Dyker Heights Christmas lights light up for the holidays in NYC

The holidays are here! As we mark the shortest day of the year and welcome winter, there are tons of festive ways to celebrate the holidays in NYC. Whether you want to see the classic sights or find something to do that’s a little more off-beat, we’ve got you covered with these festive ways to celebrate the holidays in NYC:

1. Sing Carols Under Washington Square Arch

Washington Square Park arch Christmas tree

Besides the public Christmas trees at Rockefeller Center and Madison Square Park, the lighting of the tree under the Washington Square Arch is one of the oldest holiday traditions in the city. Another beloved tradition that takes place there is Christmas Eve caroling! Every year the public is invited to belt out “Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men” and other songs of the season.

You can download the Washington Square Arch caroling songbook on the Washington Square Arch Association’s website. The caroling starts at 5 pm and will be accompanied by the Rob Susman Brass Quartet.