The NYBG Winter Wonderland Ball

by Maria Panskaya Photographed by Georgina Bloomberg, Ariana Rockefeller, Natalie Bloomingdale
Monday, December 14, 2015

It’s that time of the year again, when the most expected gala of the season comes to the most unfamiliar borough of New York City—the Bronx. The New York Botanical Garden hosted their 17th Annual Winter Wonderland Ball on Friday, bringing out hundreds of guests. NYBG has always been the major event of the charity circuit, where socialites gather before skipping town for warmer, or sometimes colder, climates.

Every year, the garden surprises guests with spectacular installations of more than a hundred miniature New York landmarks, all made from greenery, and its iconic train show. The first part of the ball began with cocktails, and later guests had the chance to enjoy a gourmet dinner followed by an evening of dancing. Among honorary attendees were Georgina Bloomberg, Byrdie Bell, Ariana Rockefeller, Gillian Hearst Simonds, Lubov Azria, Carly Cushnie, Sarah Chilton, Alina Cho and Whitney Fairchild.

Proceeds from the ball support the world-renowned Children’s Education Programs at the Botanical Garden, thus proving underserved Bronx children with innovative workshops and hands-on activities.

Photos by Angela Pham and Kelly Taub/


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