NYC's Best Winter Performing Arts Festivals

Carianne Carleo-Evangelist

Winter in New York City brings events and entertainment to suit all tastes, with holiday traditions leading the way. Seasonal favorites like It’s a Wonderful Life (performed live), A Christmas Carol (in three separate productions) and The Nutcracker—the Balanchine classic by the New York City Ballet and a more modern take by the Brooklyn Ballet—highlight the calendar. For details on these and other performances, read on.

Feb
18

Arts & Culture
Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Winter Sound Walks

As part of its Art in the Garden series, Brooklyn Botanic Garden presents three site-specific original compositions and sound installations meant to augment visitors’ appreciation of their natural surroundings.

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Feb
18

Arts & Culture
Whitney Museum of American Art: Andrea Carlson: Red Exit

Andrea Carlson has drawn on her Ojibwe roots to create a seascape focusing on renewal and reclamation.

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Mar
8

Arts & Culture
Kareem Fletcher: The Hands of Inspiration

Kareem Fletcher created this piece, mounted on the windows of a historic Front Street Building, using multicolored patterns to represent diversity, unity and equality.

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Mar
16

Arts & Culture
Ekene Ijeoma: Breathing Pavilion

Breathing Pavilion is a sculptural installation of 20 nine-foot inflatable columns arranged in a circle.

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Apr
12

Arts & Culture
Poetic Reflections: Words Upon the Window Frame

In its first public activation since the March 2020 shutdown, the Irish Rep showcases a series of short films that have poets and actors reading poems by writers from the British Isles and US.

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Apr
13

Arts & Culture
Times Square Arts: Midnight Moment

Every night from 11:57pm to 12am, billboards throughout Times Square display digital artworks.

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Apr
13

Arts & Culture
Times Square Arts: Messages for the City

This artist-driven project delivers messages of love, gratitude and solidarity with NYC residents.

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Apr
13

Arts & Culture
Rachel Whiteread: Cabin

Rachel Whiteread's concrete cast of a rural shed sits atop Discovery Hill on Governors Island.

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Apr
13

Arts & Culture
Jill Mulleady: We Wither Time into a Coil of Fright

Jill Mulleady fashions a surreal landscape populated by multiple figures in a scene she has described as a sort of “dance.”

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Apr
13

Arts & Culture
Black Lives Matter Murals

The City has helped organize the painting of "Black Lives Matter" on designated streets in each of the five boroughs.

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Apr
13

Arts & Culture
Leo Villareal: Light Matrix

Villareal’s LED installations explore the concept of both time and space.

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Apr
13

Arts & Culture
Ellen Reid: Soundwalk

Composer Ellen Reid, a recent Pulitzer winner for her opera Prism, has created a site-specific score for exploring Central Park.

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