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January Event Keep The Holidays Going

January Event Keep The Holidays Going

If your holidays were so hectic, you missed some of the holiday fare offered, no fear it lasts about a week longer. Then there’s Chinese New Year Festivals, film festivals, antiques, bull riders, sports, food, eclectic music, art and Martin Luther King. For those who love Broadway, discount tickets and BrodwayCon, plus restaurant week that allows you to taste the best of the best. Events don’t stop in January they just keep moving on.

1/1: Hear 140 poets read works from 2 p.m. until after midnight at New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit Reading at St. Mark’s Church in-the Bowery.

1/1 – 5: Radio City Christmas Spectacular features dancers, drones, fireworks, and a flying Santa at Radio City Music Hall. 1/1 – 5: Winter Village at Bryant Park has a free ice skating rink with skates for rent, plus 125 holiday kiosks. 

1 – 12: NYC Winter Lantern Festival has “1,000 lanterns sculpted into magnificent figures of luminescent art” on eight acres at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, with live cultural shows and interactive exhibits. Skating for an extra fee. Follow directions to the free Staten Island Ferry and shuttle bus. Closed January 6 & 7.

1/1 – 26: 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. 

1/1 – 2/2: The famous Big Apple Circus has high-wire aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, clowns, contortionists, rescue animals, and a band in a heated tent at Lincoln Center.

1/2 (8 p.m.): The Bomb Shelter Comedy Show promises “comedians with national TV credits,” free pizza, and no drink minimums at The Gaf West, in Hell’s Kitchen. Free tickets

1/2 – 5: 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.

1/2 – 26: See 120 lantern exhibits, watch cultural performances, browse the marketplace, and shop at food vendors during Hello Panda Festival at Citi Field. Free to age 3.

1/3 – 5: Professional Bull Riders take on the fiercest bucking bulls at Madison Square Garden.

1/6 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.): Children wearing crowns join real camels, sheep, colorful puppets, musicians, dancers, and community leaders dressed as kings in the festive Three Kings Day Parade and Celebration in East Harlem. Free.

Wave Hill

1/7 – 28: Enjoy Free Admission to Wave Hill cultural center and its 28-acre public garden overlooking the Hudson River in the Bronx on Tuesday and Saturday. You must arrive before noon, but you can stay all day.

1/9 – 18: Winter Jazzfest includes 150 artists playing at Le Poisson Rouge and other venues. There are usually two “marathon” days.

1/12: Liven up winter by joining thousands who follow the instructions for taking a No Pants Subway Ride, followed by an after party at Bar 13. Free.

1/12: Enjoy 12 musical acts on three stages from countries all over the world at globalFEST near Times Square.

1/15 – 28: The New York Jewish Film Festival showcases films that investigate, record, and celebrate the Jewish experience at Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center.

1/16 – 19: Vogue Knitting Live features knitting classes and a vendor marketplace at New York Marriott Marquis.

1/17 – 19: Outsider Art Fair shows self-taught art created outside the mainstream at Metropolitan Pavilion. 

1/20: Join 8th graders from Manhattan Country School on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March from Frederick Douglass Circle to their school on the Upper West Side, with stops along the way. Free.

1/20 (10:30 a.m.): Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. includes a keynote speaker and choir in BAM Howard Gilman Opera House at Brooklyn Academy of Music. Free.

1/21 – 2/9: Get a special deal on a 2-course lunch or a 3-course dinner at 370 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week. Saturdays excluded, Sundays included at some restaurants. 

1/21 – 2/9: Get 2-for-1 deals on select theater shows during NYC Broadway Week. 

1/22 – 26: See new boats, marine gear, and accessories plus workshops and TV celebrities at the New York Boat Show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

1/24 – 26: BroadwayCon promises “performances, panels, workshops, autographs, photo booths, Q&As, meet-and-greets, singalongs, and much more” for people who love live theater at New York Hilton Midtown.

1/24 – 2/ 2: Shop for exceptional antiques ranging from ancient Roman glass to mid-century modern from 70 exhibitors at The Winter Show at Park Avenue Armory.

1/25 (1 and 6 p.m.): Taste hundreds of wines from around the world with with live entertainment, interactive games, and food for sale during New York City Wine Fest at The Tunnel for age 21+.

1/ 25 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.): New Year Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival includes 600,000 firecrackers at noon to scare away evil spirits and a festival with dancers, singers, and food vendors at Sara Roosevelt Park. Free.

1/25 – 26: A ticket to family-friendly Jets House includes food, beverages, live music, ping pong, appearances by New York Jets players, entertainment by the cheerleaders, and autograph sessions at SPiN New York.

1/25 – 26: Hear travel talks by experts, browse 500 travel booths, taste international food, and watch cultural performances at the New York Times Travel Show in Javits Convention Center. 


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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