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December 2015 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

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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 2015

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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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.