Concerts, Tree Lighting, Holiday Marts, Ballet, Music and More All In The Event Section This December

Concerts, Tree Lighting, Holiday Marts, Ballet, Music and More All In The Event Section This December
With some many events in December, your holiday schedule is sure to be merry and bright.12/1: Cranksgiving is a scavenger hunt on your bicycle for Thanksgiving food that you donate to charity, plus an after party. Bring $20, a bag/pack, and a bike lock.12/1 (8 p.m.): Dress formally for The Winter Ball, which features a sextet playing jazz and holiday songs, a dance lesson at 8:30 p.m., a no-host bar, and food for sale at Spin New York, decorated as a “winter wonderland” for age 21+.12/ 1 – 2:  Find sport bikes, dirt bikes, scooters, ATVs, expert advice, live entertainment, and family activities at the New York International Motorcycle Show in the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

12/ 1 – 2:  The competitive NYC Horror Film Festival (NYCHFF) shows short and full-length films at Cinepolis Chelsea.

12/ 1 – 8 (starts Nov. 28) See a free tree-lighting ceremony, often with music.

Dec. 2 – Park Avenue

Dec. 4 – Bryant Park

Dec. 5 – Washington Square Park

Dec. 6 – Madison Square Park

12/ 1 – 9: See dozens of films focused on the lives of African people during African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF), with most screenings at Cinema Village & Teachers College at Columbia University.

12/ 1 – 24: Enjoy a hot beverage or meal, and shop for gifts from 150 vendors at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market at Central Park West and 59th Street. Free.

Union Square Holiday Market

Union Square Holiday Market

12/ 1 – 24: Grand Central Holiday Fair is a holiday market with 40 vendors in Vanderbilt Hall.

12/ 1 – 24: Find handmade jewelry, fine art, clothing, ornaments, toys, food, and drink at Union Square Holiday Market in Union Square Park.

New York City Ballet/Facebook

12/ 1 – 30: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition with old-fashioned costumes, a tree that grows before your eyes, crystal-shaped snowflakes, fine choreography by New York City Ballet, and Tchaikovsky’s captivating music at David H. Koch Theater.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

12/ 1- Jan. 1, 2019: Radio City Christmas Spectacular features dancers, drones, fireworks, and a flying Santa at Radio City Music Hall. Pre-show, meet a Rockette or Santa, and admire 10,000 crystals hanging in the Grand Foyer.

12/ 1- Jan. 2, 2019: Winter Village at Bryant Park has a free ice skating rink with skates for rent, plus 125 holiday kiosks.

The Holiday Train Show

The Holiday Train Show

12/ 1 – Jan. 12, 2019: Watch model trains zip around miniature New York landmarks made of plant materials, and enjoy kids’ activities at the Holiday Train Show at New York Botanical Garden.

12/ 1 – Feb. 24, 2019: The Holiday Train Show features a 34-foot-long model train layout (O gauge) with trains and subways that run on eight loops of track inside the New York Transit Museum Store.

12/ 2: The Dog Film Festival features films about the bond between dogs and humans at School of Visual Arts. No pets in the theater.

Menorah, Chanukah

12/ 2 – 10: Celebrate Chanukah nightly with live music and hot latkes at the Lighting of the Menorah, which is 32 feet tall, at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn.

12/ 2 – 30: Award-winning Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs contemporary dance with multimedia to celebrate its 60th anniversary at New York City Center.

12/ 6 – 9: The Yorkville Nutcracker is a ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s music with familiar “Old New York” backgrounds like Central Park at Kaye Playhouse.

12/ 6 – Jan. 13: Nutcracker Rouge is a glittery burlesque-inspired blend of theater, cirque, drag, and dance portraying an erotic and opulent version of the holiday ballet in Brooklyn.

12/ 7 (SOLD OUT): Jingle Ball brings big-name music artists every December to Madison Square Garden.

12/ 7 – 16: A Harlemettes Holiday is a song and dance show “that moves to the rhythm of jazz, blues, and hip hop” at Harlem School of the Arts.

12/ 8, 2018 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.): Wear a Santa suit and start at one of the bars that will be listed Friday night on the Santacon website. Donation. Organizers ask you to obey all laws and be polite. You must sign into Facebook to see the offical page.

12/ 9 (3:30 p.m.): Hear Christmas carols and sing along at Merry Tuba Christmas at The Rink at Rockefeller Center. Free.

Blessing of the animals, Cindy Adams

12/ 9 (2 to 3 p.m.): Arrive early with your pet for Blessing of the Animals by a minister and a rabbi at Christ Church. Free.

12/ 9, 2018 (2:30 to 4 p.m.): Advent Concert features sacred songs, classical music, inspirational readings, and a dance performance at Marble Collegiate Church.

12/ 12 – 15: See Handel’s Messiah performed in its entirety by the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center.

12/ 12 – 22: Winter Rhythms features cabaret & theater stars in 22 shows at Urban Stages Theatre.

12/ 13 – 30: How The Grinch Stole Christmas is a live family musical about a grumpy grinch who tries to deny the people of Whoville their holiday cheer but can’t dent their Christmas spirit at Madison Square Garden.

12/ 16 (6 p.m.): Download the music, and then play it on cue with the crowd at Unsilent Night, which goes from Washington Square Park to Tompkins Square Park. Free.

Tea dance

12/ 16 – 17: Museum to watch the Rotunda Holiday Concert featuring Vox Vocal Ensemble. Consider making a dinner reservation at their restaurant beforehand.

12/ 19 (7:30 p.m.): The Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra performs Handel’s Messiah with a 30-member chorus and 20-player orchestra at Carnegie Hall.

12/ 19 – 23: Big Band Holidays features the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis playing swinging and soulful renditions of your favorite holiday music, plus a vocalist.

12/ 19 – Jan. 5: The Magic Flute is an adventure-filled tale of good versus evil in which love conquers all, performed in English at the Metropolitan Opera House.

12/ 20 – 22: Celebrate the darkest night of the year at the secular Winter Solstice Celebration featuring musicians, vocalists, and the 25 dancers and drummers of the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre in The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.

12/ 21: Make Music Winter is a dozen musical parades on the streets and sidewalks on the first day of winter. Come watch, or join in as described for each event.

12/ 21 and 22: The New York Pops Holiday Concert. Get to Carnegie Hall to get your spirit bright.

12/ 24: Join the carolers and brass quartet at Christmas Eve Caroling at the arch in Washington Square Park. Free.

12/ 24 (10 p.m.): Matzoball NYC is an annual event with DJ music at Capitale for age 21+.

12/ 24 – 25: Harlem Gospel Holiday Celebration promises an hour of powerful music that brings joy to your heart and soul at Mount Olivet Baptist Church.

12/ 27 – 28: Harlem Globetrotters perform ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, and comedy bits in an entertaining show.

Dec. 27 (12:30 p.m.) – NY, Madison Square Garden

Dec. 27 (7 p.m.) – Brooklyn, Barclays Center

Good Riddance Day,

12/ 28: Say goodbye to your worst memories of 2018 so you can start fresh in 2019 by tossing them into the shredder at Good Riddance Day in Times Square.

12/ 29 (2 & 7:30 p.m.): Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night features joyful dance and music at the Apollo Theater.

New Years Eve, 2017, Times Square Ball

12/ 31: New Year’s Eve in Times Square has dazzling lights, big-name music, balloons, confetti, fireworks, and a crystal ball that drops at midnight. To join the crowd seeing it live, read the FAQ and arrive early. Free.

12/ 31 (7:30 to 9:30 p.m.) Celebrate the new year with soprano Renée Fleming and the New York Philharmonic in David Geffen Hall.

12/ 31: Free music and dancing begin at 10 p.m., fireworks at midnight, plus a 4-mile NYRR Midnight Run that requires registration, all at Central Park Bandshell.

12/ 31:  New Year’s Eve Bike Ride & Future Positive After Party for bikers or skaters has three starting points that all lead to a dance party with fireworks at Belvedere Castle in Central Park. Free.

The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine

New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace, The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, NYC, Dec. 31, 2016

12/ 31 (7 to 9 p.m.): Uplifting New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace offers choir and orchestra music, solo singers, and bright candles in The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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