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December in New York

December in New York

There is something about the holiday’s in the city that brings out the best in all of us. Soak up the holiday season with our listing of events that is sure to have something for everyone.

12/1-12/12 Christmas Tree Lighting. Watch a free tree-lighting ceremony with music.

Dec. 1 (5 to 6 p.m.) Zuccotti Park

Dec. 1 (6 p.m.) South Street Seaport

Dec. 2 (7 to 9 p.m.) Rockefeller Center

Dec. 3 (5:30 to 6:30 p.m.) Central Park

Dec. 6 (6:30 p.m.) Park Avenue

Dec. 8 (3:30 to 5:30 p.m.) Madison Square Park

Dec. 9 (6 to 7 p.m.) Washington Square Park

12/1-12/24 Holiday market at Central Park: Enjoy a hot beverage or meal, and shop for gifts from 100 vendors at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market at Central

12/1-12/24  Holiday market at Grand Central: Grand Central Holiday Fair is a holiday market with 76 vendors in Vanderbilt Hall. Closed Thanksgiving.

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

Holiday Train Show

12/1-12/31 Holiday Train Show: Watch model trains zip around miniature New York landmarks made of plant materials, and enjoy kids’ activities at the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden. Closed Nov. 23, 26, 30; Dec. 7, 25.

Radio City

12/1-1/3 Christmas Spectacular: Radio City Christmas Spectacular is 90 minutes of dance, 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.

12/1-1/3  Winter in Bryant Park: Winter Village at Bryant Park has 125 holiday kiosk shops, a tree lighting, and an ice skating rink. Free unless you rent skates. Daily tree lighting

12/1-1/1 Watch the lighting ceremony for a Christmas tree adorned with 18th-century Neapolitan angels and cherubs at the Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche in The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

12/-1/17  Nutcracker Rouge is a decadently sumptuous baroque burlesque production, including opera, circus, ballet, gorgeous design, and fine music at Minetta Lane Theatre.

12/2 -12/16 Basketball: The New York Knicks play at Madison Square Garden.

Dec. 2 – Philadelphia

Dec. 21 – Orlando

Dec. 16 – Minnesota

12/3 -1/3 The Nutcracker: 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 Avery Fisher Hall.

12/4 Cocktails in the Conservatory: Sip a cocktail under holiday lights; see model trains circle a miniature New York; and watch ice carvers at Bar Car Nights at the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden for age 21+. Open 7 to 10 p.m. on Nov. 21; Dec. 4, 5, 18, 19; Jan. 2, 8, 9, 15, 16.

12/7 Latke Festival: Your ticket to Latke Festival includes the potato treats made by dozens of top chefs, plus alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at Metropolitan Pavilion.

12/11 -12/13 Jingle Ball brings big-name music artists every December to Madison Square Garden.

12/11 -12/13 Motorcycle Show: Find sport bikes, dirt bikes, scooters, ATVs, expert advice, live entertainment, and family activities at the International Motorcycle Show in the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

12/12 Santa Bar Crawl: 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.

12/12 Formal Ball: A $200 ticket to the Winter Ball includes an open bar, light fare, sweet treats, jazz and holiday songs, and dancing for age 21+ at Academy Mansion.

12 /12 Boombox/Smartphone Concert (7 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.

12/13 Tuba Concert: Hear Christmas carols and sing along at Merry Tuba Christmas at The Rink at Rockefeller Center. Free.

12/13 Prayers for Pets (2 p.m.): Arrive early with your pet for Blessing of the Animals by a minister and a rabbi at Christ Church 232 West 11th. Free.

12/13 Tea dance (3 to 7 p.m.): The Jazz Age Tea Dance features a live orchestra, dance lesson at 3 p.m., exotic teas, a cash bar, and food carts in the ballroom at Webster Hall.


12/13 Jets Football Watch the New York Jets play the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium.

12/15 – 12/19 Handel’s Messiah: New York Philharmonic performs Handel’s Messiah at Lincoln Center.

12/16 New York Pops It’s Christmas Time in the City: Tony Award nominees Stephanie J. Block (Wicked) and Brian d’Arcy James (Shrek The Musical) help to make the season bright with a program of holiday favorites. Carnige Hall

12/17 – 12/19 Winter Solstice Concert: Celebrate the darkest night of the year with the vibrant music of Puerto Rico plus Paul Winter Consort at the secular Winter Solstice Celebration at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.

12/20 New York Pops A Charlie Brown Christmas: Holiday cheer fills Carnegie Hall when Steven Reineke conducts The New York Pops in a concert version of the iconic TV special created by Charles M. Schulz. Traditional favorites, a sing-along, and special surprises will make your family very merry.

12/21 Street Music Festival: 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 on their website Free

12/22 Handel’s Messiah (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.

12/24 Caroling (5 to 6 p.m.): Join the carolers and brass quartet at Christmas Eve Caroling at the arch in Washington Square Park. Free.

12/28 Shred Bad Memories (12 to 1 p.m.): Say goodbye to your worst memories of 2015 so you can start fresh in 2016 by tossing them into the shredder at Good Riddance Day in Times Square.

Times Square Ball Drop

12/31 New Year’s Eve – Times Square: 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 New Year’s Eve – Orchestra. The New York Philharmonic plays French music ranging from Ravel to the Can Can at New Year’s Eve: La Vie Parisienne in Avery Fisher Hall.

12/31 New Year’s Eve – Run Free music and dancing begin at 10 p.m., fireworks at midnight, plus a 4-mile Midnight Run that requires registration, all at Central Park Bandshell.

12/31 New Year’s Eve Bike Ride & Outdoor 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.

12/31 New Year’s Eve – Peace Concert: Choir and orchestra music, solo singers, and bright candles at New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace will uplift you 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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