Early Spring Gardening Events

The Bronx Green-up and NYC Compost Project are back just in time for your spring cleaning. Do you want to learn the basics of composting or attract pollinators to your home garden? Check out these events starting in May sponsored by New York Botanical Gardens.


Holidays Events Around Riverdale 

Photo: NYBG

Nov 19-Jan 31st

25th Annual Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden.

Dec 1st-Jan 8th

Bronx Zoo Holiday Origami Tribute.

Dec 2nd-31st

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum: Holiday Trees Past, Present, Future.

Dec 2nd, 3rd, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 30th

Bar Car Night at NYBG

Dec 3rd

Bronx Museum Winter Wonderland.

Bronx Littly Italy Tree Lighting.

Tabletop Holiday Topiary at NYBG.

10th Annual Pre-Chanukah Boutique at the Riverdale Jewish Center.

Dec 4th

Holiday Greens Workshop at NYBG.

Wave Hill Swingtime Big Band Concert.

Dec 6th

Bronx Terminal Market: Light Up The Holidays.

Dec 10th & 11th

Bronx Museum Holiday Market.

Wave Hill Holiday Workshop Weekend.

Dec 11th.

The Bronx Concert Singers Holiday Concert.

Project Hope Chanukah Package Delivery.

Dec 14th

White Christmas: New York Style at NYBG.

Dec 18th

Winter Harmonies Concert at NYBG.

Dec 21st

Dreidl Ball Hosted by the Bronx Jewish Community Council.

Dec 30th.

Kwanzaa: Songs of the Soul with Ruben Studdard at The Natural History Museum.

Dec 31st

Kidville Riverdale New Year’s Eve Bash.

Another post will follow with more event listings as they become available.  

Email your holiday listings to socialmedia at solariariverdale.com.

Dive In To Summer

Moon Lighting, Oil and Acrylic on Wood Panel, 40×60. Carol Bennett

Dive In opened at Elisa Contemporary May 23.  The exhibit features underwater swimmers, poolside scenes, and beach-inspired artwork. It’s the perfect summer experience.  Featured artists are: Carol Bennett, Martha Hughes, Jeffrey Palladini, Matt Story and Mark Van Wagner. 

The gallery is open Thursdays 12-5pm or by appointment. Dive In will run through October 6.

Solaria Riverdale Holiday Picks


Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Gardens.  

A classic holiday experience for kids of all ages.

All through December.  Ends January 18th.

For more info.

December 6th


Chanukah Wonderland

Chabad Lubavitch of Riverdale

Get into the Chanukah spirit, and bring your children to Chanukah Wonderland! Ages 2-9. Enjoy carnival booths and olive press, make your own candles, cookie and donut baking, and more! Lunch is included in admission fee. $12 per child/$30 – family rate.

Special entertainment from our Early Learning Center students at 11:00 am!

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​December 6, 2015


​An Beal Bocht Cafe

​​445 W. 238th St.

Bronx, NY 10463

For more info.

December 10th

Thursday December 10th 7:30 PM – Jazz Takes on the Classics
Ted Rosenthal Trio plus the Inventions Trio perform jazz interpretations of themes from the classical repertoire. 

The Riverdale Y

For more info.

December 12th


Saturday, December 12th • 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

New York Botanical Garden • Harding Lab Room 110

2900 Southern Blvd. • Enter via the Mosholu Gate, across the street from Botanical Garden Metro-North station 

For more info.
Saturday, December 12, 2015 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Broadway & 225th Street, Bronx, NY, 10463

Take a FREE ride on our Holiday Trolley of Fun and visit with Santa and other fun holiday characters. Stop in the participating stores for face painting and other fun attractions. It will be a great day! Click here for sponsorship information. 

For more info.


Join with friends, families and neighbors for a joyous afternoon singing beloved Christmas carols and popular standards including White Christmas, Jingle Bells, Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus and many more! Featuring choral selections by Christ Church Riverdale & Riverdale Presbyterian Church Choirs. A complimentary light reception will follow the event and a free will offering will be collected, along with non-perishable food items for the Kingsbridge-Riverdale-Marble Hill Food & Hunger Project.

For more info.

December 13th

Christmas in the Colonies

Sunday, December 13, 2015

10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

This event repeats every week on Sunday and Saturday between 12/5/2015 and 1/10/2016.
Enjoy Van Cortlandt House decked out in its holiday finery for Saint Nicholas Day, New Year’s Day, and Twelfth Night.

Broadway at West 246th Street

For more info.

December 19th
Family Art Project: Snow-Globe Gift Boxes

Saturday, Dec 19 – 10:00AM-1:00PM 

Wave Hill House

Walk among Wave Hill’s majestic conifers with their wonderful scents and textures. Then, using live pine boughs we provide, create a winter wonderland resembling a snow globe. Add inhabitants and decorate it with shiny foil, snow-like shapes and natural objects like cones, dried herbs and spices.
Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon. 

For more info.

December 23rd


Photo: Matthew Keefe

Festivus for the rest of us.

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December 27th


KWANZAA 2015: Energize, Recognize!

Celebrate Kwanzaa at the American Museum of Natural History ‘s 37th annual event.

For more info.

Donate a coat to those in need. Find a drop-off center near you. 

For more info.

Summer Camps Around Riverdale


Summer is just around the corner – I know it’s hard to imagine – and area camps are now accepting admission. Macaroni Kids of Riverdale/Inwood compiled their 2015 Summer Camp Guide for camps in and around Riverdale. The Bronx is a borough rich with diverse cultures, cultural institutions, beautiful parks and expansive natural beauty. Give your kids an unforgettable summer camp experience right here in the Bronx.

Bronx Holiday Events Roundup

Photo by Julie Larsen Maher (Time Out NY)

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana II presents Navidad Flamenca in collaboration with The Bronx Museum of the Arts as part of the 7th annual Flamenco in the Boros Tour. This series of free community performances thrills audiences with the rich holiday customs of the Spanish-speaking world from Argentina, and Mexico, to Colombia, Cuba and Puerto Rico. For more info. Wednesday, December 10, 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Lower Gallery

Wave Hill presents pianists Soyeon Kate Lee and Ran Dank in concert Sunday, December 14. They begin with Brahms’ Waltzes, followed by Gabriela Lena Frank’s Sonata Serrana No. 1 and close with an arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker Suite. PURCHASE TICKETS


The Bronx Documentary Center’s is holding free portraits for Bronx residents. Each family will get a free 8×10 print, extra prints are $5 each. Non-Bronx residents pay $10 per print. Sunday, Dec.14, Noon-2pm.

The Riverdale Jewish Center presents a Chanukah concert featuring Eitan Katz. Doors open at 7:00 PM. Concert begins at 7:30 PM. PURCHASE TICKETS

Now in its 23rd year, The Holiday Train Show presented by The New York Botanical Gardens is a must-see event for children and families. The show features 150 New York landmarks built from natural materials as G scale model trains toot passed. A truly magical experience. Thru January 19.

Join Chabad of a Riverdale Sunday, December 21 at the Bell Tower Monument for the Lighting of the Largest Menorah in the Bronx! The Giant Menorah will be lit at 4:00 pm, and celebrations will feature live music, hot latkes, donuts, dreidels, and balloons. Other lighting times: Tuesday-Thursday, December 16-18, at 4:00 pm, Friday, December 19 at 3:00 pm, Saturday night, December 20 at 6:30 pm, Monday-Tuesday, December 22-23 at 4:00 pm.


Thru December 31, the Bronx Zoo is teaming up with the Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and New York Cares to collect coats and toys for New Yorkers in need.

Santa comes to town for DreamWorks DreamPlace North Pole Adventure held exclusively at Ridge Hill! DreamPlace is a modern take on Santa’s Village with a Shrek-based theme and located in a custom-built 42-foot tall workshop in Town Square. Features interactive LED screens, light shows, and a photo and video opportunity with Santa.

Parents are able to schedule visits for The North Pole Adventure here.

Salute To Wildlife Ice Carving Week at the Bronx Zoo runs December 26-31. Kids will enjoy ice-carving demos, ice sculptures that raise awareness of the Brazilian Rainforests and a giant ice slide.

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park East Clean Up Event Nov. 15


Volunteers are needed on Saturday November 15th from 10am to 1pm to help clean up the edge of the park along Van Cortlandt Park East just north of Kepler Ave. We will be removing invasive plants, trimming shrubs and planting native plants including bulbs. Meet at Van Cortlandt Park East and Kepler Avenue.

For more info.