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Home for the Holidays

a mansion with wreaths on the windows in a park on a snowy day

The Historic House Trust of NYC invites you to come home for the holidays! Travel through time and experience the season at some of NYC’s oldest and most treasured historic houses across the five boroughs. Enjoy traditional decorations, public tours, caroling, visits from Santa, holiday lightings, hot cocoa, and so much more! The HHT houses look forward to sharing the season with you, welcome home!

artistic rendering of the Van Cortlandt House

History of the Holidays
This annual display at the Van Cortlandt House Museum features a glimpse into 18th-century celebrations of some familiar and not-so-familiar winter holidays.

Home for the Holidays Events

Friday, December 13, 2019

Dec13

Van Cortlandt by Twilight

at Van Cortlandt House Museum (in Van Cortlandt Park)Bronx

4:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Experience the rare treat of exploring Van Cortlandt House Museum after dark. The house will be decorated for the winter holidays of Saint Nicholas Day, Christmas Day, New…

Dec13

Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol': A Play with Music

at Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Suitable for the whole family, this performance combines Dickens' brilliant original text with both traditional and unexpected Christmas music.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Dec14

Family Photos with Santa

at Old Stone House (in J.J. Byrne Playground)Brooklyn This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Santa will be making a pit stop in Park Slope; join us for a seasonal photo session with professional photographer Marc Goldberg.

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Dec14

Celebrate Saint Nicholas

at Van Cortlandt House Museum (in Van Cortlandt Park)Bronx

11:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Come learn about the history of Saint Nicholas Day through a special eye-spy tour of the house, craft projects, games, and hot chocolate around our campfire.
Free!

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Kids
Dec14

Holiday Wreath Making Workshop

at Queens Botanical GardenQueens

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Create your own festive holiday wreath using fresh-cut pine, fir, and other evergreens.

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Kids
Dec14

A Victorian Holiday Party

at Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
The halls of the Morris-Jumel Mansion will be decked for our annual Victorian Holiday Party featuring a costume contest! Join us for a themed tour, a holiday reading, caroling, and a holiday photo booth!

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Dec14

Con Edison Family Day: Paper Ornaments & Pomanders

at Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Make an old-fashioned style paper ornament and fragrant holiday pomander to add to your tree or the mansion's community tree!

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Kids
Dec14

Children's Olmsted Holiday Celebration

at H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join us to celebrate the man who loved the earth, Frederick Law Olmsted with craft activities, music, games, and a story time…
Free!

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Kids
Dec14

Brooklyn Brandenburgers Holiday Concert

at Old Stone House (in J.J. Byrne Playground)Brooklyn This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
The Brooklyn Brandenburgers have been a staple of OSHs musical programming since 2004 – and now they’re back and better than ever! The Brandenburgers are an…

Dec14

Candlelight Tours

at Historic Richmond Town (in LaTourette Park & Golf Course)Staten Island

5:00 p.m.11:00 p.m.
Step back through time to taste, smell, and touch the holiday pleasures of centuries past.

Dec14

Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol': A Play with Music

at Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Suitable for the whole family, this performance combines Dickens' brilliant original text with both traditional and unexpected Christmas music.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Dec15

Brooklyn Brandenburgers Holiday Concert

at Old Stone House (in J.J. Byrne Playground)Brooklyn This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
The Brooklyn Brandenburgers have been a staple of OSHs musical programming since 2004 – and now they’re back and better than ever! The Brandenburgers are an…

Dec15

Holiday Tinker Festival & Tree Lighting

at Lewis H Latimer HouseQueens This is an Accessible location

2:30 p.m.5:30 p.m.
Celebrate the holidays with tinkering, tree lighting, hot cocoa, and music!
Free!

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Kids

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Dec21

Farmhouse Family Day: Festive Felt and Fiber Crafts

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

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Explore NYC's oldest house! Enjoy scavenger hunts, artifact investigation, gardening, self-guided exploration, and hands-on activities!
Free!

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Kids
Dec21

Candlelight Tours

at Historic Richmond Town (in LaTourette Park & Golf Course)Staten Island

5:00 p.m.11:00 p.m.
Step back through time to taste, smell, and touch the holiday pleasures of centuries past.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Dec27

Movies Under the Stars: Abominable

at Chelsea Recreation CenterManhattan This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate the holidays with the screening of this new classic, where three teenagers must help a Yeti return to his family while avoiding a wealthy man and a zoologist…
Free!

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Kids

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