Celebrate the Holiday Season with Special Events at NYC Historic Sites
New York City's Path Through History (#NYCPTH) program-a statewide initiative promoting historic and culturally significant sites-highlights an array of winter festivities that are accessible by public transportation. These places provide fascinating off-the-beaten-track experiences for visitors of all ages and complement excursions to the New-York Historical Society, Museum of the City of New York, and other museums and collections in the five boroughs.
Whether it's the Holiday Pop-Up Shop at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Cool Yule! at the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, Charles Dickens performances at Trinity Church in Manhattan, birding with the Staten Island Museum, or New Year's Eve fireworks at Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza that sparks your fancy, December is an ideal time to explore some of the City's most engaging attractions. Following is a sampling of the diversity of holiday events scheduled. Check out more at Facebook.com/NewYorkCityHistory or Twitter.com/NYCPTH.
Manhattan:African Burial Ground National Monument December 26--Celebrating Kwanzaa (Details TBA)
Church of the Intercession
December 21 at 3:30 p.m.--104th Annual Clement Clarke Moore Candlelight Carol Service. Musical prelude and slide show.
December 21 from 4-5 p.m.-'Twas the Night Before Christmas: A Reading and Blue Christmas
After the reading, there will be a lantern procession to Trinity Cemetery and Mausoleum, where a wreath will be laid at the gravesite of Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863), the son of Dr. Benjamin Moore, the sixth rector of Trinity Parish, and author of the famous poem.
December 11 at 6:30 p.m.--Evening lecture features physician-biographer Samuel Forman presenting a talk on Politics, Passion, and Action: Dr. Joseph Warren and the Birth of American Liberty.
December 13 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.--Holiday Decorating Workshop
FREE with museum admission.
December 13 from 3-5 p.m.--Annual Holiday Concert Also,featured display throughout the Mansion--Community Holidays at Morris-Jumel. Each period room will have a tree decorated by different community organizations, artists, and elementary schools.
Trinity Church Wall Street and St. Paul's Chapel
December 5 from 5-6 p.m.--Holiday Concert: The Trinity Youth Chorus and Outreach Choirs with the Trinity Youth Orchestra
December 14 from 2-3 p.m.--Scrooge and Marley at St. Paul's Chapel
Bronx Museum of the Arts
Through January 15, 2015--Holiday Pop-Up Shop in collaboration with Puerto Rican fair trade retailer Concalma at the Museum. http://www.bronxmuseum.org/events/the-bronx-museum-holiday-pop-up-shop. Some pieces available in the store online at http://www.bronxmuseum.org/store/.
December 6 from 1-4 p.m.--Winter Wonderland Family Affair
Pre-register to skip the line! http://goo.gl/tjvIOm
December 10 from 6:30-9 p.m.--Navidad Flamenca Holiday Party
Weekends in December--Family Art Projects (10 a.m.-1 p.m.)
December 14 at 1 p.m.--Winter's Adornment Family Walk
December 21 from 2-4 p.m.--The Bronx Opera Company concert.
Van Cortlandt House Museum
December 6--Music for Saint Nicholas (1-3 p.m.) and Santa Claus Pajama Story Time (6 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.). Reservations required.
On view December 8 - January 11--Christmas in the Colonies Decorations
Flushing Town Hall/Flushing Freedom Trail
December 7 from 1-5 p.m.--Holiday Artisan Market at Flushing Town Hall (part of Flushing Historic House Tour; see Queens Historical Society below).
December 14 from 1-4 p.m.--Winter Holiday Festival
Celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, and Kwanzaa with art-making and storytelling.
December 21 at 2 p.m.--Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, Classical Singers Holiday Concert Jam
King Manor Museum
December 5 at 6 p.m.--Tableau Vivant will perform sonatas for violin and fortepiano by Bach, Mozart, and others.December 13 from 12-3 p.m.--Hands-on-History: Deck the Halls tour
Louis Armstrong House Museum
December 6 at 4 p.m.--CoolYule! Tree Lighting
Museum of the Moving Image
December 26 - January 4--Winter Holiday Family Workshop: Stop-Motion Shapes
December 28--A Classic Henson Holiday featuring A Muppet Family Christmas (Screening)
Queens Historical Society December 7 from 1-5pm--Annual Holiday Historic House Tour
Featuring favorite historic sites decked out in holiday decorations: Kingsland Homestead, the Bowne House, the Voelker Orth Museum, Flushing Town Hall, Friends Meeting House, Latimer House, and the Louis Armstrong House Museum
December 13 from 1-5 p.m.--Warming Up Winter: A Made-in-Queens Festival with Crafts, Music, and Art Making Workshops
Staten Island:Alice Austen House
Festive décor with Victorian-inspired ornaments.
Historic Richmond Town
December 7 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.--Christmas in Richmond Town
December 13 from 5-8:30 p.m.--Candlelight Tours
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
December 6 at 3 p.m.--Staten Island Philharmonic Festipalooza
December 14 at 3 p.m.--New York Choral Society
Staten Island Museum
December 6--New Brighton Holiday Stroll and arts & craft sale
December 20--Christmas Bird Count
Brooklyn Historical Society
Great gift shop items with highlights shared weekly on Instagram at http://instagram.com/brooklynhistory.
December 11 at 6:30 p.m.--What's Nu: The State of Brooklyn's Jewish Delis; discussion with deli historian Ted Merwin.
December 21, 2014 at 2 p.m.--Music: Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra
Brooklyn Navy Yard Center
December 7 at 11 a.m.--BLDG 92 remembers Pearl Harbor on our special tour, The "Can-Do" Yard: WWII at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
December 14 at 3:45 p.m.--Whiskey Wars Factory Tour
December 12 from 7:30-10:30 p.m.--Silent Night: Classic Movies in a Gothic Setting (members only)
Prospect Park: Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House
December 14 from 10:30 a.m.-noon--Santa Shuffle: 5K run
December 26-30--Family-friendly activities during the school break.
December 31 at 11 p.m.--Grand Army Plaza New Year's Eve Fireworks
December 6 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.--Brooklyn Holiday Book Fair
December 13 at 7 p.m. & December 14 at 2 p.m.--Brooklyn Brandenburgers Holiday Concert
Wyckoff House Museum
To see a list of Path Through History sites in New York City, go to the "Regions" section at www.paththroughhistory.ny.gov, and select "New York City" and the button "Create Your Trip." Over 100 sites are listed with visitor information and links to individual websites.
Path Through History highlights historically and culturally significant sites and events throughout New York State. The program, introduced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, builds on New York's already robust heritage tourism attractions. The initiative, under the State's tourism campaign I LOVE NEW YORK, is focused on thirteen themes including: Arts & Culture, Canals & Transportation, Civil Rights, Colonial History, Immigration, Innovation & Commerce, Native Americans, Natural History, the Revolutionary War, Sports History, U.S. Presidents, the War of 1812.