December 2014 events calendar for New York City

Plan your month with our events calendar of the very best activities, including Christmas activities and our picks from theater, the arts and music

Photograph: Filip Wolak

Soak up the holiday season in the city this December with our pick of New York events. This season's highlights include such trusty favorites as the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and American Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker. Looking for something less festive? Head to "Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs," MoMA's survey focusing on some of the most compelling works of the painter's life. For those who just want to cut loose, Justin Timberlake hits Barclays Center, and Billy Joel offers his gigantic pop singalong at Madison Square Garden.

Featured events in December 2014

Cocktails, Comics and Cartoons!

Join fellow nerds every Wednesday at Videology to watch cartoon screenings like X-Men: The Animated Series and The Venture Bros. You’ll also get a look at new and classic comics via Bushwick’s Vinyl Fantasy. There’s a special cartoon happy hour (4–7pm) and snacks from El Gato Nacho till 11pm.

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Videology Wednesday January 28 2015 - Thursday December 31 2015 Free

Mobile Mondays! 45s

Critics' pick

Start your week with funk, soul, rock, punk, new wave, pop, salsa, calypso, reggae, rhythm & blues, disco and anything else that's danceable, spun (on 45rpm vinyl) by Just Blaze, Misbehaviour, $$$ Mike, Operator EMZ, Joey Carvello, Natasha Diggs and guests. This Monday is Gene Brown's “Super Producer Live Beat Showcase” featuring DJ Scratch, Spinna, Rashad Smith, Statik Selektah, legendary producer Easy Mo Bee and special surprise guests!

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The Bowery Electric Until Tuesday December 29 2015

Roots

Critics' pick

House heroes Louie Vega (of Masters at Work) and Kevin Hedge (of Blaze) have kept New York dance music alive and kicking for more than 10 years with their long-running midweek dance party. Show up before 11pm for free admission, plus an open vodka bar from 10 to 11pm!

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Cielo Wednesday January 28 2015 - Thursday December 31 2015

Free events in December 2014

Frantic!

Critics' pick

The Stand's free weekly show, hosted by Aaron Berg, presents a rotating lineup of the club's regulars each Monday.

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The Stand Until Monday December 28 2015 Free

Videology Presents Movie Trivia

Don't let your knowledge of Nicolas Cage quotes go to waste. Gather your friends for six rounds of cinema trivia, complete with famous clips and dramatic scene reenactments. The winning team gets a free round of drinks.

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Videology Tuesday January 27 2015 - Tuesday December 29 2015 Free

Hot Soup!

Critics' pick

From what we can tell, maybe the only thing missing from this tasty stand-up show curated by Matt Ruby, Mark Normand and Gary Vider is actual soup.

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The Irish Exit Tuesday January 27 2015 - Tuesday December 29 2015 Free

Big Terrific

Critics' pick

Though Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate have moved to L.A., remaining Big Terrific host Max Silvestri carries on the warm tradition of this Brooklyn mainstay. Each week, he welcomes great locals and big names from out of town.

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Cameo Wednesday January 28 2015 - Wednesday December 30 2015 Free

Gandhi, Is That You?

Critics' pick

Brendan Fitzgibbons and Lance Weiss invite comedy fans into the bar's basement each week for this friendly stand-up show.

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Lucky Jack’s Wednesday January 28 2015 - Wednesday December 30 2015 Free

Caked Up Comedy

Each week, following an incredible happy hour, Jordan Temple invites to the stage some of the city's freshest stand-ups featured on Comedy Central's The Half Hour, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Last Comic Standing and more.

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Cake Shop Wednesday January 28 2015 - Wednesday December 30 2015 Free

Cocktails, Comics and Cartoons!

Join fellow nerds every Wednesday at Videology to watch cartoon screenings like X-Men: The Animated Series and The Venture Bros. You’ll also get a look at new and classic comics via Bushwick’s Vinyl Fantasy. There’s a special cartoon happy hour (4–7pm) and snacks from El Gato Nacho till 11pm.

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Videology Wednesday January 28 2015 - Thursday December 31 2015 Free

Another Bar Show

Give Miguel Dalmau and Troy Alan credit: They admit their show is one more night of stand-ups in a pub. But they aim to pack the lineup with the best locals and visiting comics they can find, and patrons can get their nails done at any time during the show.

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Beauty Bar Thursday January 29 2015 - Thursday December 31 2015 Free

Comedy as a Second Language

Critics' pick

Sean Patton's weekly show takes place in the back of an East Village dive bar, but don't be deceived by appearances: It's home to some of the best up-and-coming comics and is frequently visited by some of the biggest names in stand-up.

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Kabin Thursday January 29 2015 - Thursday December 31 2015 Free

Live from Outer Space

Critics' pick

The endearingly histrionic John F. O'Donnell joins understated absurdists Ben Kronberg and Erik Bergstrom to host this weekly night of stand-up.

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The Cobra Club Until Friday December 25 2015 Free

Music events in December 2014

Songs at the New World

Singers Colleen Harris and Lindsay Morgan and pianist Will TN Hall anchor this long-running showcase for aspiring vocalists.

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The Green Room Until Monday December 28 2015 Free

Mobile Mondays! 45s

Critics' pick

Start your week with funk, soul, rock, punk, new wave, pop, salsa, calypso, reggae, rhythm & blues, disco and anything else that's danceable, spun (on 45rpm vinyl) by Just Blaze, Misbehaviour, $$$ Mike, Operator EMZ, Joey Carvello, Natasha Diggs and guests. This Monday is Gene Brown's “Super Producer Live Beat Showcase” featuring DJ Scratch, Spinna, Rashad Smith, Statik Selektah, legendary producer Easy Mo Bee and special surprise guests!

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The Bowery Electric Until Tuesday December 29 2015

Roots

Critics' pick

House heroes Louie Vega (of Masters at Work) and Kevin Hedge (of Blaze) have kept New York dance music alive and kicking for more than 10 years with their long-running midweek dance party. Show up before 11pm for free admission, plus an open vodka bar from 10 to 11pm!

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Cielo Wednesday January 28 2015 - Thursday December 31 2015

Arts events in December 2014

"Submerged"

Critics' pick

Experience the life of a sub pilot at “Submerged,” an interactive exhibit where you’re encouraged to explore the Growler, the only strategic missile submarine in the United States open to the public. The 40-foot-long sub is located in the museum’s hands-on gallery, the Exploreum Interactive Hall. Climb onto the bunks where sailors slept, check out the old mess hall, and act like you’re navigating in the engine room by using the periscope. Visitors also get a lesson in how submarines submerge and move through water.

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Until Friday January 1 2016

More events in December 2014

ComedyJuice

Critics' pick

This revered weekly show features lots of worthy local stand-ups and often one or two big names, thanks to the draw of the top comedy giant.

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Gotham Comedy Club Tuesday January 27 2015 - Tuesday December 29 2015

Sweet

Critics' pick

Seth Herzog's weekly mainstay, which has settled back in its longtime home at the Slipper Room, still features scads of downtown stand-ups and, quite often, Herzog's mother.

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Slipper Room Tuesday January 27 2015 - Tuesday December 29 2015

Accomplice: New York

Tom and Betsy Salamon’s unique adventure—part interactive theater, part scavenger hunt, part walking tour—draws participants into an amusing web of puzzles and intrigue. You can choose between the three-hour New York tour, which takes you through diverse historical neighborhoods of lower Manhattan, or the two-hour Village tour, which travels through Greenwich Village. Groups of up to eight are booked every half hour; go to accomplicetheshow.com.

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Various locations Until Thursday December 31 2015

Gazillion Bubble Show

Critics' pick

Self-described “bubble scientist” Fan Yang's blissfully disarming act (now performed by his son, Deni) consists mainly of generating a dazzling succession of bubbles in mind-blowing configurations, filling them with smoke or linking them into long chains. Lasers and flashing colored lights add to the trippy visuals.—David Cote

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New World Stages Until Sunday December 27 2015

ASSSSCAT 3000

Critics' pick

NYC’s long-form improv royalty (including UCBT and SNL folk) play pickup-game style in this famous long-running show.

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Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Until Sunday December 27 2015

Night Train with Wyatt Cenac

Critics' pick

This weekly offering, hosted with a cool head and a warm heart by former Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac, welcomes great young New York comics and noteworthy out-of-towners.

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Littlefield Until Monday December 28 2015

Comments

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jeannie spikes
jeannie spikes

i would like to go to new york city. for christmas.me and my family.. would like to go and have some fun.