Your guide to the top can’t-miss things to do in NYC in December

Things to do in NYC in December

From kicking off the holiday season with The Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall to ringing in the New Year in Time Square, there are a plethora of things to do in NYC in December.

  • CARMEN (THE METROPOLITAN OPERA) | Thru February 8, 2019
    The 2018-2019 lineup includes a calendar full of must-see productions, yet this highly-anticipated revival of Georges Bizet’s masterpiece stars Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine and her astonishing portrayal of opera’s true femme fatale Carmen.
  • CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR (RADIO CITY ROCKETTES) | Thru January 1, 2019
    One of NYC’s most famous festive productions, the all-new adaptation of this holiday classic will feature the iconic Rockettes and the most beloved traditional scenes from years past (The Living Nativity / Parade of the Wooden Soldiers) with a technological finale that needs to be seen to be believed!
  • COCOA AND CAROLS HOLIDAY CRUISE | Thru December 30, 2018
    Take a 1.5-hour cruise with the Classic Harbor Line and set sail on this festively tailored trip to see the holiday lights of NYC, complete with complimentary cocoa, cookies, and caroling fun!
  • BAR CAR NIGHTS (HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW) | Thru January 12, 2018
    The Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden has been a family favorite for years, but these special nights are for the 21+ crowd. Grab a drink, warm up around the fire pits and with some grub from the Bronx Night Market Holiday Pop-up, and enjoy taking in the after-dark, adults-only viewing of this NYC tradition.
  • GEORGE BALANCHINE’S THE NUTCRACKER | Thru December 30, 2018
    Tchaikovsky’s timeless score soars through Lincoln Center as the classic tale of The Nutcracker is performed by the renowned New York City Ballet – a Christmas tradition for more than 50 years!
  • COLUMBUS CIRCLE HOLIDAY MARKET | Thru December 24, 2018
    Internationally known as one of the most festive venues for holiday shopping, now in its fifteenth year, you will find yourself lost amongst the aisles of artisan vendors showcasing their wares in the splendor of the great outdoors.
  • NEW YEAR’S EVE BALL DROP IN TIMES SQUARE | December 31, 2018
    Get ready for the biggest “prize” of it all! Watch the iconic Ball Drop this New Year’s Eve in Times Square. This annual fun filled event is open to the public; but it is best to get here in the early afternoon to secure a spot to watch this beautiful ball of 2,688 Waterford Crystal panels drop to ring in 2019!