Christmas 2009

We all know how quickly the holidays go by, so BronxMama is already starting to add Christmas events. Keep checking back, since more will be added!

To see the events:

Holiday Lights

A Christmas staple in the Bronx, the Garabedian House aka The Christmas House is decked out each year in every Christmas figurines, with everything from religious figures to Hollywood characters.

1605 Pelham Pkwy N
Bronx, NY 10469
Tree Lighting
* Thursday Dec. 3rd: Tree Lighting at Parkchester Oval

A tree lighting for a special cause. 6 pm See posting for more information.

Christmas Fair

*Saturday Dec. 5th: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will be hosting a Christmas Fair December 5th. There will be activities for kids and crafts. Admission is free and it’s only $2 for the crafts workshop. Kids can participate in the workshop while moms shop, eat and socialize!

2500 Westchester Avenue 10 AM to 3 PM (followed by a free concert of classical and South American music, featuring Josh McGuire on guitar.


St. Nicholas Day Celebration

**Saturday Dec. 5th: Learn how the Van Cortlandt family called upon their Dutch heritage to celebrate Saint Nicholas Day. Take a family-oriented tour of Van Cortlandt House, meet the guest of honor, and enjoy a cup of hot mulled cider and cookies around a roaring campfire. Free with regular Van Cortlandt House admission.

Van Cortlandt House Museum (246 Street & Broadway)

11 AM-3PM

*Near the Bronx: Santa’s Breakfast and Vendors Fair

When: 12-05-2009, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Phone: 914-476-7949
Address: 278 Saw Mill River Road
Fee: $0
Come celebrate the Season with Santa and his Vendors. Photos with Santa as well as great holiday finds.

Nature Photography Series: Black and White Photography

**FOR BRONXMAMAS/PAPAS and the older ones.Sunday Dec 6th:Winter scenery can often seem a bit drab, but it’s a great time to explore light and shadow with some black and white photography.  Bring your camera as we follow in the footsteps of Adams, Stieglitz, and other legendary photographers.

Pelham Bay Park at 11 AM

FREE (718) 885-3467

WHOOO Said That?

**Sunday Dec. 6th: Winter is the best time to see wild owls in New York City. Don’t miss this opportunity.

Pelham Bay Park at 1 PM

(718) 885-3467


Hand Painted Wood Ornaments

* Tuesday Dec. 8th: Create holiday “Wood Ornaments”, using different small wood shapes, acrylic paints, craft string, and wood beads. Presentation by Patricia Blount.

Recommended for children ages 7-12. Pre-registration is required, Space is limited to 20 participants.

Time: 4pm-5:30pm

Location: NYPL Westchester Square Branch
521 Glebe Avenue

For more information please call 718-863-0436 or 718 409-1265.

Textured Greeting Cards

*Tuesday Dec. 15th: Create a set (4-6) of your very own unique greeting cards, using specialize textured paper, glue, water color paint, Q-tips and added decorative stickers. Free.

Time: 4pm-5:30pm

Location: NYPL Westchester Square Branch
521 Glebe Avenue

For more information please call 718-863-0436 or 718 409-1265.

Holiday Eco-Crafts

**Saturday Dec. 19th: Bring the kids and your creativity!  We’ll stay warm and cozy in the nature center and do some fun, holiday-inspired crafts.

Van Cortlandt Park Nature Center at 1 PM

(718) 548-0912


Christmastide in the Colonies

**Saturday Dec. 19th and Sunday Dec. 20th: Candelight tours take you through Van Cortlandt House with period re-enactors dressed in Holiday finery.

Call (718) 543-3344 for reservations.

Van Cortlandt House Museum (246 Street & Broadway) 4 pm-7pm

$10 adults, $5 children

Seal-shore Safari

**Sunday Dec. 20th: Discover the many different creatures that live close to the shore, including seals! Dress warmly.

Pelham Bay Park at 9 AM

(718) 885-3467

Textured Greeting Cards

*Tuesday Dec. 22nd: Create a set (4-6) of your very own unique greeting cards, using specialize textured paper, glue, water color paint, Q-tips and added decorative stickers. Free.

Time: 4pm-5:30pm

Location: NYPL Westchester Square Branch
521 Glebe Avenue

For more information please call 718-863-0436 or 718 409-1265.

Home Gardening Demonstrations: New York Botanical Garden

**Saturday Dec. 26th: Enjoy home gardening demonstrations Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. in the Home Gardening Center or the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden.

Bronx River Parkway (Exit 7W) and Fordham Road at 1:30 PM

Owl Prowl

**Sunday Dec. 27th: Winter is the best time to see wild owls in New York City.  Don’t miss this opportunity.

Pelham Bay Park at 11 AM

(718) 885-3467



*Tuesday Dec. 29th: The students will be taught the history of Kwanzaa, seven principles, their meanings and how to properly prepare a Kwanzaa setting. The goal is to have the students completely run the celebration.

Time: 6pm-8pm

Location: Owen Dolen Recreational Center
2551 Westchester Ave, Bronx, NY

For more information please call 718 822-4282 or 718-409-409-1265.


Holiday Train Show
November 21, 2009–January 10, 2010
Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

The holiday season is full of family traditions, and the Holiday Train Show is one of the most eagerly awaited.

Wrapped in the glow of twinkling lights, model trains and trolleys zip along over bridges and on winding tracks past scaled replicas of New York landmarks made by award-winning designer Paul Busse. Orange slices, cinnamon sticks, poppy pods, pine cones, and other plant parts are used to create the more than 140 architectural reproductions in the Garden’s collection.


  • Stars of the show: Steam engines and streetcars, whimsical ladybugs and modern freight trains traverse under waterfalls, around mountains, and through tunnels.
  • Annual favorites: Empire State Building, Little Red Lighthouse, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and more return to thrill visitors of all ages.

New This Year

  • The original Pennsylvania Station (1910–1964), this year’s blockbuster addition
  • Brooks Brothers flagship store, located at 346 Madison Avenue

Family Fun

  • Gingerbread Adventures: Hands-on activities for kids, including decorating gingersnap cookies; discovering the earthly treasures of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves; and creating a field notebook in the Everett Children’s Adventure GardenNovember 21, 2009 – January 10, 2010
  • The Little Engine That Could™: Puppet theater presentations in the Arthur and Janet Ross Lecture HallFriday, November 27: 2 & 3 p.m.
    Saturdays and Sundays from November 28 through
    December 20: 2 & 3 p.m.
    Daily from December 26 through January 1, 2010: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine™: An opportunity to meet and take pictures with the popular Thomas on the Garden grounds.Saturday, January 2 – Sunday, January 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Check at the Garden’s Gates for show times of specific activities.

Holiday Hours

Holiday Pricing
Adults $20
Seniors/Students $18
Children $10

Holiday Week (December 26 – January 3)
Adults $25
Seniors/Students $22
Children $15

Advance timed tickets are strongly advised.

Click here for more information.

Gingerbread Adventures
11/21/2009 – 1/10/2010: Times vary; click “More” for details.
Location: In the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden

Step into Gingerbread Town, a fun and whimsical backdrop where gingerbread people are hard at work and play, delivering mail, making music, and generally amusing visitors. Pop inside the larger-than-life model of a Gingerbread House decorated with frosting and festooned with candy and treats.

Smell, touch, and taste the spices and other plant parts that make up a classic gingerbread recipe. Discover where cinnamon and ginger come from. Grind spices, plant wheat seeds to take home, eat gingersnap cookies, and record it all in a festively decorated field notebook.

Holiday Tree Lighting and Sing-Along
11/21/2009: 4–5:15 p.m.
Location: In the Leon Levy Visitor Center

Join in the Garden’s official start to the winter holiday season: the lighting of magnificent conifers and a sing-along of carols from many traditions with the Westchester Chordsmen. It’s an afternoon of holiday cheer that the whole family will enjoy.

The Little Engine That Could™ Puppet Show
11/27/2009: 2 & 3 p.m.
Location: In the Arthur and Janet Ross Lecture Hall

The whole family will enjoy this holiday performance at the Garden, presented by Ralph Lee, New York City’s puppet master. Trains and fun literally go hand in hand as a classic story comes to life through puppets of old-fashioned steam engines, each with its own eccentric personality. Kids will love cheering on The Little Engine That Could™ as it tries to make it over the mountain.


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