NYC - The Official Guide

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 

Ice Skating, Holiday, NYC Holiday, Ice skating Bryant Park, Bryant park, NYC, Brittany Petronella 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 11: Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Colorat the Museum at FIT 

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

December 31: Times Square Ball Drop 



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