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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 or


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.

Fraunces Tavern

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.

Morris-Jumel Mansion

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. Some pieces available in the store online at

December 6 from 1-4 p.m.--Winter Wonderland Family Affair

Pre-register to skip the line!

December 10 from 6:30-9 p.m.--Navidad Flamenca Holiday Party

Wave Hill:

Weekends in December--Family Art Projects (10 a.m.-1 p.m.)

Weekends in December--Holiday Workshop Weekends (times vary)

December 14 at 1 p.m.--Winter's Adornment Family Walk

December 28 - Seatings at 2 and 2:30 p.m.--Holiday Tea

Woodlawn Cemetery

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

Throughout December--Holiday Cheer at Satchmo's House

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

Queens 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

December 11 at 6:30 p.m.--What's Nu: The State of Brooklyn's Jewish Delis; discussion with deli historian Ted Merwin.

Brooklyn Museum

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

Green-Wood Cemetery

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

Old Stone House

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

December 6 from 1-4 p.m.--Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas Day)

To see a list of Path Through History sites in New York City, go to the "Regions" section at, 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.

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