Press Releases

Friday, December 11, 2020
No. 62


NYC Parks/Malcolm Pinckney

NYC Parks is celebrating the holiday season under the bright lights! Across the city, Parks’ administrative buildings and local parks will be lit up in time to spread some much-needed holiday cheer. From the Bartow-Pell Mansion seasonal holiday display in the Bronx, across the Verrazano Bridge to the Historic Richmond Town Tree Lighting in Staten Island, to the Broadway Malls: W. 86th Street Menorah lighting display in Manhattan; there will be more than 80 sites beaming with light and holiday cheer.

“It is a time-honored tradition here at Parks to light our greenspaces and buildings up for the holidays. A tradition we derive great pride from and one that we are committed to continuing even in these most unprecedented times,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “We know that throughout this challenging year, people have looked to our parks for refuge and recreation, and we want to continue inspiring joy by spreading holiday cheer. We hope that our lights can help illuminate the hearts of all New Yorkers as we celebrate the holidays and what they mean to us all.”

If you’re looking to avoid the crowds at Rockefeller Center to snap some cute holiday pictures, you can go on a fun, local family outing and visit neighborhood sites across the five boroughs. Our partners throughout the city and our local borough offices have much to offer this season. You can start by visiting some of these sites:

Mosholu Parkway Tree Lighting Display, The Bronx

Central Park Seasonal Holiday Display, Manhattan

Historic Richmond Town Tree Lighting, Staten Island

MacDonald Park Menorah Lighting Display, Queens

Litchfield Villa – Prospect Park, Brooklyn

For a complete list of sites throughout the city, you can visit the NYC Parks Holiday Lighting Display page.

If you’re looking for more holiday excitement, you can also check out NYC Parks’ virtual Wreath Interpretations exhibition. The 38th annual exhibition rings in the holiday season with an array of nearly 40 inventive, handmade adaptations of the traditional decoration. While the Arsenal Gallery
is closed, this year’s wreaths are presented in a slideshow on the agency’s website here.

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