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December 2016 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

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 The Nutcracker in NYC. Looking for something less festive? Check out terrific art shows and Christmas concerts in NYC, including Cyndi Lauper and Mariah Carey.

RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2016

Featured events in December 2016

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

Not only is there free ice-skating on Bryant Park's 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink (bring your own skates!), but also 128 holiday shops, including a bunch of new kiosks and eateries such as Marty V’s Burger and Super Mac + Cheez. And after you shop and skate, warm up at spacious rinkside restaurant Celsius. FYI: The vendors are only there until Jan 3, but If you want to practice your lutzes and axels with ample spinning room, try visiting during off-peak hours (open through March 6).

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Until Sun Jan 3

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular guide

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular celebrates its 88th year of precision dancing and high kicks this holiday season. Along with George Balanchine's The Nutcracker from the New York City Ballet, the Spectacular has become one of NYC's most hallowed holiday traditions, drawing tourists and locals alike. Unlike The Nutcracker, however, there's nothing highbrow about Radio City Music Hall's pageant of glitz. It celebrates classic holiday values—peace! Love! Consumer confidence!—by deploying a flying Santa, a massive LED screen, and the sea of legs known as the Rockettes, all kicking in fabulous unison.

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By: Tazi Phillips

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting

Lost in New York? Every Christmas, thousands of New Yorkers (and tourists) find their way to the bright and brilliant nexus of town, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Whether you’re stopping by the tree for ice-skating, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, or to see the Lighting Ceremony, you’re certain to feel the magic when you witness the wonder of the 78-foot, 10-ton Norway Spruce illuminated in over 45,000 LED lights.

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By: David Goldberg

Christmas in New York

It's the most wonderful time of the year—and by "it" we mean Christmas. New York lights up into a winter wonderland each year with Christmas trees, holiday window displays and Christmas lights. Even the most tourist-averse New Yorkers have to admit that it's a pretty spectacular sight. Get the most out of the holidays with our guide to the best holiday sales and holiday gift ideas, Christmas movies to watch with the family and plenty of festive things to do including Bryant Park ice skating, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and more.

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Hanukkah in New York

Gear up for eight days of celebration! Time to nosh on latkes (and other delicious fried food), which you can sample at the annual latke festival. Or you can say l'chaim and warm up with winter cocktails. Check out our events celebrating the Festival of Lights.

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Holiday windows in New York City

Half the fun of holiday shopping in New York is ogling the tricked-out window displays along Fifth Avenue that pop up to coincide with the merriest, spendiest time of the year. In between picking out sweaters and great presents from our holiday gift guide, stop outside Macy’s, Barneys and other classic department stores to take in holiday windows that feature famous cartoonists, iconic New York attractions and more.

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By: Will Sabel Courtney

Kwanzaa 2015: Energize, Recognize!

Hanukkah and Christmas may be over, but the 2013 holiday season isn’t done yet: Thursday 26 through Wednesday 1 marks Kwanzaa, a week long commemoration of African-American heritage and culture. At this family-friendly fest you can catch dance, theater and a Supremes medley by the cast of Motown: The Musical (12:15pm); peruse arts, crafts and food vendors at an International Marketplace (noon–4pm); and learn about the 48-year-old holiday at a screening of Maya Angelou–narrated documentary The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration, introduced by director MK Asante (4pm).

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27 Dec 2015

NYC New Year's Eve

The pressure is always immense to have a good time on New Year's Eve—and have a good time you will. Ring in 2015 with an all-night party, a raucous concert, dinner and a show, an open bar with a champagne toast, or a New Year's Eve fireworks display. You'll find these celebrations and more with our essential guide to New Year's Eve in New York. Keep checking back for ticket announcements—we'll be updating this page with new events from now through December 31.

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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.