Living in the Big Apple, there’s always so much to do in the city especially during the holidays. Uptown has no shortage of events and festivities to get you into the Holiday Spirit! See our guide below for Theatre, Tree Lightings and Holiday shops!


HSA Theatre Alliance Presents: “Harlem Holiday Live!”
Celebrate the holiday season with a multi-disciplinary performance by the HSA Theatre Alliance, Dorothy Maynor Singers, HSA Dance Ensemble and HSA Dance Junior Ensemble.
DECEMBER 8, 9*, 10, 15, 16, 17
Fridays, 7PM | Saturdays, 3PM & 7PM | Sundays, 3PM
*December 9 will only have a 7PM Evening performance.
$20 Advance | $25 Door | $15 Students & Seniors

A Christmas Carol Performed by The Pied Piper Theatre
The gifted young actors of the Pied Piper ensemble present this timeless classic certain to delight all ages.
Saturday December 9 & 16th at 3pm & 7pm
Sunday December 10 & 17 at 4pm
$15 for Adults | $12 for children/students/seniors

Harlem Holiday Gospel Celebration at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church
This one-hour holiday season Gospel Concert will bring joy to your heart and soul. Gospel music is a powerfully uplifting experience that everyone should experience. We intend to have you toe-clapping, foot-stomping, and singing along with the soulful rhythms of Black gospel music that will fill the church on these two days.
Dates: December 23rd and December 25th at 11am
House doors open at 10:15 am
Tickets are $20

Greenhouse Arts Center Winter Showcase
Come watch these dedicated students show off their moves!
Saturday December 16, 2017 at 2pm
570 Lenox Avenue @ The Salvation Army of Harlem
Tickets are $10 for ages 12+ (free admission under 12)

Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night at The Apollo Theatre
Since 2006, the Apollo has established an annual show to celebrate this holiday tradition on one day of the Kwanzaa holiday. The Apollo’s celebration is a joyful evening of dance and music honoring the principles of Kwanzaa—family, community, and culture.
December 30 at 2pm & 7:30pm
Tickets Start at $35


Calabar Imports Presents Harlem Holiday Market
Calabar Imports in HARLEM, one of the three stores is having its 1ST Annual HARLEM HOLIDAY MARKET showcasing local artisans, handmade products, and gifts for the holiday season. Our HARLEM HOLIDAY MARKET will feature unique holiday gift items, holiday home decor, and specialty food items including soaps, candles, jewelry, clothing, cakes, and desserts.
The market will open 5 Sundays from November 26 to December 24
Calabar Imports Harlem | 2504 Frederick Douglass Blvd | Harlem, NY

The Harlem Aesthetic Presents: Harlem for the Holidays
Carefully curated by Artists Laura R. Gadson & Shimoda Donna Emanuel, these holiday markets feature
Saturday December 2nd & Sunday Dec 3rd, 2017
12pm-6pm at The Gadson Gallery | 225 West 134th Street, New York NY 10030

Miss Ollie Mae Foundation presents Christmas Pop Up Shop
We will be Celebrating the Holiday with a Wonderful Christmas Pop Up Shop! This is a Family Friendly Event where shoppers will find gifts and curios from local entrepreneurs and vendors at reasonable prices: Handcrafted Items, Holiday Ornaments, Unique Decorations and One of a Kind Gifts! Come out and Enjoy the Holiday Spirit with Great People, Free Hot Cocoa, Games Raffles and Giveaways.
December 16th 2017 3pm-7pm at the Aloft Hotel at 2296 Frederick Douglas Blvd, New York NY 10027

See & Do:

Friends of Frederick Douglass Circle Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
Music sung by the Youth Choir from the First Corinthians Baptist Church. Hot Cocoa from Lido Harlem and Coffee from Starbucks.
Tuesday December 5 at 6:30pm

Wicked Garden Tree Lighting
499 West 150th Street (Near Amsterdam Avenue)
Saturday December 9, 2017 from 2-4pm

Coca-Cola Winter Wonderland at The Apollo Theatre!
Under the twinkling lights of our famous marquee, The Apollo Theater and Coca-Cola invite you to bring the family for holiday-themed activities including picture taking with Santa Claus and amazing performances. This event is hosted by the Apollo Theater’s Tour Director and Ambassador, Billy Mitchell.
Additionally, in the spirit of giving, the Coca-Cola Winter Wonderland marks the final day of our toy and book drive for children serviced by Greenhope Services for Women, Inc. We accept new or used books CDs, clothing and toys that are in good condition, suitable for boys and girls ages 3 to 18. All donations should be unwrapped, please.
Saturday December 9, 2pm – 6pm

Summer on The Hudson: Holiday on the Hudson
Join us for our tree lighting party and celebrate the season with live music, dancing, decoration-making, and hot chocolate
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – visit the Baylander and take part in their family friendly activities, work on a craft activity with Miss New York Gabrielle Walter, have hot cocoa and dance
5:00 p.m. – Cheer from John Herrold, president Riverside Park Conservancy and throwing the switch to light the tree
5-6 p.m. – Barnard Bacchantae Bacchantae sings, photos are taken with the tree, Baylander open with activities and warming
125th Street and Marginal Street in West Harlem Piers
Saturday December 9 from 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Sugar Hill Creamery “Holiday House Decorating Class
Kids and their adults work together to build their dream house…made of graham crackers! Each child receives an already assembled gingerbread-inspired house, sugar cone “tree,” assorted candies and treats, and royal icing to bring their ideas to life.
Saturday December 9 & Saturday December 16. Multiple times
Tickets are $25 plus tax

Harlem Christmas Party by The Harlem Region of the NYCCOC
Christmas comes but once a year, let’s celebrate with some holiday cheer!
The Harlem Region of the NYC Church of Christ invites you to our annual holiday party. Doors open at 6:00pm.
Adults are $20 per person. Children under 17 are free and must be accompanied by an adult.
St. Philip’s Church 204 West 134th Street, New York, NY 10030
Sat, December 9, 2017 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm

8th Annual Harlem alter-knit-ive Crafts Fair.
Harlem Craft Fair is located at the heart of Harlem and next to Columbia University newly opened Lenfest Center for the Arts. The fair will be held in the downstairs area of the gorgeous St. Mary’s Episcopal church. Join us to explore the fair where you will find an artisan market filled with handmade items, vintage goods, and baked treats.With up to thirty vendors we will have a range of products and price points to appeal to both New Yorkers, commuters, and tourists. Our artists offer you a wonderful array of unique items including art, artisan gifts, crafts and souvenirs.They are presented by independent designers, emerging artists, and vintage collectors.
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church 521 West 126th Street New York, NY 10027
Sunday December 10, 2017 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Meet Santa & Make Ornaments for Maggie’s Garden at The Wallace
3612 Broadway
Sunday December 10 from 10am -12pm

and then!

Maggie’s Garden Tree Lighting and Carol Signing!
564 West 149th Street (Near Broadway)
Sunday December 10 at 12pm

Bronx Concert Singers’ 36th Annual Holiday Concert: International Potpourri
Join The Bronx Concert Singers (BCS) and music director Robert René Galván for their 36th Annual Holiday Concert: “International Popourri” at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Parkchester, Bronx, NY. This holiday program features works by J.S. Bach, Christmas songs from around the world and seasonal favorites performed by the BCS chorus, with keyboardist Tamara Cashour, professional soloists and chamber orchestra.
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 4:30 pm

NYSoM Winter Wonderland
A Harlem Holiday Extravaganza that features NYSoM gift giveaways for Kids & Gift Raffles for Adults! An appearance by Santa Claus, Rudolph the Reindeer & Frosty the Snowman! Hanukkah Dreidel Game, Kwanzaa Principles Reading & Christmas Carols. Holiday Bazaar Market & New Years 2018 Photo Booth. ALL THIS & MORE FOR FREE ADMISSION
Saturday December 16, 3pm – 6pm
At the Jackie Robinson Educational Complex at 1573 Madison Avenue (Enter on 106th St)

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
A holiday reading of the beloved Clement Clarke Moore poem A Visit from Saint Nicholas with Joy-Ann Reid, a political analyst at MSNBC and host of “AM Joy,” which airs Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to noon. After the reading, join St. Nicholas in a lantern procession and wreath-laying at Moore’s tomb at Trinity Church Cemetery & Mausoleum, followed by a festive reception.
The Church of the Intercession and Trinity Church Cemetery & Mausoleum are located at Broadway at West 155th Street.
Prelude music begins at 3pm; program begins at 4pm.
Free and open to the public. Information: 212.283.6200 or
Sunday December 17, 2017 from 3pm to 6pm

Soulstice Soul Train along East 125th Street: A Party Along the Sidewalks of East 125th Street!
On Thursday, December 21, celebrate the season with a Make Music New York procession, a holiday jam with D.J. Ted Smooth, family train fun at the new Second Avenue Subway Center, plus free goodies along the length of East 125th Street.

Ongoing Fun

Ice Skating with the family is an excellent way to celebrate the holidays. We are fortunate to have two ice rinks Uptown!
Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park offers Public Skating on Friday Evenings, Saturday & Sunday and is open on holidays. Admission is $5 for Adults. $3 for Children 12 and under. Skate Rental is $6 per person.

Lasker Rink at Central Park North has public skating available everyday! Adults at $8.50, Youth $4, Seniors $2.25. Skate Rental is $7.50. Also, Lasker rink has Locker Rental at $4 plus a $4 deposit.

Harlem Holiday Windows
Harlem Holiday Windows 2017 debuts in the holiday windows game, and it’s all about celebrations! Spanning the corridor of Lenox Avenue/Malcolm X Boulevard between 117th and the 127th streets, seven businesses will display windows designed and executed by students from Fashion Institute of Technology’s (FIT) and designs from local artists, curated by Omo Misha. Participating businesses include Grandma’s Place in Harlem, Harlem Coffee Company, Harlem Haberdashery, Harlem Shake, Settepani Restaurant,Valerie Signature Salon, Whole Foods Market, Corner Social, and Chez Lucienne. The displays will visually tells the story of Harlem through its varied celebrations. The displays will visually tells the story of Harlem through its varied celebrations. From smokey jazz Harlem scenes, religious traditions, and various holiday scenes.
Ongoing through January 2, 2018

Shaneeka Wilson
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Mom to an adult trapped in a tween's body (HELP!). Passionate about Education, Community Involvement, and Good Coffee. Co-creator of Uptown Birdies.