Watch a miniature MTA train traverse a 34-foot, two-level model train city between Grand Central Terminal and the North Pole in this immersive (and free!) holiday train show.
NYC's largest holiday festival offers free live music and performances, local food tastings from $1 to $4 a piece, games, and shopping, all kicked off by a tree lighting ceremony at Dante Park.
Make a wish at this interactive exhibit and watch the canopy of hanging lanterns dance in bold colors, creating a spectacular show of light and movement beneath a glass atrium.
Mid-December is the best time to visit Dyker Heights' historically spectacular Christmas light displays, a neighborhood holiday tradition since the 1980s. Bring a hot drink and enjoy the glow.
'Tis the season for helping your neighbors. Join the New York Irish Center at their annual day of service, where you'll help fill boxes with items for families in need during this holiday season.
Walk along the cookie-filled tables at this 10th annual event, filling your $15 box with any of the 75 varieties of holiday cookies on offer. It's the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit.
Join some very merry drag queens (including RuPaul's Drag Race alums) for a performance of what proclaims to be "the most diverse and inclusive Holiday show ever performed and recorded."
If you have your own skates and a lock for your locker, you can get onto the ice without spending a penny at NYC's only free ice rink.