Holiday Fun: Things to do in the Bronx for the Holidays

Tis the season! Although we hate the cold, the holidays seem to warm everything up! We’ve compiled a list of Holiday Happenings in the Bronx- keep checking back as we continue to add more events to the list.


Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden

NOV. 21 2015—JAN. 18 2016

Enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center—surprising at every turn—on nearly a half-mile of track. This year’s exhibition features3,000 square feet of additional exhibition space, making room for dozens of new trains, bridges, and tracks; a captivating short film of the show’s behind-the-scenes magic; and a stunning multisensory finale of light and sound.


You can also enjoy the train show during a date night for NYBG’s Bar Car Nights- an after hours viewing of the show complete with ice sculpture carving demonstrations, a complimentary drink, and more.

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Visit Santa at the Mall at Bay Plaza

Visit Santa beginning November 21st
in Center Court for photos.
Or text “Santa 826” to “57682” for reservations. More info here.


Santa Arrives! Santa Breakfast Saturday Nov. 21st. Sign-up for your FREE ticket to this exclusive event!

Visit the Guest Services Desk beginning November 14th to pick up your FREE ticket to The Mall at Bay Plaza’s Santa Breakfast Party on Saturday, November 21st at 10:30AM. Hurry, there are only a limited number of tickets to be given out for this event, on a “first come” basis.

For children 12 years old and under.


Allerton Avenue Christmas Tree Lighting

December 2nd, 5 to 7pm

Bronxwood Tree (Triangle of Bronxwood Ave, Boston Rd., and Allerton Ave)



Parkchester Tree Lighting

December 2nd, 6 t0 6:30

Parkchester Oval

Music and Dance Performances by Parkchester Boys & Girl’s Club Choir


Arthur Avenue Christmas Tree Lighting

December 3rd, 4 to 6 pm

2344 Arthur Ave

Hot chocolate, calendar signing, Invocation Prayer, and tree lighting






Christmas at the Square

December 4th, 5 to 8 pm

Join us for a wonderful family evening featuring Santa Claus and two live Reindeer, Carolers, Toys (while supplies last), music, candy, and the lighting of the 2015 Westchester Square Tree! Bring your friends and family!






A Storybook Christmas at Bartow Pell Mansion Museum

December 4 – January 6
Delight in Christmas trees throughout the mansion inspired by children’s storybooks about Christmas in New York and decorated by professional designers.
On view early enough to see again and again and long enough to enjoy after the holiday rush, the Storybook Christmas trees set the stage for a season to remember from the moment the mansion doors swing open on Friday, December 4th for the Holiday Luncheon and book signing with special guest Michael Storrings. That evening the merriment continues with the Holiday First Friday! Music & Trolley featuring the festive sounds of the all-female, a cappella MetropoliTones.Throughout it all, visitors can shop for gifts and books in the museum’s holiday pop-up shop (stocked, once again, with the help of Bronxville’s Kensington Paper), and purchase homemade holiday delicacies to take home. Holiday fun continues the next day at the Annual Holiday Family Day, Saturday, December 5th. A highlight of this year’s Family Day is a special author appearance by Sonia Manzano, “Maria” of Sesame Street fame, who will read and sign copies of her new children’s book, Miracle on 133rd Street (Simon and Schuster, September 2015) at the 10:15 a.m. storybook reading. At Saturday night’s Festive Party, guests celebrate the season in style—and support the museum—with the mansion in all its holiday splendor. A live and silent auction featuring vacation homes; one-of-a-kind New York experiences including tickets to Late Night with Seth Meyers and The Nutcracker; a very special winter dinner at the mansion, plus themed raffle baskets, and more ensures the festive feeling will linger on well into the New Year.A list of the Storybook Christmas trees, the books that inspired them, and the designers that bring them to life follows. All books will be available for sale in the museum shop. Please call 718.885.1461 or visit
The museum will be open for additional public hours to view the Storybook Christmas trees Tuesday, December 29, through Thursday, December 31, 12 to 4 p.m.

Holiday Raffle at Brew Coffee House

December 4th, 7pm

More info here.




Pelham Bay Merchants Tree Decorating Party

December 5th, 12 pm

Keane Square Park on Buhre and Westchester Avenue
Head Over to the Bronx Museum’s Family AffairCome and join your Pelham Bay Community and bring an ornament to be placed on our Holiday Tree. Music, Gifts, lots of fun to be had by all.



Family Affair at the Bronx Museum

December 5th, 1-4pm

Celebrate the holiday season at The Bronx Museum of the Arts! Join us for an afternoon filled with art activities for the entire family.


Pre-register here.

For children 12 and under with parent/guardian

Free admission

Location: Throughout the galleries



Santa Claus Pajama Story Time

December 5th, 6 to 8 pm

Bring your children to Van Cortlandt House for our traditional celebration with Santa Claus! Dressed in pajamas (or not) children will learn how Clement Clark Moore’s classic poem “A Visit from Saint Nick” is connected to Van Cortlandt House and hear it read by Museum Eductaor Michael Grillo. Be sure to bring a camera as the event ends with a visit from a special guest ready to hear Christmas wishes and pose for photographs.

Suitable for children up to age 12. Parents and older siblings may pose for photographs.

Reservations are required. This is a very popular program and space is limited. Should your schedule change, please be sure to contact the museum to change your reservations or release your seats. Thank you!


6:00 p.m.
6:45 p.m.
7:15 p.m.


More info at



Throggs Neck Annual Tree Lighting

December 6th, 5 to 8 pm

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting where Santa pays a visit to all the good girls and boys of Throggs Neck. Children will get a FREE toy from Santa while supplies last as well as hot chocolate, chocolate chip cookies and candy canes. Christmas Carols will be sung by the St Benedict Choir and a DJ will be present to keep the spirit of Christmas alive all night. Come one Come all and to all a good night!

More info at


Annual Bronx Christmas Tree Lighting

December 10th, 5:30pm





Join Confetti for an Ugly Sweater and Coquito Party

December 11th, 8-10pm

Put on or create your ugliest Christmas sweater and get ready to taste some delicious coquito.



Lunch with Santa at Ice House Cafe

December 12th

Santa arrives by boat for a fun lunch! $12.95 lunch and gift for all children. Call for reservations: 718-863-5580. Visit Ice House Cafe on Facebook for more info.





Annual Santa Comes to Town Holiday Event

December 12th, 11 to 2 pm

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Bronx Museum Holiday Market

December 12th and 13th, 11 to 6pm

Shop local this Holiday Season! In collaboration with, The South Bronx Farmer’s Market, THE POINT, and The Bronx Beer Hall, the Bronx Museum welcomes more than 25 local artists, artisans, farmers, bakers, brewers, and more for a holiday market that is not to be missed! Enjoy exhibition tours, art-making activities and music throughout the weekend. Read more >

Free admission


Vendors include:

Aficionado Arts/THE POINTNative Tec
Bear Hand CreationsNiizeki Hiromi
Bronx Beer HallNYC Taxi Drivers Calendar
Bronx Chicks*Paper*Crane*Heart*
Calcutta KitchensPort Morris Distillery
Daniel Hauben / Bronx Artist Documentary ProjectResourceful Design
Dennis Redmoon DarkeemSouth Bronx Farmer’s Market
Ellude’sSpecial Mama
Humble TreesTaylor Made Creations for All Occasions, Inc.
Jaynine TaylorUptown Roasters
Lady K FeverWhite Pine Community Farm
Lucia HernandezYouniquely Created, Inc.
Morris PerkAnd more!

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Belmont Little Italy Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 12th, 3 to 6pm


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Mommipreneur’s 1st Annual Toy Drive

December 13th, 1 to 6pm

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Holiday Sing Along

December 17th, 10 am

Music Together is hosting a free holiday sing along at Riverdale Neighborhood House:

Our free holiday sing along at Riverdale Neighborhood House is happening Thursday, December 17th at 10am! We will be singing for about 45 minutes or so. It’s free!  So just come! Don’t sign up….just SHOW up!  We will be singing Christmas, Hanukkah and general Peace on Earth songs.   Feel free to think of some requests, too!  Superstar Teacher Joanna Levine and I will be there, ready to rock out to your favorite carols!

There is a suggested $5 donation for our scholarship fund, which allows families that cannot afford our classes to attend our classes.  More info here.





Confetti Tots Christmas Party

December 17, 11-12pm





The 20th Annual Black Nutcracker Holiday Show

December 18th, daytime and evening performance




Brunch with Santa

December 19th, 12 to 3pm





Pet Photos with Santa Paws

December 19th, 3pm

Ice House Cafe

$10 Donation, food and drinks available for purchase

Each dog goes home with a present from Bronx Foxy Pets




Bronx Caroling: Melrose Parranda

December 21st, 4 to 6pm

The Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC) will inaugurate its annual Melrose procession series this year with a focus on the Puerto Rican tradition of caroling called parranda. Each year we will focus on a particular processional tradition, whether it is Puerto Rican parrandas, Mexicanposadas, English wassailing or Jamaican Jonkunnu.

This year on Monday, December 21st, at 4:00 pm, a parranda playing the Puerto Rican music ofplena and singing holiday songs from the island will be led by Jorge Vazquez, Bobby Sanabria and others. Join the procession at the Bronx Documentary Center (614 Cortland Ave) as we wind our way through Melrose into beloved local landmarks, ending with a jubilant jam session and refreshments at Casita Rincón Criollo (Brook Ave and 157th St).

This BMHC event will be co-sponsored Make Music New York by City Lore.

More info here.



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