Holiday Season Glow at The New York Botanical Garden

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The holiday season might look a little different this year, but The New York Botanical Garden is providing an all-new outdoor experience to safely bring the cheer we all need! Illuminating the landscape and conservatory, this glowing world of color and light, featuring the Haupt Conservatory as a centerpiece, will not disappoint. Visitors can also expect a delightful array of artistic ice sculptures, music, roving dancers, and more surprises.

Dates for NYBG GLOW include November 28 & 28; December 5, 12, 18, 19, 26, 27, 28, 29, & 30; and January 1, 2, & 9. Timed entry tickets are available from 5-10pm. Tickets are $30 for adults; $18 for children (2-12 years old); and free for children under 2 years old. Advanced ticket purchase is required for all visitors. Purchase tickets.

Complete the evening by grabbing a bite to eat nearby before or after your stroll through the Botanical Garden. You can even order take out to eat safely at home. Our friends at Faros, your social life concierge, are experts on suggesting the best restaurants so we asked them to pick out two delicious options:

For the Italian Lover: Antonio's Trattoria (6 min drive)

This old-school Italian restaurant in Belmont is the kind of spot that even your Nona would approve of. It's perfect for a larger family style dinner or an even intimate date night. Fill up on their fresh pasta dishes, before walking it off at the gardens.

P.S. Walk-ins accepted, but we recommend reservations for popular nights. They can only be made over the phone at (718) 733-6630 (old school way 😉).



For the Global Enthusiast: ÇKA KA QËLLU (7 min drive)

With strong Albanian roots, this rustic spot is perfect for the wander-luster who would rather be galavanting in Eastern Europe this holiday. The food is simple, comforting, and filling—think traditional meatballs (qofte); finger-sized veal sausages (qebapa); or silky cream with polenta (kačamak).

Fun note: This interior is filled with owner Ramiz Kukaj’s personal collection of antiques and tchotchkes from Albania like stringed instruments, manual typewriters, and embroidered costumes that make the restaurant.




Arts & Culture Activity

NYCB GLOW: 2900 Southern Blvd, The Bronx, NY 10458

Food & Drink Activity

Antonio's Trattoria: 2370 Belmont Ave, The Bronx, NY 10458

Çka Ka Qellu: 2321 Hughes Ave, The Bronx, NY 10458

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