What: Light Up Luminaries is a free community holiday event to kick off Luminaries, the spectacular light installation and new holiday tradition at Brookfield Place. Join us for fun performances, free ice skating on the waterfront, hot chocolate, sweet treats and more! Hosted by your favorite MC's Tracey and Mason, Santa is the star of the show, arriving red carpet-style at 5:30PM to cast the first holiday wish, then leading a parade to his newly designed winter chalet for photo memory-making. Be sure to bring your wish lists!
Photos with Santa are available for purchase starting at 6PM.
When: Thursday, December 1, 2016 | 5–8PM
Where: Brookfield Place: 230 Vesey Street, New York, NY 10281
What: This year, the Winter Village plans to make this beloved event the best to date—and we have a feeling it will be. Expect the usual theatrical ice-skating show, starring Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje from the No. 1 world-ranked ice-dancing team in Canada as well as Javier Fernández (four-time European Champion) and Kimmie Meissner (former Olympian). Jazz group Lapis Luna provides the jams, and you’ll definitely want to stop by to see this year’s celebrity host in the flesh. Check out more than 125 holiday shops and food vendors while you’re there.
What:Wander down to the life-size gingerbread house and ogle—no, salivate—over the candy-covered crib built with ginger “bricks," which is topped with a “frosting-covered” roof and adorned with peppermint sticks, gum drops and more. Better yet, you can actually go inside this house to check out virtual and interactive elements such as a marshmallow snowman and decorate a Christmas tree. When: December 6 -18, 2016 | Mon-Fri 2-8pm; Sat, Sun noon–8pm Where: Madison Square Park: 23rd St to 26th St, between 5th & Madison Aves., NY
What: This iconic and always-packed tree-lighting ceremony is filled with celebrity performances, so you’ll want to arrive early to get a good view. Enjoy a two-hour variety show featuring live music by Neil Diamond, Josh Groban, Dolly Parton and more before 50,000 energy-efficient LED lights covering the 94-foot spruce are switched on inspiring oohs and aahs. This is the only tree-lighting ceremony you can watch live on TV (tune in to WNBC), which is great for anxious New Yorkers—er, all of us—who want to avoid the crowds.
When: Wednesday, Nov. 30th, 2016 | 7–9pm
Where: Rockefeller Plaza between Fifth and Sixth Aves and 49th and 50th Sts
What: The Seaport District NYC kicks off the holiday season with its 33rd annual Tree Lighting Ceremony presented by Hallmark Channel.
Held on the Fulton Street cobblestones, the tree lighting evening will include special live performances by Vy Higginsen’s Gospel Choir of Harlem and Grace VanderWaal, winner of the 2016 season of America’s Got Talent, singing songs from her debut EP Perfectly Imperfect out Friday, December 2.
The annual ceremony will occur "rain or shine". In the event of inclement weather, we advise waterproof shoes, ponchos and umbrellas.
What: The evening kicks off at 5:30pm at Dante Park, Broadway and 63rd Street, with the Upper West Side’s Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony televised live on WABC-TV and featuring American funk and soul singer Sharon Jones. The festivities continue all evening! Don’t miss over 20 free live music and dance performances, including the Loston Harris Trio, Steve Bernstein’s Universal Melody Brass Dance Party! and DJ D-Nice at the TD Bank Dance Tent, Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could at Kids’ Central, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jack Frost and more at Time Warner Center, WNET’s popular characters, street theater, marching bands, and holiday cheer. Plus, foodies, eat your way around Lincoln Square! Enjoy sweet and savory samples (nominal cost) from over 30 top local kitchens at the outdoor food tastings, presented by Glenwood. When: Monday, November 28th at 5:30 PM - 9 PM Where: Lincoln Square, Manhattan, NYC
What: Visit the Thanksgiving Market popping up on the Taxi Stand (at Vanderbilt Ave. and E. 43rd St.) for one day only on November 23rd. Six Grand Central dessert shops and bakeries will sell their delicious desserts in time for Thanksgiving. Customers can contact shops in advance to pre-order and pick up at the Taxi Stand during the event.
What: Museo del Barrio in collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concerts present M.A.K.U. Soundsystem. Fiery vocals, blazing instrumentals, and irresistible beats makes a M.A.K.U. Soundsystem concert a high-octane experience. Rooted in Colombian and Afro-Colombian traditions, M.A.K.U. Soundsystem mixes funk, Afrobeat, jazz, hip-hop, and Caribbean grooves for a ferociously fun blend that blows audience members out of their seats. Members: Liliana Conde (vocals, percussion) Juan Ospina A.K.A Prodigio Arribetiao (vocals, bass) Camilo Rodriguez (guitar, gaitas) Robert Stringer (trombone) Felipe Quiroz (synthesizers) Moris Cañate (tambor alegre) Andres Jimenez (drums) Isaish Richardson Jr. (sax and Clarinet) Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concerts is a program of the Weill Music Institute. Seats are first come, first served. No RSVP required. When: November 19th @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Where: El Teatro @El Museo: 1230 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10029 FREE Website
What: Lucky Sevens: An Art Salon at El Museo, 7 artists, 7 minutes, 7 slides, is a series designed to engage, cultivate, and connect artists, professionals and the public in NYC. Join El Museo del Barrio as we provide a friendly, informal environment for artists and the public to meet and chat. Seven artists will briefly present a selection of works and a reception provides time to meet and ask questions. Participating artists: Lionel Cruet | Stephano Espinoza | Camilo Godoy | Stephanie Lindquist | Layqa Nuna Yawar | Eduardo Velazquez | Cristobal Guerra When: November 15th @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Where: El Taller @El Museo: 1230 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10029 FREE RSVP
What: The holiday season is upon us! That means time to get your paws on the perfect party frocks for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, office party, tree trimming, and everything in between. Shop for designer dresses while enjoying sips and small bites at Rent the Runway. You'll find designers from Marchesa to Erin Fetherston, all at squee-worthy prices.
When: Nov. 14, 21 & 28: 6:00 - 8:00PM Where: Rent The Runway: 16 W 18th St 4th Fl, New York
What: We’re welcoming the holiday season in style with with a festive weekend of design, food, music, holiday shopping, and more! Come celebrate the very best of emerging and established handcrafted goods and DIY culture, and take a peek at an array of thoughtfully curated items ideal for gift-giving from over 200makers and artisans.
Enjoy festive vibes and groove to DJ sets by Sugartown Industries, as you browse world-class design and an array of artisanal items including jewelry and accessories, home decor, apothecary, and art! While you’re here, don’t forget to commemorate the occasion with instant archival prints by Magnolia Photo Booth Co., stop by acclaimed Brooklyn-based artist and author ADAMJK’s book signing, and check out a lush forest installation with fresh plants + planters for sale at Tula House. And be sure to grab tasty treats and beverages including sweet and savory crepes, doughnuts and pastries, small batch lemonade, curry plates, and more by a great lineup of local food favorites!
Local Media Partner Time Out New York will raffle off a goodie bag full of handmade products worth over $1,000 from the Fair’s makers. The winner for the raffle will be chosen at random following the Fair. Also, come by Martha Stewart’s American Made experience for free DIY activities from Toyota and Libman, complimentary samples from Torani, and pick up a free screen-printed tote bag! When: November 12 + 13, 2016 | 11 am to 6 pm Where: Metropolitan Pavilion - 125 W. 18th St. New York, NY 10011
Extra: Need a ride? UBER has provided a code for a free $15 ride for all 1st time users for ALL 2016 RCF events! The code is RCF2016 and can be used for all Fairs! Sorry! Pets are not permitted.
What: Presented annually by the New York Transit Museum, this popular model railroad exhibition features Metro-North, New York Central, and subway trains departing from a miniature Grand Central Terminal on a 34’-long, two-level “O” gauge layout. The Museum’s store also offers great gifts for your holiday shopping. Transit gifts are available online at www.nytransitmuseumstore.com. When: November 14, 2016 – February 2017 | Mon – Fri 8 am to 8 pm; Sat – Sun 10 am to 6pm Where: NY Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store - Shuttle Passage
What: The complexly sweet characters of Andrea Kang art will take over the P!Q Gifts store in Grand Central October 29- Nov 11 with a show of new art and a supersize window instillation. Her boldly graphic creatures play with our idea of the word “cute” and you may leave wondering if that pink fluffy mouse is giving you the side eye. The world Andrea Kang’s art is populated with stoic bears, woodland creatures, and animal costumed humans, all through a lens of nostalgia, complex emotions, and graphic beauty. A Masters graduate from The Rhode Island School of Design, Andrea creates work in multiple hand crafted mediums as well as designing for major art toy companies and fashion brands.
What: Beauty start up Function of Beauty offers customized shampoos and conditioners with over 12 billion possible combinations. Take the 5 question hair quiz to determine your hair goals. Customers can watch your shampoo and conditioner being made in store. Each bottle is personalized with your name, special scent and color choice.