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Celebrate the Holidays Aboard NYC Ferry

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December 1, 2023 Chris Petriello

Get ready to sleigh the holiday season with NYC Ferry as we sail to epic Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and winter events near our ferry landings. From twinkling lights to festive vibes, let’s ride the wave of celebration together!

Rockin’ around the 5 boroughs. No matter what you’re celebrating this season we have the perfect mix for you to Sail & Stream.

🕎Hanukkah Events

Hanukkah Festival
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with eight days of special offers from Russ & Daughters, Miznon, Li-Lac Chocolates, and more.
Date: Dec 7th-15th
Route: St. George
Landing: Midtown West


LIC Lights Up
The LIC Business Improvement district, Hunters Point Community Development Corporation, and The Chocolate Factory Theater welcome you to celebrate the return of holiday lighting in LIC. Join your neighbors for a festive evening featuring caroling, hot chocolate, and a visit from Santa.

Date: Dec 7th, 4:45PM
Route: East River
Landing: Hunters Point South


BK Menorah Lighting
The Largest Menorah in Brooklyn has been towering over New York since 1985 and is a must on everyone’s calendar. Every night of Chanukah thousands celebrate with the accompaniment of live music and hot latkes for all.

Date: Dec 7th-14th, 5-7PM
Route: South Brooklyn
Landing: Red Hook


Chanukah Menorah Lighting & Celebration at the Seaport
Latkes. Hot cocoa. Live music, arts and crafts, and a six-foot-tall chocolate Menorah. Save the Date for the Seaport’s annual Chanukah Menorah Lighting hosted by the Jewish Learning Experience.

Date: Dec 10th, 3-5PM
Route: Multiple
Landing: Wall St / Pier 11


DUMBO Tree & Menorah Lighting
Menorah lighting, tree lighting, Santa, and more!

Date: Dec 7th, 2023, 4-7 PM
Route: South Brooklyn & East River
Landing: DUMBO


Family Chanukah Carnival
Enjoy tons of fun at the Family Chanukah Carnival.

Date: Dec 10th, 11 AM-12:30 PM
Route: Soundview
Landing: Stuyvesant Cove


Hanukkah Celebration
Join Brookfield Place and the community for a special Hanukkah event in Hudson Eats, with live music featuring Zisl Slepovitch’s Klezmer Ensemble. Plus, enjoy art-making, photo ops, and festive offerings for everyone to enjoy!

Date: Dec 10th, 11 AM-2 PM
Route: St. George
Landing: Battery Park City


Dreidel Dash at Brookfield Place
Tradition meets technology with Dreidel Dash, an augmented reality experience at BFPL! For the week of Chanukah, spin dreidels throughout Brookfield Place where lucky winners can collect a special prize.

Date: Dec 10-18
Route: St. George
Landing: Battery Park City


Christmas Events

Park Ave Tree Lighting
Sip on hot cocoa, savor candy canes, and let your voices unite in harmonious joy on the Park Avenue steps.

Date: Dec 3rd, 6:30-7:30PM
Route: Astoria/Soundview
Route: E90th


Carl Schurz Park Tree Lighting
Candlelight, candy canes, hot chocolate… and an evening your family will cherish for years to come.

Date: Dec 3rd, 5PM
Route: Astoria/Soundview
Route: E90th


Madison Square Park Tree Lighting
Celebrate the 111th anniversary of the first holiday tree lighting, with MSPC, the park community, and neighborhood partners. 

Date: Dec 6th, 4-6PM
Route: Astoria/Soundview/East River
Landing: 34th St


Tappen Park Lighting
Join us for FREE at Tappen Park to light up the magnificent tree, toy giveaway, pictures with holiday characters, and many activities for all.

Date: Dec 9th, 3-6PM
Route: St. George
Landing: St. George


Holiday Festival
Bring the kids and join us as we celebrate the December holidays and winter season by decorating the park.

Date: Dec 10th, 4-5:30PM
Route: South Brooklyn
Landing: Corlears Hook


Holidays with the Hawks
Come ring in the Holidays at SIUH Community Park on Saturday, December 16th! Free photos with Santa.

Date: Dec 16th, 11AM-2 PM
Route: St. George
Landing: St. George


Holiday Mania
Celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Years 2024 all in one fun-filled holiday party for All!

Date: Dec 16th, 2-6PM
Route: Astoria/Soundview
Landing: E90th


Christmas Bird Counting
This family-friendly activity is a great way to explore our City’s natural areas while contributing to valuable scientific research, and we encourage all to participate!

Date: Dec 17th, 9 AM-1 PM
Route: South Brooklyn
Landing: Corlears Hook


Reindeer Roundup at Brookfield Place
Search and collect all the reindeer and pick up a special present at the concierge!

Date: Dec 19th-Dec 24th
Route: St. George
Landing: Battery Park City




Kwanzaa Crawl
Kwanzaa Crawl is a one-day event that brings people of the African diaspora together to support Black-owned businesses in their communities. 

Date: Dec 26th
In Brooklyn, the location to be announced.


Winter Events

Winter at Governors Island
Get excited for fire pits, expanded Winter Dog Days, holiday lights, and games—all starting December 1.

All December

Route: South Brooklyn
Landing: Governors Island


2023 DUMBO Holiday Lights Projection
Take a delightful stroll around the neighborhood and check out all the holiday projections.

All December

Route: South Brooklyn, East River
Landing: DUMBO


Holiday Pop-Up Hester Street Fair
Just a short stroll from Wall St. / Pier 11 located at the Seaport, celebrate the season and shop small from local businesses.

All December

Thursday 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Friday – Sunday 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Route: Multiple
Landing: Wall St / Pier 11


Annual Wallabout Holiday Market
Check out the biggest holiday market in Brooklyn!

Date: Dec 2nd, 12-5PM
Route: Astoria
Landing: Brooklyn Navy Yard


Winter Wonderland
Join in for a festive day of fun and entertainment sure to fill your holiday season with joy.

Date: Dec 2nd, 11 AM-6 PM
Route: Soundview
Landing: Stuyvesant Cove


Birding as Therapy
This installment of NYC Audubon’s Lecture series features author Robert “Bob” Bell. Bob reflects on birding as his ideal therapy for dealing with a chronic disease and chronic pain and provides numerous tips on how to begin birding and enjoy it, regardless of one’s physical ability. 

Date: Dec 5th, 7 PM-8 PM


Minthorne Winter Market
Shop local vendors while you sip on a hot drink! 

Date: Dec 9th, 1 PM-6 PM
Route: St. George
Landing: St. George


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