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Olga Luz Tirado Executive Director Annette Carrión Pastoriza Tourism & Administration Coordinator 851 Grand Concourse, Ste. 123 Bronx, NY 10451 718.590.3518 Cover photo courtesy of Van Cortlandt House Museum This guide is a digital publication of The Bronx Tourism Council (BTC). Contents and design © 2016, all rights reserved. Reproduction or alterations without written permission is strictly prohibited. Every effort was made to ensure accuracy of the information in this guide as of press time. However, BTC assumes no responsibility for errors, changes or omissions. BTC makes no endorsement, representation or warranty regarding the suitability, quality or availability of any goods or services advertised or listed in this publication. Listings and advertisements may have been provided by the subject companies and BTC shall not be responsible or liable for any inaccuracy, omission or infringement of any third party’s rights therein, or for personal injury or any other damage or injury whatsoever. The Bronx Tourism Council is a division of The Bronx Overall Economic Development Corp.

HOLIDAY FUN DEC 2-31 | see hours below | $5 adults, $3 seniors and students, free for children under age 6


Meander through 19th century Greek Revival mansion showcasing festive trees and period rooms decorated by interior designers in a historic setting. Bartow Pell Mansion Museum, 895 Shore Road Hours: WED, SAT, SUN 12-4 p.m. with additional public hours DEC 26-30. To register for programs, call 718.885.1461 or email For more info click here. THUR | DEC 8 | 7pm

KWANZAA CELEBRATION A cultural event for the entire family featuring Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Company which utilizes a blend of contemporary modern dance, traditional West African dance, ballet, house, and hip-hop. Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture, 450 Grand Concourse For tickets call 718.518.4455 DEC 8, 9, 10, 16, 17 | 8pm

LOS NUTCRACKERS: A CHRISTMAS CARAJO Written by Charles Rice-Gonzalez & directed by Luis Caballero Los Nutcrackers, a gay, Latino comedic play, centers around a couple, Carlos and Gabriel, who have been together for 15 years. Featuring a talented and sexy cast of actors with Justin Crowley, Jonathan Cruz, Arnold Godoy, Barbra Herr, William Jimenez, and Adriel Muñoz. Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance (BAAD), 2474 Westchester Ave For ticket information click here DEC 9 – JAN 8 | 11am-4pm | Regular Museum Admission


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Visit an 18th century house to see how Christmas was celebrated in Colonial America. From halls decked with pine garland to a glittering dessert in the Dining Room, Van Cortlandt House will be decorated to show how the family might have celebrated the holidays of Saint Nicholas Day, New Year’s, and Twelfth Night. The house will be softly lit so best viewing is in the afternoon. Tours are on a self-guided basis and offer a chance for quiet appreciation of the history of the site. Van Cortlandt House Museum, w. 246th St. & Broadway Open TUE – FRI 10am-4pm; SAT & SUN 11am-4pm



SAT/SUN | DEC 10, 11 | 11am-3pm | FEES VARY


Drop by this weekend to create your own gifts and holiday decorations inspired by the gardens and galleries at Wave Hill. Registration is not required for these fee-based, drop-in workshops. Children eight and older welcome with an adult. Wave Hill, West 249th St & Independence Ave SAT | DEC 10 | 8pm | $100*VIP, $60, $50, $40

ASALTO NAVIDEÑO With 50 years of experience, composer, musician and singer – trombonist and The Son of The Bronx, WILLIE COLON returns to La Casa De la Salsa to present a special concert celebration. Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West. It is located in the Lehman College campus. More info is available at Sun | DEC 11 | 3pm | $15/$20


Featuring the Bronx Opera Chorus, The Orchestra of The Bronx and Bronx Community and Civic Leaders with soloists Michelle Trovato, soprano; Caroline Tye, alto; Kirk Dougherty, tenor; and Markel Reed, bass. Bronx Community College Roscoe Brown Student Center Hall of Fame Playhouse 2155 University Ave. For tickets call 718.289.5349

THUR | DEC 15 | $20

BUILD A HOLIDAY GINGERBREAD HOUSE Build a Gingerbread House with your friends while sipping a glass of wine or brew. $20 covers cost of gingerbread kit and one pint of beer or one glass of wine. Reservations required. Space is limited and must be paid for in advance. No refunds! Chelsea Craft Brewing Company 463 East 173rd Street between Washington & Park Aves. Email for more information or call 718.484.8850. Click here


FRI | DEC 16 | $15/$25

THE 21st ANNUAL BLACK NUTCRACKER Uptown Dance Academy creates a magical modern-day AfricanAmerican version of this Russian classic. “The Nutcracker” features an eclectic mix of hip-hop, classical ballet, cha-cha slide and African Dance on pointe! Includes Tchaikovsky’s score, as well as music from Duke Ellington, the Commodores and live African drumming. Perfect for all ages. Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture, 450 Grand Concourse For tickets

From December 5 – 19th Buy one, get one FREE special selection of Sterling and stone jewelry. For every $20 spent in store purchases customers will receive a FREE entry into our Holiday raffle!

These locations have gift shops for holiday shopping. Arrive earlier to take advantage of great deals.

Kaleidoscope Gallery 280 City Island Ave, BX NY 10464 718.885.3090


music The performing arts at Wave Hill range from summer outdoor concerts on the Great Lawn during Sunset Wednesdays, to a richly diverse series of concerts in Armor Hall. SUN | JAN 15 | 2pm

I GO ON SINGING: PAUL ROBESON'S LIFE IN SONG I Go On Singing: Paul Robeson’s Life in Song captures the essence of this monumental 20th-century figure. SUN | JAN 29 | 2pm

ANN SCHEIN, PIANO Ann Schein “simply reaches right into the heart of whatever she is playing – and creates music so powerful you cannot tear yourself away." (The Washington Post). SUN | FEB 19 | 2pm

CANELLAKIS-BROWN DUO Hailed as “a pair of adventurous young talents” (Time Out New York), the Canellakis-Brown Duo, comprised of cellist Nicholas Canellakis and composer/ pianist Michael Brown, has been captivating audiences with its superb musicianship and thrilling performances of innovative programs that combine masterpieces from the standard repertoire with original compositions and arrangements.

SUN | MAR 05 | 2pm

RAY VEGA LATIN JAZZ QUARTET Trumpeter Ray Vega brought the audience to its feet on his prior visit to Wave Hill. “A dean of golden tones and elegant, melodyrespecting improvisational development" (JAZZIZ Magazine), the South Bronx native and his Latin Jazz ensemble return triumphantly to Armor Hall with a mix of his own works and his unique take on standard tunes. SUN | MAR 19 | 2pm

SATURDAYS | DEC 3 – 17 |1pm – 8pm

TOURS & TUNES Free brewery tours every Saturday starting at 1pm occurring every hour on the hour with the last tour at 6pm. Attend a tour and get one pint for $4. Live music starts at 4PM playing until 8PM. No cover charge. Chelsea Craft Brewing Company 463 East 173rd St btw Washington & Park Aves. For more info, email or call 718-484-8850.

SIRIUS QUARTET Acclaimed for “savoring the life of each richly inflected note" (Los Angeles Times), Sirius Quartet combines exhilarating repertoire with unequalled improvisational fire. SAT | JAN 14 | 7:30pm & SUN | JAN 15 | 2:30pm |$35, $30, $20

Ticket prices: Adults $28/$22 Wave Hill Member, Children (ages 8-18) $15/$12. Order tickets online or onsite at the Perkins Visitors Center. For additional information, please call 718.549.3200 x251. To purchase go to

Wave Hill is located at West 249th St. & Independence Ave. Performances begin at 2pm & last approximately one hour with no intermission.


Bronx Opera will launch its 50th Season with a look back and a look forward, featuring singers from past productions as well as their January performances of Vaughan Williams' SIR JOHN IN LOVE. Lovinger Theater 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West For more information contact Managing Director Ben Spierman at 646.281.9963. More info:

presents SUN| DEC 18 | 3pm | General FREE Admission. Priorities will be given to Lehman Center Ticket Buyers. Tickets available at Lehman Center Box Office. *$100 for postconcert reception with the artists to support Lehman Center.

SAT| MAR 4 | 8pm | $100*VIP, $65, $60, $55

The Orchestra Now


Artists will be announced soon. Produced by Lehman Center and Sal Abbatiello


SUN| MAR 5 | 4pm | $75*VIP, $45, $40, $25, Children 12 & under $10 any seat

JoAnn Falletta – Conductor / Susan Platts – Mezzo-Soprano; Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Ravel: Shéhérazade; Carl Nielsen: Aladdin Suite


SAT| JAN 21 | 8pm | $125*VIP, $65, $60, $50


Larry Harlow and Ismael Miranda have made one of the most successful partnerships in the history of classical salsa in New York that has earned public recognition and has left an indelible mark on salseros everywhere.

Ismael Miranda & Larry Harlow

SAT| MAR 11 | 8pm | $75*VIP, $40, $35, $25, Children 12 & under $10 any seat


National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine

SAT| FEB 11 | 8pm | $100*VIP, $65, $55, $50


“LOVE IN SALSA” is the perfect invitation to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic line up: Maelo Ruiz “El cantante del amor”; Tito Rojas “Sensual”; Giro Lopez; “Amor Lunatico”; Nino Segarra “Enamorado”.

THE HABANA BOYS is comprised of four classically-trained Tenors: Ernesto Cabrera, Saeed Mohammed, Rey Reyes and Ian Sanchez in a repertoire of highly recognizable arias and greatest popular songs. The Habana Boys will steal your heart and create a memorable evening of music you do not want to miss!

Forever Freestyle Five Irish Tenors

SUN| FEB 12 | 4pm | $35, $30, $25, Children 12 & under $10 any seat

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Formed by the Council of Ministers of Ukraine in November of 1918, It is considered to be one of the finest symphony orchestras in Eastern Europe. Program: Sergei Rachmaninoff – Symphony No. 3 (37’) (B. 1873 in Semyonovo -D. 1943 in Beverly Hills); Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto (35’) (B. 1840 in Votkinsk-D. 1893 in St. Petersburg) Violin Soloist: Dima Tkachenko Igor Stravinsky – Suite from the Ballet “The Firebird” (1919) (21’) (B. 1882 in Oranienbaum -D. 1971 in New York)

The Five Irish Tenors present a sensational program of the most famously beloved Irish songs, fusing Irish wit and boisterous charm with lyricism, dramatic flair and operatic style, in combinations of tenor solos, duets, trios, quartets, quintets and tutti.

go to The Habana Boys

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is located in the Lehman College campus, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Lehman Center Box Office at 718-960-8833 or log onto



theater & film



SAT| FEB 4 | 8pm | $45, $40, $25, Children 12 & under $10 any seat


SUN | DEC 18 | 7pm & 9pm | $15 - $30

This turbo-charged, joyfully uplifting show is a riot of swirling color, high-energy music and dance! A Thrilling new “Dance Romance” Direct from Film City-Mumbai. The cream of India’s film talent, dancing in 2000 sparkling costumes, within a lavish set, for the first time in Bollywood Musical history, the production fuses Music, Dance and Film on Stage.


6 Playwrights • 6 Directors • 18 Actors in 6 urgent short plays about The Bronx! In collaboration with The Harlem9. For more information


SUN| MAR 12 | 4pm | $75*VIP, $45, $40, $25

THE RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET “ROMEO & JULIET” AND “CARMEN” Elena Radchenko - Artistic Director Founded in the 1980s as the Soviet National Ballet, this impressive company of over 50 dance professionals lead by Elena Radchenko has enchanted global audiences with swirling pirouettes, colorful costumes, and elegant storytelling that celebrates the enduring gems of the classical dance repertoire. In this season’s selections ballet lovers will be treated to two classic ballets.



SUN| FEB 19 | 4pm | $40, $35, $25, Children 12 & under $10 any seat


Balé Folclórico da Bahia, the only professional folk dance company in Brazil, was formed in 1988 by Walson Botelho and Ninho Reis. Based in Salvador in the northern state of Bahia, and under the leadership of artistic director José Carlos Arandiba, the 32-member troupe of dancers, musicians, and singers performs a repertory that originates from Bahian folkloric dances of African origin and includes slave dances, capoeira, samba, and those that celebrate Carnival.

571-575 Walton Ave The Bronx, NY, 10451

sports WED | DEC 28 | 2pm | $55 - $140

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts Is located in the Lehman College campus, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Lehman Center Box Office at 718-960-8833 or log onto

NEW ERA PINSTRIPE BOWL The 7th annual New Era Pinstripe Bowl held at Yankee Stadium - pitting teams from the Big Ten Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference. To air on ESPN. Yankee Stadium. One E. 161st Street For more info: 646.977.8400



& lectures


Regardless of where you are from in the world, you’ve undoubtedly been influenced by the richness of hip hop culture in some way, shape or form. During this experience, you’ll get the chance to reminisce and learn during a rare, immersive guided adventure. Ride through Harlem and travel through the Boogie Down Bronx experiencing classic backdrops with real-time narratives from iconic, charismatic hip hop pioneers. Hush Tours. Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays WED | DEC 7 | 5:30pm-7:30pm | FREE

FIRST WEDNESDAYS ARTS & CULTURE TOUR Visit the Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos. Ride the trolley on the Grand Concourse Arts corridor and visit a museum and other arts spaces.

FRI | DEC 23 | 12noon – 3pm | $60 - includes tastes but not personal beverages. Children 6-12: $20; Free for children under 6.


Take a tasteful tour of the Bronx's own Little Italy and explore a neighborhood perfect for short winter days. Settled by Italian immigrants more than a century ago, this neighborhood is quite compact and there's lots to see and eat! Taste the best homemade mozzarella ever, "pocket coffee," clams, two of the best breads in the city and other local delights! Meet at Loew's Paradise Theater box office, Grand Concourse near 188th Street map it. Contact for more information or for directions. Purchase Tickets SAT | JAN 21, 2017 | 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

EDGAR ALLAN POE AT FORDHAM Dr. Gary Hermalyn, CEO of The Bronx County Historical Society, will provide a lecture and illustrated presentation about one of America's gifted writers and his experience living in The Bronx. The Bronx Library Center, 301 E. Kingsbridge Road. Call 718.579.4257 for more info

Hostos Community College Campus 450 Grand Concourse Trolley picks up every hour on the 1/2 hour SAT | DEC 10 | 11am-4:00pm | $50


BREWERIES & DISTILLERIES TOUR From Pale Ales to Puerto Rican Moonshine - tour and Taste Craft Beverages of The Bronx! Visit three award-winning breweries and two distilleries while learning about the history of brewing in the borough from a historian. Get your Savor The Bronx Passport stamped by all five Beverage Producers and redeem the completed passport at four different bars for your first pint FREE! Passport expires December 31st, Trolley leaves 851 Grand Concourse

SUSAN SEZ WALKABOUTS Find out more at DISOOVER THE GRAND CONCOURSE WALKING TOUR Call 718.665.1124 or email BIG APPLE GREETER Friendly Bronxites who are happy to share the borough they love. Go to

(btw east 161st street and 158) SAT | DEC 17 | 1pm – 2pm

CELEBRATING 175 YEARS OF ST. ANN’S CHURCH St. Ann's Episcopal Church, built and donated by Gouverneur Morris Jr. in 1840, has stood the test of time. St. Ann's, once a modest community church, is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated as a New York City historic landmark. In honor of St. Ann's Church's 175th birthday, BCHS Vivian Davis will chronicle the Morris family's history and activism in The Bronx and the surviving legacy of St. Ann's Church. The Bronx County Archives 3313 Bainbridge Ave Call 718-881-8900 for more info and directions

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An entire season of fun things to see and do in The Bronx. Additional Holiday information included.


An entire season of fun things to see and do in The Bronx. Additional Holiday information included.