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Manhattan Holiday Events - Manhattan NYC

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

manhattan holiday events ues uws midtown harlem inwood washington heights west east village soho tribeca LES bowery holiday events holiday tree lighting washington square park manhattan nycDecember 18, 2021 / 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.

 

*** Be sure to visit our Manhattan holiday markets NYC page, as it contains related holiday events with a shopping element to them.

*** For links to holiday events and markets in all five boroughs of NYC scroll down to the bottom of this report.

 

EDITOR NOTE. While it seems we've turned the corner on the CoVid pandemic, it's after effects still linger. Hence a number of holiday events we saw in 2019 may not yet return in 2021 for reasons related to CoVid, or possibly finances. So while they may not return this year, they might make a comeback next year.

 

How The Manhattan Holiday Events Page on this Page are Organized

These holiday events in Manhattan are organized as follows:

1. BY NEIGHBORHOODS OF MANHATTAN

2. BY DATE

Watch carefully as some locales have multiple dates, and all dates for a given locale are shown at the time the venue is first listed.

3. ALL OF THESE ARE FREE UNLESS FEES ARE SPECIFIED.

 

Manhattan Holiday Lights, Christmas Tree Lightings, Hanukkah Menorah Lightings, Kwanzaa Candle Lightings Background

The holidays are a special time of the year. In ancient times there were harvest celebrations to give thanks and enjoy the bounty after a long growing and harvesting season aka a year of work.

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 and share in the cultural heritage of others.

Each lighting is a bit different, as some are orginated by the community, some by businesses, some by religious organizations, 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 - 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.

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.



 

We'll update & add to this periodically through the holidays.

Pay attention to the dates / year.

Asterisked Events have NOT been updated.

 

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Midtown Manhattan Holiday Events NYC

Christmas Tree, Menorah & Kwanzaa Lightings or CLICK

Midtown holiday markets in Manhattan NYC.


Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade & Holiday Tree Lighting

Thursday, November 25, 2021 beginning at 9 am

macys day parade photos holiday events manhattan things to do holidays upper west side manhattan nycDescription. 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.

Location.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.

Contact. www.macys.com


Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Event - Manhattan NYC

rockefeller center holiday events rockefeller center tree lighting manhattan holiday things to do manhattan nycWednesday, December 1, 2021 from 7 - 9 pm / Visiting daily from 6 am - 12 midnight except Christmas Day when it's 24 hours and New Years Eve when it turns off at 9 pm / The tree will remain on display through January 17, 2020 at 9 pm

Description. Started in 1932, the Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting ceremony has gone on for 89 years as of 2021. There's entertainment along with the lighting and it's broadcast by NBC which has studios on the premises. The tree generally arrives in early to mid November. Manhattan holiday tree lighting events in Midtown Manhattan NYC.

Location. 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.

Contact. www.rockefellercenter.com


Menorah Lighting Events - Grand Army Plaza Manhattan

Sunday, November 28 - December 5, 2021 beginning at 5.30 pm nightly except on - Friday at 3.30 pm & Saturday at 8 pm

holiday menorah lighting grand army plaza manhattan holiday events menorah lightings grand army plaza manhattan things to do nycDescription. 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]. The lightings begin nightly at 5.30 pm, except on Friday [3.30 pm] and Saturday [8 pm] to accommodate services on the Sabbath. Manhattan holiday menorah lighting events on the Upper East Side UES / Midtown Manhattan NYC.

Location. 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].

Contact. www.chabad.org and www.nycparks.gov and www.centralpark.com

* The video below shows the Large Menorah Lighting in Midtown Manhattan in a prior year. The event returns Sunday as Hanukkah begins a few years ago - see details below.



It looks like there isn't going to be a 20th Annual Toy Train Show, as I couldn't find anything on it - not even a Notice of its discontinuance

 

The 19th Annual Holiday Toy Train Show - Manhattan

OLD _ NOTE DATE / YEAR _ Monday, December 7th and Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 10 am - VIRTUAL

THESE WERE THE NORMAL DATES FOR YEARS _ November 21, 2019 - February 23, 2020 from 8 am - 8 pm weekdays & 10 am - 7 pm weekends

Description. 19th Annual toy train show in Grand Central Station. Set against a mural. Free. This year the train show is being exhibited VIRTUALLY.

Location. At Grand Central Station in Midtown. The main entrance to Grand Central Terminal is at Park Avenue and 42nd Street and the train show is located near the northwest corner of the main floor.

Contact. www.grandcentralterminal.com / www.nytransitmuseum.org


This Program also Seems to be on Hiatus, pending an Improved Response to the Pandemic

 

Vintage Subway Car Holiday Train Rides - Manhattan

OLD _ NOTE DATE / YEAR _ Sundays ONLY, December 1 - 29, 2019 from 10 am - 5 pm but varies by line w/ TWO HOUR INTERVALS

Locations. For the price of an MTA fare, passengers may ride the MTA vintage 1930s R1-9 train cars from 2nd Avenue [at Houston St near Sara D. Roosevelt Park] on the F line in Lower Manhattan up to the Central Park West line A/C/D lines beginning at 59th St – Columbus Circle and ending at 125th St on the A lines in Harlem. There are four runs each way each Sunday and the station stops are express only and include: • 2nd Avenue (F line), • Broadway – Lafayette Street / Bleecker Street, • West 4th Street – Washington Square, • 34th Street – Herald Square, • 42nd Street – Bryant Park, • 47th-50th Streets – Rockefeller Center, • 7th Avenue, • 59th Street – Columbus Circle and • 125th Street (A line). New this year is the extension up to 145th Street in Harlem, which then follows the same down route along the A line from 125th Street in Harlem.

Departure Times. EVERY SUNDAY - The departure times heading north from 2nd Avenue on the F line in Lower Manhattan are: • 10 am, • 12 noon, • 2 pm and • 4 pm. You estimate subsequent train stop departure times by figuring out how long an express train might take to arrive at the northbound stops.

DECEMBER 1 & 8 ONLY. The departure times heading south from 125th Street on the A line in Harlem are:• 11 am, • 1 pm, • 3 pm and • 5 pm. And again, you can estimate the departure time of the other southbound stops by figuring out how long it would take an express train to to arrive at the southbound stops.

DECEMBER 15, 22 & 29 ONLY. The departure times heading south from 145th Street on the D line in Harlem are:• 11 am, • 1 pm, • 3 pm and • 5 pm. And again, you can estimate the departure time of the other southbound stops by figuring out how long it would take an express train to to arrive at the southbound stops.

Contact. www.nytransitmuseum.org


* The video below shows snippets from a ride on the Vintage Subway Cars running through Manhattan on Sundays between 12 noon and 5 pm along the F and A lines. See Holiday events section or link below for details on how to take a ride for the cost of a subway fare.


Bryant Park Holiday Tree Ligthing Event

Monday, December 6, 2021 at 6 pm

Description. Tree lighting with music, dance and theatrical performances.

Location. Bryant Park between 40th and 42nd Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues.

Contact. www.bryantpark.org


Madison Square Park Holiday Tree Lighting Events in Manhattan

madison square tree lighting manhattan holiday events manhattan things to do flatiron district manhattan nycThursday, December 9, 2021 from 4 - 5.30 pm

Description. The event includes music, giveaways and treats. Historically the countdown to the illumination of the Tree of Light begins at 4.45 pm.

In 2019, the festival included 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.

This is the 109th holiday tree lighting [since 1912] and is said to be the first public tree lighting. For many years they hired an expert designer - as in 2016 the tree decor was designed by David Beahm Experiences, in sync with the sculptural exhibition, Fata Morgana, by artist Teresita Fernández [see photo at right].

Location. Madison Square Park is located between 23rd and 26th Streets and between Madison & 5th Avenues.

Contact. www.madisonsquarepark.org and www.nycparks.gov.

Organized by the Madison Square Park Conservancy in collaboration with Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership and NYC Parks & Recreation. Manhattan holiday tree lighting and menorah lighting events in the Flatiron District of Midtown Manhattan NYC.


Santa Con Costume Party Bar Hopping Event in Midtown Manhattan NYC

Saturday, December 11, 2021 from 10 am - 8 pm

Description. Santacon happens mostly at Midtown Manhattan bars, but also some in the East Village. Santacon is a [generally Santa] costume party bar hopping event. It can be fun and you can meet people. But ... it is definitely a bit like New Years Eve and St. Pat's Day, when all of the amateur drinkers come out and you know what that means ... And lastly, some of the proceeds of Santacon are donated to community non-profits and charitable organizations addressing social issues.

Admission. $13 for a badge and list / map of particpating bars.

Contact. The website is www.santacon.nyc.


Carnegie Hall - Handel's Messiah - Holiday Cultural Events Manhattan NYC

Monday, December 20, 2021 beginning at 8 pm

Description. A classic Christmas choral performance at one of NYC's oldest and finest cultural venues.

Admission. $28 - $100

Contact. www.carnegiehall.org


 

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Upper East Side UES Holiday Events - Manhattan

Holiday Tree & Candle Lighting Events or CLICK

Upper East Side holiday markets on the UES of Manhattan NYC


Yorkville Nutcracker on the UES Manhattan

manhattan things to do manhattanSaturday & Sunday, December 11 & 12, 2021 beginning at 2 pm & 7 pm on Saturday and at 12 noon and 5 pm on Sunday

Description. Choreographer / Dance Artist Frances Patrelle returns with his holiday classic ballet that enthralls the senses with aesthetic wonderment. Holiday dance events on the Upper East Side of Manhattan NYC.

Admission. Tickets range from $59 - $69.

Location. At the Kaye Theater on 68th Street on the Upper East Side.

Contact. www.dancespatrelle.org / www.hunter.cuny.edu/kayeplayhouse


92nd Y Celebrates Hanukkah on the UES Manhattan

Sunday, December 5, 2021 from 4 pm & 5.30 pm

Description. There's a rooftop candle lighting and concert. Hanukkah events on the Upper East Side of Manhattan NYC.

Admission. Tickets $18 online.

Location. 1395 Lexington Avenue between 91st & 92nd Avenues on the Upper East Side.

Contact. www.92y.org


None this Year - See Date for 2022 below.

 

Carl Schurz Park Holiday Tree Lighting Event - UES NYC

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Description. A traditional tree lighting including carols, a performance by the Cantori choir and Orbital Brass, candlelight, candy canes and hot chocolate. Manhattan holiday tree lighting and menorah lighting events on the Upper East Side UES NYC.

Location. In Carl Schurz Park at East 86th Street and East End Avenue.

Contact. www.carlschurzparknyc.org and www.nycparks.gov.


Park Avenue Christmas Trees Lighting - Manhattan NYC

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IN PRIOR YEARS THE EVENT RAN FROM 5 - 8 pm - Tree Lit at 6.30 pm followed by carols

Description. This holiday event / 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.

HISTORICALLY - 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]. HISTORICALLY - The Park Avenue tree lighting is preceded by a social beginning at 5 pm in 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.

Location. The primary location for this event centers around Brick Presbyterian Church on Park Avenue at 91st Street, but generally the streets from 89th Street to 97th Street along Park Avenue are closed.

Contact. www.brickchurch.org

The video below captures some of the Brick Presbyterian / Park Avenue lighting event in a prior year.

 

I DON'T THINK THEY'RE DOING THE EVENT BELOW THIS YEAR 2021, OUT OF CAUTION RELATED TO THE LINGERING PANDEMIC.

OLD _ NOTE DATE / YEAR _ Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 6 - 8 pm

Description. Christmas Cheer Party at Brick Presbyterian.



Holiday Lighting Events - Metropolitan Museum Manhattan

Christmas & Hanukkah Cultural Exhibits at the Met Museum over the Holidays

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 - Sunday, January 9, 2022 - Giant Late 19th Century Silver Menorah

Description. The Met Giant Late 19th Century Silver Menorah came from Lviv, Ukraine on loan from the Moldovan Family Collection. This may be found in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Galleries.

 

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 - Sunday, January 9, 2022 - Nativity Scene / Creche - No Lightings this year

HISTORICALLY - with lightings at 4.30 pm weekdays & added lightings at 5.30 & 6.30 on weekends

Description. 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, which may be found in the Medieval Sculptural Hall. This Manhattan holiday event is free with admission. Holiday events in Manhattan NYC.

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

Contact. www.metmuseum.org

 

OLD _ NOTE DATES _ YEAR _ December 2019

Description - Holiday Events at the Met. The Met has a number of holiday events including an Irish Holiday December 13 at 7 pm, a Weimar Holiday December 14 at 7 pm, a Handel & Hayden Concert on December 20 at 7 pm.


Museum of City of NY - Holiday Events Manhattan UES

Friday, December 17, 2021 beginning at 6 pm - Cocktails & Culture: Day-Glo December Fiesta

OLD _ NOTE DATES _ YEAR _ November 30 & December 7, 14, 21, 2019 beginning 10 am - 6 pm - Santa Visits Museum / December 26, 2019 from 11 am - 12 noon - Kwanzaa Celebration / December 27, 2019 from 11 am - 2 pm - Hanukkah Celebration

Description. This year they slimmed things down to one holiday event with a generic theme vs in the past where themes were culturally directed [see below].

HISTORICALLY - Family oriented events. Santa will visit the museum on Saturdays and you can have your photo taken with him [$14 kids / $20 adults]. The Kwanzaa celebration provides an opportunity to learn of the traditional culture of African Americans [free w/ admission]. The Hanukkah celebration looks at images of Jewish culture [free w/ admission]. Manhattan holiday events on the Upper East Side NYC.

Location. 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Contact. www.mcny.org


Sunday, December 5, 2021 from 10.30 am - 3 pm

Description. Hosting an exhibit of menorahs from various countries and from various times.

Admission. Free w/ museum admission.

Location. The Jewish Museum at 1109 5th Avenue at 92nd Street on the UES of Manhattan.

Contact. www.thejm.org / 212.423.3200



 

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Upper West Side UWS Holiday Events - Manhattan

Upper West Side Holiday Lightings & Events or CLICK

Upper West Side holiday markets on the UWS of Manhattan NYC.


Winters Eve at Lincoln Center - Holiday Events UWS NYC

Holiday Concerts & Holiday Entertainment on the Upper West Side

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Description. There's Winters Eve at Lincoln Center on the UWS.

THIS DESCRIPTION IS FROM A PRIOR YEAR AS IN THE INITIAL POST THEY HAD NOT FINALIZED ACTIVITIES. The festivities begin at 5.30 pm with a tree lighting in Dante Park at Lincoln Center at Broadway & 63rd Street. Numerous talented musicians, sometimes with national reputations, will be there to perform at Lincoln Square’s sidewalks and public spaces.

From Columbus Circle to 70th Street along Broadway including Lincoln Square’s sidewalks and public spaces will be filled with 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.

Location. From Columbus Circle to 70th Street along Broadway, including numerous plazas and spaces at Lincoln Center.

Contact. www.winterseve.nyc / www.lincolnsquarebid.org

 

Monday, December 6, 2021 at 5 pm - Lincoln Center Square Tree Lighting

Location. In Dante Park at 64th & Broadway on the UWS.

Contact. Lincoln Square BID / www.lincolnsquarebid.org


Tavern on the Green Tree Lighting Event Manhattan NYC

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 6 pm

Tree ligthing event

At 67th Street & CPW

Tavernonthegreen.com - Unconfirmed / Verify WS url


It doesn't look like they're doing anything this year [2021]

 

Manhattan Holiday Event Light Up the Nights at Verdi Square

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Description. A small holiday celebration with the Broadway Mall Association organized with the help of NYC Parks. In 2018 they had a Sunday afternoon event. In 2017 I didn't see anything, but I could have missed it. In 2016 there was an event organized by the Broadway Mall Association. Manhattan holiday menorah and tree lighting events in the Village NYC.

Location. At Verdi Square at Broadway between 72nd and 73rd Streets.

Contact. www.friendsofverdisquare.org / www.broadwaymall.org / www.nycparks.gov


The Riverside Church Candlelight Carol Service - UWS Holiday Events

Christmas Celebrations on the Upper West Side

Sunday, December 19, 2021 from 4 to 5.30 pm

Description. This year it appears to be shortened a bit in light of the pandemic. I don't think the 3 pm prelude is included this year and it ends at 5.30 pm - not 6 pm as in prior years. Otherwise it's a Christian cultural way to celebrate Christmas.

HISTORICALLY - The musical prelude begins at 3 pm. Then a candle light service with the full cultural theater developed over thousands of years by the Christian church. They describe it as thus, "... combines carillon, organ, harp, and all of the choirs of The Riverside Church and culminates in a ritual sharing of candlelight illuminating the Nave ...". Tickets are $25 / $35 / donation.

Location. At 490 Riverside Drive between 120th and 122nd Streets on the Upper West Side. Manhattan holiday events on the Upper West Side NYC.

Contact. www.trcnyc.org


Winter Solstice Concert at St John the Divine - UWS Holiday Events

Holiday Concerts on the Upper West Side Manhattan NYC

Thursday, Friday & Saturday, December 17, 18 & 19, 2021 beginning at 7 pm Friday, 7 pm & 10 pm Saturday & 2 pm Sunday - This year it's VIRTUAL / LIVE STREAM / ON DEMAND

Description. Paul Winter hosts the 42nd Winter Solstice concert at St John the Divine on the Upper West Side. The concert is an angelic classical music concert, gospel singer performance and dance group. Certain to cleanse the mind and soul prior to the New Year.

Admission. $20 this year [2021] for VIRTUAL EVENT. HISTORICALLY for the live event - Tickets $38 / $58 / $98 on up to $148 at websites noted below.

Location / Times. St. John the Divine Cathedral is located at 1029 Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Contact. www.stjohndivine.org / www.solsticeconcert.com


Manhattan Kwanzaa Celebration & Origami at the American Museum of Natural History

Origami & Kwanzaa Celebrations in Manhattan NYC

Wednesday, November 24, 2021 - Sunday, January 9, 2022 - Origami Holiday Tree

Description. ORIGAMI. Every year the American Museum of Natural History erects a tree and decorates it with origami made by New Yorkers. This year, the 50th [started in 1970, but may have skipped 2020], the theme is gems and minerals.

THIS YEAR [2021] I DON'T SEE ANY KWANZAA EVENT, PROBABLY DUE TO PANDEMIC.

OLD _ NOTE DATE _ YEAR _ Saturday, December 28, 2019 from 12 noon to 5 pm - Kwanzaa Celebration

HISTORICALLY KWANZAA BUT NOT THIS YEAR 2021. 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.

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

Contact. www.amnh.org


 

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East Village / West Village Holiday Events Manhattan NYC

Holiday Events - Tree, Kwanzaa Candle, Menorah Lightings - East Village & West Village or

CLICK East Village / West Village / LES holiday markets in Manhattan NYC


Washington Square Tree Lighting Event - Village NYC

village holiday events nyc manhattan washington square tree lighting washington square park photos manhattan holiday things to do manhattan nycWednesday, December 8, 2021 from 6 - 7 pm - Tree Lighting

Description. On 12/9 a 95 year tradition [since 1925] continues. 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. Organized by the Washington Square Park Conservancy.

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

Contact. www.washingtonsquareparkconservancy.org / www.washingtonsquarenyc.org

 

Tuesday, December 24, 2021 from 5 - 6 pm - Christmas Eve Caroling

THIS YEAR THE CAROLING ON XMAS EVE IS VIRTUAL. HISTORICALLY - On 12/24 there's a Washington Square Christmas Eve Caroling event in the same location at 5 pm.


Tompkins Square Tree Lighting Event - East Village NYC

East Village Holiday Events in Tompkins Square NYC

Sunday, December 12, 2021 from 4 - 5 pm

Description. The 30th annual tree lighting celebrates park advocate Glenn Barnett who died of AIDS in 1992. HISTORICALLY - There's a holiday market at Lucky at 168 Avenue B from 12 noon - 5 pm BUT THIS YEAR - 2021 - IT'S UNCONFIRMED.

Location. In Tompkins Square on the Main Lawn. Tompkins Square is located in the East Village between Avenues A & B between 7th and 10th Street.

Contact. www.luckonb.com / www.nycparks.gov


 

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SoHo, Tribeca, LES, Bowery & Downtown Holiday Events - Manhattan NYC

CLICK SoHo & Tribeca holiday markets in Manhattan NYC.


NYSE 96th Annual Tree Lighting Event - Downtown Manhattan NYC

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 from 2 pm - 6 pm - Tree is lit up just after the closing bell at 4.15 pm

Description. The 98th Annual NYSE tree lighting. In the past there were performances open and free to public and the holiday lighting.

Location. In front of the NYSE Stock Exchange at 11 Wall Street at Broad Street in Manhattan NYC.

Contact. www.nyse.com

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South Street Seaport Holiday Tree Lighting Events

Seaport Winterland Holiday Event Manhattan NYC

Sunday, November 28, 2021 from 3.30 - 5 pm

Description. This Menorah Lighting is being held at the skating rink at Pier 17 and skating not included. Latkes, dreidels, face painting, clowns and cotton candy.

Location. At Pier 17 at 89 South Street. Admission $27 / $18 for neighborhood residents of the Financial District / South Street Seaport neighborhood.

Contact. www.seaportdistrict.nyc

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Thursday, December 2, 2021 from 6 - 8 pm

Description. The tree lighting happens at 6.30 pm which is preceded by hot chocolate, musical performances [in the past by Phantom of the Opera and Mean Girls cast members]. The tradition began in 1983. Manhattan holiday events / Christmas tree lighting at the South Street Seaport in Manhattan NYC.

Location. At Fulton and Water Streets in the South Street Seaport.

Contact. www.seaportdistrict.nyc

 


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Brookfield Place Holiday Lights

OLD _ NOTE DATE _ YEAR _ Tuesday, November 28, 2017 from 5.30 to 8 pm

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

Description. 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 tree / menorah lighting event.

Contact.


TBD

Zuccotti Park Holiday Lights Celebration

OLD _ NOTE DATE _ YEAR _ Thursday, December 3, 2017 from 5.30 - 6.30 pm

Location. At Zuccotti Park at Broadway & Liberty Street.

Description. 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.

Contact.


 

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Harlem & Washington Heights Holiday Events Manhattan NYC

Christmas Tree, Menorah, Kwanzaa Lightings or CLICK

holiday markets in Manhattan NYC.


Dana Discovery Center Tree Lighting Event Central Park NYC

Holiday Events in Upper Manhattan, Upper East Side & Harlem Meer

holiday events harlem holiday tree lighting dana discovery center manhattan harlem meer holiday things to do manhattan nycThursday, December 2, 2021 from 5.30 - 6.30 pm

Description. In the past this event includes a visit by Santa and friends, 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 [a little nearby pond]. This Manhattan holiday event is near to both the Upper East Side & Harlem. And it is the 23rd anniversary of it [began in 1998].

Location. 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.

Contact. www.centralpark.com / www.centralparksnyc.org


Harlem School of the Arts - Manhattan Holiday Event

Saturday, December 18, 2021 from 3 - 5 pm - Home for the Holidays

Description. They describe the performance as, "... Featuring the Harlemettes, and students from the HSA Dance, Music, Theater, and Media and Design departments, accompanied by drummer Eric Brown and bassist Immanuel Williams ..." Holiday events in Harlem near the UWS, Inwood and Washington Heights.

Location. At 645 St. Nicholas Avenue in West Harlem north of the Upper West Side.

Contact. www.hsanyc.org / 212.926.4100


Hudson Christmas Tree Lighting - Manhattan Holiday Event

Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 4.30 – 6 pm

Description. HISTORICALLY - Live music, dancing, decoration-making, and hot chocolate while supplies last. Check the SOH Twitter feed or visit nyc.gov/parks/soh 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.

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

Contact. www.riversideparknyc.org / www.nycparks.org


Apollo Theater in Harlem - Kwanzaa Holiday Special NYC

Sunday, December 26, 2021 beginning at 7 pm - Kwanzaa Performance

Description. The Kwanzaa performance features a number of talented musicians and performers. This Harlem Kwanzaa holiday event takes place in Manhattan, but is shown VIRTUALLY.

Admission. Free / Pay what you wish.

Location. This year the peformance is being shown digitally - use the website below to obtain a ticket / the link. HISTORICALLY - At 253 West 125th off Fredrick Douglas Blvd in Harlem. Holiday Events in Harlem in Manhattan NYC.

Contact. www.apollotheater.org


The United Palace - Young People's Chorus of NYC

Holiday Events near the UWS, Washington Heights & Inwood

Saturday, December 11, 2021 - Doors open 6 pm - Show begins 7 pm

Description. The holiday concert. CoVid protocols in effect.

Admission. Tickets $29 - $109.

Location. At 4140 Broadway at 175th Street in Washington Heights. Holiday events and holiday concerts in Washington Heights in Manhattan NYC.

Contact. Website - www.unitedpalace.org / Tel - 212.568.6700.



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