Winter Fun on the High Line

The High Line is open daily from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM all winter long. Photo by Friends of the High Line

Temperatures may be dropping, but there’s still plenty of reasons to visit the High Line. From holiday concerts to public art, the park has much to offer in the coming months. Here are a few reasons to rediscover the High Line this winter.

Holiday Concert

Join us on Saturday, December 6 for a merry holiday concert featuring local resident Eve Zanni and her jazz-infused holiday favorites, and the Gay and Lesbian Big Apple Corps, who will bring their upbeat versions of 1990s and 2000s hits. For a pounding finale, Los Pleneros de la 21 will enchant the audience with a selection of aguinaldos, the traditional holiday songs from Puerto Rico. The free event runs from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM at the 10th Avenue Square at West 17th Street. Come enjoy this eclectic selection of yuletide music and warm up with hot chocolate and cider!

Neighborhood Toy Drive

Between December 1 and December 15, we’ll be hosting the Neighborhood Toy Drive. Join Friends of the High Line as we partner with Hudson Guild, Fulton Youth of the Future, Chelsea Market, Posman Books, and The High Line Hotel to collect gifts for more than 400 local families. To contribute, bring new, unwrapped toys or winter gear for children ages 4 through 14 to one of several locations. We’ll also be collecting donations at the High Line Winter Concert.

High Line Shop Pop-Up Kiosk

The High Line Shop has a new pop-up kiosk in the nearby Chelsea Market. There you'll find J.Crew tees designed for the High Line, accessories, and much more. The kiosk is open daily, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, at 75 9th Avenue.

Winter Landscape

In keeping with the vision of Piet Oudolf, the renowned Dutch landscape designer, the High Line’s plants are left in their natural state in the winter, rather than trimmed back as the cold weather arrives. That means in the winter, you will find a strikingly different landscape on the High Line, one filled with wild grasses, seed heads, and variation in texture and color that you won’t find during the warmer months of the year. Check out our November bloom list and learn about other seasonal favorites like Blonde Ambition mosquito grassAmerican holly, and Viking black chokeberry.

The Gaits: A High Line Soundwalk

You can now turn your footsteps into sound as you stroll the High Line. Join us on Sunday, December 21, at 5:00 PM to participate in a winter parade in celebration of Make Music New York, or download the app and experience it on your own time at the High Line. The Gaits: A High Line Soundwalk is a free, downloadable smartphone application that features a score of electric guitar chords, zen gongs, and more composed by Lainie Fefferman, Jascha Narveson, and Cameron Britt. As participants walk along the High Line, footsteps are turned into twinkling metallic sounds, electric guitar chords, dulcimer notes, water splashes, car horns, and applause.


An outdoor group exhibition about technology and obsolescence, Archeo brings together the work of artists who employ outmoded technologies and outdated machinery as a reflection on humanity’s continuous fascination and frustration with technology. The exhibition is on view through March 2015.

Pier 54

Conceived as a tribute to and a reaction against Pier 18 – a project organized by Willoughby Sharp in 1971 – Pier 54 is a High Line Art exhibition featuring photographic documentation of actions by 27 female artists that took place over the summer on Hudson River Park’s Pier 54, a disused pier on Manhattan’s West Side. The exhibition is on view at 120 Eleventh Avenue through December 13, Tuesday through Saturday (11:00 AM to 6:00 PM). Images from the exhibit will also be screened on Channel 14, located in the 14th Street Passage, through January 14, beginning at 4:00 PM each day.

High Line Billboard

For the High Line, artist John Wesley reimagines his 1976 painting Nine Female Inmates of the Cincinnati Workhouse Participating in a Patriotic Tableau. The composition features nine women costumed to depict the “Betsy Ross” 13-star American flag. Exemplary of Wesley’s ultimately ambiguous humor, this work was originally created in commemoration of the bicentennial celebration of the United States Declaration of Independence. The artwork will remain on view at West 18th Street until January 2, 2015.

A stroll through the park is a great way to spend a snow day. Photo by Friends of the High Line

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