Something to Do All 31 Days in December 2018 staff

December is a festive time in NYC with a dazzling array of holiday shows, menorah lightings and caroling events happening throughout the month. If you need a change of pace from the seasonal cheer, take advantage of the fact that the City’s museums don’t take a holiday break, nor do its sports teams. Use our day-by-day planner to keep yourself busy until the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve.

December 1: The Nutcracker at Brookfield Place

December 2: Lighting the World’s Largest Menorahs in Manhattan and Brooklyn

December 3: John Legend – A Legendary Christmas at Madison Square Garden

Bryant Park Ice Skating. Photo: Brittany Petronella

December 4: Ice-skating in Bryant Park

Frozen. Photo: Deen Van Meer

December 5: Frozen on Broadway

Marangga pendant, from 19th or early 20th century. Courtesy, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

December 6: Jewelry: The Body Transformed at the Met Fifth Avenue

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Photo: Paul Kolnik

December 7: Ailey 60 at New York City Center


Etsy Holiday Handmade Cavalcade. Photo: Kaitlyn Misovski

December 8: Shop at the Etsy Holiday Handmade Cavalcade

Yeti, Set, Snow! Courtesy, City Parks Foundation

December 9: Yeti, Set, Snow! at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

December 10: Broadway Under the Stars (Mean Girls and Wicked) at the Shops at Columbus Circle

December 13: Rebel Women: Defying Victorianismat the Museum of the City of New York

December 15: Gingerbread Lane at the New York Hall of Science


December 16: The Christmas Show at the St. George Theatre

King Kong. Photo: Matthew Murphy

December 18: King Kong on Broadway

The Magic Flute. Courtesy, The Metropolitan Opera. Photo: Marty Sohl

December 19: The Magic Flute at the Metropolitan Opera

NYBG Holiday Train Show. Photo: Christopher Postlewaite

December 20: Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Courtesy, Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.

December 21: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas at MSG’s Hulu Theater

December 22: Winter Solstice Celebration at Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Courtesy, MSG

December 24: Christmas Eve Caroling at Washington Square Park

December 25: New York Knicks vs. Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden

December 26: Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History

December 27: Scenes from the Collectionat the Jewish Museum

December 28: To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway

December 29: Kwanzaa Celebration at the Apollo Theater

December 30: New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium

Times Square Ball Drop. Courtesy, Times Square Alliance