Top photo by Ann-Sophie Fjelloe-Jensen/New York Hall of Science

You’ve seen the tree at Rockefeller Center. You’ve window shopped at the Fifth Avenue department stores and you’ve scoured all the holiday markets. What’s left to do for the holidays in New York City? So many things! No matter your holiday, there are tons of ways to celebrate the season. From Hanukah themed virtual reality games and menorahs made out of ice, to a gallery of wreaths made out of found objects and music in the streets, discover 11 ways to celebrate the holidays this year in New York City!

Play Music in the Streets

A group of carolers and Santa on the street Photograph Courtesy of Make Music

Grab a ukulele and join carolers in Greenwich Village, or chime in with singers on the Upper West Side. On Saturday December 21st, the streets of New York City will be filled with song thanks to the Make Music Winter outdoor music-making celebration. There will be thirteen free participatory musical parades citywide. The daylong musical celebration brings together New Yorkers of all ages, backgrounds, musical abilities and styles to sing, play, march and dance their way across streets, parks, plazas and other public spaces. Hop aboard the Jingle Train in Harlem, a musical trolley that will loop from the Harlem-125th Street Metro-North Railroad station to the Harlem Night Market, playing brass band, jazz, gospel, reggae, soul and salsa along the way. Join artist Tom Peyton for a participatory hand bell performance that will parade through the East Village and discover all the New York City events here!

Make Music Winter is a nationwide event that will be taking place in forty different cities. It is the cold-weather counterpart to Make Music Day, the annual global celebration of music occurring on June 21, the summer solstice.

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