Ho, ho, ho, and a bottle of spiced rum. No, it’s not “Talk Like a Pirate Day.” It’s the holi-days, and boy is there a bunch to do. Whether you’re aiming to fill your hearts with holiday cheer or just like doing stuff in the cold, we’ve got you covered. Check out all the fun events, concerts, and shows happening in December.
Of all the shows Radio City Music Hall does, none are more globally lauded than the annual ‘Radio City Christmas Spectacular.’ Starring the world-famous Rockettes, the show returns this holiday season. If you want to enjoy amazing precision dancing, the legendary “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” and lots of live animals on stage, this is the show for you.
Bryant Park’s Winter Village is a sight to behold. Not only can you get all your holiday shopping done in one place, but there are also dozens of food vendors and the Overlook, a cozy observation deck next to the famous Bryant Park skating rink.
HOLIDAY WINDOW DISPLAYS IN NYC
It wouldn’t be the holidays in NYC without the famous holiday window displays at Saks, Bergdorf Goodman, and Lord & Taylor. This year’s decorative dioramas span the traditional to the surreal. Follow this interactive map for the best route from Barney’s to Macy’s.
NEW YEAR’S EVE
Whether you’re digging in at Times Square to Watch the ball drop or digging a quaint party downtown, there’s plenty to do in NYC on New Year’s Eve.
For a little camp, pop by Charles Busch’s New Year’s Eve Show at Feinsteins/54 Below on Dec. 31
Phish returns to Madison Square Garden once again to ring in the New Year. If you’re a hard-core fan, you can see them four nights in a row, leading up to the big brouhaha on New Year’s Eve.
For funky pyrotechnics and dancing till dawn, you’ll want to hit BangOn, a party to end all parties. But you have to sign up to find out the secret location.
FESTIVE CONCERTS & COMEDY LEGENDS
The Magnetic Fields, Dec 2, Brooklyn Academy of Music
Cindi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays, Dec 3, Beacon Theatre
Kevin James, Dec 3, Prudential Hall
Mariah Carey, Dec. 5-17, Beacon Theatre
Martin Lawrence, Dec 11, Prudential Center
Nellie McKay, Dec. 8, St. Paul & St. Andrew United Methodist Church
A Darlene Love Christmas, Dec. 17, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Louis C.K., Dec. 18, Madison Square Garden
Billy Joel, Dec. 16, Madison Square Garden
Justin Vivian Bond: The Bipolar Express, Dec. 23, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater