Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, New York City has a near endless list of activities to keep every day of the holiday season merry, bright, and (mostly) free!
From Christmas tree and menorah lightings to winter wonderland transformations, NYC’s all decked out for the holidays. Take a magical ride to the North Pole, meet Santa, catch an unconventional rendition of The Nutcracker, rock out at a Kwanzaa party, or have some decadent afternoon tea. This year, the city has more events than ever for families and kids from all walks of life—and the greatest gift of all? Many of them are free! So, no matter what holiday you celebrate, you’ll find an option for you amid New York City’s longer-than-ever list of seasonal events.
Winter Workshops and Special Events in New York City
Winter Village | Governors Island - FREE
Starting Nov. 17: Governors Island will be open year-round for a second year, which means fun winter festivities for all. The Winter Village will feature delicious and wintery food vendors, an ice-skating rink, lawn games, bright lights, and more fun for the family as the island turns into a winter wonderland. Event details.
Holiday Wreath Making | Krystal Community Garden - FREE
Dec. 3: Make a beautiful and fragrant winter wreath to hang on your door (or as decor on your wall!) for the winter at the Krystal Community Garden in the Bronx. The workshop is free, and all supplies—including real pine cones, ribbons, and pine branches—though you're welcome to bring your own decorations to use, as well. Event details.
Winter Fair | Brooklyn Waldorf School - FREE
Dec. 3: Enter King Arthur's castle as the Brooklyn Waldorf School transforms into a welcoming wintery community space. Eat like a king at the food court, then explore the rest of the school to find activities, games, and crafts. Hand-made goods from local creators will be available to purchase, as well, for some perfect last-minute gift shopping. Event details.
Hands on History: Winter Landscapes | King Manor Museum - FREE
Dec. 3: The winter-themed rendition of Hands on History family day takes visitors on an art journey through the 19th century. Explore the paintings adorning the walls of the King Manor Museum, then paint your own winter landscape and capture the beauty of the season for posterity. Event details.
GIANT Winter Fest | Corlears School - FREE
Dec. 3: Get hands-on in this workshop, which will have kids ages 3-12 making their own origami snowflakes, decorating ornaments, and crafting winter dioramas. All supplies will be provided—just bring your creativity and imagination! Event details.
Home for the Holidays Weekend | Wave Hill - FREE with admission
Dec. 3-4: Visit Wave Hill to discover the garen's winter beauty, and participate in this very special weekend event. Make a wreath with materials harvested from the garden with a workshop held in the Glyndor Gallery, where you can also check out botanical art to get inspired. Then, hit the market to snag handcrafted goodies from local vendors. Event details.
Gingerbread Houses | Taste Buds Kitchen
Dec. 3, 10, 17, 22, & 24: Participate in the quintessential holiday activity of gingerbread house making with Taste Buds Kitchen. Deck out your house with an endless supply of all the candy you can imagine! Or, take the fun home by purchasing a kit and doing it in your own time. A special themed Hanukkah house kit is also available for purchase! Event details.
Grand Illumination | The Historic Conference House - FREE
Dec. 4: The Historic Conference House will light up with candlelight on December 4 for the first Grand Illumination of the season. To celebrate the occasion, free hot apple cider and cookies will be available for visitors. Miss it? No problem! The House will then continue to light up every weekend until January 1. Event details.
Winter Wonderland | Williamsbridge Oval - FREE
Dec. 10: The Williamsbridge Oval will be dressed to the nines to celebrate holidays from all around the world, featuring festive decorations for Christmas, Hanukkah, EID, the Winter Solstice, New Years, and more. Stop by to participate in arts and crafts, games, and photos with Santa. Event details.
Winter Family Fair | Morgan Library - FREE with admission
Dec. 11: Step into a storybook as the Morgan Library and Museum continues its tradition of displaying the original manuscript of Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol." Partake in themed crafts and activities, or explore the museum's other current exhibits while you're here. Event details.
HolidayMania 2022 | East Harlem Tutorial Program - FREE
Dec. 17: This wonderful HolidayMania celebrates all the winter holidays in one place! Take a stroll around Hanukkah Town—where you can meet the the Dreidelator and play Hanukkah Jeopardy—get your groove on with Lady New Year's at the New Year's Jam, spin the wheel of Kwanzaa in the Kwanzaa Village, and meet Santa and his reindeer at the Winter Wonderland. Plus, attending children will get a free gift (while supplies last). Event details.
Winter Holiday Workshop | Speakitaly
Dec. 17: In this drop-off guided painting class, children will paint winter landscapes creatively using color to bring life to the wintery world on their canvas. The class will be held in English and Italian, providing an immersive experience for the young artists. Event details.
Christmas Celebrations and Tree Lightings in New York City
PaleyLand | Paley Center
Nov. 16-Jan. 8: The Paley Center's annual holiday extravaganza has fun for all ages, from photos with Santa, character meet-and-greets, arts and crafts, special screenings of holiday classics (from different cultures), a holiday train display, and more. Event details.
Spectacular Factory: The Holiday Multiverse | ArteChouse
Nov. 19-Jan. 8: This experience transports visitors to a holiday world, where you can float with jingling bells, meet a thousand nutcrackers, ride a candy cane carousel, and more. The entire installation is lit by a kaleidoscope of lights and colors, making for an unforgettable magical experience. Event details.
Holiday Tree Lighting and Activities | South Street Seaport Museum - FREE
Nov. 29: Watch the annual Christmas tree lighting at South Street Seaport. Then, head into the museum to fold festive "boat baubles" from colorful holiday paper that you can hang on your own tree at home. Event details.
Christmas Tree Lighting | Tavern on the Green
Nov. 29: Celebrate Christmas in style with the annual tree lighting at Central Park's famous restaurant. The event will include complimentary treats and drinks and live music, and proceeds will be donated to the West Side Campaign Against Hunger. Event details.
Tree Lighting | Bryant Park's Winter Village - FREE
Nov. 29: Bryant Park's Winter Village is already in full swing, but the official Christmas celebrations begin with the lighting of the tree on November 29. Entry for a viewing begins at 4 p.m., but space is limited so you'll want to be early to secure a spot. The event will also be livestreamed on the website, if you'd rather stay in and avoid the crowds. Event details.
Christmas Tree Lighting | Rockefeller Center - FREE
Nov. 30: This year's Rockefeller Center tree comes from Queensbury, and stands at an incredible 82 feet tall. This annual event draws huge crowds, and will be livestreamed for those preferring a night in While you're there, check out the whimsical holiday mural installations by illustrator Lorraine Nam, on display through January 13. Event details.
Tree Lighting Ceremony | Roosevelt Island - FREE
Dec. 2: Roosevelt Island is celebrating the Christmas season with a tree lighting of its own. Head over to check out the Holiday Trail (a collection of local businesses and residents who'll be giving out goodies and good cheer), live music, raffles, and giveaways. Event details.
Parade on Rockaway | Jamaica - FREE
Dec. 2-4: HopeNYC Church is hosting its third Christmas Extravaganza, which starts with the lighting of the biggest Christmas tree in Queens and a visit with Santa (including a free toy!), and ends with a festive parade with over a million lights. Event details.
Yule Log Jog | Conference House Museum
Dec. 3: Dress in your most festive joggers and head out into Conference House Park in Staten Island for a 5k run. Go at your own pace, whether you want to walk or run more than one lap. No matter what you decide, representatives from the Conference House Museum will greet you at the finish line with free celebratory hot cocoa. If you stop for a photo-op with any of the park's historic buildings, don't forget to share it on social media with the hashtag #CHYuleLogJog for a chance to win prizes. Event details.
Holiday on the Hudson - FREE
Dec. 3: Holiday on the Hudson carries on the spirit of Summer on the Hudson, but while dressed considerably warmer. Visit for a tree lighting, live music, festive crafts, and complimentary hot chocolate. Event details.
Holiday Tinker Festival | Lewis Latimer House Museum - FREE
Dec. 3: Enjoy homemade cookies with milk while you watch the tree lighting at this museum in Flushing. The museum will be hosting children's activities and workshops all day long, including mini winter experiments, edible snowman building, and gingerbread arts and crafts with Mrs. Claus herself. Event details.
Holiday Tree Lighting | Madison Square Park - FREE
Dec. 7: This year, Madison Square Park celebrates the 110th tree lighting in the park. Come watch the tree lighting and enjoy holiday activities and live music performances by Hannah Kidwell and the NYL Singers. Event details.
Santa's New Ride | The Skyscraper Museum - FREE
Dec. 10: Santa's reindeer are tired, so the Skyscraper Museum invites kids ages 4-8 to figure out a new mode of transportation for him… and fast! Kids will learn about different vehicles and their environmental impact, then choose a new way for jolly St. Nick to get around the world while his reindeer take a much-needed vacation. Event details.
Christmas Eve Caroling | Washington Square Park - FREE
Dec. 24: Gather around the 24-foot Christmas tree south of the Arch for an evening of caroling, led by the Rob Susman Brass Quartet. Free song lyric booklets will be handed out, so you and the family can join in on the community caroling sing-along. Event details.
Various times: See the celebrations from a new perspective (literally!) on a Christmas cruise from Event Cruises NYC. A special Santa Fun Cruise with Treats is available for families with kids, which gives kids a chance to meet Santa, make Christmas crafts, visit the "North Pole" on the Sky Deck, and more. Event details.
Christmas Lights and Light Shows
Various times: The city is positively glowing this year, and you can bask in the lights by visiting one of the light shows on display in and around the city. There's something for everyone out there, whether you stay close and check out the light sculptures in a NYC botanical garden, or you pack the fam into a car and drive through a dazzling light show. Event details.
Hanukkah Celebrations and Menorah Lightings in New York City
Hanukkah Lamp Exhibit | The Jewish Museum
Nov. 26-Jan.: Think every menorah is the same? This exhibit at the Jewish Museum will show you otherwise! The seasonal installation features over 80 Hanukkah lamps from all over the world and across different time periods, from Renaissance works of art to a special piece commemorating the happy coinciding of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah in 2013. Event details.
Hanukkah Festival | 92Y - FREE
Dec. 18: Bring the family for a day of fun and festivities, which will conclude with the lighting of the first candle in the 92Y menorah. Take part in dreidel spinning contests, try out Hebrew letter yoga, get you face painted, enjoy Hanukkah treats, and more. Event details.
"Brooklyn's Largest Menorah" Lighting | Grand Army Plaza - FREE
Dec. 18-25: The self-proclaimed largest menorah in Brooklyn will be celebrating each night of the holiday with live music, hot latkes, and gifts for kids. The festivities start on December 18 at 4 p.m. with a kick off concert. Event details.
Menorah Lighting Celebration | Abingdon Square - FREE
Dec. 18-26: Start Hanukkah off right with the menorah lighting at Abingdon Square. Live music will ring in the beginning of the evening. Stick around for free children's entertainment, delicious Hanukkah goodies, and a gelt drop for the kids. Event details.
Hanukkah on Ice | Central Park
Dec. 19: This spectacular show at Wollman Rink features Hanukkah-themed performances by professional ice skaters. Watch dreidels take to the ice, see skating routines performed to Jewish songs, eat some kosher donuts, and marvel at the giant ice menorah. Event details.
Kwanzaa Celebrations in New York City
Kwanzaa Dance Party | The Staten Island Children's Museum - FREE with admission
Dec. 26, 28, & 30: Dance and sing at this Kwanzaa celebration, created by author, dancer and choreographer Walter Rutledge. Four workshops will be held throughout the day, each offering a chance for kids to learn about the holiday through movement and song. Event details.
Kwanzaa Extravaganza | Brooklyn Masonic Temple
Dec. 26: The Abundance in Ujamaa movement will be celebrating Kwanzaa with performances, activities for kids, food, and vendors. The event will be full of unity, love, and culture! Event details.
Your Queens Kwanzaa Celebration | Roy Williams Park
Dec. 30: Join The South Queens Parks Association for a sixth annual celebration of Kwanzaa. Participate in the lighting of the Kinara, learn about the program's Boys Mentorship Program, watch a fashion show, get delicious food, and more. Event details.
Visits with Santa Claus in New York City
Queens Center Mall and Kings Plaza Mall
Nov. 17-Dec. 23: For a photo-op with Santa, malls are always where it's at! Book a professional photo shoot with Santa at the Queens Center Mall or Kings Plaza Mall in Brooklyn to capture a memory to last a lifetime. You can also take your kids to see Santa for free if you opt out of taking a photo. Plus, pre-book at either location to receive a personalized phone call. Event details: Queens Center Mall / Kings Plaza Mall.
Macy's and Bloomingdale's SantaLand
Nov. 25-Dec. 24: SantaLand is back at both Macy's and Bloomingdale's this year. Families can visit Santa and his elves, snag a photo, and browse the exclusive Christmas products that are only available during the holiday season. Event details: Macy's / Bloomingdale's.
SantaLand Atlantic Terminal Mall
Starting Nov. 26: The SantaLand in Atlantic Terminal Mall kicks off with a third annual Santa Land Parade, which will take place on November 26. Then, visit for a chat and a photo with Santa. Bring the pets along on Pet Night for a special holiday photo-op! Event details.
Hudson Yards - FREE
Dec. 5-16: Visit Hudson Yards for free photos with Santa, and stay for the gorgeous lights, giant illuminated hot air balloon, and other fun events. No registration is required for a meet-and-greet with Santa. If you miss him, you can still get a photo to remember the season at the "sparkle spot selfie station." Event details.
Coca-Cola Winter Wonderland by Harlem One Stop | Apollo Theater - FREE
Dec. 10: Take photos with Santa in the famous space of the Apollo. While you're here, enjoy holiday activities and as well as a book and toy drive. Event details.
The Nutcracker and Other Holiday Shows in New York City
The Rockettes Christmas Spectacular | Radio City Music Hall
Nov. 18-Jan. 2: The Rockettes are synonymous with Christmas! If you've never watched their world-famous performance yet, it's a can't-miss experience for the whole family. Watch the dancers kick, spin, and dance in this quintessential holiday show. Event details.
NYCB's The Nutcracker | Lincoln Center
Nov. 25-Dec. 31: To say that the New York City Ballet rendition of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker is a massive undertaking would be an understatement. The ballet involves 90 dancers, 62 musicians, 40 stagehands, and more than 125 kids! The performance features George Balanchine's beloved and complex choreography, and the dancing flowers, snowflakes, and candy canes tell a magical story that's sure to captivate the imagination of the whole family. Event details.
The Nutcracker | Brookfield Place - FREE
Dec. 2-4: For three nights Keith Michael's The Nutcracker will be taking over Brookfield Place. Watch the New York Theatre Ballet take the show into the 19th century, featuring an Art-Nouveau style that puts a unique spin on the holiday classic. Event details.
The Nutcracker by the Family Inside Out Concerts | The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
Dec. 10: This musical experience introduces children to the music from The Nutcracker… from the inside. Audiences literally sit with the orchestra, getting to hear the music from a completely different perspective. The show then gives kids a chance to actually try out the instruments they just saw in use through an innovative Instrument Zoo. Event details.
The Magic Flute | The Met Opera
Dec. 16-Jan. 6: Looking to introduce the kids to opera? This abridged, family-friendly version of Mozart's The Magic Flute is a great place to start. Watch the fairy tale unfold on stage, full of colorful costumes and some serious singing talent. Event details.
The Nutcracker for Westchester Kids | Lehman Center
Dec. 16-18: The Westchester Ballet Company is putting on its own version of The Nutcracker in Lehman Center. This version is affordable and approachable, making it a family favorite. Girl scout troops get a discount! Event details.
Hip Hop Nutcracker | Newark, NJ
Dec. 17: For a different spin on the holiday classic, check out the Hip Hop Nutcracker. The hip hop choreography takes the story to the streets of NYC, with high-flying spins and a modern kick to the show. Event details.
Charlie Brown Christmas | Palladium Times Square
Dec. 22-24: Celebrate Christmas with Charlie Brown and his friends in this live-action version of the classic holiday "Peanuts" special. The live performance replays many of the scenes from the movie, and adds even more content exclusive to the show. Rediscover the spirit of Christmas with the Peanuts cast on stage. Event details.
Harlem Gospel Choir: Christmas Day Matinee | Sony Hall
Dec. 25: Let the Harlem Gospel Choir fill you with Christmas singing with their world-renowned singing in their Christmas Day Matinee. A brunch menu will be available to enjoy while you watch! Event details.
Baby Shark Live | St. George Theater and Kings Theater
Dec. 29 (SI) & Dec. 30 (Brooklyn): Is the song stuck in your head from just reading it above? Oops! Be prepared to be hearing this and other catchy tunes on replay for days after the Baby Shark Live performance, coming to Staten Island on December 29 and Brooklyn on December 30. PinkFong's beloved characters take to the stage in this immersive show, which will have kids dancing and singing along as they explore shapes, colors, numbers, and more. Event details.
The Wizards of Winter | St. George Theater
Dec. 30: For a break from the classics, check out this rock opera, "The Christmas Dream." Rock out to the classic rock vibes of this performance, put on by Broadway and Theater stars, as well as former members of well-known classic rock bands, including Def Leppard to Blue Oyster Cult. Event details.
My First Nutcracker | Theatre Row
Various dates: Introduce kids to their very first Nutcracker performance with this show from Theatre Row. Created with kids ages 3-8 in mind, this show mixes classic ballet with storytelling elements made for kids, including interactive parts. Event details.
Holiday Teas in New York City
Grand Festive Peninsula Afternoon Tea
Dec. 5-23: Having afternoon tea at The Peninsula is a delightfully fancy experience. The hotel's signature teatime experience is getting a festive upgrade, with additions like foie gras parfait, truffle finger sandwiches, Petrossian Baika caviar, and champagne for the adults or a hot chocolate bomb for kids. A portion of the tea price will be donated to the New York Children's Center. Event details.
Holiday Wizard Afternoon Tea at the Cauldron
Dec. 6-31: Become a wizard and brew your own tea potion at the Cauldron, NYC's wizard-themed bar and restaurant. The Cauldron puts a holiday twist on their classic afternoon tea brewing, with magical color-changing tea, a festive flavor of tea that you make yourself, holiday treats to go with your tea, and, of course, a magic wand to guide your powers through this nearly two-hour experience. Event details.
Madeline's Tea at the Carlyle
Weekends in Nov. & Dec.: Line up in twos and head to Bemelmans Bar for a Madeline-themed teatime experience with a child-friendly buffet of teatime goodies. Storyteller Tina daVaron will bring the children's books to life with songs, piano playing, and a read-along as you enjoy your afternoon tea. While you're there, make sure to check out the display of the original works of Ludwig Bemelmans, the author and illustrator of the Madeline series. Event details.
Tea with Eloise at the Palm Court in the Plaza
All year: Have a rawther fancy tea time experience with Eloise at the Plaza. Created with kids in mind, you'll find a special menu kids will love, including PB&J sandwiches, Banoffee cake pops, and their choice of hot teas or cold pink lemonades or a Shirley Temple—and much more! Event details.
Alice's Tea Cup
All year: This fairy tale tea experience is a treat year-round, but it's especially nice to warm up with a hot cup of tea as you're transported into an Alice in Wonderland experience through the decor and menu. Opt for The Mad Hatter for unlimited tea and some delectable treats, or order The Jabberwocky if you're famished to make those treats unlimited, too! Enjoy your tea with scones, sandwiches, cookies, and other goodies for the whole family to enjoy. Event details.
Russian Tea Room
All year: For an incredible upscale and elegant afternoon, head to the Russian Tea Room, where tea is paired with Russian finger food, like blinchiki, scones, and mini-sandwiches. You can request a vegetarian, gluten-free, and children's menus to satisfy any diet requirement. Event details.
The American Girl Store
All year: Bring your American Girl doll to brunch for a magical make-believe afternoon out. At the American Girl teatime experience, the dolls are treated as customers, too! Kids can enjoy delicious miniature finger food, sweat treats, and pot of hot tea to warm you from the cold outside. Event details.
Holiday Train Shows and Rides in New York City
North Pole Express
Nov 12-Jan 1: All aboard! Board the North Pole Express and travel in style around NYC. Be regaled by Christmas tales from the resident elf, sip on hot chocolate, and enjoy delicious treats along the way. The trip ends with a visit to Santa, where you can share your Christmas wishes and receive a good luck sleigh bell as a gift. Event details.
Nov. 18-Dec. 28: Fans of the movie will love the Polar Express experience, where dancing elves serve you hot chocolate and cookies as your train travels up to the North Pole. Passengers will read along with the children's storybook and travel to the soundtrack of the movie. All visitors to the North Pole will receive a silver sleigh bell gift. The ride leaves from and returns to Kingston, NY. Event details.
NY Historical Society
Nov. 18-Feb. 26: Train and toy enthusiasts will love the NY Historical Society train exhibit, which takes you through the history of both trains and toy making. View miniature trains from the beginning of the 19th century through to World World II. Event details.
NY Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
Nov. 19-Jan. 16: Back for another year, the Holiday Train Show is a beloved winter experience at the NY Botanical Garden. Watch model trains travel through a miniature version of NYC recreated using natural materials. The trains pass over 175 recognizable NYC landmarks, under the twinkling lights of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Event details.
Holiday Markets in New York City
Oct. 28.-Jan. 2: The Winter Village at Bryant Park is a seasonal classic, featuring high-class artisanal goods and crafts displayed in "jewel box" kiosks. A Christmas tree and ice skating complete the park's festive feel. Event details.
Grand Central Terminal
Nov. 14-Dec. 24: The annual holiday fair returns to Vanderbilt Hall for a quintessentially NYC experience. A selection of 36 vendors will be selling items like jewelery, clothing, handbags, holiday goods, and more. Event details.
Nov. 17-Dec. 24: The Union Square holiday market hosts a whopping 160 vendors this year, for a chance to get everything from the perfect hand-made holiday gift, to a delicious meal. And don't forget dessert—following your nose to the market staple Wafels & Dinges kiosk is a must. Event details.
The Makers Show
Nov. 25-Dec. 23: Go indie at the Makers Show and support a local artist or small business. You'll find some unique merch here, including many handmade goods. Want to buy a scarf woven in resistance by a grandmother from Northeast Thailand? How about a naturally scented candle in a thrifted container with part of the proceeds benefiting the Queer community? You'll find them here. Event details.
Grand Holiday Bazaar
Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11, & 18: Holiday shops meet the flea market at the Grand Holiday Bazaar, where you'll find everything from bespoke candles and clothes to awesome vintage finds. Support local artists and vendors, and help the community while you're at it: All proceeds made by the Grand Hoiday Bazaar are donated to four local schools to help over 2,000 children. Event details.
Nov. 28-Dec. 26: For the first time ever, the Urban Space holiday market is extending into Brooklyn with its new Borough Park location! The market is special in its focus on the truly local, featuring Brooklyn-based creators and small businesses. Event details.
Nov. 29-Dec. 24: Located on the edge of Central Park and across the street from The Shops at Columbus Circle, the Columbus Circle holiday market always has a great atmosphere. As with the Union Square market, you'll find some delicious foods here from different cultures, as well as artisinal goods like jewelery, clothes, and unique items that celebrate ideas and traditions from around the world. Event details.
Conference House Museum
Dec. 4: Here for just one day, the Outdoor Christmas Market at the Conference House Museum in Staten Island will present a selection of vendors selling hand-crafted goods and other excellent gift ideas. Visit and take photos with Father Christmas (for a small donation) and enjoy free hot apple cider and cookies as you browse. And if you get chilly, you can always warm up by the fire pit! Event details.
Ice Skating in New York City
Winter Village Ice Skating Rink at Bryant Park
Oct. 28-Mar. 5: The rink at Bryant Park is surrounded by the vendors of the Winter Village. Skate near the magnificent Christmas tree, then go shopping for a homemade gift or relax in a Cozy Igloo. And after the holidays are over, you'll be able to wreak chaos on the ice with bumper cars! Event details.
The Rink at Brookfield Place
Nov.-Mar.: Skate along the waterfront for a unique experience with fantastic views. Check the website before heading out—the rink is outdoors and hours are affected by the weather. The rink can also be rented out for birthday parties and other events, and frequently hosts programs for adults and kids led by Olympians Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov. Event details.
Nov. 1-Jan. 1: Central Park's Wollman Rink is getting festive for the holidays, with ongoing events for the whole family. Get cozy and warm up in the Nordstrom Chill Lounge, catch special appearances of Santa on the ice, complimentary "sweet treats" (while supplies last each day), weekend hot chocolate tastings, and more. The rink also holds ice skating classes, as well as discounted prices on certain days to make the rink more accessible. Event details.
The Rink at Rockefeller
Opening Nov. 5: Skate under the incredible Christmas tree at Rockefeller for a magical holiday experience. Private lessons and group skating experiences are available for those who want to improve their skating game. You can also catch special events and performances on the ice, so keep an eye out for these! Event details.
Riverbank State Park
Nov. 11-Mar. 12: This indoor space—part of a large recreational center—serves as a roller rink in the spring and summer, and an ice skating rink in the fall and winter. It's an incredibly affordable option, and one that doesn't get as crowded as the more well-known rinks in the city. In addition to free skate times, the rink has lessons as well as hockey and figure skating clubs, and skate sharpening services. Event details.
Lakeside Rink at the LeFrak Center
Opens Nov. 15: Prospect Park's ice skating rink has had a delayed start this year due to the unusually warm weather. At the time of this writing, the outdoor 26-acre rink is only accepting walkups, but online ticketing will be available shortly so keep an eye on the website if you want to book a skating slot. Event details.
Opening Nov. 20: Governors Island is open all year again, which means the return of the Winter Village and its ice skating rink. Ice skating is available Thursday through Sunday, with free skating on a first-come, first-serve basis on Thursdays. Event details.
Opening Nov. 18: The lively event space in Industry City turns into an ice skating rink this winter, offering festive outdoor ice skating. When you're all skated out, stick around for a unique shopping experience and fantastic lunch options, including authentic Japanese fare at the nearby Japan Village. Event details.
Mall of the American Dream
All year: Located just across the river from NYC, the Mall of the American Dream offers year-round skating in their indoor NHL-regulation size rink. The rink is available to rent out for special events, as well as lessons and hockey events, including lessons for kids ages 5-9 taught by professional hockey players from the NJ Devils. Event details.
World Ice Arena
All year: At 17,000 sq feet, the World Ice Arena in Flushing is NYC's largest ice skating rink. The indoor space is open all year long offers affordable skating experiences for recreational skaters. Online pre-registration is no longer require here—just show up ready to skate! Event details.
All year: The two ice skating rinks at the Sky Rink in Chelsea Piers are open all year, but JC Penny takes over them for the holiday season, turning the space into a festive Christmas skating experience. Catch carolers, sip hot chocolate, and finish the day with some pizza at the food court. Event details.
The Vale Rink
Tbd: This rooftop rink gives you a chance to skate on Glice, the synthetic ice that doesn't require cold temperatures or water to maintain. The skating rink is located on the 23rd floor roof of the William Vale hotel, which means that as you glide around, you also get to enjoy some amazing views of the Manhattan skyline. Event details.