A Huge Menorah, An Adults Only Holiday Train Show, Go Running on New Year's Eve + Bowl for 2017
For those celebrating Chanukah, the Rockefeller tree lighting might not have been as exciting as this annual celebration in Prospect Park. If you can't make it on the 4th night of the holiday, they will also be firing up the 32-foot tall menorah every night through December 31. The ceremony is presided over by Rabbi Shimon Hecht and there will be live music, fresh latkes, and special gifts for children (Jewish or not).
The annual holiday train show at the New York Botanical Gardens might be a great thing to bring the kids to, but not on the select evenings where only adults can enjoy the wonder of the model trains cruising by re-created versions of some of NY's most iconic landmarks. There will also be ice carvings, live music, and of course, alcoholic drink specials.
Instead of drowning your troubles in lots of alcohol, maybe you should get your resolutions started early and get in shape. The New York Road Runners will be hosting a four-mile run through Central Park starting at the stroke of midnight. Before the run gets underway, there will be face-painting, live music, and dancing. Plus, you will burn enough calories to make way for plenty of eating and drinking in 2017.
Make it a memorable first day of the New Year by bowling and brunching at our favorite Brooklyn bowlling alley. Brooklyn Bowl will have no cover fee and be welcoming the entire family to bowl into 2017. Live music will accompany local beer (for the adults, of course) and food from Blue Ribbon. Make your 300 score resolution a reality on day one!