Events





Daughters of the American Revolution and the Preservation of the Conference House

Date: December 24, 2018

Follow the journey of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapters as they endeavor to save and restore the Conference House for future generations. Look at the original minutes from 1910 in which they express the idea of saving the Billopp House. Learn about a few of the women involved and the formation of the Conference House Association. Enjoy photos and memorabilia which show the joy of their success.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)


NYRR Open Run: Shore Road Park

Date: December 22, 2018

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: (212) 360-3300

Location: Lawn Near 79th Street Entrance (in Shore Park and Parkway)


Unlock your Creativity at Paint Night

Date: December 14, 2018

Join us to paint on a canvas! Your canvas can depict your current mood, fashion, style or personality. Finished artwork will be featured at the Al Oerter Recreation Center gallery located on the second floor track.

Space is limited. Please register at the front desk. Canvas and materials will be provided. All artwork will be on display for 3 months, then will be returned to artist.

An NYC Parks Recreation Center membership is required!

Start time: 5:30 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone: 718-353-7853

Location: Al Oerter Recreation Center (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park)


NYRR Open Run: Highland Park

Date: December 22, 2018

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: (212) 360-3300

Location: Highland Park Entrance (in Highland Park)


Shape Up NYC Latin Dance for Fitness

Date: December 22, 2018

Move to Latin rhythms from today and past years: Merengue, Bachata, and Salsa. Bring your water bottle and positive energy for a morning of fun, friendship, and fitness for adults.

This is a beginner – intermediate Latin Dance Fitness course through Shape Up NYC.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


Tai Chi

Date: December 24, 2018

Tai Chi focuses the mind while training the body — meditation through movement. Once learned, it can be maintained easily as a healthy life-long practice, easily adapted to your abilities and/or limitations. Due to continuous movements, especially shifting body weight from one leg to another, Tai Chi delivers countless benefits, including increased strength, conditioning, balance, coordination, flexibility, stamina, range of motion, bone density, joint lubrication, mind/body connection; and more confidence, peace of mind thru-out the day, improved sleep at night.

Note that this is the oldest original Chen-Style Tai Chi, taught by traditional instruction, where each student learns at their own pace and builds up their knowledge bit-by-bit.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

Location: H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park)


6th Annual Whimsical Winter Wonder... Exhibition

Date: December 13, 2018

The Poe Park Visitor Center proudly presents the 6th Annual Whimsical Winter Wonder… exhibition featuring the delightful works of emerging and established artists from the Bronx and around.

Featured art includes the whimsical works of Bobbi Beck, Ner Beck, Howard Better, Trevon Blondet, Ernesto Camacho, Daniel Delvalle, Susan Kelsinger, Zoraida Nieves Michelle Pappas, Emilio Rodriguez, and RK Sahu. These artists capture the joy
and wonder of the holiday season for you and your family. For all ages

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


History of the Holidays at Van Cortlandt House

Date: December 14, 2018

From December 1, 2018 through January 6, 2019, Van Cortlandt House will be decorated, inside and out, for the winter holidays. See how prominent Colonial New Yorkers like the Van Cortlandt's would have celebrated Saint Nicholas Day to honor their Dutch heritage, as well as more English holidays such as Christmas, New Year's, and Twelfth Night.

This special exhibit is experienced with our self-guided tour and is included with your regular admission fee during our regular museum hours.

Please note: that Van Cortlandt House Museum is NOT OPEN on Mondays.

There will also be a celebration of Saint Nicholas Day on Saturday, December 8 with activities for children and families.

Visit the Van Cortlandt House Museum's website for more information about this and other programs.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 543-3344

Location: Van Cortlandt House Museum (in Van Cortlandt Park)


Union Square Holiday Market

Date: December 24, 2018

The Union Square Holiday Market is an internationally-renowned Holiday Market located at Union Square Park. Hailed as a must-visit destination for unique gifts created by local craftsmen and artists, millions of people browse the winding aisles each year enjoying this unique and eclectic holiday experience.

Union Square Holiday Market Dates and Hours
November 15 - December 24

Mondays - Fridays: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: South Plaza (in Union Square Park)


NYRR Open Run: Silver Lake Park

Date: December 23, 2018

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: (212) 360-3300

Location: Reservoir Bridge (in Silver Lake Park)


Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

Date: December 14, 2018

Take our signature tour, and let Central Park Conservancy guides give you an insider's look at some of the most iconic features of the world's greatest urban park. Learn how rocky, swampy land was built into the living work of art that is Central Park today. Highlights of this tour include: the Dairy, Sheep Meadow, Cherry Hill, The Lake, Bow Bridge, Bethesda Terrace, The Mall, and Literary Walk.

Audio enhancement equipment will be used for this tour. A limited number of hearing loops are available and can be requested with ticket purchase.

Details

Meet: Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop (mid-Park between 64th and 65th Streets). Enter the Park at 60th Street and Fifth Avenue, and follow the path adjacent to the drive (road) north; the Dairy will be on your left. Please note Google Maps does not recognize this location. Map of start location

Terrain: A few inclines and some stairs.

Length of Tour: Approximately 90 minutes

Cost: Tickets $15 (Members $10). Purchase tickets online!

For weather cancellation and other ticket policies, please review our Tours Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a group tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 310-6600

Location: Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop (in Central Park)


Paranormal Investigation

Date: December 14, 2018

Learn the basics of ghost hunting while possibly communicating with some of Morris-Jumel Mansion’s former residents.

Purchase tickets on Eventbrite!

For more information, please email publicprograms@morrisjumel.org.

Start time: 8:00 pm

End time: 11:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 923-8008

Location: Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park)


History of the Holidays at Van Cortlandt House

Date: December 23, 2018

From December 1, 2018 through January 6, 2019, Van Cortlandt House will be decorated, inside and out, for the winter holidays. See how prominent Colonial New Yorkers like the Van Cortlandt's would have celebrated Saint Nicholas Day to honor their Dutch heritage, as well as more English holidays such as Christmas, New Year's, and Twelfth Night.

This special exhibit is experienced with our self-guided tour and is included with your regular admission fee during our regular museum hours.

Please note: that Van Cortlandt House Museum is NOT OPEN on Mondays.

There will also be a celebration of Saint Nicholas Day on Saturday, December 8 with activities for children and families.

Visit the Van Cortlandt House Museum's website for more information about this and other programs.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 543-3344

Location: Van Cortlandt House Museum (in Van Cortlandt Park)


Union Square Holiday Market

Date: December 14, 2018

The Union Square Holiday Market is an internationally-renowned Holiday Market located at Union Square Park. Hailed as a must-visit destination for unique gifts created by local craftsmen and artists, millions of people browse the winding aisles each year enjoying this unique and eclectic holiday experience.

Union Square Holiday Market Dates and Hours
November 15 - December 24

Mondays - Fridays: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: South Plaza (in Union Square Park)


6th Annual Whimsical Winter Wonder... Exhibition

Date: December 25, 2018

The Poe Park Visitor Center proudly presents the 6th Annual Whimsical Winter Wonder… exhibition featuring the delightful works of emerging and established artists from the Bronx and around.

Featured art includes the whimsical works of Bobbi Beck, Ner Beck, Howard Better, Trevon Blondet, Ernesto Camacho, Daniel Delvalle, Susan Kelsinger, Zoraida Nieves Michelle Pappas, Emilio Rodriguez, and RK Sahu. These artists capture the joy
and wonder of the holiday season for you and your family. For all ages

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


Threads: Flax to Linen, Field to Fabric

Date: December 23, 2018

"Threads" examines the history of linen production from field to fabric. Visitors can examine the Conference House collection of antique tools of the trade such as flax break, hackle, carder, and spinning wheel.

The exhibit includes dried flax plant samples, yarn, and linens. Linen, a natural textile used and valued by humans for thousands of years for its useful properties, was the fabric of choice in colonial America. Linen fabric is made from the cellulose fibers that grow inside of the stalks of the flax plant. Linum usitatissimum is one of the oldest cultivated plants in human history.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 984-6046

Location: Conference House Museum (in Conference House Park)


Adults Imaginative Arts

Date: December 14, 2018

Adults will create works of art employing imaginative techniques, using various materials. The facilitator will introduce the concept of imaginative arts. Participants are encouraged to use their imagination for ideas, as well as take inspiration from their environment.

  • October - Steam-Punk Art: create work isnpired by science fiction and science fantasy
  • November - Emotive create work focused on expression and emotion
  • December - Whimsical Winter Wonder... Inspired create art isnpired by our current exhibition

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


Central Park Tour: Heart of the Park

Date: December 25, 2018

Walk straight through the heart of Central Park on this east-to-west tour led by Central Park Conservancy Guides. Enjoy a great variety of the scenic, sculptural, and architectural elements the Park has to offer. Highlights of this tour include Conservatory Water, Loeb Boathouse, Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, Cherry Hill, the Lake, and Strawberry Fields.

Details

Meeting location: Samuel F. B. Morse statue (inside the Park at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue). Tour ends at 72nd Street and Central Park West. Map of the start location
Terrain: A few inclines and some stairs.
Length of Tour: Approximately 90 minutes
Cost: Free. Space is limited; advance registration is suggested. No groups, please. Register online!

For weather cancellation and other ticket policies, please review our Tours Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a group tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 310-6600

Location: Samuel F. B. Morse Statue (in Central Park)


It's My Park at Northerleigh Park

Date: December 22, 2018

This It's My Park season, volunteer with Westerleigh Parks Coalition to clean up and help prepare Northerleigh Park for the upcoming winter season. We look forward to cleaning up the park with you!

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: North Avenue and Lockwood Place Entrance (in Northerleigh Park)


Garden and Conservatory Highlights Walk

Date: December 23, 2018

Join a Wave Hill Garden Guide for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)


Adults Creative Crochet

Date: December 14, 2018

Learn to make a decorative border on a receiving blanket. Must have knowledge of crochet basics.

Supplies Needed: fleece or cotton receiving blanket, #10 mercerized cotton thread color to match/contrast blanket, steel crochet hook #3 or #4, tapestry needle

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


6th Annual Whimsical Winter Wonder... Exhibition

Date: December 15, 2018

The Poe Park Visitor Center proudly presents the 6th Annual Whimsical Winter Wonder… exhibition featuring the delightful works of emerging and established artists from the Bronx and around.

Featured art includes the whimsical works of Bobbi Camacho, Daniel Delvalle, Susan Kelsinger, Zoraida Nieves,Michelle Pappas, Emilio Rodriguez and RK Sahu. These artists capture the joy and wonder of the holiday season for you and your family. For all ages

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


CANCELLED: Adults Up-Cycle to Art

Date: December 25, 2018

Please note: this event has been cancelled.

Participants are encouraged to bring their recyclable items to up-cycle to art using various mediums to achieve a decorative affect. Please be aware a piece may take a few weeks to complete. Participants may take inspiration from the season or from art. Facilitator offers prompts, while allowing for individual expression.

  • October - Steam-punk Art Containers inspired by science fiction and science fantasy. Creating a heavy metallic affect on the piece.
  • November - Tole Painting Plates Create: a decorative affect on plate
  • December - Holiday Gifts: Beautiful gifts from recyclable goods for the holidays for yourself or someone special

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:00 am

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


Christmas Eve Caroling

Date: December 24, 2018

Christmas Eve is the traditional time to celebrate the holiday with carols near the Washington Square Arch.

Join the Rob Susman Brass Quartet, song leader, and the revelers from all over the city to lustily sing out your favorite holiday tunes. Songbooks will be distributed by the Washington Square Association, but many of you know these songs by heart! “Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men” will ring out with particular poignancy this season.

Start time: 5:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 396-5873

Location: Washington Square Arch (in Washington Square Park)


NYRR Open Run: Marine Park

Date: December 23, 2018

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: (212) 360-3300

Location: Carmine Carro Community Center (in Marine Park)


6th Annual Whimsical Winter Wonder... Exhibition

Date: December 19, 2018

The Poe Park Visitor Center proudly presents the 6th Annual Whimsical Winter Wonder… exhibition featuring the delightful works of emerging and established artists from the Bronx and around.

Featured art includes the whimsical works of Bobbi Beck, Ner Beck, Howard Better, Trevon Blondet, Ernesto Camacho, Daniel Delvalle, Susan Kelsinger, Zoraida Nieves Michelle Pappas, Emilio Rodriguez, and RK Sahu. These artists capture the joy
and wonder of the holiday season for you and your family. For all ages

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


6th Annual Whimsical Winter Wonder... Exhibition

Date: December 11, 2018

The Poe Park Visitor Center proudly presents the 6th Annual Whimsical Winter Wonder… exhibition featuring the delightful works of emerging and established artists from the Bronx and around.

Featured art includes the whimsical works of Bobbi Beck, Ner Beck, Howard Better, Trevon Blondet, Ernesto Camacho, Daniel Delvalle, Susan Kelsinger, Zoraida Nieves Michelle Pappas, Emilio Rodriguez, and RK Sahu. These artists capture the joy
and wonder of the holiday season for you and your family. For all ages

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


NYRR Open Run: Pelham Bay Park

Date: December 13, 2018

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-3300

Location: Sweetgum Playground (in Pelham Bay Park)


Goalball Hosted by the NY Knights

Date: December 23, 2018

Join NYC Parks for goalball, a Paralympic sports for athletes with visual impairments. This sport is played by two blindfolded teams of three using a ball with bells on the inside to score goals against your opponent. Test your agility and hearing skills against the best!

Start time: 10:30 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (646) 632-7344

Location: Chelsea Recreation Center


Shape Up NYC Latin Dance for Fitness

Date: December 15, 2018

Move to Latin rhythms from today and past years: Merengue, Bachata, and Salsa. Bring your water bottle and positive energy for a morning of fun, friendship, and fitness for adults.

This is a beginner – intermediate Latin Dance Fitness course through Shape Up NYC.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


Daughters of the American Revolution and the Preservation of the Conference House

Date: December 23, 2018

Follow the journey of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapters as they endeavor to save and restore the Conference House for future generations. Look at the original minutes from 1910 in which they express the idea of saving the Billopp House. Learn about a few of the women involved and the formation of the Conference House Association. Enjoy photos and memorabilia which show the joy of their success.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)


Community Tree Lighting

Date: December 13, 2018

Come join gardeners and the community this holiday season at the Hill Street Garden! They will be holding a tree lighting event with hot chocolate, snacks, singing, and more.

For any questions on this event, please contact Karley Chamblee at hillstreetgarden@gmail.com.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Hill Street Garden


Seasonal Arts and Crafts

Date: December 14, 2018

Kids will create fun art related to the season.

  • October - Pumpkin Ornaments
  • November - Angel stick
  • December - Christmas Wreaths

Start time: 2:30 pm

End time: 4:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


6th Annual Whimsical Winter Wonder... Exhibition

Date: December 18, 2018

The Poe Park Visitor Center proudly presents the 6th Annual Whimsical Winter Wonder… exhibition featuring the delightful works of emerging and established artists from the Bronx and around.

Featured art includes the whimsical works of Bobbi Beck, Ner Beck, Howard Better, Trevon Blondet, Ernesto Camacho, Daniel Delvalle, Susan Kelsinger, Zoraida Nieves Michelle Pappas, Emilio Rodriguez, and RK Sahu. These artists capture the joy
and wonder of the holiday season for you and your family. For all ages

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


Sunrise Tai Chi

Date: December 14, 2018

Tai Chi focuses the mind while training the body — meditation through movement. Once learned, it can be maintained easily as a healthy life-long practice, easily adapted to your abilities and/or limitations. Due to continuous movements, especially shifting body weight from one leg to another, Tai Chi delivers countless benefits, including increased strength, conditioning, balance, coordination, flexibility, stamina, range of motion, bone density, joint lubrication, mind/body connection; and more confidence, peace of mind thru-out the day, improved sleep at night.

Note that this is the oldest original Chen-Style Tai Chi, taught by traditional instruction, where each student learns at their own pace and builds up their knowledge bit-by-bit.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 9:00 am

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

Location: H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park)


Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

Date: December 23, 2018

Take our signature tour, and let Central Park Conservancy guides give you an insider's look at some of the most iconic features of the world's greatest urban park. Learn how rocky, swampy land was built into the living work of art that is Central Park today. Highlights of this tour include: the Dairy, Sheep Meadow, Cherry Hill, The Lake, Bow Bridge, Bethesda Terrace, The Mall, and Literary Walk.

Audio enhancement equipment will be used for this tour. A limited number of hearing loops are available and can be requested with ticket purchase.

Details

Meet: Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop (mid-Park between 64th and 65th Streets). Enter the Park at 60th Street and Fifth Avenue, and follow the path adjacent to the drive (road) north; the Dairy will be on your left. Please note Google Maps does not recognize this location. Map of start location

Terrain: A few inclines and some stairs.

Length of Tour: Approximately 90 minutes

Cost: Tickets $15 (Members $10). Purchase tickets online!

For weather cancellation and other ticket policies, please review our Tours Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a group tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 310-6600

Location: Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop (in Central Park)


6th Annual Whimsical Winter Wonder... Exhibition

Date: December 20, 2018

The Poe Park Visitor Center proudly presents the 6th Annual Whimsical Winter Wonder… exhibition featuring the delightful works of emerging and established artists from the Bronx and around.

Featured art includes the whimsical works of Bobbi Beck, Ner Beck, Howard Better, Trevon Blondet, Ernesto Camacho, Daniel Delvalle, Susan Kelsinger, Zoraida Nieves Michelle Pappas, Emilio Rodriguez, and RK Sahu. These artists capture the joy
and wonder of the holiday season for you and your family. For all ages

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


Arsenal Gallery: 36th Annual Wreath Interpretations Exhibition

Date: December 14, 2018

NYC Parks is pleased to announce the 36th annual Wreath Interpretations exhibition, bringing in the holiday season with an array of imaginative and unusual wreaths.

Employing an array of unconventional materials like Jordan almonds, piano keys, foam ears, and plastic bottles, nearly 40 participating fine artists, designers, and creative individuals of all ages celebrate and reinvent a familiar holiday symbol. This year’s wreaths draw inspiration from themes ranging from Edgar Allan Poe to traditional toys. Experience the holiday season through this fun and whimsical exhibition.

This event is free and open to the public.

This exhibition is closed on Tuesday, December 25 (Christmas Day) and Tuesday, January 1 (New Year's Day).

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-8114

Location: The Arsenal (in Central Park)


Processing: A Gowanus Swim Society Exhibition

Date: December 14, 2018

Exhibition Dates: October 20, 2018 - February 15, 2019
Hours: Fridays, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., or by appointment; please call (718) 768-3195

Participating Artists: Jessica Dalrymple, John Fisk, Natalie Fisk, Abigail Groff Hernandez, Kristen Haskell, Melissa Johnson, Suzy Kopf, Mary Negro

Curated by: Katherine Gressel

“Processing” is defined as “a series of changes taking place in a definite manner,” including the “systematic organization, treatment or preparation of materials.” The artists in Processing all manipulate art materials through intentional, systematic procedures that sometimes incorporate chance. The resulting work teeters between representation and abstraction – teasing recognizable forms out of abstract ones or abstracting recognizable elements through stripping down or layering/obscuring. Specific works were selected for the exhibition that can trace the evolution of most artists’ work processes.

Psychologists refer to “processing trauma” as transforming painful emotions into constructive meaning. Many of these artists view their practice as a way to elucidate or overcome specific personal or societal obsessions, fears, or anxieties—such that the manipulation of art materials becomes a therapeutic process.

The opening of Processing coincided with Gowanus Open Studios (GOS) an annual weekend-long event in which local artists invite the public into their studios. By continuing to participate in GOS each year, Old Stone House hopes to both support local artists and call attention to their increased displacement from this community as a result of gentrification. Once all based out of a no longer extant central Gowanus location, the Gowanus Swim Society artists are now dispersed across New York City or other cities. These shifts have also impacted their individual and collective work processes.

Artwork:

Kristen Haskell describes their work process as “a cycle of creating, narrating, abstracting, studying, organizing, and disorganizing.” Their recent work centers around common fears, both rational and irrational, from spiders to losing one’s teeth. It is created in two stages: the wet energy stage, in which Haskell “lets out their aggression quickly” with Sumi Ink and Fluid Acrylic; and the meditative linear stage, where the artist often creates “new characters” from the forms, patterns, and lines within the more spontaneous shapes created during the first stage.

Free-form ink blots are also the starting point for John Fisk’s ongoing “Inklins” series. He uses an eyedropper to create splatters on watercolor paper with organic lines and naturally-occurring shading. He then turns each one into a macabre creature, inspired by the psychology of Rorschach tests, horror entertainment, and cartoon animation.

Mary Negro and Natalie Fisk, by contrast, begin with recognizable symbols and texts which they alter and conceal to the point of being barely recognizable. Mary Negro uses colored pencil to layer streams of handwritten, stream-of-consciousness text across large paper. The sentences are then contoured with ink, further disabling the viewer’s ability to read the text, which collapses into a thick web of gestural marks. Negro’s journaling method helps her process difficult personal and political events, “visualizing a sense of overwhelm, frustration, or tension, while simultaneously evoking contemporary issues related to censorship, transparency, memory, and record-keeping.”

Natalie Fisk provides a window into her Mexican-American and female identities through the negative and positive spaces created in hand- cut and painted papel picado, often collaged upon other domestic patterns as well as feminist comics. Fisk aims to “push and pull her viewer through various degrees of clarification, capturing the space between identified subject and affable uncertainty.”

Abigail Groff Hernandez’s latest work addresses the physical behaviors that mark her father’s descent into dementia, such as folding cloth and tearing paper. The obsessive detail in her depictions of crumpled metallic paper renders their subject barely recognizable and invites a range of interpretations. “At their most basic, the drawings are depicting the breakdown of shapes created by folding and crumpling…in practice, they are an observational, rhythmic and methodical way to find mindfulness and order amidst heartbreaking, hopeless circumstances.”

Jessica Dalrymple and Suzy Kopf’s more representational work deeply investigates and re-frames our natural and built environment. Jessica Dalrymple’s Native/Non Native and NYC Natural paintings exhaustively catalog and advocate for plant and animal species found in cities. After accumulating photos and sketches while immersed in the landscape, Dalrymple fuses them together into compositions that often obscure traditional perspectives and juxtapose painterly and photo-realistic elements to “express harmonies between nature and the city.”

Suzy Kopf is interested in the “American propensity towards sameness, which stands in direct contrast with our supposed fierce need to be unique.” Also working from both her photographs and memory, Kopf often strips her urbanscapes of detail to focus on their most iconic shapes, colors, and symbols. Her paintings in Processing document Puerto Rico’s Levittown, which she visited in March 2017 before the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria. This planned housing community teleported midcentury design while being peppered with current automobiles and references to contemporary life. The work addresses such personal and societal tensions as, “What does it mean to be at home in the beautiful and the banal? What does prosperity for all mean in a time when we know we can’t all have it?”

Melissa Johnson’s music video The Look suggests the potential of breaking with fashion and performance conventions to express a rich inner world. Through a series of fantasy dressing room scenes in a fantasy mall, lead character Melody Henson finds empowerment through her unique style. With song and movement, the protagonist communicates her belief in “self-expression, sisterhood, and the power of diversity.”

About Gowanus Swim Society:

Gowanus Swim Society is a select group of mostly Brooklyn-based artists who meet regularly, exhibit often and provide a forum for sharing information and artist resources. The artists function as a collective and hold monthly meetings during which they work together to accomplish common goals, hold one another accountable for personal progress through group crits and acquire new skills from one another. They also host public social events and art exhibitions of their work throughout the year. They are always eager to collaborate with other artists and organizations to work towards common goals.

About The Curator:

Katherine Gressel, the Old Stone House & Washington Park’s Contemporary Art Curator, is a New York?based curator, artist, and writer focused on site?specific art. She earned her BA in art from Yale and MA in arts administration from Columbia. Katherine’s previous exhibits dealing with such topics as income inequality, urban agriculture, and parks have been recognized by the New York Times, Time Out New York, Hyperallergic, News 12 Brooklyn, and DNAInfo. In addition to organizing ten major exhibitions to date at the Old Stone House, Katherine has curated for FIGMENT, No Longer Empty, and Brooklyn Historical Society, and was the 2016 NARS Foundation emerging curator. She was selected for the 2015 Independent Curators International (ICI) Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans. Katherine has written and presented on public and community art issues for Createquity, Americans for the Arts, and Public Art Dialogue, among others. Katherine also served as Programs Manager at Smack Mellon Gallery from 2010-2014, and has worked and consulted for diverse nonprofits in the areas of arts education, project management, and development.

Funding for Processing is made possible, in part, by the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Old Stone House (in J.J. Byrne Playground)


Holiday Festival of Traditions

Date: December 23, 2018

This holiday celebration features the Festival of Trees exhibit with a glittering display of decorated evergreen trees and the Menorah representing the Jewish Festival of Lights to commemorate the diverse cultures of our community past and present.

Trees are individually decorated to honor the traditions of Poland, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Scandinavia, and Mexico.

The exhibit is open on weekends, December 15 through January 6, 2019; weekdays by appointment.

The opening reception will take place on Sunday, December 9 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 887-9125

Location: H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park)


6th Annual Whimsical Winter Wonder... Exhibition

Date: December 14, 2018

The Poe Park Visitor Center proudly presents the 6th Annual Whimsical Winter Wonder… exhibition featuring the delightful works of emerging and established artists from the Bronx and around.

Featured art includes the whimsical works of Bobbi Beck, Ner Beck, Howard Better, Trevon Blondet, Ernesto Camacho, Daniel Delvalle, Susan Kelsinger, Zoraida Nieves Michelle Pappas, Emilio Rodriguez, and RK Sahu. These artists capture the joy
and wonder of the holiday season for you and your family. For all ages

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


Youth Wheelchair Basketball Hosted by New York Rolling Fury

Date: December 23, 2018

Have you ever wanted to learn how to play wheelchair basketball and know the rules inside and out? Well, here's your chance to learn from the best! Come out and scrimmage against other wheelchair basketball players from the NYC area.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (646) 632-7344

Location: Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center


NYRR Open Run: St. Mary's Park

Date: December 22, 2018

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: (212) 360-3300

Location: Eagle Avenue and 149th Street (in St. Mary's Park)


Morning Fitness at Fort Tryon Park

Date: December 22, 2018

For a breath of fresh air, take your workouts outdoors. Parks are becoming a logical alternative environment for those who want to add variety to their work outs, or who just don't like the gym. And, it's an affordable way to increase physical activity opportunities, because there's nothing special to build.

Come to Fort Tryon Park and try something new. Join us on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings for one hour of walking, stretching, and strengthening exercises.

All of our fitness programs are free, led by trained professionals, and suitable for all levels. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water.

Exercising with a view, in natural sunlight, with green scenery all around bestow health benefits that can’t be found indoors. Scientific studies have shown that the pleasure of being outdoors gives your brain, psyche, and immune system an extra boost.

Please note: Fitness programs are canceled if the weather is lower than 20 degrees and when there are icy conditions. Please check back for rain and weather/air advisory cancels.

Start time: 8:30 am

End time: 9:30 am

Contact phone: (212) 795-1388

Location: Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park)


Movies Under the Stars: Teen Titans Go! To the Movie

Date: December 14, 2018

Join NYC Parks and New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment for this free family film!

Teen Titans Go! To The Movies

In this hilarious animated feature, the Teen Titans realize they're not "real" superheroes because there's not a movie about them. The five friends vow to do something heroic enough to warrant a big-screen adaption.

Before You Go:
You should come before 5:00 p.m. to get your spot for the movie.

Start time: 5:00 pm

End time: 6:35 pm

Contact phone: (718) 218-2380

Location: McCarren Play Center (in McCarren Park)


6th Annual Whimsical Winter Wonder... Exhibition

Date: December 12, 2018

The Poe Park Visitor Center proudly presents the 6th Annual Whimsical Winter Wonder… exhibition featuring the delightful works of emerging and established artists from the Bronx and around.

Featured art includes the whimsical works of Bobbi Beck, Ner Beck, Howard Better, Trevon Blondet, Ernesto Camacho, Daniel Delvalle, Susan Kelsinger, Zoraida Nieves Michelle Pappas, Emilio Rodriguez, and RK Sahu. These artists capture the joy
and wonder of the holiday season for you and your family. For all ages

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


NYRR Open Run: Soundview Park

Date: December 22, 2018

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: (212) 360-3300

Location: Lafayette Avenue and Morrison Avenue (in Soundview Park)


Nature's Workshop: Winter Nature Crafts

Date: December 23, 2018

Each Nature's Workshop program explores its topic in depth and allows you to develop a skill, participate in a hands-on project, and indulge your curiosity.

Find your muse in nature. This workshop will inspire you to create art collages and animal figures with objects from nature.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 421-2021

Location: Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park)


Living with White-Tailed Deer

Date: December 23, 2018

Learn about deer ecology and behavior as you look for clues of deer presence. Join in a discussion about the impacts of deer in an urban environment.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 967-3542

Location: Hanover Avenue and Palma Drive (in Eibs Pond Park)


Daughters of the American Revolution and the Preservation of the Conference House

Date: December 14, 2018

Follow the journey of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapters as they endeavor to save and restore the Conference House for future generations. Look at the original minutes from 1910 in which they express the idea of saving the Billopp House. Learn about a few of the women involved and the formation of the Conference House Association. Enjoy photos and memorabilia which show the joy of their success.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)


Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

Date: December 23, 2018

Take our signature tour, and let Central Park Conservancy guides give you an insider's look at some of the most iconic features of the world's greatest urban park. Learn how rocky, swampy land was built into the living work of art that is Central Park today. Highlights of this tour include the Dairy, Sheep Meadow, Cherry Hill, The Lake, Bow Bridge, Bethesda Terrace, The Mall, and Literary Walk.

Audio enhancement equipment will be used for this tour. A limited number of hearing loops are available and can be requested with ticket purchase.

Details

Meet: Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop (mid-Park between 64th and 65th Streets). Enter the Park at 60th Street and Fifth Avenue, and follow the path adjacent to the drive (road) north; the Dairy will be on your left. Please note Google Maps does not recognize this location. Map of the start location

Terrain: A few inclines and some stairs.

Length of Tour: Approximately 90 minutes

Cost: Tickets $15 (Members $10). Purchase tickets online!

For weather cancellation and other ticket policies, please review our Tours Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a group tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 310-6600

Location: Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop (in Central Park)


Sunrise Tai Chi

Date: December 22, 2018

Tai Chi focuses the mind while training the body — meditation through movement. Once learned, it can be maintained easily as a healthy life-long practice, easily adapted to your abilities and/or limitations. Due to continuous movements, especially shifting body weight from one leg to another, Tai Chi delivers countless benefits, including increased strength, conditioning, balance, coordination, flexibility, stamina, range of motion, bone density, joint lubrication, mind/body connection; and more confidence, peace of mind thru-out the day, improved sleep at night.

Note that this is the oldest original Chen-Style Tai Chi, taught by traditional instruction, where each student learns at their own pace and builds up their knowledge bit-by-bit.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 9:00 am

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)


Union Square Holiday Market

Date: December 22, 2018

The Union Square Holiday Market is an internationally-renowned Holiday Market located at Union Square Park. Hailed as a must-visit destination for unique gifts created by local craftsmen and artists, millions of people browse the winding aisles each year enjoying this unique and eclectic holiday experience.

Union Square Holiday Market Dates and Hours
November 15 - December 24

Mondays - Fridays: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: South Plaza (in Union Square Park)


Intro to Indoor Cycling

Date: December 20, 2018

Ward off the oncoming winter doldrums with small group indoor cycling!

Did you love riding bikes as a kid? And haven't gotten on one since? Are you intimidated by the idea of a full-on Tour-de-France-style cycling class? Then consider this alternative! A kinder, gentler approach to riding. In no time, you'll go from novice to know-how! We'll build up time on the bike from week to week -- growing your ability, confidence, & comfort! Please commit to at least 3 classes. Everybody rides at their own pace.

The soundtrack for this course draws from movie scores and classical music.

Please note: Space is limited; registration is highly encouraged! Please register by emailing Stephanie.Parello@parks.nyc.gov or by calling (646) 571-5234.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 10:45 am

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

Location: H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park)


Kids & Families Paper Arts and Crafts

Date: December 22, 2018

Kids have fun making themed art with paper:

  • October - Paper Plate Ghost
  • November - Paper Winter Tree
  • December - Paper Christmas Bauble

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


Toddler Creative Movement

Date: December 10, 2018

Children 4 years old and younger are invited to come to creative movement.

Creative movement allows toddlers to have fun, enjoy dance, and use their imagination. Through creative movement, tots develop motor skills, reach educational milestones, and learn about communication and problem-solving.

For the first portion of the class, children will be instructed in dance. In the second portion, they will have time to play.

A parent or guardian must stay with the child during the entire length of the program.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 543-8672

Location: Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center (in Williamsbridge Oval)


Union Square Holiday Market

Date: December 12, 2018

The Union Square Holiday Market is an internationally-renowned Holiday Market located at Union Square Park. Hailed as a must-visit destination for unique gifts created by local craftsmen and artists, millions of people browse the winding aisles each year enjoying this unique and eclectic holiday experience.

Union Square Holiday Market Dates and Hours
November 15 - December 24

Mondays - Fridays: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: South Plaza (in Union Square Park)


History of the Holidays at Van Cortlandt House

Date: December 13, 2018

From December 1, 2018 through January 6, 2019, Van Cortlandt House will be decorated, inside and out, for the winter holidays. See how prominent Colonial New Yorkers like the Van Cortlandt's would have celebrated Saint Nicholas Day to honor their Dutch heritage, as well as more English holidays such as Christmas, New Year's, and Twelfth Night.

This special exhibit is experienced with our self-guided tour and is included with your regular admission fee during our regular museum hours.

Please note: that Van Cortlandt House Museum is NOT OPEN on Mondays.

There will also be a celebration of Saint Nicholas Day on Saturday, December 8 with activities for children and families.

Visit the Van Cortlandt House Museum's website for more information about this and other programs.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 543-3344

Location: Van Cortlandt House Museum (in Van Cortlandt Park)


Sunrise Tai Chi

Date: December 21, 2018

Tai Chi focuses the mind while training the body — meditation through movement. Once learned, it can be maintained easily as a healthy life-long practice, easily adapted to your abilities and/or limitations. Due to continuous movements, especially shifting body weight from one leg to another, Tai Chi delivers countless benefits, including increased strength, conditioning, balance, coordination, flexibility, stamina, range of motion, bone density, joint lubrication, mind/body connection; and more confidence, peace of mind thru-out the day, improved sleep at night.

Note that this is the oldest original Chen-Style Tai Chi, taught by traditional instruction, where each student learns at their own pace and builds up their knowledge bit-by-bit.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 9:00 am

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

Location: H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park)


History of the Holidays at Van Cortlandt House

Date: December 22, 2018

From December 1, 2018 through January 6, 2019, Van Cortlandt House will be decorated, inside and out, for the winter holidays. See how prominent Colonial New Yorkers like the Van Cortlandt's would have celebrated Saint Nicholas Day to honor their Dutch heritage, as well as more English holidays such as Christmas, New Year's, and Twelfth Night.

This special exhibit is experienced with our self-guided tour and is included with your regular admission fee during our regular museum hours.

Please note: that Van Cortlandt House Museum is NOT OPEN on Mondays.

There will also be a celebration of Saint Nicholas Day on Saturday, December 8 with activities for children and families.

Visit the Van Cortlandt House Museum's website for more information about this and other programs.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 543-3344

Location: Van Cortlandt House Museum (in Van Cortlandt Park)


Santa’s Corner

Date: December 22, 2018

Stop by Winter Village at Bryant Park to meet Santa and his elves from Sunday, December 16 through Sunday, December 23.

On December 16 and December 23, the event kicks off at 12:30 p.m. with holiday caroling from our friends at New York Holiday Choristers. On December 23, join park resident Cali Co Cat at 12:30 p.m. for holiday meowsic, stories, and interactive fun for kids!

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Bank of America Winter Village (in Bryant Park)


Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

Date: December 20, 2018

Take our signature tour, and let Central Park Conservancy guides give you an insider's look at some of the most iconic features of the world's greatest urban park. Learn how rocky, swampy land was built into the living work of art that is Central Park today. Highlights of this tour include: the Dairy, Sheep Meadow, Cherry Hill, The Lake, Bow Bridge, Bethesda Terrace, The Mall, and Literary Walk.

Audio enhancement equipment will be used for this tour. A limited number of hearing loops are available and can be requested with ticket purchase.

Details

Meet: Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop (mid-Park between 64th and 65th Streets). Enter the Park at 60th Street and Fifth Avenue, and follow the path adjacent to the drive (road) north; the Dairy will be on your left. Please note Google Maps does not recognize this location. Map of start location

Terrain: A few inclines and some stairs.

Length of Tour: Approximately 90 minutes

Cost: Tickets $15 (Members $10). Purchase tickets online!

For weather cancellation and other ticket policies, please review our Tours Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a group tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 310-6600

Location: Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop (in Central Park)


Paper Crafting

Date: December 22, 2018

Any time you fold a piece of paper, you're crafting. And there are surprisingly many ways to fold a piece of paper. Whether you're a total newbie or a seasoned crafter, there'll be something for everyone. We'll cover basic skills, tips-and-tricks, and some surprising techniques. Along the way, you’ll learn about the simple tools of the craft, as well as various alternatives, so you get to know what you’ll want to have in your very own toolbox.

All ages are welcome. You must be able to use scissors! Students are encouraged to bring their own tools and supplies.

Please note: Registration is highly encouraged to be sure of space! To register, please email Stephanie.Parello@parks.nyc.gov or call (646) 571-5234.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

Location: H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park)


City Parks Foundation Presents Yeti, Set, Snow! at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

Date: December 10, 2018

City Parks Foundation presents an original production and story, Yeti, Set Snow!, at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park, November 13, 2018 - February 24, 2019. Yeti, Set, Snow! tells the story of a young girl named Widget, and her friend, Twig, who encounter a yeti named Pascetti on the first snow day of the winter season. Pascetti, who lives on a mountain top nearby, dislikes the snow. Through songs and snow day activities, Pascetti discovers not only that snow can be fun but also learns the value of friendship. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit cityparksfoundation.org/swedish-cottage-marionette-theatre

Start time: 11:30 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 988-9093

Location: Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (in Central Park)


Central Park Tour: Heart of the Park

Date: December 12, 2018

Walk straight through the heart of Central Park on this east-to-west tour led by Central Park Conservancy Guides. Enjoy a great variety of the scenic, sculptural, and architectural elements the Park has to offer. Highlights of this tour include Conservatory Water, Loeb Boathouse, Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, Cherry Hill, the Lake, and Strawberry Fields.

Details

Meet: Samuel F. B. Morse statue (inside the Park at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue). Tour ends at 72nd Street and Central Park West. Map of the start location
Terrain: A few inclines and some stairs.
Length of Tour: Approximately 90 minutes
Cost: Free. Space is limited; advance registration is suggested. No groups, please. Register online!

For weather cancellation and other ticket policies, please review our Tours Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a group tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 310-6600

Location: Samuel F. B. Morse Statue (in Central Park)


Morning Fitness at Fort Tryon Park

Date: December 20, 2018

Come to Fort Tryon Park and try something new. Join us on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings for one hour of walking, stretching, and strengthening exercises.

For a breath of fresh air, take your workouts outdoors. Parks are becoming a logical alternative environment for those who want to add variety to their workouts, or who just don't like the gym. And, it's an affordable way to increase physical activity opportunities, because there's nothing special to build.

Exercise with a view, in natural sunlight, with green scenery all around bestows health benefits that can’t be found indoors. Scientific studies have shown that the pleasure of being outdoors for example gives your brain, psyche, and immune system an extra boost.

All of our fitness programs are free, led by trained professionals, and suitable for all levels. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water. Please check back for rain and weather/air advisory cancels.

Please note: Fitness programs are canceled if the weather is lower than 20 degrees and when there are icy conditions. Saturday morning walks begin at 8:30 a.m.

Start time: 7:30 am

End time: 8:30 am

Contact phone: (212) 795-1388

Location: Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park)


Arsenal Gallery: 36th Annual Wreath Interpretations Exhibition

Date: December 21, 2018

NYC Parks is pleased to announce the 36th annual Wreath Interpretations exhibition, bringing in the holiday season with an array of imaginative and unusual wreaths.

Employing an array of unconventional materials like Jordan almonds, piano keys, foam ears, and plastic bottles, nearly 40 participating fine artists, designers, and creative individuals of all ages celebrate and reinvent a familiar holiday symbol. This year’s wreaths draw inspiration from themes ranging from Edgar Allan Poe to traditional toys. Experience the holiday season through this fun and whimsical exhibition.

This event is free and open to the public.

This exhibition is closed on Tuesday, December 25 (Christmas Day) and Tuesday, January 1 (New Year's Day).

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-8114

Location: The Arsenal (in Central Park)


Central Park Tour: Stroll to Strawberry Fields

Date: December 22, 2018

Explore the southwest of Central Park with Central Park Conservancy tour guides, and see it like never before. From a planned military parade ground to the site commemorating a famous activist for peace, one of the most-visited areas of the Park has some secrets to share with even the most seasoned Park-goer!

Highlights of this tour include Maine Monument, the Children’s District, Sheep Meadow, Tavern on the Green, and Strawberry Fields.

Details

Meeting location: Columbus Circle Information Kiosk at West 59th Street and Central Park West. Map of the start location
Terrain: A few inclines.
Length of Tour: Approximately 90 minutes
Cost: Tickets $15 (Members $10);No groups, please. Purchase tickets online!

For weather cancellation and other ticket policies, please review our Tours Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a group tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 310-6600

Location: Columbus Circle Information Kiosk (in Central Park)


Movies Under the Stars: Elf

Date: December 22, 2018

Join NYC Parks and New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment for this free holiday film!

Elf
This delightful fantasy follows one of Santa's elves who learns he is actually a human and goes to New York City to meet his biological father, spreading Christmas cheer in a world of cynics as he goes. Featuring Will Ferrell in the title role, this wonderful film also stars James Caan. Ed Asner, Bob Newhart, Peter Dinklage, and Mary Steenburgen.

Before You Go:
You should come before 4:30 p.m. to get your spot for the movie.

Start time: 4:30 pm

End time: 6:10 pm

Contact phone: (718) 965-8942

Location: McCarren Play Center (in McCarren Park)


Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

Date: December 20, 2018

Take our signature tour, and let Central Park Conservancy guides give you an insider's look at some of the most iconic features of the world's greatest urban park. Learn how rocky, swampy land was built into the living work of art that is Central Park today. Highlights of this tour include the Dairy, Sheep Meadow, Cherry Hill, The Lake, Bow Bridge, Bethesda Terrace, The Mall, and Literary Walk.

Audio enhancement equipment will be used for this tour. A limited number of hearing loops are available and can be requested with ticket purchase.

Details

Meeting location: Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop (mid-Park between 64th and 65th Streets). Enter the Park at 60th Street and Fifth Avenue, and follow the path adjacent to the drive (road) north; the Dairy will be on your left. Please note Google Maps does not recognize this location. Map of the start location

Terrain: A few inclines and some stairs.

Length of Tour: Approximately 90 minutes

Cost: Tickets $15 (Members $10). Purchase tickets online!

For weather cancellation and other ticket policies, please review our Tours Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a group tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 310-6600

Location: Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop (in Central Park)


Sunrise Tai Chi

Date: December 8, 2018

Tai Chi focuses the mind while training the body — meditation through movement. Once learned, it can be maintained easily as a healthy life-long practice, easily adapted to your abilities and/or limitations. Due to continuous movements, especially shifting body weight from one leg to another, Tai Chi delivers countless benefits, including increased strength, conditioning, balance, coordination, flexibility, stamina, range of motion, bone density, joint lubrication, mind/body connection; and more confidence, peace of mind thru-out the day, improved sleep at night.

Note that this is the oldest original Chen-Style Tai Chi, taught by traditional instruction, where each student learns at their own pace and builds up their knowledge bit-by-bit.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 9:00 am

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)


CANCELLED: Tour of Gracie Mansion

Date: December 10, 2018

Please note: this event has been cancelled.

In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the then-New York City limits. Little did he know that, more than 200 years later, his home would be serving as the official residence of the First Family of New York City—a place where history is made, not merely recorded.

As a historic house museum run by NYC Parks, sitting on 11 acres of grounds now known as Carl Schurz Park, Gracie Mansion has served as the home of 10 mayors, beginning first with Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1942. Today, Gracie Mansion is occupied by the de Blasio family, which has opened its doors in the spirit of the administration's motto: one city, rising together.

In celebration of our 75th Anniversary of Gracie being a mayoral residence, Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray have introduced a new art installation, titled New York 1942. This is the second in a series of installations envisioning New York through the framework of Gracie Mansion as it has been inhabited over time. It includes artwork, documents and objects from the period that the La Guardias lived in Gracie, shown together to tell a more complete story of the overall historic context as perceived from diverse perspectives.

Tour Reservations

To RSVP for tour, please visit on.nyc.gov/gracietour.

Currently, Gracie Mansion is not offering group tours. If you are part of a private organization that would like to tour the house, please email your request, including the size of group, your name and the purpose of a tour, to gracieinfo@cityhall.nyc.gov and we will work to add you to one of the currently scheduled tours.

Photo ID required for entrance. No photography permitted in the interior. At the present time, tours are available in English only. Please plan to arrive at least five minutes in advance.

Start time: 5:00 pm

End time: 5:50 pm

Contact phone: (212) 676-3060

Location: Gracie Mansion (in Carl Schurz Park)


Wheelchair Basketball Open Gym hosted by the NY Rollin' Knicks Wheelchair Basketball Team

Date: December 12, 2018

Have you ever wanted to learn how to play wheelchair basketball and know the rules inside and out? Well, here's your chance to learn from the best! Come out and scrimmage against other wheelchair basketball players from the NYC area. It's guaranteed to be tons of fun and you'll come back every week for more action!

Start time: 7:30 pm

End time: 9:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 293-5934

Location: West Bronx Recreation Center


Daughters of the American Revolution and the Preservation of the Conference House

Date: December 20, 2018

Follow the journey of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapters as they endeavor to save and restore the Conference House for future generations. Look at the original minutes from 1910 in which they express the idea of saving the Billopp House. Learn about a few of the women involved and the formation of the Conference House Association. Enjoy photos and memorabilia which show the joy of their success.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)


Organizing for Garden Success: Group Structure (Part 1 of 2)

Date: December 13, 2018

Disorganization creates dysfunction. This two-part workshop series is designed to help your garden group build a strong foundation to deal with the many issues that arise in a community space. In this workshop, we will discuss different examples of group structure and how they can help alleviate stressful decision making. Registered GreenThumb gardeners who attend both sessions will be eligible to receive a free book to share with their garden group (one per garden group and while supplies last).

Please bring a photo ID and allow time to get through security.

RSVP required.

Start time: 5:30 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 602-5300

Location: GreenThumb Office


NYRR Open Run: St. Mary's Park

Date: December 15, 2018

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: (212) 360-3300

Location: Eagle Avenue and 149th Street (in St. Mary's Park)


NYRR Open Run: Soundview Park

Date: December 15, 2018

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: (212) 360-3300

Location: Lafayette Avenue and Morrison Avenue (in Soundview Park)


NYRR Open Run: Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Date: December 20, 2018

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-3300

Location: United Nations Ave South


Sunrise Tai Chi

Date: December 15, 2018

Tai Chi focuses the mind while training the body — meditation through movement. Once learned, it can be maintained easily as a healthy life-long practice, easily adapted to your abilities and/or limitations. Due to continuous movements, especially shifting body weight from one leg to another, Tai Chi delivers countless benefits, including increased strength, conditioning, balance, coordination, flexibility, stamina, range of motion, bone density, joint lubrication, mind/body connection; and more confidence, peace of mind thru-out the day, improved sleep at night.

Note that this is the oldest original Chen-Style Tai Chi, taught by traditional instruction, where each student learns at their own pace and builds up their knowledge bit-by-bit.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 9:00 am

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)


First Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Date: December 10, 2018

Come to La Isla Garden in the Bronx for the First Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony! There will be holiday music, hot chocolate, and more!

For more information, please contact Bridge Builders Community Partnership at (718) 293-4352.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 293-4352

Location: La Isla Garden


Field Trip Destination: The South Pole at Wards Point, Staten Island

Date: December 13, 2018

Explore New York City's and New York State's southernmost point: The "South Pole" at Wards Point within Conference House Park. The geographical southern tip of the State overlooks the confluences of the Raritan Bay, Raritan River, and Arthur Kill water bodies.

The three miles of nearby natural shoreline are a beach comber’s paradise. Shells, rocks, and stones of every shape and size can be found here. Just a short distance to the north of the South Pole are the park’s clay colored bluffs where you can view city’s only exposed portion of the terminal moraine.

Not to be missed are the park’s other attractions: acres of woodland, four galleries, and five historic houses!

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)


Central Park Tour: Northern Forts

Date: December 13, 2018

Did you know that the north end of Central Park has a rich history that includes the British having been stationed here during the American Revolution, and American troops stationed there during the War of 1812? Recent archaeological and historical investigations in the area have revealed even more information about how the "Fort Landscape" was used in the late 18th and early 19th centuries before this area was part of Central Park. This season, join our guides and learn the history of this part of the park, get insight into the studies in the area, and appreciate the recent restorations undertaken by the Conservancy.

Highlights of this tour include McGowan's Pass, Fort Clinton, Nutter's Battery, and the Harlem Meer.

The tour route involves many hills and stairs, and some uneven terrain. The tour starts at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (inside the park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues) and ends near the park perimeter at 106th Street and Fifth Avenue.

Details

Meeting location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (inside the Park at 110th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues). Tour ends near the Park perimeter at 106th Street and Fifth Avenue. Map of the start location
Terrain: Uneven, with many hills and stairs
Length of Tour: approximately 90 minutes
Cost: Tickets $15 (Members $10), Purchase tickets here!

For weather cancellation and other ticket policies, please review the Central Park Conservancy's policies carefully.

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.For more information, please review the Frequently Asked Questions.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)


Daughters of the American Revolution and the Preservation of the Conference House

Date: December 21, 2018

Follow the journey of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapters as they endeavor to save and restore the Conference House for future generations. Look at the original minutes from 1910 in which they express the idea of saving the Billopp House. Learn about a few of the women involved and the formation of the Conference House Association. Enjoy photos and memorabilia which show the joy of their success.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)


City Parks Foundation Presents Yeti, Set, Snow! at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

Date: December 22, 2018

City Parks Foundation presents an original production and story, Yeti, Set Snow!, at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park, November 13, 2018 - February 24, 2019. Yeti, Set, Snow! tells the story of a young girl named Widget, and her friend, Twig, who encounter a yeti named Pascetti on the first snow day of the winter season. Pascetti, who lives on a mountain top nearby, dislikes the snow. Through songs and snow day activities, Pascetti discovers not only that snow can be fun but also learns the value of friendship. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit cityparksfoundation.org/swedish-cottage-marionette-theatre

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 988-9093

Location: Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (in Central Park)


Edenwald Green Neighborhood - Forest Restoration

Date: December 15, 2018

Join NYC Parks Stewardship's monthly Green Neighborhood event in Edenwald, Bronx! Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove invasive plants in order to help protect forested areas in Alley Pond Park and create a healthier ecosystem.

Volunteers should dress in clothes that can get dirty and closed toe shoes. They are also encouraged to bring their own water bottles. Volunteers younger than 18 years old must be accompanied by a chaperone.

Please note: Space is limited and registration is required.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 392-5232

Location: Crawford Avenue and Boller Avenue (in Seton Falls Park)


NYRR Open Run: Shore Road Park

Date: December 15, 2018

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: (212) 360-3300

Location: Lawn Near 79th Street Entrance (in Shore Park and Parkway)


Tai Chi

Date: December 21, 2018

Tai Chi focuses the mind while training the body — meditation through movement. Once learned, it can be maintained easily as a healthy life-long practice, easily adapted to your abilities and/or limitations. Due to continuous movements, especially shifting body weight from one leg to another, Tai Chi delivers countless benefits, including increased strength, conditioning, balance, coordination, flexibility, stamina, range of motion, bone density, joint lubrication, mind/body connection; and more confidence, peace of mind thru-out the day, improved sleep at night.

Note that this is the oldest original Chen-Style Tai Chi, taught by traditional instruction, where each student learns at their own pace and builds up their knowledge bit-by-bit.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

Location: H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park)


NYRR Open Run: Inwood Hill Park

Date: December 15, 2018

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: (212) 360-3300

Location: Isham Street and Seaman Avenue (in Inwood Hill Park)


Field Trip Destination: The South Pole at Wards Point, Staten Island

Date: December 11, 2018

Explore New York City's and New York State's southernmost point: The "South Pole" at Wards Point within Conference House Park. The geographical southern tip of the State overlooks the confluences of the Raritan Bay, Raritan River, and Arthur Kill water bodies.

The three miles of nearby natural shoreline are a beach comber’s paradise. Shells, rocks, and stones of every shape and size can be found here. Just a short distance to the north of the South Pole are the park’s clay colored bluffs where you can view city’s only exposed portion of the terminal moraine.

Not to be missed are the park’s other attractions: acres of woodland, four galleries, and five historic houses!

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)


Morning Fitness at Fort Tryon Park

Date: December 13, 2018

Come to Fort Tryon Park and try something new. Join us on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings for one hour of walking, stretching, and strengthening exercises.

For a breath of fresh air, take your workouts outdoors. Parks are becoming a logical alternative environment for those who want to add variety to their workouts, or who just don't like the gym. And, it's an affordable way to increase physical activity opportunities, because there's nothing special to build.

Exercise with a view, in natural sunlight, with green scenery all around bestows health benefits that can’t be found indoors. Scientific studies have shown that the pleasure of being outdoors for example gives your brain, psyche, and immune system an extra boost.

All of our fitness programs are free, led by trained professionals, and suitable for all levels. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water. Please check back for rain and weather/air advisory cancels.

Please note: Fitness programs are canceled if the weather is lower than 20 degrees and when there are icy conditions. Saturday morning walks begin at 8:30 a.m.

Start time: 7:30 am

End time: 8:30 am

Contact phone: (212) 795-1388

Location: Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park)


City Parks Foundation Presents Yeti, Set, Snow! at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

Date: December 20, 2018

City Parks Foundation presents an original production and story, Yeti, Set Snow!, at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park, November 13, 2018 - February 24, 2019. Yeti, Set, Snow! tells the story of a young girl named Widget, and her friend, Twig, who encounter a yeti named Pascetti on the first snow day of the winter season. Pascetti, who lives on a mountain top nearby, dislikes the snow. Through songs and snow day activities, Pascetti discovers not only that snow can be fun but also learns the value of friendship. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit cityparksfoundation.org/swedish-cottage-marionette-theatre

Start time: 10:30 am

End time: 11:30 am

Contact phone: (212) 988-9093

Location: Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (in Central Park)


History of the Holidays at Van Cortlandt House

Date: December 21, 2018

From December 1, 2018 through January 6, 2019, Van Cortlandt House will be decorated, inside and out, for the winter holidays. See how prominent Colonial New Yorkers like the Van Cortlandt's would have celebrated Saint Nicholas Day to honor their Dutch heritage, as well as more English holidays such as Christmas, New Year's, and Twelfth Night.

This special exhibit is experienced with our self-guided tour and is included with your regular admission fee during our regular museum hours.

Please note: that Van Cortlandt House Museum is NOT OPEN on Mondays.

There will also be a celebration of Saint Nicholas Day on Saturday, December 8 with activities for children and families.

Visit the Van Cortlandt House Museum's website for more information about this and other programs.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 543-3344

Location: Van Cortlandt House Museum (in Van Cortlandt Park)


Family Science Night: Planetary Science

Date: December 19, 2018

This Family Science Night is out of this world! Experience intergalactic elements that connect all matter in the universe while learning about our planetary home's place within the cosmos.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)


Farmhouse Family Day

Date: December 15, 2018

Drop in every third Saturday of the month between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to explore New York City’s oldest house together. Arrive by 1:00 p.m. for a unique hands-on making activity each month.

Seasonal activities inside the historic house and around the gardens include scavenger hunts, artifact investigation, gardening, self-guided exploration, and hands-on activities.

Family Day is open to everyone. Activities are designed for families with kids ages 4 to 10. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No reservation required.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 629-5400

Location: Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum (in Fidler-Wyckoff House Park)


It's My Park at Westerleigh Park

Date: December 15, 2018

This It's My Park season, volunteer with Westerleigh Parks Coalition to clean up and help prepare Westerleigh Park for the upcoming winter season. We look forward to cleaning up the park with you!

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Westerleigh Park Gazebo (in Westerleigh Park)


City Parks Foundation Presents Yeti, Set, Snow! at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

Date: December 21, 2018

City Parks Foundation presents an original production and story, Yeti, Set Snow!, at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park, November 13, 2018 - February 24, 2019. Yeti, Set, Snow! tells the story of a young girl named Widget, and her friend, Twig, who encounter a yeti named Pascetti on the first snow day of the winter season. Pascetti, who lives on a mountain top nearby, dislikes the snow. Through songs and snow day activities, Pascetti discovers not only that snow can be fun but also learns the value of friendship. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit cityparksfoundation.org/swedish-cottage-marionette-theatre

Start time: 10:30 am

End time: 11:30 am

Contact phone: (212) 988-9093

Location: Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (in Central Park)


Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol

Date: December 9, 2018

A Staten Island holiday tradition continues . . . 10th Anniversary at the Conference House!

Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre Company Presents Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol by Tom Mula. Directed by Joseph Daly. Featuring Jack Dabdoub, Robert Raffellini, Charles Sullivan, and Rina Sklar.

Join us for the story of a classic Dickens tale seen through the eyes of Scrooge's partner Jacob Marley. We've added two matinees!

Start time: 8:00 pm

End time: 10:00 pm

Contact phone: (917) 579-7860

Location: The Conference House (in Conference House Park)


Arsenal Gallery: 36th Annual Wreath Interpretations Exhibition

Date: December 11, 2018

NYC Parks is pleased to announce the 36th annual Wreath Interpretations exhibition, bringing in the holiday season with an array of imaginative and unusual wreaths.

Employing an array of unconventional materials like Jordan almonds, piano keys, foam ears, and plastic bottles, nearly 40 participating fine artists, designers, and creative individuals of all ages celebrate and reinvent a familiar holiday symbol. This year’s wreaths draw inspiration from themes ranging from Edgar Allan Poe to traditional toys. Experience the holiday season through this fun and whimsical exhibition.

This event is free and open to the public.

This exhibition is closed on Tuesday, December 25 (Christmas Day) and Tuesday, January 1 (New Year's Day).

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-8114

Location: The Arsenal (in Central Park)


Field Trip Destination: The South Pole at Wards Point, Staten Island

Date: December 19, 2018

Explore New York City's and New York State's southernmost point: The "South Pole" at Wards Point within Conference House Park. The geographical southern tip of the State overlooks the confluences of the Raritan Bay, Raritan River, and Arthur Kill water bodies.

The three miles of nearby natural shoreline are a beach comber’s paradise. Shells, rocks, and stones of every shape and size can be found here. Just a short distance to the north of the South Pole are the park’s clay colored bluffs where you can view city’s only exposed portion of the terminal moraine.

Not to be missed are the park’s other attractions: acres of woodland, four galleries, and five historic houses!

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)


History of the Holidays at Van Cortlandt House

Date: December 20, 2018

From December 1, 2018 through January 6, 2019, Van Cortlandt House will be decorated, inside and out, for the winter holidays. See how prominent Colonial New Yorkers like the Van Cortlandt's would have celebrated Saint Nicholas Day to honor their Dutch heritage, as well as more English holidays such as Christmas, New Year's, and Twelfth Night.

This special exhibit is experienced with our self-guided tour and is included with your regular admission fee during our regular museum hours.

Please note: that Van Cortlandt House Museum is NOT OPEN on Mondays.

There will also be a celebration of Saint Nicholas Day on Saturday, December 8 with activities for children and families.

Visit the Van Cortlandt House Museum's website for more information about this and other programs.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 543-3344

Location: Van Cortlandt House Museum (in Van Cortlandt Park)


Workshop for New Volunteers: How to Get Involved with Your Park

Date: December 13, 2018

Do you want to make a difference in your community and support or care for a park near you? At Partnerships for Parks; we help people, organizations, and government work together to support NYC parks, gardens, trees, and other green spaces.

At this introductory workshop, learn how you and your neighbors can come together to support and improve your community green spaces. Meet staff members that can help you get started, network with other interested community members, and hear from experienced volunteers who are already doing inspiring work in their parks.

Topics will include:

  • Why volunteers are so important for vibrant, thriving parks
  • Who you need to know in NYC Parks
  • How neighbors, coworkers, or community groups can spruce up a park with an “It’s My Park” project
  • Ways to join together with neighbors who also care about your park
  • Which resources are available to help you

Featured speakers:

  • Matt Symons, Northeast Queens Park Administrator, NYC Parks

Matt Symons began his career with NYC Parks in 1995 as an urban park ranger. In 2009 he moved into Maintenance & Operations, serving as the deputy administrator of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, before being promoted to Northeast Queens parks administrator in 2015. Matt enjoys spending time outdoors & the opportunity to impact his park district with strong leadership, forward-thinking initiatives, and creative programming.

  • Kate Gluzberg, Volunteer Projects Manager, Partnerships for Parks

Yekaterina (Kate) Gluzberg is the volunteer projects manager for Partnerships for Parks. She manages the logistics for It’s My Park, PfP’s signature service program, and oversees volunteer projects for non-profit groups. Kate was an outreach coordinator in Northern Manhattan for 5 years before working in her current position. She began in NYC Parks as an urban park ranger, leading educational and recreational programs for park patrons in Inwood Hill and Queens parks.

  • Kyle Mytelka, Outreach Coordinator, Partnerships for Parks

As an outreach coordinator in Manhattan, Kyle acts as the first point of contact for park groups and volunteers in his districts, helping them find the appropriate people and resources to transform their green spaces. Kyle first started working with park groups and volunteers as a planner for the City of Flint, Michigan before moving to NYC and joining Partnerships for Parks.

Please note: This workshop is recommended for people who have been working with their parks for less than one year.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: JCC Harlem


Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

Date: December 15, 2018

Take our signature tour, and let Central Park Conservancy guides give you an insider's look at some of the most iconic features of the world's greatest urban park. Learn how rocky, swampy land was built into the living work of art that is Central Park today. Highlights of this tour include: the Dairy, Sheep Meadow, Cherry Hill, The Lake, Bow Bridge, Bethesda Terrace, The Mall, and Literary Walk.

Audio enhancement equipment will be used for this tour. A limited number of hearing loops are available and can be requested with ticket purchase.

Details

Meet: Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop (mid-Park between 64th and 65th Streets). Enter the Park at 60th Street and Fifth Avenue, and follow the path adjacent to the drive (road) north; the Dairy will be on your left. Please note Google Maps does not recognize this location. Map of start location

Terrain: A few inclines and some stairs.

Length of Tour: Approximately 90 minutes

Cost: Tickets $15 (Members $10). Purchase tickets online!

For weather cancellation and other ticket policies, please review our Tours Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a group tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 310-6600

Location: Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop (in Central Park)


Union Square Holiday Market

Date: December 15, 2018

The Union Square Holiday Market is an internationally-renowned Holiday Market located at Union Square Park. Hailed as a must-visit destination for unique gifts created by local craftsmen and artists, millions of people browse the winding aisles each year enjoying this unique and eclectic holiday experience.

Union Square Holiday Market Dates and Hours
November 15 - December 24

Mondays - Fridays: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: South Plaza (in Union Square Park)


History of the Holidays at Van Cortlandt House

Date: December 15, 2018

From December 1, 2018 through January 6, 2019, Van Cortlandt House will be decorated, inside and out, for the winter holidays. See how prominent Colonial New Yorkers like the Van Cortlandt's would have celebrated Saint Nicholas Day to honor their Dutch heritage, as well as more English holidays such as Christmas, New Year's, and Twelfth Night.

This special exhibit is experienced with our self-guided tour and is included with your regular admission fee during our regular museum hours.

Please note: that Van Cortlandt House Museum is NOT OPEN on Mondays.

There will also be a celebration of Saint Nicholas Day on Saturday, December 8 with activities for children and families.

Visit the Van Cortlandt House Museum's website for more information about this and other programs.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 543-3344

Location: Van Cortlandt House Museum (in Van Cortlandt Park)


City Parks Foundation Presents Yeti, Set, Snow! at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

Date: December 21, 2018

City Parks Foundation presents an original production and story, Yeti, Set Snow!, at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park, November 13, 2018 - February 24, 2019. Yeti, Set, Snow! tells the story of a young girl named Widget, and her friend, Twig, who encounter a yeti named Pascetti on the first snow day of the winter season. Pascetti, who lives on a mountain top nearby, dislikes the snow. Through songs and snow day activities, Pascetti discovers not only that snow can be fun but also learns the value of friendship. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit cityparksfoundation.org/swedish-cottage-marionette-theatre

Start time: 11:30 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 988-9093

Location: Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (in Central Park)


Kids Art and Table Top Activities

Date: December 15, 2018

While Mom and Dad take a fitness class, the kiddies have fun with arts and crafts and table-top activities.

  • October - Paper Plate Ghost
  • November - Apple Stamping
  • Decermber - Christmas Wreaths

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 11:15 am

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol

Date: December 15, 2018

A Staten Island holiday tradition continues . . . 10th Anniversary at the Conference House!

Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre Company Presents Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol by Tom Mula. Directed by Joseph Daly. Featuring Jack Dabdoub, Robert Raffellini, Charles Sullivan, and Rina Sklar.

Join us for the story of a classic Dickens tale seen through the eyes of Scrooge's partner Jacob Marley. We've added two matinees!

Start time: 8:00 pm

End time: 10:00 pm

Contact phone: (917) 579-7860

Location: The Conference House (in Conference House Park)


Daughters of the American Revolution and the Preservation of the Conference House

Date: December 19, 2018

Follow the journey of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapters as they endeavor to save and restore the Conference House for future generations. Look at the original minutes from 1910 in which they express the idea of saving the Billopp House. Learn about a few of the women involved and the formation of the Conference House Association. Enjoy photos and memorabilia which show the joy of their success.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)


City Parks Foundation Presents Yeti, Set, Snow! at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

Date: December 13, 2018

City Parks Foundation presents an original production and story, Yeti, Set Snow!, at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park, November 13, 2018 - February 24, 2019. Yeti, Set, Snow! tells the story of a young girl named Widget, and her friend, Twig, who encounter a yeti named Pascetti on the first snow day of the winter season. Pascetti, who lives on a mountain top nearby, dislikes the snow. Through songs and snow day activities, Pascetti discovers not only that snow can be fun but also learns the value of friendship. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit cityparksfoundation.org/swedish-cottage-marionette-theatre

Start time: 11:30 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 988-9093

Location: Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (in Central Park)


Threads: Flax to Linen, Field to Fabric

Date: December 21, 2018

"Threads" examines the history of linen production from field to fabric. Visitors can examine the Conference House collection of antique tools of the trade such as flax break, hackle, carder, and spinning wheel.

The exhibit includes dried flax plant samples, yarn, and linens. Linen, a natural textile used and valued by humans for thousands of years for its useful properties, was the fabric of choice in colonial America. Linen fabric is made from the cellulose fibers that grow inside of the stalks of the flax plant. Linum usitatissimum is one of the oldest cultivated plants in human history.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 984-6046

Location: Conference House Museum (in Conference House Park)


Arsenal Gallery: 36th Annual Wreath Interpretations Exhibition

Date: December 19, 2018

NYC Parks is pleased to announce the 36th annual Wreath Interpretations exhibition, bringing in the holiday season with an array of imaginative and unusual wreaths.

Employing an array of unconventional materials like Jordan almonds, piano keys, foam ears, and plastic bottles, nearly 40 participating fine artists, designers, and creative individuals of all ages celebrate and reinvent a familiar holiday symbol. This year’s wreaths draw inspiration from themes ranging from Edgar Allan Poe to traditional toys. Experience the holiday season through this fun and whimsical exhibition.

This event is free and open to the public.

This exhibition is closed on Tuesday, December 25 (Christmas Day) and Tuesday, January 1 (New Year's Day).

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-8114

Location: The Arsenal (in Central Park)


Outdoor Skills: Teas in the Wild

Date: December 15, 2018

Join the Urban Park Rangers for this outdoor skills program in which you will learn how to set up a campfire for tea time. Rangers will discuss the uncommon uses of some plants as teas and herbs.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 967-3542

Location: Eton Place Parking Lot (in Willowbrook Park)


Central Park Tour: Heart of the Park

Date: December 21, 2018

Walk straight through the heart of Central Park on this east-to-west tour led by Central Park Conservancy Guides. Enjoy a great variety of the scenic, sculptural, and architectural elements the Park has to offer. Highlights of this tour include Conservatory Water, Loeb Boathouse, Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, Cherry Hill, the Lake, and Strawberry Fields.

Details

Meeting location: Samuel F. B. Morse statue (inside the Park at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue). Tour ends at 72nd Street and Central Park West. Map of the start location
Terrain: A few inclines and some stairs.
Length of Tour: Approximately 90 minutes
Cost: Free. Space is limited; advance registration is suggested. No groups, please. Register online!

For weather cancellation and other ticket policies, please review our Tours Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a group tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 310-6600

Location: Samuel F. B. Morse Statue (in Central Park)


Tai Chi

Date: December 15, 2018

Tai Chi focuses the mind while training the body — meditation thru movement. Once learned, it can be maintained easily as a healthy life-long practice, easily adapted to your abilities and/or limitations. Due to continuous movements, especially shifting body weight from one leg to another, Tai Chi delivers countless benefits, including increased strength, conditioning, balance, coordination, flexibility, stamina, range of motion, bone density, joint lubrication, mind/body connection; and more confidence, peace of mind thru-out the day, improved sleep at night.

Note that this is the oldest original Chen-Style Tai Chi, taught by traditional instruction, where each student learns at their own pace and builds up their knowledge bit-by-bit.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)


Adults Up-Cycle to Art

Date: December 11, 2018

Participants are encouraged to bring their recyclable items to up-cycle to art using various mediums to achieve a decorative affect. Please be aware a piece may take a few weeks to complete. Participants may take inspiration from the season or from art. Facilitator offers prompts, while allowing for individual expression.

  • October - Steam-punk Art Containers inspired by science fiction and science fantasy. Creating a heavy metallic affect on the piece.
  • November - Tole Painting Plates Create: a decorative affect on plate
  • December - Holiday Gifts: Beautiful gifts from recyclable goods for the holidays for yourself or someone special

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:00 am

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


Greenbelt Peepers Early Childhood Education Program

Date: December 13, 2018

Join us for a dynamic exploration of the wonders of the forest. Through hands-on activities, observations, games, and stories, children will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest.

The program will take place indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) for two to three year olds and their caregiver. Appropriate footwear required. (No sandals or flip-flops)

Start time: 9:45 am

End time: 10:15 am

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)


Union Square Holiday Market

Date: December 20, 2018

The Union Square Holiday Market is an internationally-renowned Holiday Market located at Union Square Park. Hailed as a must-visit destination for unique gifts created by local craftsmen and artists, millions of people browse the winding aisles each year enjoying this unique and eclectic holiday experience.

Union Square Holiday Market Dates and Hours
November 15 - December 24

Mondays - Fridays: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: South Plaza (in Union Square Park)


NYRR Open Run: Highland Park

Date: December 15, 2018

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: (212) 360-3300

Location: Highland Park Entrance (in Highland Park)


Santa’s Corner

Date: December 19, 2018

Stop by Winter Village at Bryant Park to meet Santa and his elves from Sunday, December 16 through Sunday, December 23.

On December 16 and December 23, the event kicks off at 12:30 p.m. with holiday caroling from our friends at New York Holiday Choristers. On December 23, join park resident Cali Co Cat at 12:30 p.m. for holiday meowsic, stories, and interactive fun for kids!

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Bank of America Winter Village (in Bryant Park)


Tai Chi Exercises

Date: December 15, 2018

Individual slow standing movements and stances are designed to create greater mind/body connection, with peace and calm. They can then be performed at any time in any order — choosing some, one, or all.

All abilities welcome.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

Location: H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park)


Winter Solstice Celebration

Date: December 21, 2018

Winter is here! Join the Urban Park Rangers in celebration of the shortest day of the year and the slow approach of spring. Explore the park on a night hike and celebrate the end of the celestial year around a campfire!

Start time: 5:00 pm

End time: 6:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 548-0912

Location: Van Cortlandt Golf House (in Van Cortlandt Park)


Daughters of the American Revolution and the Preservation of the Conference House

Date: December 15, 2018

Follow the journey of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapters as they endeavor to save and restore the Conference House for future generations. Look at the original minutes from 1910 in which they express the idea of saving the Billopp House. Learn about a few of the women involved and the formation of the Conference House Association. Enjoy photos and memorabilia which show the joy of their success.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)


History of the Holidays at Van Cortlandt House

Date: December 11, 2018

From December 1, 2018 through January 6, 2019, Van Cortlandt House will be decorated, inside and out, for the winter holidays. See how prominent Colonial New Yorkers like the Van Cortlandt's would have celebrated Saint Nicholas Day to honor their Dutch heritage, as well as more English holidays such as Christmas, New Year's, and Twelfth Night.

This special exhibit is experienced with our self-guided tour and is included with your regular admission fee during our regular museum hours.

Please note: that Van Cortlandt House Museum is NOT OPEN on Mondays.

There will also be a celebration of Saint Nicholas Day on Saturday, December 8 with activities for children and families.

Visit the Van Cortlandt House Museum's website for more information about this and other programs.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 543-3344

Location: Van Cortlandt House Museum (in Van Cortlandt Park)


History of the Holidays at Van Cortlandt House

Date: December 19, 2018

From December 1, 2018 through January 6, 2019, Van Cortlandt House will be decorated, inside and out, for the winter holidays. See how prominent Colonial New Yorkers like the Van Cortlandt's would have celebrated Saint Nicholas Day to honor their Dutch heritage, as well as more English holidays such as Christmas, New Year's, and Twelfth Night.

This special exhibit is experienced with our self-guided tour and is included with your regular admission fee during our regular museum hours.

Please note: that Van Cortlandt House Museum is NOT OPEN on Mondays.

There will also be a celebration of Saint Nicholas Day on Saturday, December 8 with activities for children and families.

Visit the Van Cortlandt House Museum's website for more information about this and other programs.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 543-3344

Location: Van Cortlandt House Museum (in Van Cortlandt Park)


Santa’s Corner

Date: December 20, 2018

Stop by Winter Village at Bryant Park to meet Santa and his elves from Saturday, December 16 through Saturday, December 23.

On December 16 and December 23, the event kicks off at 12:30 p.m. with holiday caroling from our friends at New York Holiday Choristers. On December 23, join park resident Cali Co Cat at 12:30 p.m. for holiday meowsic, stories, and interactive fun for kids!

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Bank of America Winter Village (in Bryant Park)


Kids & Families Imaginative Arts

Date: December 20, 2018

Kids use your imagination to create adorable arts and crafts projects to take home. Projects may combine 2D and 3D together.

  • October - Steam Punk Art
  • November - Emotive Art
  • December - Whimsical Winter Wonder...Inspired Art

Start time: 2:30 pm

End time: 4:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


Arsenal Gallery: 36th Annual Wreath Interpretations Exhibition

Date: December 20, 2018

NYC Parks is pleased to announce the 36th annual Wreath Interpretations exhibition, bringing in the holiday season with an array of imaginative and unusual wreaths.

Employing an array of unconventional materials like Jordan almonds, piano keys, foam ears, and plastic bottles, nearly 40 participating fine artists, designers, and creative individuals of all ages celebrate and reinvent a familiar holiday symbol. This year’s wreaths draw inspiration from themes ranging from Edgar Allan Poe to traditional toys. Experience the holiday season through this fun and whimsical exhibition.

This event is free and open to the public.

This exhibition is closed on Tuesday, December 25 (Christmas Day) and Tuesday, January 1 (New Year's Day).

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-8114

Location: The Arsenal (in Central Park)


Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol

Date: December 8, 2018

A Staten Island holiday tradition continues . . . 10th Anniversary at the Conference House!

Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre Company Presents Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol by Tom Mula. Directed by Joseph Daly. Featuring Jack Dabdoub, Robert Raffellini, Charles Sullivan, and Rina Sklar.

Join us for the story of a classic Dickens tale seen through the eyes of Scrooge's partner Jacob Marley. We've added two matinees!

Start time: 8:00 pm

End time: 10:00 pm

Contact phone: (917) 579-7860

Location: The Conference House (in Conference House Park)


NYRR Open Run: Inwood Hill Park

Date: December 22, 2018

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: (212) 360-3300

Location: Isham Street and Seaman Avenue (in Inwood Hill Park)


Arsenal Gallery: 36th Annual Wreath Interpretations Exhibition

Date: December 10, 2018

NYC Parks is pleased to announce the 36th annual Wreath Interpretations exhibition, bringing in the holiday season with an array of imaginative and unusual wreaths.

Employing an array of unconventional materials like Jordan almonds, piano keys, foam ears, and plastic bottles, nearly 40 participating fine artists, designers, and creative individuals of all ages celebrate and reinvent a familiar holiday symbol. This year’s wreaths draw inspiration from themes ranging from Edgar Allan Poe to traditional toys. Experience the holiday season through this fun and whimsical exhibition.

This event is free and open to the public.

This exhibition is closed on Tuesday, December 25 (Christmas Day) and Tuesday, January 1 (New Year's Day).

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-8114

Location: The Arsenal (in Central Park)


Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

Date: December 11, 2018

Take our signature tour, and let Central Park Conservancy guides give you an insider's look at some of the most iconic features of the world's greatest urban park. Learn how rocky, swampy land was built into the living work of art that is Central Park today. Highlights of this tour include: the Dairy, Sheep Meadow, Cherry Hill, The Lake, Bow Bridge, Bethesda Terrace, The Mall, and Literary Walk.

Audio enhancement equipment will be used for this tour. A limited number of hearing loops are available and can be requested with ticket purchase.

Details

Meet: Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop (mid-Park between 64th and 65th Streets). Enter the Park at 60th Street and Fifth Avenue, and follow the path adjacent to the drive (road) north; the Dairy will be on your left. Please note Google Maps does not recognize this location. Map of start location

Terrain: A few inclines and some stairs.

Length of Tour: Approximately 90 minutes

Cost: Tickets $15 (Members $10). Purchase tickets online!

For weather cancellation and other ticket policies, please review our Tours Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a group tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 310-6600

Location: Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop (in Central Park)


Union Square Holiday Market

Date: December 19, 2018

The Union Square Holiday Market is an internationally-renowned Holiday Market located at Union Square Park. Hailed as a must-visit destination for unique gifts created by local craftsmen and artists, millions of people browse the winding aisles each year enjoying this unique and eclectic holiday experience.

Union Square Holiday Market Dates and Hours
November 15 - December 24

Mondays - Fridays: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: South Plaza (in Union Square Park)


Central Park Tour: Stroll to Strawberry Fields

Date: December 13, 2018

Explore the southwest of Central Park with Central Park Conservancy tour guides, and see it like never before. From a planned military parade ground to the site commemorating a famous activist for peace, one of the most-visited areas of the Park has some secrets to share with even the most seasoned Park-goer!

Highlights of this tour include Maine Monument, the Children’s District, Sheep Meadow, Tavern on the Green, and Strawberry Fields.

Details

Meeting: Columbus Circle Information Kiosk at West 59th Street and Central Park West. Map of the start location
Terrain: A few inclines.
Length of Tour: Approximately 90 minutes
Cost: Tickets $15 (Members $10);No groups, please. Purchase tickets online!

For weather cancellation and other ticket policies, please review our Tours Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a group tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 310-6600

Location: Columbus Circle Information Kiosk (in Central Park)


NYRR Open Run: Morningside Park

Date: December 22, 2018

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: (212) 360-3300

Location: 110th Street and Manhattan Avenue (in Morningside Park)


City Parks Foundation Presents Yeti, Set, Snow! at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

Date: December 20, 2018

City Parks Foundation presents an original production and story, Yeti, Set Snow!, at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park, November 13, 2018 - February 24, 2019. Yeti, Set, Snow! tells the story of a young girl named Widget, and her friend, Twig, who encounter a yeti named Pascetti on the first snow day of the winter season. Pascetti, who lives on a mountain top nearby, dislikes the snow. Through songs and snow day activities, Pascetti discovers not only that snow can be fun but also learns the value of friendship. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit cityparksfoundation.org/swedish-cottage-marionette-theatre

Start time: 11:30 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 988-9093

Location: Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (in Central Park)


LIC Landing Tree Lighting Festival

Date: December 9, 2018

Join Hunters Point Parks Conservancy for their 2nd Annual Tree Lighting Festival!

Tree to be lit at 5:30 p.m.

Event Features:

  • Holiday arts and crafts
  • Coloring contest - winner announced at 5:00 p.m.
  • Music and caroling with SING LIC
  • Festive children's entertainment
  • Refreshments provided by LIC Landing by COFFEED
  • Visit with Santa at the magic Christmas photo booth

Start time: 2:00 am

End time: 6:00 am

Contact phone:

Location: LIC Landing Events Space (in Hunter's Point South Park)


NYRR Open Run: Astoria Park

Date: December 22, 2018

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: 212-360-3300

Location: Parking Lot (in Astoria Park)


TreeLC with Super Steward Philip M.

Date: December 15, 2018

Come work with NYC Parks Stewardship to prepare the trees lining Amsterdam Avenue for winter!

Volunteers will learn how to aerate, cultivate, mulch, and identify street trees. They will also learn about the important roles street trees play in New York City.

Volunteers should dress in closed-toed shoes and clothes that can get dirty. They are also encouraged to bring their own water bottles.

Please note: Space is limited and registration is required. Volunteers younger than 18 years old must be accompanied by a chaperone.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 392-5232

Location: 81st Street and Amsterdam Avenue


Union Square Holiday Market

Date: December 11, 2018

The Union Square Holiday Market is an internationally-renowned Holiday Market located at Union Square Park. Hailed as a must-visit destination for unique gifts created by local craftsmen and artists, millions of people browse the winding aisles each year enjoying this unique and eclectic holiday experience.

Union Square Holiday Market Dates and Hours
November 15 - December 24

Mondays - Fridays: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: South Plaza (in Union Square Park)


Adult's Le Petit Art

Date: December 19, 2018

Adults will create miniature, detailed works of art, (hyper petite, ACEO's and miniatures. Participants will learn, though small, works can be quite detailed, requiring great concentration. Participants are encouraged to take their time so as to produce their fully developed piece. Adults are encouraged to decide what their project will be using canvas, paper, fabric, items from home, etc. Take inspiration from the holiday and fall season, as well as the art in the gallery space. Participants are encouraged to share ideas and support each other.

  • October - Paper and Cardboard Inchies create 1" - 3" square works of art
  • November - ACEO still Life create a beutiful still life piece
  • December - Whimsical Winter Wonder Holiday Gifts make gifts inspired by our winter show

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


Central Park Tour: Southern Welcome Tour

Date: December 20, 2018

Join Central Park Conservancy guides for an introduction to some of the southern park highlights, including Grand Army Plaza, the Pond, Gapstow Bridge, Wollman Rink, Chess & Checkers House, and the Dairy.

Details

Meet: Inside the Park at 61st Street and Fifth Avenue. Map of the start location
Terrain: A few inclines and some stairs.
Length of Tour: Approximately 60 minutes
Cost: Free; registration not required. No groups, please.

For weather cancellation and other ticket policies, please review our Tours Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a group tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 310-6600

Location: Inside the Park at Fifth Avenue and 61st Street (in Central Park)


Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol

Date: December 14, 2018

A Staten Island holiday tradition continues . . . 10th Anniversary at the Conference House!

Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre Company Presents Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol by Tom Mula. Directed by Joseph Daly. Featuring Jack Dabdoub, Robert Raffellini, Charles Sullivan, and Rina Sklar.

Join us for the story of a classic Dickens tale seen through the eyes of Scrooge's partner Jacob Marley. We've added two matinees!

Start time: 8:00 pm

End time: 10:00 pm

Contact phone: (917) 579-7860

Location: The Conference House (in Conference House Park)


Field Trip Destination: The South Pole at Wards Point, Staten Island

Date: December 21, 2018

Explore New York City's and New York State's southernmost point: The "South Pole" at Wards Point within Conference House Park. The geographical southern tip of the State overlooks the confluences of the Raritan Bay, Raritan River, and Arthur Kill water bodies.

The three miles of nearby natural shoreline are a beach comber’s paradise. Shells, rocks, and stones of every shape and size can be found here. Just a short distance to the north of the South Pole are the park’s clay colored bluffs where you can view city’s only exposed portion of the terminal moraine.

Not to be missed are the park’s other attractions: acres of woodland, four galleries, and five historic houses!

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)


Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol

Date: December 16, 2018

A Staten Island holiday tradition continues . . . 10th Anniversary at the Conference House!

Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre Company Presents Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol by Tom Mula. Directed by Joseph Daly. Featuring Jack Dabdoub, Robert Raffellini, Charles Sullivan, and Rina Sklar.

Join us for the story of a classic Dickens tale seen through the eyes of Scrooge's partner Jacob Marley. We've added two matinees!

Start time: 8:00 pm

End time: 10:00 pm

Contact phone: (917) 579-7860

Location: The Conference House (in Conference House Park)


Kids Art and Table Top Activities

Date: December 22, 2018

While Mom and Dad take a fitness class, the kiddies have fun with arts and crafts and table-top activities.

  • October - Paper Plate Ghost
  • November - Apple Stamping
  • Decermber - Christmas Wreaths

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 11:15 am

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


The Old Stone House: Witness to War

Date: December 15, 2018

A permanent exhibit exploring the Battle of Brooklyn and the Occupation, 1776-1783

Old Stone House: Witness to War is a self-directed exhibit that takes visitors on a journey through the Revolutionary Era in Brooklyn from 1776 until 1783. Ten themed areas allow visitors to explore this history and consider how war impacted the community, what choices citizens had to make at the time, battle strategies, and what makes these issues relevant in today’s world.

Historians

Patricia Bonomi
Edwin Burrows
Barnet Schecter

Content Development

Ellen Snyder Grenier
Janet Rassweiler

Exhibit Designers & Fabricators

May & Watkins

Interactives

Panoramic Studios

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Old Stone House (in J.J. Byrne Playground)


Adults Creative Crochet

Date: December 11, 2018

Learn to make a decorative border on a receiving blanket. Must have knowledge of crochet basics.

Supplies Needed: fleece or cotton receiving blanket, #10 mercerized cotton thread color to match/contrast blanket, steel crochet hook #3 or #4, tapestry needle

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


Kids & Families Recycle to Art

Date: December 19, 2018

Kids will turn recyclable materials into adorable works of art to use at home.

  • October - Popsicle Stick Scare Crow
  • November - Apple Stamping
  • December - Plastic Christmas Tree

Start time: 2:30 pm

End time: 4:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


Central Park Tour: The North Woods

Date: December 13, 2018

Free with registration.

The North Woods is the largest of the Park's three woodlands, offering people and wildlife a 40-acre forest retreat in the middle of New York City.

Join us for this tour around tumbling waterfalls, rustic bridges, and picturesque pools, led by Central Park Conservancy guides. Highlights include Harlem Meer, Huddlestone Arch, the Loch, Glenspan Arch, several cascades, and the Pool.

Details

Meet: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues). Map of start location
Terrain: Uneven, with hills and stairs
Length of Tour: Approximately 90 minutes

For weather cancellation and other ticket policies, please review our Tours Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a group tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)


Tai Chi

Date: December 8, 2018

Tai Chi focuses the mind while training the body — meditation thru movement. Once learned, it can be maintained easily as a healthy life-long practice, easily adapted to your abilities and/or limitations. Due to continuous movements, especially shifting body weight from one leg to another, Tai Chi delivers countless benefits, including increased strength, conditioning, balance, coordination, flexibility, stamina, range of motion, bone density, joint lubrication, mind/body connection; and more confidence, peace of mind thru-out the day, improved sleep at night.

Note that this is the oldest original Chen-Style Tai Chi, taught by traditional instruction, where each student learns at their own pace and builds up their knowledge bit-by-bit.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)


Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

Date: December 21, 2018

Take our signature tour, and let Central Park Conservancy guides give you an insider's look at some of the most iconic features of the world's greatest urban park. Learn how rocky, swampy land was built into the living work of art that is Central Park today. Highlights of this tour include: the Dairy, Sheep Meadow, Cherry Hill, The Lake, Bow Bridge, Bethesda Terrace, The Mall, and Literary Walk.

Audio enhancement equipment will be used for this tour. A limited number of hearing loops are available and can be requested with ticket purchase.

Details

Meet: Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop (mid-Park between 64th and 65th Streets). Enter the Park at 60th Street and Fifth Avenue, and follow the path adjacent to the drive (road) north; the Dairy will be on your left. Please note Google Maps does not recognize this location. Map of start location

Terrain: A few inclines and some stairs.

Length of Tour: Approximately 90 minutes

Cost: Tickets $15 (Members $10). Purchase tickets online!

For weather cancellation and other ticket policies, please review our Tours Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a group tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 310-6600

Location: Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop (in Central Park)


City Parks Foundation Presents Yeti, Set, Snow! at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

Date: December 19, 2018

City Parks Foundation presents an original production and story, Yeti, Set Snow!, at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park, November 13, 2018 - February 24, 2019. Yeti, Set, Snow! tells the story of a young girl named Widget, and her friend, Twig, who encounter a yeti named Pascetti on the first snow day of the winter season. Pascetti, who lives on a mountain top nearby, dislikes the snow. Through songs and snow day activities, Pascetti discovers not only that snow can be fun but also learns the value of friendship. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit cityparksfoundation.org/swedish-cottage-marionette-theatre

Start time: 10:30 am

End time: 11:30 am

Contact phone: (212) 988-9093

Location: Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (in Central Park)


Daughters of the American Revolution and the Preservation of the Conference House

Date: December 22, 2018

Follow the journey of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapters as they endeavor to save and restore the Conference House for future generations. Look at the original minutes from 1910 in which they express the idea of saving the Billopp House. Learn about a few of the women involved and the formation of the Conference House Association. Enjoy photos and memorabilia which show the joy of their success.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)


Daughters of the American Revolution and the Preservation of the Conference House

Date: December 10, 2018

Follow the journey of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapters as they endeavor to save and restore the Conference House for future generations. Look at the original minutes from 1910 in which they express the idea of saving the Billopp House. Learn about a few of the women involved and the formation of the Conference House Association. Enjoy photos and memorabilia which show the joy of their success.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)


Make it Rain: Grants for your Green Space (Brooklyn)

Date: December 11, 2018

Facilitated by Citizens Committee for NYC, Partnerships for Parks, and GreenThumb

Come hear from Citizens Committee for NYC and Partnerships for Parks, who provide funding for community green space projects. Learn about the financial resources they offer and tips to secure funding for your 2019 community garden projects.

Please RSVP here.

Tuesday, Dec. 11 / 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
BROOKLYN
Brownsville Recreation Center
1555 Linden Boulevard
Train: L to New Lots, 3 to Rockaway Ave.
Bus: B35 to Hegeman Ave./Mother Gaston Blvd., B15 to Hegeman Ave./Watkins St.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 602-5300

Location: Brownsville Recreation Center


Special Express Arts

Date: December 13, 2018

Artists will be creating a mixed media art using construction paper, magazine cutouts, cloth, string, acrylic paint, and glue.

We will be providing these materials. We advise that participants bring any other materials they might like to use (like any magazine images or computer printouts along with any small objects they would like to incorporate into their collage).

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


Wheelchair Basketball Open Gym hosted by the Brooklyn Nets Wheelchair Basketball Team

Date: December 20, 2018

Have you ever wanted to learn how to play wheelchair basketball and know the rules inside and out? Well, here's your chance to learn from the best!

Come out and scrimmage against other wheelchair basketball players from the NYC area. It's guaranteed to be tons of fun and you'll come back every week for more action!

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (646) 632-7344

Location: St. Mary's Recreation Center (in St. Mary's Park)


Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

Date: December 19, 2018

Take our signature tour, and let Central Park Conservancy guides give you an insider's look at some of the most iconic features of the world's greatest urban park. Learn how rocky, swampy land was built into the living work of art that is Central Park today. Highlights of this tour include: the Dairy, Sheep Meadow, Cherry Hill, The Lake, Bow Bridge, Bethesda Terrace, The Mall, and Literary Walk.

Audio enhancement equipment will be used for this tour. A limited number of hearing loops are available and can be requested with ticket purchase.

Details

Meet: Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop (mid-Park between 64th and 65th Streets). Enter the Park at 60th Street and Fifth Avenue, and follow the path adjacent to the drive (road) north; the Dairy will be on your left. Please note Google Maps does not recognize this location. Map of start location

Terrain: A few inclines and some stairs.

Length of Tour: Approximately 90 minutes

Cost: Tickets $15 (Members $10). Purchase tickets online!

For weather cancellation and other ticket policies, please review our Tours Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a group tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 310-6600

Location: Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop (in Central Park)


Seasonal Arts and Crafts

Date: December 21, 2018

Kids will create fun art related to the season.

  • October - Pumpkin Ornaments
  • November - Angel stick
  • December - Christmas Wreaths

Start time: 2:30 pm

End time: 4:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


City Parks Foundation Presents Yeti, Set, Snow! at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

Date: December 19, 2018

City Parks Foundation presents an original production and story, Yeti, Set Snow!, at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park, November 13, 2018 - February 24, 2019. Yeti, Set, Snow! tells the story of a young girl named Widget, and her friend, Twig, who encounter a yeti named Pascetti on the first snow day of the winter season. Pascetti, who lives on a mountain top nearby, dislikes the snow. Through songs and snow day activities, Pascetti discovers not only that snow can be fun but also learns the value of friendship. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit cityparksfoundation.org/swedish-cottage-marionette-theatre

Start time: 11:30 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 988-9093

Location: Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (in Central Park)


Ranger's Choice: Birding Van Trip

Date: December 22, 2018

New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Urban Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. We offer birding programs throughout the year; our Exploration Series focuses on unique wildlife viewing opportunities during particular seasons.

Winter is the best time of year to spot owls as the leaves are gone, making it harder for them to hide, and the days are shorter, which is perfect for our nocturnal residents.

Please note: Registration is required for this program. To register, visit the Urban Park Rangers events registration page. Registration opens on December 12.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 319-7258

Location: Pelham Bay Park


City Parks Foundation Presents Yeti, Set, Snow! at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

Date: December 10, 2018

City Parks Foundation presents an original production and story, Yeti, Set Snow!, at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park, November 13, 2018 - February 24, 2019. Yeti, Set, Snow! tells the story of a young girl named Widget, and her friend, Twig, who encounter a yeti named Pascetti on the first snow day of the winter season. Pascetti, who lives on a mountain top nearby, dislikes the snow. Through songs and snow day activities, Pascetti discovers not only that snow can be fun but also learns the value of friendship. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit cityparksfoundation.org/swedish-cottage-marionette-theatre

Start time: 10:30 am

End time: 11:30 am

Contact phone: (212) 988-9093

Location: Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (in Central Park)


NYRR Open Run: Brooklyn Bridge Park

Date: December 11, 2018

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-3300

Location: Pier 6 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)


Evening Group Hike in the Greenbelt

Date: December 19, 2018

Every Wednesday unless weather conditions are severe (regular amounts of snow won't stop us from going out!): Join us for our weekly evening, guided hike where we will cover 4/5 miles. There are some small climbs but it's fairly easy. We try to maintain a quick pace but can accommodate all skill levels. You will see parts of the Greenbelt and the trail system that you haven't seen before!

We typically meet at the Greenbelt Nature Center unless there is a special program being held, in which case we begin and end at the LaTourette Golf Course Clubhouse, 1001 Richmond Hill Road. Always check the event listings here for any changes.

Dress for the weather and trail conditions. Proper footwear is essential. Bring water and a snack if you think you'll need it. No reservation is required. We go in all weather unless conditions are dangerous (thunderstorms). Always check the Greenbelt Conservancy's Facebook page for updates on changes or cancellations (Cancellations generally only occur in very bad weather).

As the days get shorter, we will leave and return in the dark so please bring a flashlight or headlamp to be prepared.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 7:45 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)


Kids & Families Imaginative Arts

Date: December 13, 2018

Kids use your imagination to create adorable arts and crafts projects to take home. Projects may combine 2D and 3D together.

  • October - Steam Punk Art
  • November - Emotive Art
  • December - Whimsical Winter Wonder...Inspired Art

Start time: 2:30 pm

End time: 4:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


Special Express Arts

Date: December 20, 2018

Artists will be creating a mixed media art using construction paper, magazine cutouts, cloth, string, acrylic paint, and glue.

We will be providing these materials. We advise that participants bring any other materials they might like to use (like any magazine images or computer printouts along with any small objects they would like to incorporate into their collage).

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


NYRR Open Run: Canarsie Park

Date: December 22, 2018

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and three miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home—bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: (212) 360-3300

Location: East 88th Street and Seaview Avenue (in Canarsie Park)


Paper Crafting

Date: December 19, 2018

Any time you fold a piece of paper, you're crafting. And there are, surprisingly, many ways to fold a piece of paper. Whether you're a total newbie or a seasoned crafter, there'll be something for everyone. We'll cover basic skills, tips-and-tricks, and some surprising techniques. Along the way, you’ll learn about the simple tools of the craft, as well as various alternatives, so you get to know what you’ll want to have in your very own toolbox.

All ages are welcome; you must be able to use scissors! Students are encouraged to bring their own tools and supplies.

Please note: Registration is highly encouraged to be sure of space! To register, please email Stephanie.Parello@parks.nyc.gov or call (646) 517-5234.

Start time: 3:30 pm

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (646) 517-5234

Location: H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park)


Tai Chi Exercises

Date: December 22, 2018

Individual slow standing movements and stances are designed to create greater mind/body connection, with peace and calm. They can then be performed at any time in any order — choosing some, one, or all.

All abilities welcome.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

Location: H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park)


CANCELLED: Tour of Gracie Mansion

Date: December 10, 2018

Please note: this event has been cancelled.

In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the then-New York City limits. Little did he know that, more than 200 years later, his home would be serving as the official residence of the First Family of New York City—a place where history is made, not merely recorded.

As a historic house museum run by NYC Parks, sitting on 11 acres of grounds now known as Carl Schurz Park, Gracie Mansion has served as the home of 10 mayors, beginning first with Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1942. Today, Gracie Mansion is occupied by the de Blasio family, which has opened its doors in the spirit of the administration's motto: one city, rising together.

In celebration of our 75th Anniversary of Gracie being a mayoral residence, Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray have introduced a new art installation, titled New York 1942. This is the second in a series of installations envisioning New York through the framework of Gracie Mansion as it has been inhabited over time. It includes artwork, documents and objects from the period that the La Guardias lived in Gracie, shown together to tell a more complete story of the overall historic context as perceived from diverse perspectives.

Tour Reservations

To RSVP for tour, please visit on.nyc.gov/gracietour.

Currently, Gracie Mansion is not offering group tours. If you are part of a private organization that would like to tour the house, please email your request, including the size of group, your name and the purpose of a tour, to gracieinfo@cityhall.nyc.gov and we will work to add you to one of the currently scheduled tours.

Photo ID required for entrance. No photography permitted in the interior. At the present time, tours are available in English only. Please plan to arrive at least five minutes in advance.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 11:50 am

Contact phone: (212) 676-3060

Location: Gracie Mansion (in Carl Schurz Park)


Daughters of the American Revolution and the Preservation of the Conference House

Date: December 12, 2018

Follow the journey of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapters as they endeavor to save and restore the Conference House for future generations. Look at the original minutes from 1910 in which they express the idea of saving the Billopp House. Learn about a few of the women involved and the formation of the Conference House Association. Enjoy photos and memorabilia which show the joy of their success.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)


Greenbelt Tree Tots Early Childhood Education

Date: December 13, 2018

Join us for a dynamic exploration of the wonders of the forest. Through hands-on activities, observations, games, and stories, children will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest.

The program will take place indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) for three to four year olds and their caregiver. Appropriate footwear required. (No sandals or flip-flops)

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 11:45 am

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)


NYRR Open Run: Pelham Bay Park

Date: December 20, 2018

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-3300

Location: Sweetgum Playground (in Pelham Bay Park)


Wheelchair Basketball Open Gym hosted by the AXIS Project

Date: December 21, 2018

Have you ever wanted to learn how to play wheelchair basketball and know the rules inside and out? Well, here's your chance to learn from the best! Come out and scrimmage against other wheelchair basketball players from the NYC area.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: 646-632-7344

Location: Hansborough Recreation Center


Tai Chi

Date: December 22, 2018

Tai Chi focuses the mind while training the body — meditation thru movement. Once learned, it can be maintained easily as a healthy life-long practice, easily adapted to your abilities and/or limitations. Due to continuous movements, especially shifting body weight from one leg to another, Tai Chi delivers countless benefits, including increased strength, conditioning, balance, coordination, flexibility, stamina, range of motion, bone density, joint lubrication, mind/body connection; and more confidence, peace of mind thru-out the day, improved sleep at night.

Note that this is the oldest original Chen-Style Tai Chi, taught by traditional instruction, where each student learns at their own pace and builds up their knowledge bit-by-bit.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)


Field Trip Destination: The South Pole at Wards Point, Staten Island

Date: December 20, 2018

Explore New York City's and New York State's southernmost point: The "South Pole" at Wards Point within Conference House Park. The geographical southern tip of the State overlooks the confluences of the Raritan Bay, Raritan River, and Arthur Kill water bodies.

The three miles of nearby natural shoreline are a beach comber’s paradise. Shells, rocks, and stones of every shape and size can be found here. Just a short distance to the north of the South Pole are the park’s clay colored bluffs where you can view city’s only exposed portion of the terminal moraine.

Not to be missed are the park’s other attractions: acres of woodland, four galleries, and five historic houses!

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)


Nature Exploration Hike: The North Woods

Date: December 22, 2018

New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Our Wildlife Viewing program focuses on unique wildlife viewing opportunities during particular seasons.

To enhance your experience we encourage you to bring binoculars and field guides, or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-1444

Location: Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)


Exhibit by Takashi Harada – Closing

Date: December 15, 2018

Join us for the closing of Takashi Harada's exhibition. Harada is a local Inwood artist. His paintings capture the beautiful nature that can be found in Manhattan’s northernmost neighborhood.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 304-9422

Location: Dyckman Farmhouse Museum (in Dyckman House Museum)


Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

Date: December 12, 2018

Take our signature tour, and let Central Park Conservancy guides give you an insider's look at some of the most iconic features of the world's greatest urban park. Learn how rocky, swampy land was built into the living work of art that is Central Park today. Highlights of this tour include: the Dairy, Sheep Meadow, Cherry Hill, The Lake, Bow Bridge, Bethesda Terrace, The Mall, and Literary Walk.

Audio enhancement equipment will be used for this tour. A limited number of hearing loops are available and can be requested with ticket purchase.

Details

Meet: Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop (mid-Park between 64th and 65th Streets). Enter the Park at 60th Street and Fifth Avenue, and follow the path adjacent to the drive (road) north; the Dairy will be on your left. Please note Google Maps does not recognize this location. Map of start location

Terrain: A few inclines and some stairs.

Length of Tour: Approximately 90 minutes

Cost: Tickets $15 (Members $10). Purchase tickets online!

For weather cancellation and other ticket policies, please review our Tours Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a group tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 310-6600

Location: Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop (in Central Park)


Wheelchair Basketball Open Gym hosted by the NY Rollin' Knicks Wheelchair Basketball Team

Date: December 19, 2018

Have you ever wanted to learn how to play wheelchair basketball and know the rules inside and out? Well, here's your chance to learn from the best! Come out and scrimmage against other wheelchair basketball players from the NYC area. It's guaranteed to be tons of fun and you'll come back every week for more action!

Start time: 7:30 pm

End time: 9:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 293-5934

Location: West Bronx Recreation Center


Job Readiness and Financial Literacy Workshop

Date: December 13, 2018

If you are an unemployed, or underemployed, teen or young adult, stop by and bring your resume. Join us for an afternoon of resume building, interview practice, online job search secrets to help you land the perfect job and basic financial literacy. Get all the help you need in our media lab!

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (646) 992-7859

Location: Alfred E. Smith Recreation Center (in Alfred E. Smith Playground)


Morning Fitness at Fort Tryon Park

Date: December 18, 2018

Come to Fort Tryon Park and try something new. Join us on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings for one hour of walking, stretching, and strengthening exercises.

For a breath of fresh air, take your workouts outdoors. Parks are becoming a logical alternative environment for those who want to add variety to their workouts, or who just don't like the gym. And, it's an affordable way to increase physical activity opportunities, because there's nothing special to build.

Exercise with a view, in natural sunlight, with green scenery all around bestows health benefits that can’t be found indoors. Scientific studies have shown that the pleasure of being outdoors for example gives your brain, psyche, and immune system an extra boost.

All of our fitness programs are free, led by trained professionals, and suitable for all levels. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water. Please check back for rain and weather/air advisory cancels.

Please note: Fitness programs are canceled if the weather is lower than 20 degrees and when there are icy conditions. Saturday morning walks begin at 8:30 a.m.

Start time: 7:30 am

End time: 8:30 am

Contact phone: (212) 795-1388

Location: Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park)


Christmas Tinker Festival & Tree Lighting

Date: December 16, 2018

Celebrate the holiday with fun tinkering, tree lighting, hot cocoa, and music at Lewis H. Latimer House Museum.

Holiday tinkering activities will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Christmas tree will be lit at 5:00 p.m..

This event is free.

Please note: Space is limited and RSVP is required.

This program is produced in partnership with Queens Foundation for Architecture, and supported, in part, by HSBC Bank, Con Edison, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Start time: 2:30 pm

End time: 5:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 961-8585

Location: Lewis H Latimer House


Goalball Hosted by the NY Knights

Date: December 16, 2018

Join NYC Parks for goalball, a Paralympic sports for athletes with visual impairments. This sport is played by two blindfolded teams of three using a ball with bells on the inside to score goals against your opponent. Test your agility and hearing skills against the best!

Start time: 10:30 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (646) 632-7344

Location: Chelsea Recreation Center


Threads: Flax to Linen, Field to Fabric

Date: December 15, 2018

"Threads" examines the history of linen production from field to fabric. Visitors can examine the Conference House collection of antique tools of the trade such as flax break, hackle, carder, and spinning wheel.

The exhibit includes dried flax plant samples, yarn, and linens. Linen, a natural textile used and valued by humans for thousands of years for its useful properties, was the fabric of choice in colonial America. Linen fabric is made from the cellulose fibers that grow inside of the stalks of the flax plant. Linum usitatissimum is one of the oldest cultivated plants in human history.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 984-6046

Location: Conference House Museum (in Conference House Park)


Gracie Mansion Holiday Open House 2018

Date: December 8, 2018

Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray are excited to open their doors in the spirit of the season at their fourth Gracie Mansion Holiday Open House! New York City residents are invited to visit Gracie Mansion for a self-guided walk through where they can learn the history, view the art and see the Mansion decorated for the holidays.

Tours will begin every 15 minutes, between 2:00 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.

Ticket Registration
Guests may reserve up to four (4) tickets, online or by calling 311. Tours will begin every 15 minutes from 2:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, December 8. The last tour will begin promptly at 4:15 p.m. Space is limited. Reservations will be granted on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, please visit the Gracie Mansion Holiday Open House 2018 website.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Gracie Mansion (in Carl Schurz Park)


It's My Park at Henry Hudson Park

Date: December 8, 2018

Join the Stewards of Henry Hudson Park as they start their Saturday mornings rain or shine with fun green projects such as raking leaves, planting, mulching and more to build community.

Volunteers under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult or present a parental/guardian consent form (available via group leader).

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Henry Hudson Monument (in Henry Hudson Park)


The Bowne House and the Historic Holiday House Tour

Date: December 9, 2018

Enjoy the holidays at the Bowne House and its remarkable garden.

Home for the Holidays
The Bowne House showcases it's collection!

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 359-0528

Location: Bowne House (in Margaret I. Carman Green - Weeping Beech)


Sunrise Tai Chi

Date: December 10, 2018

Tai Chi focuses the mind while training the body — meditation through movement. Once learned, it can be maintained easily as a healthy life-long practice, easily adapted to your abilities and/or limitations. Due to continuous movements, especially shifting body weight from one leg to another, Tai Chi delivers countless benefits, including increased strength, conditioning, balance, coordination, flexibility, stamina, range of motion, bone density, joint lubrication, mind/body connection; and more confidence, peace of mind thru-out the day, improved sleep at night.

Note that this is the oldest original Chen-Style Tai Chi, taught by traditional instruction, where each student learns at their own pace and builds up their knowledge bit-by-bit.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 9:00 am

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

Location: H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park)


Field Trip Destination: The South Pole at Wards Point, Staten Island

Date: December 18, 2018

Explore New York City's and New York State's southernmost point: The "South Pole" at Wards Point within Conference House Park. The geographical southern tip of the State overlooks the confluences of the Raritan Bay, Raritan River, and Arthur Kill water bodies.

The three miles of nearby natural shoreline are a beach comber’s paradise. Shells, rocks, and stones of every shape and size can be found here. Just a short distance to the north of the South Pole are the park’s clay colored bluffs where you can view city’s only exposed portion of the terminal moraine.

Not to be missed are the park’s other attractions: acres of woodland, four galleries, and five historic houses!

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)


Central Park Tour: The Ramble

Date: December 16, 2018

Coined the 'wild garden' by designer Frederick Law Olmsted, the Ramble offers visitors a tranquil spot to meander along winding paths and discover hidden forest gardens. This truly is a place for the urban explorer to escape the city and get lost in nature.

Join us for a tour of this serene 36-acre woodland, led by Central Park Conservancy guides. Highlights of this tour include the Lake, Bow Bridge, Ramble Arch, Oak Bridge, the Gill, and Azalea Pond.

Details

Meet: Alexander von Humbolt statue (West 77th and Central Park West) Start Map location
Terrain: Uneven, with hills, stairs, and wood-chipped trails
Length of Tour: approximately 90 minutes
Cost: Tickets $15 (Members $10). Purchase tickets online.

For more information, including weather cancellation and ticket policies, please review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Alexander von Humboldt statue (in Central Park)


Family Art Project: Wintery Birdy Marionettes

Date: December 16, 2018

Have you seen any downy woodpeckers, chickadees or eastern towhees lately? See which of these black-and-white winter birds can be spotted setting up house at Wave Hill this winter. Make fun, bird marionettes to hang on a group indoor tree display or take home to dance around and decorate your house.

Free with admission to the grounds.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill)


Tai Chi

Date: December 8, 2018

Tai Chi focuses the mind while training the body — meditation through movement. Once learned, it can be maintained easily as a healthy life-long practice, easily adapted to your abilities and/or limitations. Due to continuous movements, especially shifting body weight from one leg to another, Tai Chi delivers countless benefits, including increased strength, conditioning, balance, coordination, flexibility, stamina, range of motion, bone density, joint lubrication, mind/body connection; and more confidence, peace of mind thru-out the day, improved sleep at night.

Note that this is the oldest original Chen-Style Tai Chi, taught by traditional instruction, where each student learns at their own pace and builds up their knowledge bit-by-bit.

Start time: 12:30 pm

End time: 1:30 pm

Contact phone: (646) 571-5234

Location: H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park)


Science of the Living City Seminar Series: NYC's Wetlands 2050

Date: December 7, 2018

Science of the Living City and the Natural Areas Conservancy, in partnership with NYC H2O and the Alley Pond Environmental Center, are pleased to present:

NYC’s Wetlands 2050
What Does the Future Hold for Alley Pond's Salt Marsh?

The city's remaining salt marshes are vulnerable to changing weather patterns, sea level rise, invasive species, and human activities. They cannot thrive in a modern city in the age of climate change without our help. If we protect these places, they can protect us in turn. Join our panel as we discuss the future of New York City’s wetlands through the lens of the salt marsh at Alley Pond Park and its history, ecology, human community, and resilience.

Food will be available at the event.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 225-3061

Location: Helen Marshall Cultural Center at Queens Borough Hall


Winter Birding

Date: December 9, 2018

The Hudson River Valley hosts an impressive diversity of bird species during the winter months. Explore Wave Hill’s tranquil gardens and woodlands with naturalist Gabriel Willow to observe birds in their winter habitats.

Birders of all levels are welcome. Ages 10 and older are welcome with an adult. Severe weather cancels.

Start time: 9:30 am

End time: 10:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)


Holiday Workshop Weekend: Natural Wreaths and Swags

Date: December 8, 2018

Drop by this weekend to create your own gifts and holiday decorations inspired by the gardens at Wave Hill.

Craft one-of-a-kind, verdant wreaths or swags accented with natural materials and elegant accessories, using fresh greens harvested from our gardens. Senior Horticultural Interpreter Charles Day and florist Hanako Shimamoto demonstrate simple floral techniques and provide plenty of materials to fuel your creative spirit.

Children eight and older welcome with an adult.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill)


City Parks Foundation Presents Yeti, Set, Snow! at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

Date: December 12, 2018

City Parks Foundation presents an original production and story, Yeti, Set Snow!, at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park, November 13, 2018 - February 24, 2019. Yeti, Set, Snow! tells the story of a young girl named Widget, and her friend, Twig, who encounter a yeti named Pascetti on the first snow day of the winter season. Pascetti, who lives on a mountain top nearby, dislikes the snow. Through songs and snow day activities, Pascetti discovers not only that snow can be fun but also learns the value of friendship. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit cityparksfoundation.org/swedish-cottage-marionette-theatre

Start time: 11:30 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 988-9093

Location: Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (in Central Park)


NYRR Open Run: Brooklyn Bridge Park

Date: December 18, 2018

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-3300

Location: Pier 6 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)


Central Park Tour: Southern Welcome Tour

Date: December 17, 2018

Join Central Park Conservancy guides for an introduction to some of the southern park highlights, including Grand Army Plaza, the Pond, Gapstow Bridge, Wollman Rink, Chess & Checkers House, and the Dairy.

Details

Meet: Inside the Park at 61st Street and Fifth Avenue. Map of the start location
Terrain: A few inclines and some stairs.
Length of Tour: Approximately 60 minutes
Cost: Free; registration not required. No groups, please.

For weather cancellation and other ticket policies, please review our Tours Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a group tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 310-6600

Location: Inside the Park at Fifth Avenue and 61st Street (in Central Park)


Garden and Conservatory Highlights Walk

Date: December 16, 2018

Join a Wave Hill Garden Guide for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)