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.

Dec
28

Off-Broadway
Miss America’s Ugly Daughter

Barra Grant’s show about growing up in the shadow of her beautiful mother.

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Jan
9

Off-Broadway
BOOM

Solo show documenting the music, culture and politics of Baby Boomers.

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Jan
10

Off-Broadway
Emojiland

In this new musical, a diverse community of online avatars face oblivion in the form of a new software update.

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Jan
10

Off-Broadway
Harry Townsend’s Last Stand

An elderly Vermont man spars with his grown son, who think it’s time for dad to go into assisted living.

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Jan
11

Off-Broadway
The Confession of Lily Dare

A madam hides her devotion to the child she gave up.

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Jan
19

Broadway
Grand Horizons

A new play about love and familial relationships, with Jane Alexander and James Cromwell.

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Jan
19

Museums & Galleries
Sisters in Liberty: From Florence, Italy to New York, New York

Exhibition exploring similarities between Statue of Liberty and Italy’s Liberty of Poetry.

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Jan
19

Museums & Galleries
The Red Bean Grows in the South

Exhibition opening new space from Danish collector Jens Faurschou.

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Jan
19

Festivals & Parades
Hello Panda Festival

Family-friendly Chinese lantern and lights festival with entertainment and food vendors.

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Jan
19

Museums & Galleries
The Red Bean Grows in the South

inaugural exhibit at Faurschou Foundation's Greenpoint location

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Jan
19

Museums & Galleries
Museum of Ice Cream

following the sold-out 2016 run, the museum returns with a permanent space

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Jan
19

Museums & Galleries
Machine Hallucination

Immersive large-scale installation exploring NYC’s architecture.

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