village in Manhattan NYC

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Washington Square Tree Lighting Event

Thursday, December 7, 207 from 6 - 7 pm

Sunday, December 24, 2017 at 5 pm

* In Washington Square at 5th Avenue and Washington Square North [equal to about 7th Street / Waverly Place].

On December 7th a 91 year tradition [since 1925] continues as the Washington Square tree lighing event includes music by the Rob Susman Quartet and sing-along handbooks around the tree under the arch. Manhattan holiday tree lighting events in the Village NYC.

On December 24th there's a Christmas caroling event in the same location at 5 pm.

Organized by the Washington Square Park Conservancy.

V. SoHo, Tribeca & Bowery Holiday Events - Manhattan


Manhattan Holiday Events - Manhattan NYC

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- Tuesday, November 28, 2017 from 5 - 8 pm [Tentative / Unconfirmed]

* At Pier 17 at Fulton and Front Streets in the South Street Seaport.

The tree lighting happens at 6.30 pm which is preceded by musical performances, hot chocolate, photos at 19 Fulton Street 2nd floor [not sure if photos are free]. The tradition began in 1983. Manhattan holiday events / Christmas tree lighting at the South Street Seaport in Manhattan NYC.


Brookfield Place Holiday Lights

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 from 5.30 to 8 pm

* At 230 Vesey Street in Brookfield Place in Downtown Manhattan.

This is a relatively new holiday event which includes opening up a light installation. This Downtown Manhattan holiday event includes performances, free ice skating on the waterfront, and free treats. The Luminaries light installation will be on display in the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place through January 5, 2018 from 8 am to 10 pm. This is a Downtown Manhattan holiday event.


_ Zuccotti Park Holiday Lights Celebration [UNCONFIRMED / No 2017 info as of this post]

Thursday, December 3, 2017 from 5.30 - 6.30 pm

* There will be music by the Manhattan Dolls and Metropolitan Klezmer and treats. They illuminate Zuccotti Park at Broadway & Liberty Street with thousands of lights.

VI. Harlem & Washington Heights Holiday Events NYC


Washington Heights & Harlem Tree Lightings – Christmas Tree Lightings, Hanukkah Menorah Lightings & Holiday Events in Manhattan NYC

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Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 5.30 - 6.30 pm

* This Manhattan holiday event is held at the Charles Dana Discovery Center which is just inside the park at 110th Street between 5th Avenue & Lenox in Harlem on the northern perimter of Central Park.

The event includes a visit by Santa and friends, live ice carving demonstration, carol singing on the plaza and free hot cocoa and cookies. The event ends when they light a flotilla of Christmas trees on the Harlem Meer [little nearby pond]. This Manhattan holiday event is nearby both the Upper East Side & Harlem.


Holiday on the Hudson Christmas Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 9 from 4.30 – 6.30 pm

* At West Harlem Piers Park at West 125th & Marginal Street in West Harlem near the Upper West Side.

Live music, dancing, decoration-making, and hot chocolate while supplies last. Check the SOH Twitter feed or visit 2 hours before the event. Held by the Riverside Park Conservancy. Manhattan Christmas tree lighting events in Harlem near the UWS, Inwood and Washington Heights.

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