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

Miles are from Rockefeller Center in Midtown.

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.

Discount tickets $40.

Motorcycle show

December 1 - 3, 2017

1.5 miles SW

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.

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.
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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 150 vendors at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market at Central Park West and 59th Street. Free.

Holiday market - Grand Central

December 1 - 24, 2017 (begins Nov. 13)

0.5 miles SW

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

Adult night - train show

December 1, 2017 - Jan. 13, 2018 (begins Nov. 24)

12 miles north

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+.

Discount tickets $33.

Racy Nutcracker

Dec. 1, 2017 - Jan. 14, 2018 (Nov. 9+)

7.4 miles SE

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

Discount tickets $35 to $75.

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. Closed Nov. 23 & 27; Dec. 4 & 25; and Jan. 8.

Train show at Grand Central

December 1, 2017 - Feb. 4, 2018 (begins Nov. 16)

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 on holidays. Free.

Winter in Bryant Park

Dec. 1, 2017 - March 4, 2018 (begins Oct. 28)

0.5 miles south

Winter Village at Bryant Park has a free ice skating rink with skates for rent, plus 125 holiday kiosks that stay open until Jan. 2.

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 (6 to 9 p.m.)

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.

Thanksgiving scavenger hunt

December 2, 2017 (register 1 p.m.)

9 miles SE

Brooklyn 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 to Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration.

Prayers for pets

December 3, 2017 (2 to 4 p.m.)

0.8 miles north

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

Charles Dickens’ Christmas

December 5 - 27, 2017 (begins Nov. 30)

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. Optional pre-show reception some nights.

Classical music with a message

December 7, 2017 (8 p.m.)

1.1 miles NW

Triumph of Art features the American Symphony Orchestra playing works influenced by confrontation with authoritarian regimes, both fascist and communist, from Russia, Poland, and Czechoslovakia at Lincoln Center. A pre-concert talk is at 7 p.m.

Discount tickets $10 to $15.

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.

Star-studded concert

December 8, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

1.2 miles south

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

Whiskey tasting

December 8, 2017 (7 to 8:30 p.m.)

9 miles south

Taste American whiskey with cheese and bread at Tastings at OSH: American Whiskeys at Old Stone House of Brooklyn for age 21+, with access to the exhibits.

Nutcracker in New Jersey

December 8 - 24, 2017

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.

Discount tickets $22.

Santa bar crawl

December 9, 2017

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.

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.

Dog films

December 10, 2017 (2:45 & 4:45 p.m.)

1.8 miles south

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

Sexy poetry

December 10, 2017 (9 p.m.)

7 miles SE

Inspired by 19th-century bordellos of Paris and New Orleans, The Poetry Brothel presents a rotating cast of poets in an immersive and lush, speakeasy-style environment with a bar and live music at The House of Yes in Brooklyn for age 21+.

Discount tickets $20 to $38.

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.

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.

Cabaret & music theater festival

December 12 - 23, 2017

1.4 miles SW

Winter Rhythms features cabaret & theater stars in 22 shows at Urban Stages Theatre.

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.

Hip Nutcracker

December 16, 2017 (8 p.m.)

11 miles south

The Hip Hop Nutcracker gives Tchaikovsky’s score a modern twist with 12 hip-hop dancers (including rap icon Kurtis Blow) and digital scenery that gives it an urban vibe, at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn.

Discount tickets $10 to $30.

Tuba concert

December 17, 2017 (3:30 p.m.)

0 miles

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

Boombox/smartphone concert

December 17, 2017 (meet 5:45 p.m.)

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. Free.

Latke Festival

December 18, 2017 (6 to 9 p.m.)

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.

Opera fairy tale

December 18, 2017 - Jan. 6, 2018

1.1 miles NW

Based on a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, Hansel and Gretel is a dark story sung in English with grace and humor, and featuring a sweeping score by Engelbert Humperdinck at Metropolitan Opera House.

Discount tickets $30 to $95.

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.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

December 21, 2017 - Jan. 6, 2018

3 miles east

Based on the TV special, A Charlie Brown Christmas features the famous Peanuts cartoon characters learning the true meaning of Christmas on stage at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City.


December 24, 2017 (5 to 6 p.m.)

2.1 miles south

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

Christmas rock opera

December 26, 2017 (3 and 8 p.m.)

18.8 miles west

Watch laser lights slice through billowing fog as you hear electrified takes on holiday classics at The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, featuring the driving, thundering beats of guitars and electric violins by Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

Discount tickets $55 to $75.

Shred bad memories

December 28, 2017 (12 to 1 p.m.)

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 - jazz

December 31, 2017 (7:30 & 11 p.m.)

0.8 mile NW

New Year’s Eve with Paquito D’Rivera and Carlos Henriquez 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 midnight champagne toast. [Ignore incorrect hours listed on the right side of their page.]

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 (8 p.m.)

1.1 miles NW

Celebrate New Year’s Eve by hearing the New York Philharmonic Orchestra play the music of Bernstein on Broadway 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 - peace concert

December 31, 2017 (7 to 9 p.m.)

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.

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 bordello

December 31, 2017 (9 p.m.)

10.2 miles south

Dances of Vice promises “illicit luxury and debonair decadence from eras past in rooms invoking a 19th century French brothel, an early 20th-century speakeasy cabaret, and a timeless Babylon that plumbs the depths of pleasure” with exotic acts and live bands at Demimonde at Down Town Association.

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.
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