The holiday season in New York will be festive and bright, with holiday decorations and special events to enjoy with family and friends. Kids and adults will delight in the colorful festive atmosphere, holiday music, and even some sightings of Santa Claus
Holiday Shops and Ice Rink at Bank of America Winter Village
Oct. 28 -Jan. 2 @ Various Times
Bryant Park, Manhattan, NY 10080
The Bank of America Winter Village will feature family-friendly activities with holiday flair. Take the family to browse through the festive European style holiday market, featuring over 150 shops in kiosks. Artisans from New York City and from around the world will be selling unique gift items, perfect for holiday gift giving. Kids and adults will be thrilled to glide across the ice at the 17,000-square foot skating rink in Bryant Park. The rink features free admission ice skating and special events throughout the season.
Holiday Store Window Displays
Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10001
Take a stroll through the famous shopping strip in New York to see the enchanting holiday window displays and decorations. Some of the stores known for lavish window displays are Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, Bergdorf, Bloomingdales, and Barneys.
Holiday Train Show
Nov. 22-Jan. 15
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10458
The Holiday Train Show depicts a scene of 150 landmarks of New York, recreated with bark, leaves, and natural materials. The G-scale locomotives will travel past famous sights, including the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, and Rockefeller Plaza. This year’s exhibit showcases the iconic skyscrapers of Midtown Manhattan, featuring new replicas of architectural wonders like the Empire State Building, General Electric Building, Chrysler Building, and St. Bartholomew’s Church. Admission tickets are $10-$30.
Nov. 24-Dec. 24
Macy’s Herald Square, 151 West 34th St., New York, NY 10001
Visit the festively decorated Santaland to see Santa Claus and his elves, a classic holiday tradition at Macy’s Herald Square from Black Friday to Christmas Eve. It will be free to visit Santaland, but there will be a fee if you purchase a photo package.
2017 Holiday Market
Nov. 16-Dec. 24 @ 11 a.m.
Union Square Park, Southern Side, New York, NY 10003
The Holiday Market in the heart of New York City features local artisans and craftsmen offering unique handmade gift items. Take the family to browse through the booths to do holiday shopping.
Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal
Nov. 23-Feb. 4 @ 8 a.m.
New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex, Grand Central Terminal, E 42nd St., New York, NY 10017
The 16th Annual Grand Central Holiday Train Show is an enchanting display of a model train cityscape surrounding a Christmas tree. The exhibition showcases the Lionel Metro-North, Polar Express, and a vintage subway train. Kids of all ages will be delighted by the miniature replica of the Grand Central Terminal and more.
Origami Holiday Tree
Through Jan. 7
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West 1t 79st St., New York, NY 10024
The Origami Holiday Tree is a delightful holiday tradition at the Museum. The tree is decorated with handmade origami models inspired by items in the museum exhibitions. Admission to the AMNH is $13-$23.
Columbus Circle Holiday Market
Nov. 28-Dec. 24 @11 a.m.
Columbus Circle, 59th St. & Central Park West, New York 10023
Visit the festive Holiday Market at the entrance of Central Park to shop for unique artworks and crafts, which will be perfect for holiday gifts.
21st Annual Crafts at the Cathedral
Nov. 30-Dec. 2 @ Various Times
The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th St., New York, NY 10025
The 21st Annual Crafts at the Cathedral will be held in the nave of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. The show will feature artisans selling their unique arts and crafts, which will make great holiday gifts. Admission is a $5 donation.
Bayville Winter Wonderland
Nov. 24-26, Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 20-23, ,26-31, & Jan. 1
8 Bayville Ave., Bayville, NY 11709
The holiday theme park in Long Island will feature Christmas fun for the family, including a funhouse, a holiday light show, ice skating, Santa Claus, and more. The colorful attractions will be open on specified days from Thanksgiving weekend through New Year’s Day. Tickets will be $22.75/per person.
Holiday Family Day at Bartow Pell Mansion Museum
Dec. 2 @ 10 a.m.
Bartow Pell Mansion Museum, 895 Shore Rd., Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, NY 10464
Celebrate the holidays at this event at the festively decorated 19th-century mansion. Meet Santa Claus, enjoy hot chocolate and crafts, and have fun. Admission for children age one and above is $20. Adults admitted free when accompanied by a child. Space is limited, so register in advance.
Dec. 3 @ 4 p.m.
Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South St., New York, NY 10012
Join the choir at the Handel’s Messiah Sing at Judson Memorial Church, where the audience will lift up their voices in song to the majestic Hallelujah chorus. Admission $15, or $10 for students.
Holiday Open House at Queen’s Farm
Dec. 26-28 @ 12 p.m.
Queen’s Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, NY 11004
Visit this historic landmark farm to tour the decorated Adriance Farmhouse and enjoy an afternoon of kid’s crafts and hot mulled cider. Admission is free.