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Exciting Events Around The Bronx: December 2023



By Great Performances

Explore exciting community events around the Bronx this month.



Every Wednesday from 4:00pm to 9:00pm

August 23rd through December 27th

Wellness leaders and local vegans come together again to host at the Andrew Freedman Home in The Bronx.

The vegan food expo will feature more than 20 vegan vendors serving food, natural juices, delicious pastries, and just spreading wellness.

Our founding members consisted of a vegan chef, a seasoned food vendor, an award-winning event planner, a native Bronx DJ, community residents, and a common goal to spread wellness, food, and love to the Bronx.

With each experience our members grow along with the community.

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Saturday, December 9th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Celebrate the holiday season with The Bronx Museum! Join us on Saturday, December 9th from 1-4pm for an afternoon filled with festive wintry art making activities for the whole family.

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Thursday, December 7th from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Woodlawn Metro-North Station – nearest address 4225 Webster Ave, Bronx

Help preserve vital habitat along the Bronx river by planting native trees in Muskrat Cove along the Bronx River!

Find our team near the Parking Lot for the Woodlawn Metro-North (entrance to Muskrat Cove Park) on Thursday December 7th from 9am-12pm.

Please wear protective clothing that can get dirty (long pants and closed toed shoes), and bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.

All planting materials and equipment will be provided.

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November 17th, 2023 through January 7th, 2024

Join us for a family holiday festival at the Bronx Zoo.

During the evenings, the park comes to life with holiday cheer as immersive light displays, custom-designed animal lanterns and animated light shows sparkle across the zoo. This year, you’ll experience NEW lantern displays showcasing the wildlife of New York’s ocean waters and wetlands, plus a new interactive experience celebrating bioluminescent creatures.

Activities include:

  • Holiday Train
  • Ice Carving Demonstrations
  • Illuminated Performers
  • Wildlife Theater
  • Seasonal Treats

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November 17th, 2023 through January 15th, 2024

Location: at the Garden

New York City’s Most Beloved Holiday Tradition Is Back!

The Holiday Train Show returns bigger than ever with more trains and an all-new, outdoor train display. Start on the lawn to capture your perfect holiday photos at our outdoor mountainscapes and then watch trains zip past nearly 200 iconic New York landmarks under the warmth of the Conservatory. After dark, join us for NYBG GLOW and discover the beauty of our landscape and historic buildings, illuminated across the grounds. And don’t miss the return of our fan-favorite Bar Car Nights, 21-and-over evenings featuring the Holiday Train Show and curated cocktails. These special evenings feature music, experiences, food, and more—making for the ultimate night out this season.

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December 7th & 14th; January 5th

Location: at the Garden

Tickets: Non-Members $54; Garden Members $34

(Adults 21 and over)

All Aboard for Adults-Only Nights at the Holiday Train Show

On special evenings exclusively for adults 21 and over, fan-favorite Bar Car Nights make a comeback with nighttime viewings of the Holiday Train Show® and NYBG GLOW—complete with light bites and curated cocktails available for purchase. Grab a drink and step into the Haupt Conservatory to discover New York City’s most beloved holiday tradition under the warm and twinkling lights, then head outdoors for an illuminated experience across Garden grounds that’s unlike anything else in the five boroughs!

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Saturday, December 9th from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Pelham Bay Nature Center in Pelham Bay Park

Volunteer with the Stewardship Team to protect the forested areas in Pelham Bay Park! Volunteers will contribute to ongoing restoration work and learn the importance of species diversity to ecosystem health. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long sleeves, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty. Face masks may be worn at your discretion. Space is limited and registration is required. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone. This event has been funded in part by NYC Service.

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Saturday, December 9th from 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Orchard Beach Nature Center in Pelham Bay Park

New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Winter is an amazing time of year to observe seals in the Long Island Sound. You may be surprised by what looks like a rock in the distance, is actually a healthy seal.

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Tuesday, December 5th & 12th from 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center in Poe Park

This program is for children who would like to know the fundamentals and basics of learning to refurbish their clothes such as shoes and clothing. This program is for those who want to learn more about self-designing and recycling clothes.

Instructor: Kelize St. Brenard

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every Tuesday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Soundview Field House – 1550 Lafayette Avenue, Bronx

The Soundview Gardener’s Club is a space where After-School students from local schools and community volunteers come together to clear invasive plants, plant trees/native plants, and spread mulch as part of our forest restoration efforts in Soundview Park in The Bronx.

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every Saturday from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Entrance – Lafayette Avenue and Morrison Avenue

NYRR Open Run brings free, 5K weekly community-led runs, to neighborhood parks across the greater New York City area. The program is free and open to runners and walkers of all ages, abilities, and experience levels.

Called the “Gateway to the Bronx River,” 205-acre Soundview Park is located where the Bronx River opens into the East River. This urban green space is filled with grassy baseball and soccer fields, a cricket pitch, basketball courts, a running track, walking/biking paths, picnic fields, and more! With its extensive views of the water, Soundview Park celebrates the beauty of both the Bronx and East Rivers. The back part of our Open Run course has beautiful views of the Bronx River waterfront for participants to enjoy!

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Sunday, December 3rd from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center in Van Cortlandt Park

Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. Urban Park Rangers will lead hikers through some of the hidden gems of Van Cortlandt Park on a lengthy journey through the park’s diverse forests and ecosystems.

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Saturday, December 9th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center in Van Cortlandt Park

December is a prime month for stargazing. The cold air clears the night sky of clouds and creates ideal conditions for seeing the stars, planets, and other celestial highlights.

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Thursday, December 7th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center
3225 Reservoir Oval East, Bronx

Learn how to create your own natural holiday wreath for indoors or outdoors. All supplies will be provided along with natural pine cones and ribbon to decorate your own handmade, festive wreath. Bring your favorite decorations to add as well!

This event is hosted by NYC Parks GreenThumb. We are proud to be the nation’s largest urban community gardening program, sustaining over 550 gardens throughout New York City. With GreenThumb’s support, community gardens are centers of environmental justice, ensuring that our city is fairer, safer, and greener for all. GreenThumb’s events are free and open to the public.

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Friday, December 8th from 4:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center
3225 Reservoir Oval East, Bronx

It’s a Winter Wonderland at Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center. Families and children are invited to join us for some winter fun as we bring in the season with icicles and snowflakes. Activities will include arts and crafts, winter games, and a special visit from
Santa himself. Instructor: Ana Torres

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Did you know that Great Performances is headquartered in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx? We love being a part of the Bronx community, supporting other Bronx-based companies, and giving back to our community.

Read more about it here.