New York City events calendar for December 2017. Festivals, fun things to do, Christmas events, holiday markets, New Year’s Eve at Times Square in NYC New York.

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December 2017

Enjoy the best New York City events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Distance is from Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan.

Wine festival

December 1 - 2, 2017

4.4 miles SE

Taste 100 wines at Wine Riot at Brooklyn Expo Center, and track your favorites on the free app.

Pottery show

December 1 - 3, 2017

20 miles north

The Pottery Show and Sale is a famous curated event at the Art School at Old Church in Demarest, NJ.

Holiday market - Central Park

December 1 - 24, 2017 (begins Nov. 28)

0.5 miles north

Enjoy a hot beverage or meal, and shop for gifts from 100 vendors at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market at Central Park West and 59th Street. Free.

Holiday market - Union Square

December 1 - 24, 2017 (begins Nov. 16)

1.8 miles south

Find handmade jewelry, fine art, clothing, ornaments, toys, food, and drink at Union Square Holiday Market in Union Square Park. Closed on Thanksgiving. Free.

The Nutcracker

December 1 - 31, 2017 (begins Nov. 24)

1.1 miles NW

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.

Holiday Train Show

December 1, 2017 - Jan. 15, 2018 (begins Nov. 22)

12 miles north

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.

Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl

December 2, 2017

2.1 miles south

Wear your tackiest holiday duds for drink specials on the Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl that begins at Bar None.

Belgian beer tasting

December 2, 2017

2.5 miles south

Sample 20 Belgian beers and vote for your favorite during Battle of the Belgians at Jimmy’s No. 43.

Cheese festival

December 2, 2017

9 miles east

Taste unlimited samples from 30 artisanal creameries plus chef dishes, desserts, and beverages at The Great Northeast Cheese & Dairy Fest at Flushing Town Hall.

Christmas tree lighting

December 3 - 9, 2017

Locations below

Watch a free tree-lighting ceremony with music. The lighting at Rockefeller Center is Nov. 29, 2017.

Nutcracker set in New York

December 7 - 10, 2017

1.2 miles north

The Yorkville Nutcracker is a ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s music with familiar backgrounds like Central Park at Kaye Playhouse.

Zombie & horror convention

December 9 - 10, 2017

33.4 miles SW

Zombie lovers will find celebrities, panels, vendors, and artists at Walker Stalker Con at The New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, NJ.

Discount tickets $10 at Goldstar.

Chocolate & airplanes

December 10, 2017

27 miles east

Chocolate Expo offers tastings & sales of chocolates, baked goods, specialty foods, gelato, and wine at the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Long Island, and your ticket includes museum admission. Repeats in March.

Handel’s Messiah

December 12 - 16, 2017

1.2 miles NW

See Handel’s Messiah performed in its entirety by the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center.

Menorah lighting

December 12 - 20, 2017

7 miles south

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. Free.

Big-band holiday concert

December 13 - 17, 2017

1 mile NW

Big Band Holidays features the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis playing swinging and soulful performances of your favorite holiday music, plus a vocalist.

Winter solstice concert

December 14 - 16, 2017

3.6 miles north

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.

Street music festival

December 21, 2017

NYC locations

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 in the schedule. Free.

Handel’s Messiah

December 21, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

0.6 miles north

The Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra performs Handel’s Messiah with a 30-member chorus and 20-player orchestra at Carnegie Hall.

Shred bad memories

December 28, 2017

0.5 miles west

Say goodbye to your worst memories of 2017 so you can start fresh in 2018 by tossing them into the shredder at Good Riddance Day in Times Square.

New Year’s Eve - restaurants

December 31, 2017

NYC locations

Find a list of restaurants that offer special menus and celebrations for New Year’s Eve at OpenTable.

New Year’s Eve - Times Square

December 31, 2017

0.5 miles west

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.

New Year’s Eve - AMC

December 31, 2017

0.7 miles SW

Watch movies or dance all night on the family no-alcohol floor or the adult floors with open bar and mini buffet at New Year’s Eve at AMC Theater on West 42nd Street.

New Year’s Eve - Madame Tussauds

December 31, 2017

0.7 miles SW

Enjoy appetizers, an open bar, and 4-D cinema (with wind, snow, mist, and scent) at New Year’s Eve at Madame Tussauds New York. All ages welcome.

New Year’s Eve - Midtown

December 31, 2017

1 mile SW

Ring in the New Year at District Social NYC, a new bar in Midtown West that offers three floors to roam and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight for age 21+.

New Year’s Eve - show tunes

December 31, 2017

1.1 miles NW

Celebrate New Year’s Eve by hearing the New York Philharmonic Orchestra play Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein in David Geffen Hall.

New Year’s Eve - run

December 31, 2017

1.2 miles north

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.

New Year’s Eve - biking/skating

December 31, 2017

2 miles north

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.

New Year’s Eve - Webster Hall

December 31, 2017

2.2 miles south

New Year’s Eve Ball has 4 dance floors in 6 rooms, 100,000 balloons that drop at midnight, fire and aerial performers, and an open bar at Webster Hall. Age 19+ to attend, age 21+ to drink.

New Year’s Eve - peace concert

December 31, 2017

3.6 miles north

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.

Gospel concert

December 31, 2017

4 miles north

Harlem Gospel Holiday Celebration promises an hour of powerful music that brings joy to your heart and soul at 201 Lenox Avenue.

Kwanzaa Celebration

December 31, 2017

4.2 miles north

Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night features joyful dance and music at the Apollo Theater.

New Year’s Eve - fireworks

December 31, 2017

7 miles south

Enjoy entertainment and hot chocolate, and then watch the New Year’s Eve Fireworks at midnight at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn. Free.

New Year’s Eve Paris ball

December 31, 2017

10.2 miles south

Parisian Follies by Dances of Vice has an opulent theme that “will traverse through Paris’ Golden Age, the 1890s Belle Époque, to the vibrant 1920s Années folles” at Grand Prospect Hall. Optional 8 p.m. dinner.

New Year’s Eve with knights

December 31, 2017

10.7 miles NE

Ring in the New Year with the lords and ladies of Medieval Times. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres, admission to Museum of Torture, a 2-hour live tournament, a 4-course meal, party favors, a balloon drop, DJ dancing, and champagne toast (juice for kids) in Lyndhurst, NJ.

Holiday market - Grand Central

December 2017 (undated)

0.5 miles SW

Grand Central Holiday Fair is a holiday market with 40 vendors in Vanderbilt Hall. Closed Thanksgiving. Free.

Winter in Bryant Park

December 2017 (undated)

0.5 miles south

Winter Village at Bryant Park has 125 holiday kiosk shops and an ice-skating rink open until March 5 (free unless you rent skates).

Train show at Grand Central

December 2017 (undated)

0.6 miles south

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. Closed Mondays and holidays. Free.

Prayers for pets

December 2017 (undated)

0.8 miles north

Arrive early with your pet for Blessing of the Animals by a minister and a rabbi at Christ Church. Free.

Star-studded concert

December 2017 (undated)

1.2 miles south

Jingle Ball brings big-name music artists every December to Madison Square Garden.

Cabaret & music theater festival

December 2017 (undated)

1.4 miles SW

Winter Rhythms features cabaret & theater stars in 23 shows at Urban Stages Theatre.

Motorcycle show

December 2017 (undated)

1.5 miles SW

Find sport bikes, dirt bikes, scooters, ATVs, expert advice, live entertainment, and family activities at the International Motorcycle Show [website has sound] in the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

Boombox/smartphone concert

December 2017 (undated)

2.1 miles south

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.

Tea dance

December 2017 (undated)

2.2 miles south

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 for age 21+.

All-star band

December 2017 (undated)

2.3 miles SW

Wall Street Rocks: Veterans Benefit Concert includes members of ZZ Top, Blues Traveler, Guns N’ Roses, and David Bowie’s Band at the Highline Ballroom.

Colombian Music Festival

December 2017 (undated)

2.5 miles south

Enjoy an evening of Colombian rhythms and styles with 30 musicians plus dancers at Encuentro NYC Festival at Le Poisson Rouge. Standing room only.

Racy Nutcracker

December 2017 (undated)

8.3 miles south

Nutcracker Rouge is a decadently sumptuous baroque burlesque production, including opera, circus, ballet, gorgeous design, and fine music at Irondale Ensemble in Brooklyn.

Ideas conference

December 2017 (undated)

8.8 miles SW

Hear 12 fascinating speakers and watch five performances at TEDxJerseyCity in Jersey City, NJ.

Whiskey tasting

December 2017 (undated)

9 miles south

Taste U.S. and Scottish whiskey with bread made in a wood-fired oven at the Whiskey Tasting at Old Stone House of Brooklyn for age 21+, with access to the exhibits.

Latke Festival

December 2017 (undated)

9.1 miles south

Your ticket to Latke Festival includes the potato treats made by dozens of top chefs, plus alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at the Brooklyn Museum.

Hip Nutcracker

December 2017 (undated)

18 miles west

The Hip Hop Nutcracker gives Tchaikovsky’s score a modern twist with 12 hip-hop dancers (including “King of Rap” Kurtis Blow) in an urban setting.

Hip-hop holiday concert

December 2017 (undated)

18.8 miles west

Hear R&B, hip hop, and rap at Hot 97’s Hot for the Holidays featuring Usher, Travis Scott, T.I., Young Thug, Lil Yachty, Joey Bada$$, Jidenna, Kehlani and Flex & Friends at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

Santa bar crawl

December 2017 (undated)

NYC locations

Wear a Santa suit and start at one of the bars that will be listed Friday night on the Santacon website. Donation. Organizers ask Santas to obey all laws and be polite.

Tuba concert

December 2017 (undated)

0 miles

Hear Christmas carols and sing along at Merry Tuba Christmas at The Rink at Rockefeller Center. Free.


December 2017 (undated)

2.1 miles south

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

Charles Dickens’ Christmas

December 2017 (undated)

2.5 miles south

Hear an actor dressed as Charles Dickens read in an elegant, festive parlor at A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House, with optional preceding reception.

Christmas show in Harlem

December 2017 (undated)

6 miles north

Soul Nativity tells the story of the Nativity in song, dance, and comedy with a score that includes gospel, R&B, pop, and rock at Harlem School of the Arts.

Nutcracker in Brooklyn

December 2017 (undated)

7.1 miles south

Gelsey Kirkland Ballet performs The Nutcracker, the story of a young girl’s Christmas fantasy, at Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet.

Nutcracker in New Jersey

December 2017 (undated)

36 miles west

New Jersey Ballet performs The Nutcracker with a full orchestra, about a toy that comes to life in a young girl’s dream and leads her to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ.

New Year’s Eve - jazz

December 2017 (undated)

0.8 mile NW

New Year’s Eve with Cécile McLorin Salvant features a jazz vocalist, a view of Central Park, and a three-course meal in Dizzy’s Club at Broadway and 60th. The 11 p.m. show includes a champagne toast at midnight.
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