New York City events December 2018. Things to do in NYC.

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New York City events December 2018

Horror film festival

December 1 - 2, 2018
(begins Nov. 29)
1.7 miles SW
The competitive NYC Horror Film Festival (NYCHFF) shows short and full-length films at Cinepolis Chelsea.

Pottery show

December 1 - 2, 2018
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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African films

December 1 - 9, 2018
(begins Nov. 23)
4 miles north
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.

Holiday market - Grand Central

December 1 - 24, 2018
(begins Nov. 12)
0.5 miles SW
Grand Central Holiday Fair is a holiday market with 40 vendors in Vanderbilt Hall. Closed on Thanksgiving Day. Free.

Latke Festival

December 3, 2018
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.

Whisky festival

December 4, 2018
0.5 miles west
Sample 400 whiskies, and learn from master distillers and blenders at $275 WhiskyFest at Marriott Marquis.

Nutcracker set in New York

December 6 - 9, 2018
1.2 miles north
The Yorkville Nutcracker is a ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s music with familiar backgrounds like Central Park at Kaye Playhouse.

Santa bar crawl

December 8, 2018
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. The 2018 date is on their Facebook page.

Zombie & horror convention

December 8 - 9, 2018
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.

Chocolate & airplanes

December 9, 2018
27 miles east
The Chocolate Expo offers tastings and 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. Held in March and December.

Fake wedding

December 11, 2018
(7 p.m.)
7 miles south
Attend an emotional wedding ceremony, have a drink and appetizers (included), and dance at a reception while you check out wedding vendors in action at The Big Fake Wedding New York City at Brooklyn Historical Society.

Handel’s Messiah

December 19, 2018
(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.

Street music festival

December 21, 2018
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 for each event. A similar event is held in June. Free.

Craft fair

December 22 - 23, 2018
4.4 miles SE
Shop from 200 artisans, chefs, and vintage vendors at Renegade Craft Fair at Brooklyn Expo Center. Free.

Gospel concert

December 24 - 25, 2018
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.

Shred bad memories

December 28, 2018
0.5 miles west
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.

New Year’s Eve - restaurants

December 31, 2018
NYC locations
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special menus and celebrations on New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Eve - Times Square

December 31, 2018
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, 2018
0.7 miles SW
Watch movies or dance all night at New Year’s Eve on adult floors with open bars and mini buffets, or get tickets for the Family Fun New Year’s Eve without alcohol at AMC Theater on West 42nd Street.

New Year’s Eve - run

December 31, 2018
1.2 miles north
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.

New Year’s Eve party

December 31, 2018
1.5 miles SW
Hot 97 New Year’s Eve Extravaganza features DJ music, an open bar, a complimentary buffet, and a champagne toast at Rosewood Theater for age 21+.

New Year’s Eve - peace concert

December 31, 2018
3.6 miles north
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.

New Year’s Eve - fireworks

December 31, 2018
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 in Jersey City

December 31, 2018
7.3 miles SW
Enjoy an open bar, food, a champagne toast, DJ music, and skyline views at New Year’s in Jersey City at Harborside Atrium in Jersey City, NJ for age 21+.

New Year’s Eve decadent party

December 31, 2018
10.2 miles south
Dances of Vice promises “illicit luxury and debonair decadence from eras past in rooms invoking a 19th century French bordello, an early 20th-century cabaret, and a timeless Babylon that plumbs the depths of pleasure seeking” at Demimonde with exotic acts and live bands at Down Town Association.

New Year’s Eve with knights

December 31, 2018
10.7 miles NE
Ring in the New Year with the lords and ladies of Medieval Times. Ticket includes admission to Museum of Torture, a two-hour live tournament, a four-course meal, party favors, DJ dancing, and champagne at midnight (or kids’ beverage) in Lyndhurst, NJ.

New Year’s Eve dance party

December 31, 2018
11.7 miles south
New Year’s Eve in Brooklyn, NY features David Guetta in a massive warehouse at Depot 52 for age 18+.

Holiday market - Central Park

December 2018
(undated)
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.

Winter in Bryant Park

December 2018
(undated)
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.

Train show at Grand Central

December 2018
(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 on holidays. Free.

Prayers for pets

December 2018
(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.

Winter solstice celebration

December 2018
(undated)
1 mile NW
NYC Secular Solstice promises non-religious songs and stories about values & human history to celebrate the winter solstice at New York Society for Ethical Culture.

Star-studded concert

December 2018
(undated)
1.2 miles south
Jingle Ball brings big-name music artists every December to Madison Square Garden.

Cabaret & music theater festival

December 2018
(undated)
1.4 miles SW
Winter Rhythms features cabaret & theater stars in 22 shows at Urban Stages Theatre.

Motorcycle show

December 2018
(undated)
1.5 miles SW
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.

Dog films

December 2018
(undated)
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.

Holiday market - Union Square

December 2018
(undated)
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 for Thanksgiving. Free.

Boombox/smartphone concert

December 2018
(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. Free.

Hitchcock radio theater

December 2018
(undated)
2.4 miles south
Lit by flickering candles, the actors of Radiotheatre NYC read different stories by Alfred Hitchcock each night during the Alfred Hitchcock Festival, with sound effects and the original symphonic score at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Christoper Street.

Music in the Guggenheim

December 2018
(undated)
2.4 miles north
Stand on the spiral staircase of the Guggenheim Museum to watch a Holiday Concert featuring Vox Vocal Ensemble. Consider making a dinner reservation at their restaurant beforehand.

Nutcracker dance

December 2018
(undated)
2.6 miles north
Nutcracker Winter Suite is a one-hour, family-friendly version that includes only the dance performances at Symphony Space.

Jewish party

December 2018
(undated)
3.1 miles south
Matzoball NYC is an annual event with DJ music at Capitale for age 21+.

Winter solstice concert

December 2018
(undated)
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.

Menorah lighting

December 2018
(undated)
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.

Hip Nutcracker

December 2018
(undated)
7.8 miles north
The Hip Hop Nutcracker reimagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score with a dozen hip-hop dancers in an urban setting at United Palace.

Hip Nutcracker

December 2018
(undated)
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.

Holiday Train Show

December 2018
(undated)
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.

Adult night - train show

December 2018
(undated)
12 miles north
Sip a cocktail under holiday lights, see model trains circle a miniature New York, and warm up at the fire pit at Bar Car Nights at the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden for age 21+.

Hip-hop holiday concert

December 2018
(undated)
18.8 miles west
Hear R&B, hip hop, and rap at Hot 97’s Hot for the Holidays featuring Chris Brown, 21 Savage, Meek Mill, Cardi B, Dave East, and Tee Grizzley at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

Long Island comic con

December 2018
(undated)
28.6 miles east
ACE Comic Con Long Island has celebrity guests, panel discussions, vendors, and a cosplay contest at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale.

Thanksgiving scavenger hunt

December 2018
(undated)
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.

Tuba concert

December 2018
(undated)
0 miles
Hear Christmas carols and sing along at Merry Tuba Christmas at The Rink at Rockefeller Center. Free.

Big-band holiday concert

December 2018
(undated)
1 mile NW
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.

Christmas concert

December 2018
(undated)
1.1 miles south
O Wondrous Mystery features sacred songs, classical music, inspirational readings, and a dance performance at Marble Collegiate Church.

The Nutcracker

December 2018
(undated)
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.

Handel’s Messiah

December 2018
(undated)
1.2 miles NW
See Handel’s Messiah performed in its entirety by the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center.

Caroling

December 2018
(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 2018
(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. Optional pre-show reception some nights.

Christmas show in Harlem

December 2018
(undated)
6 miles north
Harlem Holiday Live is a song and dance show at Harlem School of the Arts.