RECOMMENDED: Christmas for kids
Christmas caroling in NYC is the best of all! There are plenty of opportunities to get the kids singing along, whether it's with a group of trained professionals or with volunteer groups and a nice cup of hot chocolate...here's our ranked list!
Since Christmas for kids is such a magical time, be sure you're making the most of it. Apart from awesome Christmas caroling activities, there plenty of Christmas events for kids to attend, holiday gifts for kids to "test drive" and epic holiday markets to visit, too!
Gramercy Park Christmas Eve Caroling
Usually reserved for the few that hold keys (only about 400 people), Gramercy Park opens its doors to the public for a little bit of Christmas Eve magic. Visit around 5pm for caroling under its tree (and explore while you can)! Dec 24 5pm. Enter at Lexington Ave and Gramercy Park N. Free.
Park Avenue Tree Lighting and Caroling
Attend the 5pm social hour at Watson Hall for holiday crafts, hot chocolate and cookies, then gather in front of The Brick Presbyterian Church for the 71st Annual Tree Lighting and Carol Sing! At 91st St for the Tree Lighting Ceremony. If you’re attending the social hour, please RSVP—otherwise, just show up! Dec 6 5pm social hour, 6:30pm event (brickchurch.org). Free.
Composer Phil Kline will lead a march of boom boxes from the West Village to the East Village in the 24th rendition of Unsilent Night—just gather at the arch in Washington Square Park at 6:45pm for your journey to Tompkins Square Park. Kline will hand out a limited number of vintage boomboxes from his collection (plus cassettes and cds for those who bring their own). Bringing your own is much appreciated, just FYI! For sound files, be sure to check out the site. Dec 12 6:45pm (unsilentnight.com). Free.
Adventsingen/ Christmas Caroling
This community sing-along provides songbooks, mulled wine (for those of age), Christmas cookies and a mix of German (“Oh Tannenbaum” and “Stille Nacht”) and American (“Jingle Bells, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”) tunes. Nov 29, Dec 6, 13, 20 Doors 1pm, music starts 3pm (nyc.zumschneider.com). Free.
Christmas Eve Caroling Under the Washington Square Arch
Join the Rob Susman Brass Quartet and a song leader under the arch to belt out some familiar tunes like “Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men” as a family. Dec 24 5–6pm (washingtonsquarenyc.org). Free.
Caroling at the Morgan Library & Museum
Make an appearance for caroling at the Morgan to hear traditional and popular holiday music by the Morgan singers from Mannes College The New School for Music! Dec 11 6:30–8:30, Dec 13 3–5pm Dec 18 6:30–8:30pm, December 20 3–5pm (themorgan.org). Free.