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.
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!
Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn
December 2nd – 10th
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.
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
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
Big Band Holiday Concert
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
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.
New Years Eve Fireworks
Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn
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!
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