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A ‘Very NYC Ferry Holiday’ Community Events Calendar

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December 8, 2022

Celebrate winter with #VeryNYCFerryHoliday events all across NYC! 

Looking for ways to celebrate the holidays? We’ve rounded up community events happening all across the city– easily accessible by NYC Ferry!

Follow the calendar to be sure you don’t miss out on any of the fun. 


Winter Lantern Festival: Journey to the East | Now – January 8th

⛴ St. George Route | St. George
?SIUH Community Park (75 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY)

Let the light in this holiday season! ✨ The fourth annual NYC Winter Lantern Festival is back – and newly re-located just steps away from our St. George ferry stop! Step into the magical world of light and explore the wonders of over 1000 Chinese lanterns; all handmade by artisans.  Purchase tickets here.


Friends of Corlears Hook Park Holiday Festival | December 11th, 4-5:30pm

⛴ South Brooklyn Route | Corlears Hook Landing
?Corlears Hook Park (479 Cherry Street, New York, NY 10002)

One sure way to get into the holiday spirit: decorating! ? Join Friends of Corlears Hook Park as they celebrate December holidays and winter season by decorating the park. The holiday festival will include provided decorations for the winter season, arts & crafts to create your own (weather permitting), and holiday treats for the kids! Click here to RSVP – advance registration required.


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Greenpointers Holiday Market | December 11th, 1-7pm

⛴ East River Route | Greenpoint Landing
? Greenpoint Loft (67 West Street, Brooklyn, NY)

Greenpointers’ favorite holiday tradition has returned for the first time in three years – and you’re invited to join in on the fun! ? Shop, sip, enjoy live music + free fun activities under the rustic wooden beams of the historic Greenpoint Loft, including Visit the Facebook Event Page for more information.


LIC Lights Up | December 13th, 4pm

⛴ Astoria Route | Long Island City
?LIC Bar (45-58 Vernon Blvd, Queen, NY)

A comeback like no other… holiday lights have returned to Long Island City! ? Join the Long Island City Business Improvement District and The Chocolate Factory Theater for an evening of fun to celebrate the return of holiday lighting throughout the entire district. Festivities include storytelling by Allison Guinn, carolers from SING LIC, music from the Sam Trapchak Trio, and complimentary hot chocolate and treats. More information here.


Brooklyn Heights Promenade Annual Tree Lighting | December 14th, 5:30-6:30pm

⛴ South Brooklyn Route | Atlantic Avenue
?Brooklyn Heights Garden Club (Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights Promenade)

NYC Parks and the Brooklyn Heights Garden Club present the annual lighting ceremony of the Brooklyn Heights Tree! ? Free and open to the public – more information here.

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Greenpoint Holiday Lighting | December 14th, 6-7pm 

⛴ East River Route | Greenpoint Landing
?Franklin Street and Calyer Street

Be a part of the newest holiday tradition in Greenpoint! ❄️ Join the North Brooklyn Parks Alliance for this lighting ceremony that includes caroling by the Greenpoint Children’s Chorus, hot cider, and warm donuts. More information and a link to add to your calendar here.


Chanukah on Ice | December 18th, 2:30-5pm

⛴ Astoria, East River, Soundview, South Brooklyn, Rockaway Routes | Wall Street/Pier 11
?The Ice Rink at the Seaport and the Heineken Riverdeck at Pier 17

Four words: lights, dreidels, latkes and music. The Seaport‘s annual Chanukah Menorah lighting is back for an afternoon of fun! Hosted by the Jewish Learning Experience, Chabad of Wall Street, and the Howard Hughes Corporation, the celebration will feature festive music, ice skating, and performances by local artists and a children’s choir. Festivities include Chanukah crafts, face painting, an ice menorah carving, traditional treats, and a light parade beginning at 4pm. RSVP here to confirm attendance and learn more.

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Chanukah Concert | December 18th, 4pm

⛴ Soundview Route | East 90th Street
?Carl Schurz Park (86th Street Entrance)

Get into the Chanukah groove with some live music and more. ? Chabad Upper East Side is hosting a concert with Soulfarm Band that includes latkes, hot chocolate, donuts, and a Menorah lighting ceremony! Tickets available here.


Selfies with Santa | December 14-18 and 21-24,  Hours Vary

⛴ St. George Route | Battery Park City
?Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place (230 Vesey Street, New York, NY)

But first… let’s take a selfie (with Santa)!?? Brookfield Place is celebrating the magic of the holiday season by offering complimentary Santa photo experiences. Walk-in or make a same day reservation on-site at Brookfield Place. Full schedule of times available here!

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Governors Island Winter Village | Now – February 

⛴ South Brooklyn Route | Governors Island
?Governors Island

Head over to Governors Island for all the winter vibes! ? The Gov­er­nors Island Win­ter Vil­lage in Colonels Row now features fun activ­i­ties for vis­i­tors of all ages, including an ice skating rink (open Thurs­day-Sun­day & all NYC Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion holidays), fire pits & lawn games (Thursday-Sunday), sled + bike rentals from Blaz­ing Sad­dles daily, and food from Lit­tle Eva’s avail­able daily! Explore more here.


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