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Download our December 2013 calendar of family events in NYC

From tree lightings and Santa sightings to must-see holiday productions, our December 2013 calendar has the scoop on the very best events of the month.


Thanksgiving and Hanukkah may be over, but the holiday season is really just getting started in New York City! Download our December 2013 calendar to learn about the city's best tree lightings (everything from Winter's Eve on the Upper West Side to the Rock Center spruce in midtown), holiday productions, Christmas festivals and more. Happy December!

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December 2013 calendar



1 Dip was candles and stitch a quilt in Prospect Park to prep for a 19th-century-style winter.

2 Craft holiday cards and jam out to the Pop Ups at the annual Winter's Eve festival.

3 Avoid winding weekend lines and snap a photo with St. Nick at Macy's Santaland.

4 Brave the crowds in Rock Center to watch the lighting of the famous holiday tree.

5 Sip cocoa and sing carols as colorful lights bring holiday cheer to Central Park.

6 Watch Tanzanian stilt walkers and Ethiopian jugglers perform at circus spectacle Mother Africa.

7 Listen to Robert Sabuda read from his new pop-up book, The Little Mermaid, at MoMA Design Store.

8 Watch as our city's bravest rescue Santa from atop the NYC Fire Museum.

9 Hit the pavement to take in festive window displays at department stores around the city.

10 Duck into the majestic Big Apple Circus tent for live tunes by the Little Orchestra Society.

11 Gaze up at the colorful LED stars flashing to the beat of holiday songs at Time Warner Center.

12 Be mesmerized by George Balanchine's magical Nutcracker ballet at Lincoln Center.

13 Go to the Guggenheim for an Isaac Mizrahi–narrated version of Peter and the Wolf.

14 Discover the whimsical world of Salzburg Marionette Theatre's Alice in Wonderland at the Met.

15 Meet conductor Bob and check out old-fashioned toys at the Historical Train Weekend at NYHS.

16 Visit downtown Brooklyn to see the beautiful Atlantic Avenue tree.

17 Learn about Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Christmas at The Three Bears Holiday Bash.

18 Experience the Land of Sweets with BAM's American Ballet Theatre rendition of The Nutcracker.

19 Head to the Theater at MSG to see A Christmas Story: The Musical.

20 Enjoy a unique performance by Montreal-based troupe Cirque Éloize at the Skirball Center.

21 Treat the family to a Peanuts-centric performance by the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall.

22 Enjoy carousel rides, meet Santa and watch puppet shows at the first-ever Howl! Arts Christmas Carnival.

23 Introduce kids to the classic Jim Henson film Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas at the MMI.

24 Sneak in last-minute shopping at the Columbus Circle or Bryant Park holiday markets.

25 Merry Christmas! Open gifts, bake holiday treats and enjoy time with your family.

26 Ogle NYSCI's sweet exhibit ever: a mini town made entirely of gingerbread.

27 Spend a day over winter break working on DIY projects at the New York Hall of Science.

28 Take in the sights and sounds of African and African-American arts at AMNH's Kwanzaa celebration.

29 Dust off those skates and try out a new rink, such as McCarren or Brookfield Place.

30 Hit up a movie theater to catch the new prehistoric-themed flick Walking with Dinosaurs.

31 Ring in 2014 with dazzing fireworks and fun activities at Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Park.


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