Weekend Fun

Weekend Fun

December 12 – 13

Here are some highlights of free and low-cost things to do in our parks this weekend. For more upcoming events, please visit NYC Parks Events Calendar.

1. Come to the tree lighting at Holiday on the Hudson

Holiday on the Hudson

Join us as we celebrate the spirit of the season with singing, dancing, and the lighting of the tree at this annual celebration at West Harlem Piers Park on Saturday. More info 

2. Go looking for owls with an expert


Late fall and winter is the best time to spot owls in our parks. This Saturday, learn all about the owls of New York City as our experts lead you to the best places in our parks to see them. More info 

3. Go ice skating

Wollman Rink in Central Park

Enjoy the wonderful views of the city from the ice. Find an ice skating rink near you 

4. Go hiking in the Greenbelt with a park expert

Greenbelt's green trail

Explore Staten Island’s largest parkland on this free hiking adventure along the park’s green trail this Sunday. More info 

5. See a meteor shower this weekend


Join our Urban Park Rangers in the park this weekend to see the Geminids Meteor Shower. More info 

6. Check out the holiday train show

holiday train show

See tiny trains travel through a mini New York City at this annual show at the New York Botanical Garden. More info 

7. See this annual holiday art exhibit in the Bronx

whimsical wonderland

Come to Poe Park to see wonderful winter-themed artworks by emerging and established artists from the Bronx. More info 

8. Get some holiday shopping done

holiday market

The holiday markets at Union Square and Columbus Circle are open! Shop for park-themed gifts at our pop-up shop in Union Square.

9. Explore Grand Ferry Park with our park rangers

Grand Ferry Park

Learn about the rich history of this Williamsburg park that was a ferry landing in the 19th century. Event info 

10. See the lighting of the world’s largest menorahs

Menorah Lighting

Celebrate Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, at the lighting of the menorahs at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn and Grand Army Plaza in Manhattan. More info 

Source: Weekend Fun : NYC Parks