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December 2019 

December 1 

23 Days of Flatiron Cheer

The annual 23 Days of Flatiron Cheer brings many holiday-time traditions to this neighborhood. Throughout the three-plus weeks, expect an interactive installation, performances from local groups, contests and giveaways from local businesses. Most of the events will take place in the public plazas surrounding the Flatiron Building.

December 2 

Winter's Eve

The neighborhood around Lincoln Square serves as the setting for the City’s largest holiday festival (for one night only). This year marks the 20th anniversary of this wintertime tradition. The proceedings begin with a tree-lighting ceremony in Dante Park and an assortment of musical acts taking center stage. There will also be street performers, food from some of the area’s best restaurants and fun activities for kids and grown-ups alike.

December 3 

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan returns to the Beacon Theatre for a limited engagement. 

December 4

Our Bar

Using a different theme and a different site each month, Project: Theater invites some of New York’s finest theater artists to build roughy ten scenes that could legitimately happen in that bar, that night. Audience members grab a drink, find a seat, and watch the stories unfold. As with any great night on the town, each night is unique. 

December 5

Janelle James Comedy Festival

The 2nd annual three day comedy festival will be held at The Bell House in Brooklyn. 

December 6

Great Gatsby Party

Thousands of guests dress in the fashion of the Roaring Twenties – flapper dresses, silk gloves, tuxedos, & top hats - to revel the night away with swinging aerialists, theatrical acts, showgirls, and live music to foxtrot under the glitter of disco balls. This two-night affair honors the cocktails, fanfare, and decadence that so defined Fitzgerald’s celebrated novel. 

December  7

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Step into a simpler time filled with sweet dreams and Christmas magic,  with world-class artists, over 200 dazzling costumes, stunning sets, towering puppets and soaring birds. Celebrate this cherished holiday tradition and relive the dream with Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. 

December 8

Tina Turner on Broadway

From humble beginnings in Tennessee, to her transformation into one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, Tina Turner didn’t just break the rules, she rewrote them. She has won 12 Grammy Awards and her live shows have sold more tickets than any other solo performer in music history. This new stage musical reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race.

December 9

Hello Panda Festival

100 lantern displays from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, a holiday market, performances, games and more seasonal fun. Attendees can also expect to tap into various cultural traditions, such as Chinese crafts like paper-cutting and dough sculpting. Don't forget venture to the market to taste test foods from around the world, including China, Thailand, Mexico and more. 

December 10

West Side Story

Previews begin today for a radical, thrilling new interpretation of this iconic work, with extraordinary dancing, breathtaking vision, and 23 young, gifted performers all making their Broadway debuts. Don’t miss this opportunity to see a landmark in musical theater history as if for the very first time.

 

December 11

Margaret Atwood's 80th Birthday Celebration

The visionary author of The Handmaid's Tale, The Blind Assassin, Oryx and Crake, and more than 50 other books of fiction, poetry, and essays is joined by an all-star lineup for a celebration of her life and work. 

 

December 12

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Share the joy of the holidays with your loved ones this year at Radio City Music Hall as it transforms into an immersive, winter wonderland, and create lasting memories with the legendary Rockettes. 

 

December 13 

An Irish Holiday

The "First Lady of Celtic Music," Moya Brennan is joined by Dublin-based Irish harp virtuoso Cormac De Barra, two-time all-Ireland fiddle champion Patrick Mangan, and other special guests for a thrilling and moving holiday program created especially for The Met.

December 14 

Brooklyn Nutcracker

A re-imagined holiday classic, The Brooklyn Nutcracker fuses ballet, hip-hop and a myriad of world dance genres to create a new tradition for today’s audience. The production transforms familiar Nutcracker characters and scenes to represent the diverse traditions and vibrant culture of melting pot Brooklyn. 

December 15

Schitt's Creek Pop-Up

Pop TV presents Visit Schitt's Creek – an immersive, FREE limited-time pop-up that puts fans directly into their favorite scenes, including Café Tropical, the Rosebud Motel, Rose Apothecary and more, bringing the beloved town to life. The experience invites fans into the Emmy® nominated show's world with not only recreations of its most iconic moments, but interactive photo experiences, takeaways, access to limited merchandise, and more.

 

December 16

Meet Roger the Sloth at the Brooklyn Children's Museum

"Survival of the Slowest" features 19 distinct habitats with live animals, including Roger the two-toed sloth, a blood python, a roughneck monitor lizard, and many more. Each day this exhibit offers up-close experiences with slow and small species that survive and thrive in a world where large, strong, and fast animals are often at the top of the food chain. Survival of the Slowest prompts families to appreciate the different evolutionary paths of these incredible creatures, and showcases the value of deliberation in our fast-paced city.

 

December 17

A Christmas Carol on Broadway 

The holiday masterpiece, A Christmas Carol, comes to Broadway this holiday season for eight weeks only. This timeless tale of transformation and redemption welcomes theatergoers of all ages into an immersive experience that’s brimming with Christmas spirit, moving storytelling and 12 of the most cherished Christmas carols.

 

December 18

Bronx Little and Arthur Avenue Tour

Explore the area known as New York’s culinary center with Inside Out Tours’ three-hour excursion through Little Italy and Arthur Avenue. This Bronx neighborhood is teeming with Italian bakeries, specialty shops, fish markets, butcher shops and more. You’ll learn about the history of Belmont and Fordham Roads and the immigrants from Italy, Ireland and other locations who helped form the neighborhood’s local history. Then visit the thriving business district of Little Italy to sample culinary treats. 

 

December 19

Andrea Bocelli

As one of the most recognizable and romantic voices in the world, Andrea Bocelli has been thrilling audiences for over 20 years, and has sold 90 million records worldwide. In 2016, he was nominated for three Latin Grammy Awards including Album of the Year and received a 2017 Grammy Award nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for “Cinema.” Bocelli will perform his unmatched repertoire of soaring arias, famed love songs, and music from his newest release, and Billboard chart-topping record, ‘Si’.”

December 20 

Hello Kitty Pop-Up

As part of their Hello Kitty partnership, World Market is creating a Hello Kitty pop-up shop in their Chelsea location. This pop up will include Hello Kitty installations, exclusive Hello Kitty and Friends product and additional licensed items not available in other locations.

December 21

Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights

Embark on an illuminated safari throughout the zoo and take in the musical light show. Also enjoy roaming carolers, ice carving, seasonal food and drinks, a holiday train, and costumed characters. 

 

December 22

Holiday Tunes at the Delacorte Clock

The clock brings seasonal chimes and nursery rhymes every day on the hour and half hour from 8am – 6pm. It is one of the most popular features in Central Park. The clock sits atop a three-tiered tower and features a band of whimsical animals: two bronze monkeys banging hammers against a bell; a penguin on drum; a hippo on violin; a bear and his tambourine; a concertina-playing elephant; a goat with pipes; and a kangaroo on horn. The animals circle the tower to one of 44 tunes that change seasonally. 

 

December 23

Alvin Ailey

Enjoy three brand-new works: Resident Choreographer Jamar Roberts’ Ode, which reflects on the beauty and fragility of life in a time of growing gun violence; Darrell Grand Moultrie’s Ounce of Faith, an exuberant expression of what’s possible when a young person is encouraged to dream; and Donald Byrd’s Greenwood that draws on Ailey’s theatrical roots and commitment to social justice. The season also features new productions of Judith Jamison’s Divining and Lar Lubovitch’s Fandango, along with a dozen returning audience favorites such as Mr. Ailey’s timeless Revelations.

 

December 24

Miracle

This Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar serves holiday cocktails in a festive setting. With kitschy holiday décor, professionally-developed cocktails and the nostalgic energy of the best office party you’ve ever been to, Miracle is sure to get even the grouchiest grinch in the holiday spirit.

 

December 25

Nowaday

Jazz. Glitz. The age of speakeasies. Take your visiting family members on a guided tour of Manhattan’s most iconic sites in a fully restored 1920’s era car. 

December 26

A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels 

Behold! A man so strong he juggles trees! An acrobat so light she floats on air! With a brilliant blur of sequined stilts, feathered frocks and flashing circus stripes, the endlessly inventive Cirque Mechanics upends expectations in a dizzying, dazzling array of acts that have never before appeared on the New Victory stage. Bright with light, laughter and good cheer, this stunning spectacle is a high-flying hit for the holidays!

December 27

The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays

Performers from around the world, including finalists from "America's Got Talent”, perform an eclectic mix of some of the most astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage, in this limited-run holiday event that can entertain the entire family.

December 28 

Phish

Phish return to celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Garden with a four-night run beginning tonight. 

December 29

Slava's Snow Show

Take a journey to an absurd, surrealistic world, rife with dreamlike landscapes and humorous antics. Creator Slava Polunin pushes the boundaries of a family show, taking his world of clowning to a snow-filled theater stage for a multi-sensory, silent storytelling experience for adults and children alike. 

December 30

NYC Winter Lantern Festival

Ready to step into a world of light and color? There will be over 1,000 lanterns on display, sculpted into magnificent figures of luminescent art. For those of you who attended last year’s event, prepare yourself for a completely fresh, new, and unique display.

December 31 

The Strokes 

The Strokes come to the Barclay Center for a special New Year's Eve performance featuring Mac DeMarco.