It’s that magical time of the year. So, get ready because here comes the season of the winter wonderland, majestic snowfall, brisk air, hot cocoa served with marshmallows, ice skating, and all around holiday cheer. And there’s no greater place to celebrate the season than in the Big Apple. Between your busy holiday shopping, and festive parties, here are a few New York City events in December you definitely don’t want to miss.

Ice Skating

Rockefeller Center


90 Minute skating sessions from 8:30 AM until Midnight

Grab a hot cocoa and watch your children skate, or go into the rink together. Rockefeller Center offers amazing photo opportunities, as the festive, brightly lit ice rink is enjoyed by families, singles, and couples on a romantic date. They even reserve spots for engagement proposals, where you can have a moment alone together on the ice, accompanied by your favorite song, as you make that photogenic forever decision.

Tickets: adults $25 ($33 during the holiday season); children under 11 and seniors $15

Holiday Train Show

The New York Transit Museum, Brooklyn

Daily in December

Weekdays: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Weekends: 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM

Bring your kids and come to this festive event where even the trains are dressed up and ready for the holidays. Fun for the whole family. Choo Choo!

Free Admission

Menorah Lighting

Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn

December 2nd – 10th

6:00 PM

Here is a festive Chanukah celebration that will be observed nightly, with the lighting of a giant 32-foot tall menorah. There will also be live music, and you’ll be able to purchase hot latkes. This is a great family night out event.

Free Admission

The New York City Ballet: The Nutcracker

David H. Koch Theatre, Lincoln Center

December 1st – 30th

What’s December without The Nutcracker? This is a spectacular ballet tradition, where you can joyfully follow Clara, along with the Sugar Plum Fairy, to the Land of Sweets. A holiday event perfect for the whole family. if you only attend one holiday-show this season, don’t miss out on The Nutcracker

Tickets: $90 and up

Call: 212.496.0600

New York Philharmonic – Handel’s Messiah

David Geffen Hall – Lincoln Center

December 12th – 16th

Conducted by Andrew Manze with performances by the spectacular Westminster symphonic choir. Here’s a New York Philharmonic triumphant show you just don’t want to miss. A Holiday event you must attend!

Tickets from $32 – $161

Call: 212.875.5656

Big Band Holiday Concert

Rose Theatre

December 19th – 23rd

Enjoy an amazing performance by the Jazz Lincoln Center Orchestra doing their innovative twists on several holiday classics, including White Christmas. This one’s a great date night event. Come ready to be musically impressed and filled with holiday cheer.

Tickets $40 – $135

Call: 212.721.6500

Renegade Craft Fair

Brooklyn Expo Center

December 22nd – 23rd

11:00 – 5:00

This event is an awesome opportunity for last minute holiday shopping, or just to enjoy the food, music, and innovative craft ideas. A perfect outing for the entire family.

Free Admission

New Years Eve Fireworks

New York City Fireworks


Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn

December 31st

10:30 PM – 12:30 AM

Why not ring in the New Year with a big bang and a bright flash? Bring a date, and a jacket, and enjoy the fireworks and hot cocoa while you welcome the arrival of 2019. Happy New Year!

Free Admission

In the midst of the hustle and bustle, be sure to toast the season with a glass of bubbly at High Bar, located on the 37th floor of the Doubletree, at 346 West 40th Street. You’ll love the rooftop lounge with panoramic views of the New York City skyline. For reservations call: 646.362.7363