Local Events

Holiday Windows

Holiday Window Displays

One of the best festive things to do this month is to take a tour of all the gorgeous holiday window displays created by New York’s top department stores.

Winter Village at Bryant Park

Winter Village at Bryant Park

Available November – Late April

Winter Village at Bryant Park has a free ice skating rink with skates for rent, plus 125 holiday kiosks that stay open until Jan. 2.

Holiday Trains

Holiday trains for the kids

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 – Monday, January 15, 2018

Watch model trains zip around miniature New York landmarks made of plant materials, and enjoy kids’ activities at the Holiday Train Show at New York Botanical Garden. Closed Nov. 23 & 27; Dec. 4 & 25; and Jan. 8.

Bar Car Nights

Mini Train Bar Car Nights

November 24 & 25
December 1, 2, 8, 9, 22, 23, 29, & 30
January 6 & 13

Sip a cocktail under holiday lights, see model trains circle a miniature New York, and watch ice carvers at Bar Car Nights at the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden for age 21+.


NYC Igloos

Available November – Late April

A Manhattan rooftop bar is offering guests the chance to drink outdoors in the middle of New York City winter—no heavy overcoats necessary.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2017

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2017

Now through January 1, 2018.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2017 literally kicks off the holiday season in NYC, and it’s one of the best Christmas things to do.

Thanksgiving Day

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2017

November 24th

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade celebrates its 90th Anniversary milestone this year. The time-honored annual Thanksgiving Day procession began in 1924 in New York City and has been broadcast nationally on NBC since 1948. Over 3.5 million people gather along the two-and-a-half mile parade route in Manhattan each year and more than 50 million people watch it at home on TV.

Christmas Tree Lighting

2017 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

November 29th

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a world-wide symbol of the holidays in New York City. The 2017 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, November 29, with live performances from 7–9pm, at Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and West 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Thousands crowded the sidewalks for the event and millions watched it live across the globe. The Tree will remain lit and can be viewed until 9pm on January 7, 2018.