Welcome in Christmas week with a variety of holiday events, including a Latke festival, an outdoor musical celebration and a Winter telescope party.
Monday, December 19th
The 8th annual Latke Festival is taking place at the Brooklyn Museum. Attend the tasting event and sample various interpretations of the potato pancake in New York City.
Tuesday, December 20th
In celebration of The Morris-Jumel Mansion Anthology of Fantasy and Paranormal Fiction, the Morris-Jumel Mansion, in collaboration with Riverdale Avenue Books, will hold a Paranormal Victorian Holiday Event, which will include readings from award-winning fantasy writer Leanna Renee Heiber, short story writer Gina Marie Guadagnino, and the radio play “Eliza’s House.”
Listen to an original story told by a narrator, set to the background of classical violin music, played by a solo performer.
Wednesday, December 21st
Make Music Winter is a free, outdoor musical celebration that takes place on the winter solstice. Join one of thirteen participatory musical parades as they move through New York City. See a full schedule of events here.
Use state-of-the-art equipment inside the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater before heading outside to view the night sky during winter. During the Winter Telescope Party, you’ll sip on hot chocolate alongside members of the Amateur Astronomers Association.
Thursday, December 22nd
Take a bike tour around NYC while discovering urban graffiti and street art. Led by a local artist, the event will begin in Midtown West and travel all the way into Bushwick. Along the way, enjoy delicious street food as you examine murals.
Friday, December 23rd
Head to Times Square to watch Tal Yarden’s “Counting Sheep” on Times Square’s electronic billboards from 11:57 pm to midnight. The “visual lullaby” will take you to the expansive landscapes of the Wyoming countryside.
Saturday, December 24th
Did you know that the largest Menorah (32 feet tall) is located in Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn? The annual Menorah lighting ceremony kicks off today with a live concert and hot latkes.
Explore the musical side of MCNY’s groundbreaking exhibition “New York at Its Core” with Music to My Ears, a family event that focuses on musicians, composers, and performer who have impacted New York City.
Saturday, December 25th
It’s Christmas and the second day of Chanukah! Head to Eldridge Street for a screening of His People, a Yiddish silent film classic about an immigrant family living on the Lower East side. Also drop by for tours of the Eldridge Street Synagogue, scavenger hunts and a Chanukah candle lighting ceremony.