NYC Parks’ 41st Annual Wreath Interpretations at Arsenal Gallery




Artist, Naomi Lawrence. NYC Parks 2023 Wreath Interpretations at Arsenal Gallery. Image courtesy of the artist.

As New Yorkers and visitors alike flock to Wollman Rink, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, and the many wonderful holiday events taking place around the city, everyone’s favorite yule time tradition has returned to the Arsenal Gallery – the annual Wreath Interpretations exhibit! A holiday tradition since 1982, NYC Parks is once againringing in the season with Wreath Interpretations, featuring whimsical wreaths handcrafted by Parks employees, artists, designers, and creative individuals of all ages.  

Arsenal Gallery, 2023 Wreath Interpretation. Image credit: NYC Parks/Malcolm Pinckney

“The holiday season has truly arrived at NYC Parks with the opening of our Wreath Interpretations exhibit, and this year’s collection of impressive wreaths is perhaps the best we’ve ever showcased,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue. “This exhibit strikes to the core of our work at parks, encapsulating the creativity and ingenuity that Parkies are known for, and with a great offering of over 30 unique wreaths this year, there is sure to be something to capture everyone’s imagination. I invite all New Yorkers to come out and enjoy this wonderful Parks tradition this season.” 

Now in its 41st year, this year’s exhibition features more than 30 imaginative wreaths, utilizing unusual and unexpected materials to re-imagine the traditional holiday decoration. Visitors will see wreaths made of thumbtacks, dryer lint, a tire, steel scouring pads, plastic eyes, and candy wrappers. 

Arsenal Gallery, 2023 Wreath Interpretation. Image credit: NYC Parks/Malcolm Pinckney

This event is FREE and open to the public. Groups of five or more people can call 212-360-8114 or email to pre-register. For more information, visit  

The Installations is on view from December 1st, 2023 to January 4, 2024. The Arsenal Gallery is located at 64th Street and Fifth Avenue inside Central Park, on the third floor of the Arsenal Building. Please note that The Arsenal Gallery will be closed on Monday, December 25, 2023, and Monday, January 1, 2024.