Evening of Ukrainian carols and New Year's trips: how to spend a weekend in New York (December 30 – January 1)

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Ukrainian Carol Evening and New Year Hikes: How to Spend a Weekend in New York (December 30 - 1 January)

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What: Oculus Holiday Market

When: Friday-Sunday, December 30 – January 1

Where: Westfield World Trade Center, 185 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007

More: Over 20 vendors with gifts, treats and souvenirs for the holiday season, as well as whimsical holiday decor including a clock tower, a chrome snowman and a lush winter landscape are what awaits you at this market. Oh, and don't forget to check out their breathtaking observation deck if you want to see the stunning New York skyline.

Price: Free


What: Performance-game “A real gift from Santa Claus”

When: Friday-Saturday, December 30-31

Where:< ESSENCE Theater-Studio (Stage) 2653 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11223 . Actors entice children into it, and the auditorium is filled with the adventures of fairy-tale characters, because they all expect the real and best gift from Santa Claus.

Finally, each child will be able to take a picture with Santa Claus and the Snow Maiden, as well as receive their New Year's gift and good wishes from their hands.

Price: $50


What: Evening of Ukrainian carols

Ukrainian carol evening and New Year's hikes: how to spend a weekend in New York (December 30 - January 1)

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When: Friday, December 30, from 18:00

Where: Ukrainian History and Education Center 135 Davidson Avenue Somerset, NJ 08873

More: Join the event for an evening of festive family fun and Ukrainian carols. Enjoy the performance of the duet of bandura players Oksana Telepko and Galina Leskov, sing your favorite carols with them. Treat yourself to a festive cocktail, traditional appetizers and desserts.

Price: Free


What: Times Square New Year's Eve

When: Saturday, December 31st at 3pm

Where:Times Square, Manhattan, NY 10036

More: When the famous New Year's ball descends from the flagpole at the top of Times Square, hundreds of thousands of people are on the street, millions are across the country and more than a billion – around the world unite in a collective farewell to the outgoing year. They express their joy and hope for the coming year.

On New Year's Eve, celebrants begin to arrive late in the evening. By approximately 3:00 pm, Times Square (42nd to 47th streets between Broadway and 7th Avenue) is completely closed to traffic. The NYPD is ordering guests to gather in separate sections for viewing. When one section fills up, the police direct people to the next.

The ball is best seen along Broadway, from 43rd Street to 50th Street, and along Seventh Avenue north to 59th Street. So come early to get the best seat.

Price: Free


What: New Year's Eve on the Roof of the Rockaway Hotel

Ukrainian carol evening and New Year trips: how to spend a weekend in New York (December 30 - January 1)

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When: Saturday, December 31, from 8:00 pm

Where: The Rockaway Hotel, 108-10 Rockaway Beach Dr, Queens, NY 11694

Read more:On New Year's Eve, head to the beach, or at least admire it from the top of the Rockaway Hotel. Snacks will be offered to choose from, drinks – in unlimited quantities. The DJ is ready to work for you from 20:00 to midnight. Champagne toast awaits guests on New Year's Eve.

Cost: $100


What: New Year hikes

When: Sunday, January 1, from 10:00

Where: Different locations

More details:On January 1, 2023, 100 different hiking options will be offered to those interested in state parks, as well as historic sites, wildlife areas, canal trails and public lands throughout New York State, including Staten Island's Clay Pit Ponds State Park and the unique Mount Loretto zone.

For a list of New York State 1st Day hikes and all information, visit:

  • Parks: parks .ny.gov/events/first-day-hikes
  • On channels: www.canals.ny.gov/onthecanals/
  • Reserves: www.dec.ny.gov

Price: From $0


In addition, look for interesting events for each day of the week in our calendar. Come, learn, share with friends. Before visiting, check the organizers' websites for details and venues, as they may change.

Keep us updated on what's happening in your city. Send information about events for the Russian-speaking diaspora to ad@forumdaily.com.