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Holiday Lightings

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Come join us as we switch the holiday lights on in celebration of the season. Enjoy caroling, treats, tree lightings, special visits from Santa, and more! Continue the celebration indoors at our Winter Holidays events, and be sure to read our history of holiday celebrations in parks before heading to the event of your choice!

Holiday Lightings Events

Monday, December 1, 2014

Dec 1

15th Annual Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square

at Dante Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

5:30 p.m.9:00 p.m.
The celebration begins with the lighting of the Upper West Side Holiday Tree in Dante Park.
Free!

Must See
Event

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Dec 2

Winter Village Tree Lighting

at The Rink at Winter Village (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.
Join us for the 9th annual Tree Lighting Show at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park!
Free!

Must See
Event
Dec 2

Christmas Tree Lighting in Owl's Head Park

at Owl's Head Park House (in Owl's Head Park) , Brooklyn

7:00 p.m.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year when Bay Ridge, Brooklyn comes together to welcome the Christmas Tree Lighting in Owls Head Park. Rain date Dec 3. More…
Free!

Must See
Event

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Dec 3

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

at McKinley Park , Brooklyn

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Senator Martin J. Golden will host his Annual Christmas Tree Lighting with caroling and a visit from Santa Claus.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Dec 4

18th Annual Central Park Holiday Lighting

at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

5:30 p.m.6:30 p.m.
Celebrate the season at our 18th Annual Holiday Lighting in Central Park. Meet Santa and friends, watch a live ice carving demonstration, sing carols on the Plaza, and warm up…
Free!

Must See
Event
Dec 4

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

at Lady Moody Triangle , Brooklyn

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Senator Martin J. Golden will host his Annual Christmas Tree lighting with caroling and a visit from Santa Claus.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Dec 6

Holiday Happening

at George Seuffert Bandshell (in Forest Park) , Queens

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Celebrate the holiday season with crafts, games, music and a surprise visitor!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 6

St. Nicholas Day at Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum

at Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum (in Fidler-Wyckoff House Park) , Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Explore NYC’s oldest house and experience the Dutch tradition of Sinterklaas which evolved into the American tradition of Santa Claus, with traditional music, treats, stories, & crafts.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Dec 7

Colonial Christmas

at Visitor Center (in Conference House Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Enjoy free hot apple cider and cookies, and a grand candle-lighting illumination.

Best For
Kids
Dec 7

Winter Solstice Celebration and Tree Lighting

at Queens Botanical Garden , Queens

12:30 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Enjoy live musical performances, arts and crafts, photos with Santa, sales in our Holiday Marketplace, and a tree lighting ceremony.
Free!

Must See
Event

Monday, December 8, 2014

Dec 8

Christmas Tree Lighting In Shore Road Park

at 90th Street and Shore Road (in Shore Park and Parkway) , Brooklyn

6:30 p.m.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year when Bay Ridge, Brooklyn comes together to welcome the Christmas Tree Lighting in Shore Road Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Dec 9

Madison Square Holiday 2014

at Madison Square Park , Manhattan

3:30 p.m.5:30 p.m.
Join the Madison Square Park Conservancy in celebrating the holidays as they honor over 100 years of holiday tree tradition in Madison Square Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Dec 10

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

at Washington Square Arch (in Washington Square Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
The sparkling lights on the resplendent tree will be turned on to mark the beginning of festive winter evenings.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Dec 13

Summer on the Hudson: Holiday on the Hudson

at West Harlem Piers Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

5:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Tree lighting, live entertainment and more!
Free!

Must See
Event

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Dec 16

Lighting of the World's Largest Hanukkah Menorah

at Grand Army Plaza , Manhattan

6:00 p.m.
Gather around the 32-foot-high, gold-colored, 4,000-pound steel holiday icon at Grand Army Plaza to kick off the annual Jewish Festival of Lights.
Free!

Dec 16

Brooklyn's Largest Menorah Lighting

at Grand Army Plaza , Brooklyn

6:00 p.m.
Every night of Chanukah is celebrated with live music, hot latkes, and gifts for the children.
Free!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Dec 17

Lighting of the World's Largest Hanukkah Menorah

at Grand Army Plaza , Manhattan

6:00 p.m.
Gather around the 32-foot-high, gold-colored, 4,000-pound steel holiday icon at Grand Army Plaza to kick off the annual Jewish Festival of Lights.
Free!

Dec 17

Brooklyn's Largest Menorah Lighting

at Grand Army Plaza , Brooklyn

6:00 p.m.
Every night of Chanukah is celebrated with live music, hot latkes, and gifts for the children.
Free!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dec 18

Lighting of the World's Largest Hanukkah Menorah

at Grand Army Plaza , Manhattan

6:00 p.m.
Gather around the 32-foot-high, gold-colored, 4,000-pound steel holiday icon at Grand Army Plaza to kick off the annual Jewish Festival of Lights.
Free!

Dec 18

Brooklyn's Largest Menorah Lighting

at Grand Army Plaza , Brooklyn

6:00 p.m.
Every night of Chanukah is celebrated with live music, hot latkes, and gifts for the children.
Free!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Dec 19

Lighting of the World's Largest Hanukkah Menorah

at Grand Army Plaza , Manhattan

3:30 p.m.
Gather around the 32-foot-high, gold-colored, 4,000-pound steel holiday icon at Grand Army Plaza to kick off the annual Jewish Festival of Lights.
Free!

Dec 19

Brooklyn's Largest Menorah Lighting

at Arch at Grand Army Plaza (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn

3:30 p.m.
Every night of Chanukah is celebrated with live music, hot latkes, and gifts for the children.
Free!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Dec 20

Brooklyn's Largest Menorah Lighting

at Arch at Grand Army Plaza (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn

7:00 p.m.
Every night of Chanukah is celebrated with live music, hot latkes, and gifts for the children.
Free!

Dec 20

Lighting of the World's Largest Hanukkah Menorah

at Grand Army Plaza , Manhattan

8:30 p.m.
Gather around the 32-foot-high, gold-colored, 4,000-pound steel holiday icon at Grand Army Plaza to kick off the annual Jewish Festival of Lights.
Free!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Dec 21

Lighting of the World's Largest Hanukkah Menorah

at Grand Army Plaza , Manhattan

6:00 p.m.
Gather around the 32-foot-high, gold-colored, 4,000-pound steel holiday icon at Grand Army Plaza to kick off the annual Jewish Festival of Lights.
Free!

Dec 21

Brooklyn's Largest Menorah Lighting

at Grand Army Plaza , Brooklyn

6:00 p.m.
Every night of Chanukah is celebrated with live music, hot latkes, and gifts for the children.
Free!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Dec 22

Lighting of the World's Largest Hanukkah Menorah

at Grand Army Plaza , Manhattan

6:00 p.m.
Gather around the 32-foot-high, gold-colored, 4,000-pound steel holiday icon at Grand Army Plaza to kick off the annual Jewish Festival of Lights.
Free!

Dec 22

Brooklyn's Largest Menorah Lighting

at Grand Army Plaza , Brooklyn

6:00 p.m.
Every night of Chanukah is celebrated with live music, hot latkes, and gifts for the children.
Free!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Dec 23

Lighting of the World's Largest Hanukkah Menorah

at Grand Army Plaza , Manhattan

6:00 p.m.
Gather around the 32-foot-high, gold-colored, 4,000-pound steel holiday icon at Grand Army Plaza to kick off the annual Jewish Festival of Lights.
Free!

Dec 23

Brooklyn's Largest Menorah Lighting

at Grand Army Plaza , Brooklyn

6:00 p.m.
Every night of Chanukah is celebrated with live music, hot latkes, and gifts for the children.
Free!

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