Under-the-radar holiday events

December 19, 2019 9:00 am

Of course you want to see the big, splashy holiday events in New York. But we’ve also rounded up some of the more under-the-radar holiday events for your enjoyment. If you like the big ones, you’ll also enjoy the smaller, less hectic versions. Just as fun, just less well-known. Enjoy!

Origami Tree–American Museum of Natural 

If you love the tree at Rockefeller Center…check out the Origami Tree at the American Museum of Natural History. On display though January 2, the tree, which has been a fixture in New York for more than 40 years, has a different theme every year. This season it’s “T-Rex and Friends: History in the Making,” with models inspired by the museum’s T-Rex exhibit. The tree has more than 800 origami decorations (!), and visitors can also try their hand (literally) at making their own. This is still one of the best slightly under-the-radar holiday events.

My First Nutcracker

If you enjoy The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center, but want something smaller and less intimidating for younger viewers, try My First Nutcracker at the New York City Children’s Theater. The show is narrated, to help the littlest viewers follow along. You’ll still have the familiar story and music, just at a gentler pace and a mellower speed.

Check out an alternative Nutcracker this holiday season

Photo: Carol Rosegg

Time Warner Center

If you find the Dyker Heights lights in Brooklyn mesmerizing, try the Time Warner Center changing lights display. The hanging stars change colors every few seconds, and while it’s not as grand and elaborate as the ones in Dyker Heights (nothing is), it’s less crowded, it’s inside (although you can also see them from outside) and you can pop into Williams Sonoma to buy some Peppermint Bark. (And if you’re still in need of more holiday shopping, check out the holiday market right across the street, as well as others mentioned here.)

Visit the Time Warner Center at Columbus CIrcle this holiday season

Strasbourg-Alsace Holiday Market

If you love shopping at the holiday markets but want to check out something new, try the Strasbourg-Alsace Holiday Market in Bowling Green Park. This is truly an under-the-radar holiday event: New this year, the market features table linens from Colmar, pottery from Soufflenheim, ornaments from Strasbourg, and more. You’ll also find such delicacies as Alsatian craft beer, hot chestnuts and sausages. (Go now before the word really gets out!)

Visit New York’s newest holiday market!

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