Celebrate the season at the Annual Holiday Lighting in Central Park. Meet Santa and friends, sing carols on the Plaza, and warm up with hot cocoa and cookies. The evening concludes with lighting a flotilla of trees on the Harlem Meer.

Event is rain, snow, or shine.

Check out our seasonal recipes and activities below before caroling into the night at this festive evening.

*Masks are required for all visitors entering the Dana Center to see Santa. If needed, masks will be available at the event. Thank you for helping us keep our community safe.


Registration is not required, but let them know you are coming.

For more information, please call 212.310.6675.

When – 12/21 – 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Location – Charles A. Dana Discovery Center

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Things To Do

From The Philharmonic on the Great Lawn to Shakespeare in the Park to SummerStage, Central Park offers an endless array of things to do, see, hear - and, with two full service restaurants and several cafes, taste.  You can visit The Shakespeare Garden, take in a performance at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, take a ride on the Carousel - or just sit and people watch at Bethesda Terrace!

Contact Us

Contact Info

5th Ave. 
New York, NY, 10028

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