December in New York City explodes with holiday cheer. No matter what you celebrate, you’ll find events all over town to enjoy. For many people, December is their favorite month in the city, and it all ends with the world’s best New Year’s Eve party.

Grand Central Holiday Fair

(Through Dec 24) Find American-made and one-of-a-kind holiday gifts at the Grand Central Holiday Fair. All during the month of December, 40 vendors set up shop in this iconic station and peddle their wares.

NYE Wishing Wall

(Through Dec 29) What do you wish for in the coming year? Visit the NYE Wishing Wall in Times Square and write those wishes down. They will be added to the avalanche of confetti that rains down on the crowd on New Year’s Eve.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

(Through Dec 30) Is there a more iconic and time-tested way to celebrate the holiday season than watching a dazzling performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker? This production by the New York City Ballet will even satisfy the biggest Scrooge in your group.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

(Through Jan 1) If ballet isn’t your thing, then check out this cherished holiday performance by the Rockettes instead. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is a fun and energetic production the whole family will love.

Latke Festival

(Dec 3) If you’re celebrating Hanukkah (or if you love fried potatoes), head to the Brooklyn Museum for the 10th Annual Latke Festival. The friendly competition is also a tasting event that benefits The Sylvia Center, a nonprofit that promotes healthy eating.


(Dec 8) Need a little absurdist joy? Then check out Santacon, the definitive Santa Claus convention. Santa posts his route a few days before the event, so check the website close to the date for more details. And be sure to get decked out in head-to-toe Santa gear to join the festivities.

Winter Solstice Celebration

(Dec 20 – 22) Enjoy a modern take on ancient solstice rituals at the Winter Solstice Celebration. It takes place in the world’s largest cathedral, St. John the Divine, and is well-known as a theatrical extravaganza.

Christmas Eve Caroling

(Dec 24) Join fellow revelers and sing your heart out during the Christmas Eve Caroling at Washington Square Park near the arch. The Rob Susman Brass Quartet will accompany as you sing all your favorite carols with people gathered from all over the city.

Matzoball NYC

(Dec 24) Matzoball NYC is the nation’s leading Jewish singles event, and 2018 marks its 32nd year. USA Today calls it “The Number 1 Holiday Party of the Year.”

New Year’s Eve in Times Square

(Dec 31) Finally, say hello to 2019 at the New Year’s Eve in Times Square event. Everyone needs to experience it in person at least once. Is this your year?

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