Holiday Train Show Grand Central

Holiday Train Show / Grand Central

Date:         November 13 to mid-February 2020

Time:         Monday through Friday: 8am to 8pm

                   Saturdays - Sundays: 10am to 6pm

Central Station, during the Christmas season, besides the Christmas market, in its interior also has the Christmas Show train and has become one of the most popular attractions in New York. If you like the railway world you will enjoy a model, which is a replica of the central station itself in O scale. The rolling stock of the model corresponds to old trains belonging to the collection of the museum of transport in the city. 

Also, you can see an interesting collection of railway posters published between 1920 - 1940, miniature cars, taxis, police cars, buses, gas station, King Kong on the Empire State Building, miniature boats, a barber shop , Hard Rock Cafe and replicas of buildings among others.

Our advice:

  • It is a free event, the entrance is on 42nd Street and Park Ave., therefore, there is no reason to miss it on your next trip to New York.
  • Closed Christmas Day and New Year's.

Winter Jam / Central Park

Winter Jam / Central Park

Winter Jam / Central Park

Location:      Central Park   - Bandshell area

                      Entrance via 72nd Street

Date:             Saturday, February 1st, 2020

Hours:         11am to 3pm

Admission: Free of charge for all ages

It is an annual winter festival, to encourage New Yorkers to go out and enjoy the outdoors in the colder months, and tourists who want to enjoy the snow. In this festival participants (especially children) have the opportunity to use skis and snowboards in fresh snow within the city limits, during the event attendees learn to ride ski and use the snowboard. Even dogs have their own assigned area.

Our Advice:

●      In this area you will find: Snowfield, snowshoeing, open space for skiers and snowboarders, ice climbing.

●      It is recommended to bring your own equipment, although some equipment will be supplied at no cost to the participants.

●      All participants must sign an agreement before doing any of these activities.

●      Participants under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian present with an ID.

●      Waiting lines for activities are subject to close early.

●      For more information, call (212) 360-8216.

●      Information point for those who wish to visit ski resorts in the state of New York.

Central Park Zoo

Central Park Zoo

Schedule:                      Opened 365 days

                                     From 10:00 am to 5:30 pm

Admission:                    Ticket is required

The Central Park Zoo is located within the park, entering 5th Avenue between 63 and 66 street, its a small zoo, it has 130 different species ranging from Snow Leopard to tropical birds, to polar bears, penguins and other species which are found in habitats carefully designed to recreate the natural environment of the animals at home. The Zoo is organized and easy to make the tour it lasts about an hour, is recommended for children, it is divided into two stages; in the second stage you can interact with certain small animals that you can feed. In winter you can see how they train and feed the penguins, sea lions, seals and red pandas.

Our advice:

The entrance to the zoo includes the 4D Theater, but it is optional, which has special effects, the chair moves, snow falls, etc. The movie lasts 13 minutes.

This is a very New Yorker Zoo attraction, its not for mass tourism, additionally provides interactive lessons with live animals, they are taught from Monday to Friday, weekends and in school holidays.

Visit the souvenir shop to buy unique wild items, including stuffed animals and children's books, toys, games and more. A gift basket is parked outdoors during the warmer months of the season.

The Rink At Rockefeller Center

The Rink At Rockefeller Center

Location:       Rockefeller Center ice -Track

Date:             November to April

Hours:           Daily from 8:30 pm to Midnight

                     Opening hours may change depending on the weather.

Admission:   Ticket required and rental skates.

Welcome to one of the most famous attractions of New York City! In the heart of Midtown, only a few steps from Times Square and the theater district is located next to the building Rockefeller Center between 49th and 50th street and Fifth Avenue. it’s a tradition that everyone can enjoy in the city, the Skating rink is the most photographed and filmed. We have seen this place in movies and series, every year when the Christmas tree lights are turned on it is broadcasted to people from all over the world.

Our advice:

  • It’s a place to skate in the heart of Manhattan, very close to St. Patrick's Cathedral, Radio City Music Hall, 150 skaters are allowed at a time.
  • So you should choose the right time if you don’t want to freeze waiting for your turn. The best time to go is during business hours and in the morning. You can’t buy tickets in advance.
  • Monday through Thursday there are fewer people and it's also a cheaper entry, save some money during the week instead of fighting the crowds on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
  • A session will be 90 minutes skating on the track.
  • Do not be afraid to be inexperienced: There is private ice skating lessons available for those who can’t skate and want to learn.
  • Don’t buy skates, Rockefeller Center offers rental skates if you don’t have yours. Note that the cost is per session, and not for the day.

Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting

Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting

Date of ignition:     Date is not confirmed yet, 7:00pm to 9:00pm  

Date shutdown:     January , 2021 Date is not confirmed yet, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Start time:             Every day from 5:30 in the morning
                               Until 11:30 at night

Christmas officially begins after the Thanksgiving and after turns on the Christmas Tree on the Rockellefer Center. It is decorated with 45,000 LED lights, drive for 8 kilometers of electric cables and topped with a Swarovski star.

For the special date there is always a programming gala that starts at 7 pm, on Christmas and New Year the tree is on the 24 hours.

Our advice:

  • The event is free, its attended by thousands of people and is followed by millions of them through television around the world.
  • If you are lucky enough to be in New York that day, We recommend you to go a couple of hours before the exhibition if you want a good location. Otherwise, you'll probably have to watch the whole ceremony through the giant screens installed in different parts of the Rockefeller Center. For More information, visit: 

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights

Date:     From November 30th to January 3rd - 2020

The mot extravagant Christmas light display in New York is located in Diker Heights Brooklyn, between 11th and 13th Avenue and 83th and 86th street. This Italian-American neighborhood is where residents bring out their Christmas spirit, lighting their houses with brightly colored bulbs, decorating the houses with Santa Claus in different sizes, nativities, snowflakes that fall from rooftops creating an illusion that snow is falling from the sky, you can also enjoy animated reindeer, giant candy canes, that help create the Christmas Spirit in this magical neighborhood.

The video will show some houses in Dyker Heights and details how to make the tour on your own; However you can also take the tour that brings you from Manhattan to Brooklyn,

Tour:               5:45 pm - ROW NYC
                        6:15 pm - Pennsylvania Hotel

Duration:       3 hours 30 minutes (approx)

This holiday tour takes you to the residential neighborhoods of Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights, Italian-American sections of Brooklyn where you will find tree-lined streets and beautiful private residences decorated for the Christmas holidays.

You won't just see the lights; you'll walk through the neighborhoods with a guide to hear the stories behind this fun holiday event that brings thousands of people here each year. You may even meet some homeowners who are a proud part of this festive holiday.

On your way back to Manhattan, you'll see the spectacular New York skyline and some of the beautiful displays. Stop a Fifth Avenue and Rockefeller Center to see the iconic displays including the Christmas tree and ice skating rink. You'll be dropped off in Midtown to conclude your tour.

Buy tickets here.

Our advice:

  • Here are some tips to enjoy this Christmas light extravaganza in Dyker Heights.
  • Park your car and walk for better viewing options, bring strollers for the kids.
  • Take the D train to 71th Street in Brooklyn, get off the train at this stop and walk 10 minutes towards 11th and 13th Avenue and 83rd and 86th St.

Holiday Train Show Bronx Botanical Garden

Holiday Train Show Bronx Botanical Garden

Date:                       November 2019to January 2020

Hours:                    Tuesdays to Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

                                 Closed on Thanksgiving Day - Christmas

For Christmas, the Botanical Garden in the Bronx presents a wonderful show called "HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW" "The Show of Christmas Train", Where you can see more than 20 scale model trains covering a wide variety of terrain and 150 miniature buildings of the five counties, with thousands of lights artfully designed, which occupy a quarter mile. Look up to see a new exhibition area of trains over height with the most famous bridges in New York. The monuments are made of natural materials such as bark, branches, stems, fruits and natural seeds.

The garden is located in Bronx River Parkway and Fordham Road, it has an easy access by car, metro, bus and Metro-North. Most of the garden consists of outdoor spaces with 250 acres of garden.

Our advice: 

  • Its opened no matter how is the weather, plan your visit and wear warm clothes because of the season.
  • Please note that private tourist cars are accessible for people with disabilities, except for a few areas where the ground is uneven. Wheelchairs and strollers parking is available for free, just leave an ID at the administration.
  • Friday and Saturday, the Botanical garden at night is transformed magically, thousands of twinkling lights come up and Theres a car Bar where adults can enjoy free cocktails, watch demonstrations of ice carving sculptures and listen to jazz in the heat of a wood fire.
  • If you have left something in the garden, you can contact the Safety Office:  (718) -817- 8664, items that are not claimed after 60 days are donated to charity.

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

During the winter, New York prepares it's ice rinks for skating fans in different parts of the city.

Bryant Park: During the winter season, the ice rink is opened, which is known as "The Pond". It is a classic, located in the heart of Manhattan it's the only free track for those who bring their own skates. You can also rent skates. It has lockers to store belongings, if you want, you can bring a padlock and you wont have to pay for this service.

Hours: Daily: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm. Free entrance           

Central Park: The ice rink is called ''Wollman Rink'', located at the corner of Central Park South and Sixth Avenue this track is the largest of all but it isn't free, for those who want to see people skate, you will also have to pay.

Hours: Daily from 11am to 5pm. You have to pay an entry fee.               

Central Park Lasker: It's a pool during the summer and ice skating rink during the winter, located in the middle of the park between 106th and 108th streets.

Hours: You can check the timetables by clicking here. You have to pay an entry fee.  

Rockefeller Center:  The most photographed and filmed Rink Ice in New York City. We have seen it in films and series, every year when the Christmas tree is shining, there are lots of cameras transmitting for all around the world from there. Located at the foot of the building Rockefeller Center. Only 150 skaters are allowed at a time. The best time to go is during business hours and in the morning.

Hours: You can check the timetables by clicking here. You have to pay an entry fee.

Chelsea Piers Sky Ring: Located at the docks on the Hudson River (Pier61) is an indoor track. The interesting thing about this track is that it is widely used for training equipment figure skating and hockey teams so you will see a different atmosphere comparing to others.

Hours: You can check the timetables by clicking here. You have to pay an entry fee.

Our advice:

  • In all cases, the outdoor courts are prepared in November and open to the public at the end of the month, usually coinciding with Thanksgiving and remains open for about 3 to 4 months, depending on weather conditions.

Santa Clause in Stores

Santa Clause in Stores

Christmas is a perfect time to be photographed with Santa Claus in different parts of New York and personally give him the wish list, the best places to find Santa are:


It has the classic and popular Santaland option located on the 8th floor of the store, generally it attracts many people so you will find long lines to take a picture and spend time with Santa Claus, you will enjoy the decoration and the number of elves that will transport you to Santa´s world. Admission is free but the pictures have some cost but you can also use and take your own photos, Santaland is open daily from November 28th to December 24th until 9pm. Opening times might vary.  07 a.m. to 09 a.m.  


Santa Claus also crosses through the eighth floor of the store. From November 28th to December 23rd, Santa Claus is there. The renowned Bloomingdales store is located on 3rd Avenue between 59th and 60th Streets. The pictures there are totally free: 

ABC Carpet & Home

Carpet in Union Square has a different alternative to see Santa, between beautiful furniture and decorative items. It attracts less people and the wait can be lower than in other stores. From November 28th to December 23rd, but only on weekends Santa will be on ABC, located on Broadway between 18th and 19th Streets. Admission is free and you can take your own pictures :   

New York City Fire Museum

The Fire Museum of New York offers a representation where Santa is stuck on the roof and firefighters come for his rescue, hot chocolate and music is offered at a party for families. You will have to buy a ticket for the entrance. Visit this page to know the time and schedule of the event.

Our advice:

The best time to visit is on weekdays in the morning, this will pretent you long waits, there are also other places like the Rockefeller Center where you can book breakfast with Santa Claus at the Sea Grill and Rock Center Cafe, also includes ice skating on the famous track, photo frame and gifts for children.

Holiday Train Show Grand Central
Winter Jam / Central Park
Central Park Zoo
The Rink At Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting
Dyker Heights Christmas Lights
Holiday Train Show Bronx Botanical Garden
Ice Skating
Santa Clause in Stores