As Christmas approaches, New York really lights up for the holiday. Don’t miss out on some of the city’s holiday gems like the model train at New York Botanical Gardens, A Christmas Carol at the Merchant House Museum or a walking tour of Brooklyn’s most festive neighborhood, Dyker Heights. Also, if you’re still scrambling for gift ideas, be sure to check out our holiday gift guide!

This Month’s Featured Exhibit:

Monday, December 21st

If you’re interested in testing out your story telling abilities before the holidays, you should go to The Moth StorySLAM at the Brooklyn Historical Society. This year’s theme will be “thin ice.”

Take a stroll through Brooklyn’s Dyker Heights, an Italian-American section of the borough that’s home to some of the city’s most festive Christmas decorations.

Tuesday, December 22nd

The New York Botanical Garden has set up their annual holiday model train. The display includes 150 NYC landmarks, each made out of things like bark and leaves.

Wednesday, December 23rd

The Merchant House Museum has been putting on a production of Charles Dicken’s classic A Christmas CarolThis year’s performance stars John Kevin Jones and is directed by Rhonda Dodd.

Thursday, December 24th

If you’re still scrambling to get the best gifts before the Christmas morning, it’s not too late to go to one of New York’s famous holiday markets! Some popular highlights include the Union Square Holiday Market, Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, and the Colombus Circle Holiday Market. You can also check out our gift guide for urban enthusiast for holiday present ideas!

Friday, December 25th

Merry Christmas! If you’re not celebrating the holiday and would like to know what’s still open in the city, Time Out New York has compiled a list of places you can go.

Saturday, December 26th

As a part of their ongoing Claymation Creatures workshop, the Museum of the Moving Image invites participants to create their own claymation figure, and then use it in a stop-motion animation.

Sunday, December 27th

Celebrate the second day of Kwanzaa at the American Museum of Natural History at their event KWANZAA 2015: Energize! Recognize! The 37th annual celebration will be hosted by the legendary Doug E. Fresh.

As a part of their Jacob A. Riis exhibit, The Museum of the City of New York is highlighting Riis’ photographs of children with poinsettias, considered a holiday flower due to its coloring. You will also be able to create your own bouquet of flowers at the end.

Hop on board for a vintage train ride! Every Sunday, the Transit Museum will roll out vintage fleets of the 1930s, 40s, and 80s subway cars for regular service. They will make all local stops along the Sixth Avenue line between Second Avenue and Queens Plaza. For a list of the schedule and more details, click here. You can also take a look at some of our vintage photos of the subway from the 1980s.

Be sure to join us for other upcoming tours and events, including our secrets of Grand Central Tour and the Remnants of Penn Station tour.

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