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2017 - Things to do In Manhattan - December



ROCKEFELLER CENTER CHRISTMAS TREE
Till Jan 2 - FREE
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a world-wide symbol of the holidays in New York. Make visiting the tree a yearly tradition for your family.
Rockefeller Plaza, W.48th & 51St
COLUMBUS CIRCLE HOLIDAY MARKET
Thru Dec 24 - FREE
Enjoy a hot beverage or meal, and shop for gifts from 100 vendors at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market.
Central Park, West 59th St.
 
WINTER VILLAGE IN BRYANT PARK
Thru Jan 2 FREE Skating
Winter Village at Bryant Park has 125 holiday kiosk shops, an ice-skating rink open until March 6. Free unless you rent skates.
Bryant Park, W. 42nd St.
RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER
Dec 1 - 18
Based on the TV classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a cheerful, song-filled live adventure featuring Santa, Mrs. Claus, the Abominable Snow Monster, Hermey the Elf and of course Rudolph.
MSG, W.32nd St.
GRAND CENTRAL HOLIDAY FAIR
Dec 1-24 FREE
Grand Central Holiday Fair is a holiday market with 40 vendors & great music.
Vanderbilt Hall, W.42nd St.
 
BIG BAND HOLIDAYS
Dec 13 - 17
Big Band Holidays features the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis playing swinging and soulful renditions of your favorite holiday music, plus a vocalist.
10 Lincoln Center Plaza
SANTACON in NYC
Dec 9 
Wear a Santa Suit and start at one of the bars that will be listed Friday night on the Santacon website.
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GEORGE BALANCHINE'S THE NUTCRACKER
Dec 1-31
The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition with old-fashioned costumes, a tree that grows before your eyes, crystal-shaped snowflakes, fine choreography by New York City Ballet, and Tchaikovskys' captivating music.
Lincoln Center, W.72nd St.
 
CHRISTMAS TREE AND NEAPOLITAN BAROQUE CRECHE
Thru Jan 8
Watch the lighting ceremony for a Christmas tree adorned with 18th century Neapolitan angels and cherubs at Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Creche.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Ave & 53rd St.
THE AMAZING HOLIDAY SCAVENGER HUNT
Thru Dec 6 & 20th
Find hidden clues and do fun tasks with a holiday theme on The Amazing Holiday Scavenger Hunt.
550 Madison Ave
HOLIDAY SHOW: ELF THE MUSICAL
Dec 13 -29
An orphan who crawls into Santa's gift sack ends up at the North Pole in Elf the Musical.  Save up to 20% off!
Madison Square Garden, W. 32nd St.


MOTORCYCLE SHOW
Dec 1 - 3
Find sport bikes, dirt bikes, scooters, ATVs, expert advice, live entertainment, and family activites at the International Motorcycle Show.

Javits Center, W. 34th St.
CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
Thru Jan 10, 2018
Take a thrilling 3D ride through the skies of New York with Santa, and be whisked up to the North Pole, as state-of-the-art technology transforms Radio City Music Hall into a magical, immersive wonderland. USE CODE "NYW" & RIDE THE FERRY FREE!
Radio City Hall, 50th St.
MERRY TUBA CONCERT
Dec 17 (FREE)
Hear Christmas carols and sing along at Merry Tuba Christmas at The Rink.
Rockefeller Center, W. 50th St.


CHRISTMAS EVE CAROLING
Dec 24 FREE
Join the carolers and brass quartet at Christmas Eve Caroling at the arch.
5th Ave & Washington Sq Park.
GOOD RIDDANCE DAY
Dec 28
Say goodbye to your worst memories of 2015 so you can start fresh in 2016 by tossing them in the shredder at Good Riddance Day.
Times Square.
NEW YEAR'S EVE - TIMES SQUARE
Dec 31 FREE
New Year's Eve in Times Square has dazzling lights, big-name music, ballons, confetti, fireworks, and a crystal ball that drops at midnight.
Time Square, NYC

NEW YEAR'S EVE - AMC
Dec 31
Watch movies or dance all night on the family no-alcohol floor or the adult floors with open bar and mini buffet at New Year's Eve.
AMC Theater, West 42nd St..
HOLIDAY MARKET AT GRAND CENTRAL
Dec 1 - 24 (FREE)
Grand Central Holiday Fair is a holiday market with 76 vendors in Vanderbilt Hall (Closed Thanksgiving)
14th St & Union Sq. W.
NEW YEAR'S EVE - MADAME TUSSAUDS
Dec 31
Enjoy appetizers, an open bar, and 4-D cinema (with wind, snow, mist, and scent) at New Year's Eve at Madame Tussauds New York. All ages welcome.
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, 42nd St.

NEW YEAR'S EVE - BIKING/SKATING
Dec 31 FREE
New Year's Eve Bike & Ride Outdoor after party for bikers or skaters has three starting points that all lead to a dance party with fireworks.
Belvedere Castle, Central Park 79nd St.
HOLIDAY MARKET AT UNION SQUARE
Nov 19 - Dec 24 (FREE)
Find handmade jewelry, fine art, clothing, ornaments, toys, food, and drink at Union Square Holiday Market (Closed Thanksgiving)
Union Sq Park, 14th St.

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GEORGE BALANCHINE'S THE NUTCRACKER
Thru Dec 31
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition with old-fashioned costumes, a tree that grows before your eyes, crystal-shaped snowflakes, fine choreography by New York City Ballet, and Tchaikovsky's captivating music.
20 Lincoln Center
CHRISTMAS PLAY
Nov 29 - Dec 30
A Christmas Carol is Charles Dickens' classic about Ebenezer Scrooge, Christmas ghosts, and Tiny Tim.
Players Theatre in Greenwich Village

OPEN FAIRY TALE

Dec 18 - Jan 6
Based on a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, Hansel and Gretel is a dark story sung in English with grace and humor featuring a sweeping score by Engelbert Humperdinck at Metropolitan Opera House.
30 Lincoln Center Plaza