New York City events December 2019. Things to do in NYC.

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New York City events December 2019

Christmas on Long Island

December 1, 2019
(begins Nov. 29)
27 miles east
See designer Christmas trees, visit the gingerbread village, watch live entertainment, ice skate, and tour the museum during Long Island Festival of Trees at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City,

Model train show

December 1, 2019
(begins Nov. 30)
33 miles SW
Greenberg’s Great Train and Toy Show features train displays, train rides, and 140 vendors at New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center in Edison, NJ. Free for children age 11 and younger. Held in March, August, and November.

African films

December 1 - 15, 2019
(begins Nov. 29)
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.

Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar

December 1, 8, 15, 2019
10 miles south
Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar features 60 handpicked local artisans, food vendors, and craft activities for kids in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Free.

Holiday market - Union Square

December 1 - 24, 2019
(begins Nov. 21)
1.8 miles south
Find handmade jewelry, fine art, clothing, ornaments, toys, food, and drink at Union Square Holiday Market in Union Square Park. Free.

Lincoln Square holiday festival

December 2, 2019
1.2 miles NW
Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square [sound] features a 5:30 p.m. tree lighting in Dante Park, musicians, dancers, street performers, tastes of 30 local restaurants, and activities for children along Broadway (from Columbus Circle to 70th Street). Free.

Whisky festival

December 3, 2019
0.5 miles west
Sample 400 whiskies, and learn from master distillers and blenders at $275 WhiskyFest at Marriott Marquis.

Holiday market - Central Park

December 4 - 24, 2019
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.

Fake wedding

December 5, 2019
(7 p.m.)
3.1 mile east
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 The Foundry.

Pottery show

December 6 - 8, 2019
20 miles north
The Pottery Show and Sale is a famous curated event at the Art School at Old Church in Demarest, NJ.

Thanksgiving scavenger hunt

December 7, 2019
multiple locations
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.

Weird flea market

December 7 - 8, 2019
4.1 miles SE
Feast your eyes on anatomical curiosities, skeletons, natural history items, taxidermy, obscure home decor, jewelry, and dark art sold by 60 artists and purveyors at A Holiday Oddities Flea Market in the lobby of Brooklyn Bazaar.

Chocolate & airplanes

December 8, 2019
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.

Nutcracker set in New York

December 12 - 15, 2019
1.2 miles north
The Yorkville Nutcracker is a ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s music with familiar “Old New York” backgrounds like Central Park at Kaye Playhouse.

Modern Nutcracker

December 13 - 14, 2019
(uncertain)
11 miles south
Based on the classic story about a girl’s dreams on Christmas Eve, The Brooklyn Nutcracker fuses ballet, hip hop, and world dance genres “to represent the diverse traditions and vibrant culture of melting pot Brooklyn” at Kings Theatre.

Santa bar crawl

December 14, 2019
(uncertain)
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 you to obey all laws and be polite. You must sign into Facebook to see the official page.

Boombox/smartphone concert

December 15, 2019
(meet at 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 16, 2019
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.

Big-band holiday concert

December 18 - 22, 2019
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.

Winter solstice concert

December 19 - 21, 2019
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.

Short film festival

December 20, 2019
0.4 mile west
See 14 short films at the inexpensive Macoproject Film Festival at The Playroom Theater.

Street music festival

December 21, 2019
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 21 - 22, 2019
4.4 miles SE
Shop from 200 artisans, chefs, and vintage vendors at Renegade Craft Fair, which also offers food trucks and cocktails at Brooklyn Expo Center. Free.

Menorah lighting

December 22 - 30, 2019
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.

Handel’s Messiah

December 23, 2019
(2 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.

Caroling

December 24, 2019
2.1 miles south
Join the carolers and brass quartet at Christmas Eve Caroling at the arch in Washington Square Park. Free.

Jewish party

December 24, 2019
(9 p.m.)
3.1 miles south
Matzoball NYC is an annual event with DJ music at Capitale for age 21+.

Gospel concert

December 24 - 25, 2019
4 miles north
Harlem Gospel Holiday Celebration promises an hour of powerful music that brings joy to your heart and soul at Mount Olivet Baptist Church.

Shred bad memories

December 28, 2019
0.5 miles west
Say goodbye to your worst memories of 2019 so you can start fresh in 2020 by tossing them into the shredder at Good Riddance Day in Times Square (on Broadway between 45th & 46th).

New Year’s Eve - biking/skating

December 31, 2019
multiple locations
New Year’s Eve Bike Ride & Future Positive After Party for bikers or skaters has three starting points that all lead to an indoor dance party at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space. Free, including bike parking.

New Year’s Eve - restaurants

December 31, 2019
NYC locations
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special menus and celebrations on New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Eve - Times Square

December 31, 2019
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 - Sony Hall

December 31, 2019
0.6 miles west
Metropolis NYE has DJ music, live performances, an open bar, and a “City of Tomorrow” theme in the glamorous Paramount Hotel for age 21+.

New Year’s Eve - The Plaza

December 31, 2019
0.6 miles north
Spend “an unforgettable evening” at the $850 New Year’s Eve Ball, with live entertainment, dancers, a live band, a DJ, passed canapés, a buffet, champagne, a countdown, and a ballroom drop in The Palm Court.

New Year’s Eve - AMC

December 31, 2019
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 - show tunes

December 31, 2019
1.1 miles NW
Celebrate the new year with Broadway and film hits, Viennese waltzes, and operetta gems, featuring soprano Renée Fleming and the New York Philharmonic in David Geffen Hall.

New Year’s Eve - run

December 31, 2019
1.2 miles north
Register for the NYRR Midnight Run to enjoy music and dancing beginning at 10 p.m., fireworks at midnight, and a four-mile run at Rumsey Playfield. Each runner is given a wristband for one guest.

New Year’s Eve - peace concert

December 31, 2019
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. Free except reserved seats.

New Year’s Eve dance party

December 31, 2019
5.8 miles south
David Guetta NYE features the famous DJ playing dance music in a Brooklyn warehouse for age 18+.

Fireworks in Prospect Park

December 31, 2019
7 miles south
Enjoy live entertainment followed at midnight by New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn. Pedestrians also can view the fireworks from West Drive inside Prospect Park. Street views are available on Prospect Park West (from Grand Army Plaza to 9th Street). Free.

New Year’s Eve decadent party

December 31, 2019
10.2 miles south
The Celestial Ball is an unforgettable New Year’s Eve party by Dances of Vice with exotic acts and live bands at India House.

New Year’s Eve with knights

December 31, 2019
10.7 miles NE
Ring in the New Year with the lords and ladies of Medieval Times. Ticket includes admission to the 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.

Holiday market - Grand Central

December 2019
(undated)
0.5 miles SW
Grand Central Holiday Fair is a holiday market with 40 vendors in Vanderbilt Hall. Closed on Thanksgiving Day. Free.

Winter in Bryant Park

December 2019
(undated)
0.5 miles south
Winter Village at Bryant Park has a free ice skating rink with skates for rent, plus 125 holiday kiosks.

Train show at Grand Central

December 2019
(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 Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Free.

Prayers for pets

December 2019
(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 2019
(undated)
1.2 miles south
Jingle Ball brings big-name music artists every December to Madison Square Garden.

Cabaret & music theater festival

December 2019
(undated)
1.4 miles SW
Winter Rhythms features cabaret & theater stars in 22 shows at Urban Stages Theatre.

Formal ball

December 2019
(undated)
1.5 miles south
Dress formally for The Winter Ball, which features a sextet playing jazz and holiday songs, a dance lesson at 8:30 p.m., a no-host bar, and food for sale at Spin New York, decorated as a “winter wonderland” for age 21+.

Dog films

December 2019
(undated)
1.8 miles south
The The NY Dog Film Festival features films about the bond between dogs and humans at School of Visual Arts. No pets in the theater.

Music in the Guggenheim

December 2019
(undated)
2.4 miles north
Stand on the spiral staircase of the Guggenheim Museum to watch the Rotunda Holiday Concert featuring Vox Vocal Ensemble. Consider making a dinner reservation at their restaurant beforehand.

Spirits tasting

December 2019
(undated)
4.4 miles SE
Taste samples and meet distillers making 100 styles of rum, cognac, whiskey, vodka, gin, and tequila at Brooklyn Whiskey and Craft Spirits Fest, with live music and food for sale at Brooklyn Expo Center for age 21+.

Cheese festival

December 2019
(undated)
9 miles east
Taste unlimited samples from artisanal creameries plus chef dishes, beer, and cider at The Great Northeast Cheese Fest at Flushing Town Hall.

Tea dance

December 2019
(undated)
9.7 miles south
The Jazz Age Tea Dance features a live orchestra, a dance lesson at 3 p.m., a dance contest, exotic teas, a cash bar, and “complimentary holiday sweets and lights treats” with additional food for sale at The Bell House in Brooklyn.

Christmas show

December 2019
(undated)
11 miles south
Cirque Dreams Holidaze features flying reindeer, jumping gingerbread men, rousing music, amazing costumes, and Santa at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn.

Hip Nutcracker

December 2019
(undated)
11 miles south
The Hip Hop Nutcracker gives Tchaikovsky’s score a modern twist with 12 hip-hop dancers (including “King of Rap” Kurtis Blow), an on-stage DJ, an electric violinist, and a digital background with an urban vibe, at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn.

Hip-hop holiday concert

December 2019
(undated)
11 miles south
Hear R&B, hip hop, and rap at Hot 97’s Hot for the Holidays featuring Trey Songz, Tory Lanez, Lil Baby, Gunna, and Flipp Dinero at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn.

Holiday Train Show

December 2019
(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. See closed dates.

Christmas spectacular

December 2019
(undated)
0 miles
Radio City Christmas Spectacular features dancers, drones, 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.

Tuba concert

December 2019
(undated)
0 miles
Hear Christmas carols and sing along at Merry Tuba Christmas at The Rink at Rockefeller Center. Free.

Christmas concert

December 2019
(undated)
1.1 miles south
Advent Concert features sacred songs, classical music, inspirational readings, and a dance performance at Marble Collegiate Church.

The Nutcracker

December 2019
(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.

Weird holiday slideshow

December 2019
(undated)
1.6 miles south
You’re welcome to dress for the holidays at Charles Phoenix: Holiday Jubilee, featuring vintage photos, quick-witted commentary, and hilarious jokes from eccentric Charles Phoenix at Grammercy Theater.

Charles Dickens’ Christmas

December 2019
(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.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

December 2019
(undated)
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.

Christmas show in Harlem

December 2019
(undated)
6 miles north
A Harlemettes Holiday is a song and dance show “that moves to the rhythm of jazz, blues, and hip hop” at Harlem School of the Arts.

Nutcracker in New Jersey

December 2019
(undated)
36 miles west
The Nutcracker by New Jersey Ballet features “splendid dancing, a full orchestra, eye-popping special effects, and a touch of holiday magic” at Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ.

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