Holiday Events & Holiday Markets in Manhattan
Christmas Tree Lightings, Hanukkah Menorah Lightings, & Kwanzaa Candle Lightings in Manhattan & Holiday Markets & Events NYC
Updated December 11, 2015 / Upper East Side UES / Upper West Side UWS / Midtown NYC / East Village & West Village / Tribeca SoHo Bowery / Holiday Events & Holiday Markets - Kwanzaa, Hanukkah & Christmas Holidays in Manhattan / Manhattan Buzz NYC.
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.
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Holiday Events & Holiday Markets in Manhattan
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
Updated December 11, 2015 / Manhattan Neighborhoods / Holiday Events & Holiday Markets Kwanzaa, Hanukkah & Christmas Holidays in Manhattan / Manhattan Buzz NYC. Continued.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL EVENTS ARE FREE UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.
Wednesday, December 2: Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting
From 7 - 9 pm. 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. Located along 5th Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
Thursday, November 27: Macy's Parade & Holiday Tree Lighting
Begins at 9 am on the Upper West Side and marches down along Central Park West, east along 59th Street, south along 6th Avenue and west on 34th Street ending at Macy's Herald Square.
December 6 - 13: Menorah Lighting Grand Army Plaza [across from hotel]
Every night of Hanukkah at 5:30pm (3:30pm on Friday for the Sabbath & 8:30pm on Saturday). Candle lighting of the world's largest menorah [a 32-foot tall, 4,000-pound steel] at Grand Army Plaza at 5th Avenue & 59th Street in Midtown.
Tuesday, December 8: Madison Square Park Holiday Tree Lighting
From 3.30 - 5.30 pm. The tree decor was designed by David Beahm Experiences, in sync with the current sculptural exhibition, Fata Morgana, by artist Teresita Fernández. The countdown to the illumination of the Tree of Light begins at 4:45pm.
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.
Nov 16 - Dec 24: Grand Central Holiday Market Midtown NYC
Open Monday - Friday 10 am - 8 pm, Saturday 10 am - 7 pm & Sunday 11 am - 7 pm. Thanksgiving & Christmas eves closed 6 pm and closed Thanksgiving Day. Located in Vanderbilt Hall on the south end of the station along 42nd Street and Park Avenue foyer.
October 30 - January 3: Bryant Park Holiday Shops Manhattan
Open Monday - Friday 11 am - 8 pm, Saturday 10 am - 9 pm and Sunday 10 am - 6 pm. About 125 small shops located in Bryant Park at 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues in Midtown.
II. Upper East Side UES
Holiday Tree Lighting & Candle Lighting Events - Upper East Side UES
Sunday, December 6: Carl Schurz Park
From 5 - 6 pm. A traditional tree lighting including carols, performances by the Cantori choir and Orbital Brass, candlelight, candy canes and hot chocolate. At Carl Schurz Park at East 88th Street and East End Avenue.
Sunday, December 6: Park Avenue Christmas Trees Lighting
Begins at 6.30 pm from 54th Street to 97th Street along Park Avenue. The 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 [guessing about 7 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.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, December 11 - 13: Yorkville Holiday Exhibit & Sale
From 10 am - 6 pm Saturday & 10 am - 3 pm Sunday. The 4th Annual Yorkville Holiday Exhibit & Sale returns to the Upper East Side. They sell hand crafted gifts including ceramics, jewelry, textiles, accessories, photography, home décor, edibles and more by exhibiting artists. Complimentary drinks and refreshments served throughout the weekend.
Opening reception Friday night with complimentary wine and nibbles. From 5 to 8 pm. At Draesel Hall in the Church of the Holy Trinity at 316 East 88th Street.
III. Upper West Side UWS Holiday Markets & Events
Upper West Side Holiday Lightings & Holiday Markets
Monday, November 30: Winters Eve at Lincoln Center
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. 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.
Tuesday, December 1: Light Up the Nights
Begins at 6:30pm at Verdi Square at Broadway at 73rd Street. 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.
Dec 1 - 24: Columbus Circle Holiday Market UWS
There's a holiday market at Columbus Circle through December 24th and it's open from 11 am - 8 pm, except on Sunday when they close at 7 pm.
IV. East Village / West Village Holiday Markets & Events
Holiday Tree Lighting Events & Kwanzaa Candle Lighting & Hanukkah Menorah Lighting in the East Village and West Village
Wednesday, December 9: Washington Square Tree Lighting
From 6 - 7 pm. A 90 year tradition [since 1925], the Washington Square tree lighing event includes music by the Rob Susman Quartet and sing-along handbooks around the tree under the arch. Organized by the Washington Square Park Conservancy.
Dec 1 - 24: Union Square Holiday Market NYC
There's a holiday market at Union Square Park through December 24th from 10 am - 8 pm, except Sundays 11 am - 7 pm.
V. SoHo, Tribeca & the Bowery Holiday Markets & Events NYC
Holiday Events & Holiday Markets in Manhattan
Tuesday, December 1: South Street Seaport Holiday Tree Lighting
From 5 - 8 pm at Fulton Street at the South Street Seaport. Includes musical performances, hot chocolate, photos at 19 Fulton Street 2nd floor and the tree lighting which happens at 7 pm. Not sure if the photos are free. The tradition began in 1983.
Thursday, December 3: Zuccotti Park Holiday Lights Celebration
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.
Dec 1 - 31: South Street Seaport Holiday Market Manhattan NYC
Runs all month on Fulton between Water and Front Streets from 11 am - 8 pm. Closed December 25th only.
VI. Harlem & Washington Heights
Washington Heights & Harlem Tree Lightings – Christmas Tree Lightings, Hanukkah Menorah Lightings & Holiday Events in Manhattan NYC
Thursday, December 3: Tree Lighting in Central Park at C. Dana Discovery Center
From 5.30 - 6.30 pm. They light a flotilla of Christmas trees on the Harlem Meer [little nearby pond] and there's hot chocolate and Santa pays a visit. This is 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.
Saturday, December 12: Holiday on the Hudson Tree Lighting
From 4 – 6 pm at West Harlem Piers Park at West 125th & Marginal Street. Live music and holiday decorations. Check the SOH Twitter feed or visit nyc.gov/parks/soh 2 hours before the event. Held by the Riverside Park Conservancy.
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